Our Small Grants Programme

As much as we love the positive impact our homes make on their surroundings, we want our legacy to reach as many people as possible.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund offers grants and donations to charities and community groups both large and small. And it helps us offer support to some of the most vulnerable people and families throughout our region.

Since 2017, we’ve donated over £370,000 in small grants to charities and community groups across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, helping vulnerable people and tackling homelessness, loneliness and deprivation.

An allocation from the main Hopkins Charitable Fund is made each year to provide Small Grants to local charities and communities. The Fund panel is advised by the individual Community Foundations of the three counties and meets twice a year to discuss, shortlist, decide and allocate the grants to local charities. If you are a charity looking for support, please contact your county’s Community Foundation to find out how and when to apply for the next round of grants.

As well as grants, we also run regular online votes in each county. The public decide which charity will win a £7,000 grant, with the runners up receiving £2,000 and £1,000 each.

Explore by region

SUFFOLK

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Suffolk

They say charity begins at home. Our head office is near Woodbridge and many of our people live close to here, too. So the charity work we do with the local area is particularly important to us.

We’ve worked with Suffolk Community Foundation for many years to help tackle poverty and homelessness and to support the most vulnerable. In 2020 alone, we made grants worth a total of £30,000 to:

  • Bury Women’s Aid
  • Lighthouse Women’s Aid
  • Fresh Start – new beginnings
  • Waveney Domestic Abuse Forum
  • Survivors in Transition
  • Suffolk Rape Crisis
  • Halesworth Volunteer Centre

Please get in touch with Suffolk Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for a grant or to be part of a charity vote. Grants are made twice a year.

Norfolk

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Norfolk

Ever since our first development there, we’ve been made to feel so welcome in Norfolk. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of the country and one we’re excited to contribute to.

The Norfolk Community Foundation helps us to identify the causes we want to support – projects where we can make a real difference and help people in most need. Grants are made once a year. In 2020 we donated a total of £14,500 to charities working to address domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over recent years we have supported a range of different charities

  • Leeway – provides free confidential support to anyone suffering domestic abuse
  • St Martins – supports vulnerable people to maximise independent living and minimise homelessness
  • EP Youth – is a North Norfolk based charity working with young people and their families
  • Charlies Burrell Centre – a community and business centre to improve the quality of life for the people of Thetford

Please contact Norfolk Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for either a grant or to be part of a charity vote. Grants are made once a year.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Cambridgeshire

Our Cambridgeshire developments are some of the newest members of the Hopkins Homes family, but the warmth of the people and communities we’ve encountered make it feel like a perfect fit.

Our grants shortlist is drawn up by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation with grants awarded once a year. In May 2020, grants totalling £13,500 were made to charities helping older people cope with loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • The Meadows Children and Family Trust – responding to the increased demand for support from those suffering domestic abuse during the pandemic
  • Age UK Warden Scheme, Ely –supporting the community warden scheme that helps older people to continue living independently
  • Lighthouse Ely – supporting work to connect volunteers with 80 older people to tackle issues created by isolation and shielding
  • Sutton Parish Council – providing support to 150 older and vulnerable residents during the pandemic

Please get in touch with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for either a grant or to be part of a charity vote.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Suffolk

They say charity begins at home. Our head office is near Woodbridge and many of our people live close to here, too. So the charity work we do with the local area is particularly important to us.

We’ve worked with Suffolk Community Foundation for many years to help tackle poverty and homelessness and to support the most vulnerable. In 2020 alone, we made grants worth a total of £30,000 to:

  • Bury Women’s Aid
  • Lighthouse Women’s Aid
  • Fresh Start – new beginnings
  • Waveney Domestic Abuse Forum
  • Survivors in Transition
  • Suffolk Rape Crisis
  • Halesworth Volunteer Centre

Please get in touch with Suffolk Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for a grant or to be part of a charity vote. Grants are made twice a year.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Norfolk

Ever since our first development there, we’ve been made to feel so welcome in Norfolk. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of the country and one we’re excited to contribute to.

The Norfolk Community Foundation helps us to identify the causes we want to support – projects where we can make a real difference and help people in most need. Grants are made once a year. In 2020 we donated a total of £14,500 to charities working to address domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over recent years we have supported a range of different charities

  • Leeway – provides free confidential support to anyone suffering domestic abuse
  • St Martins – supports vulnerable people to maximise independent living and minimise homelessness
  • EP Youth – is a North Norfolk based charity working with young people and their families
  • Charlies Burrell Centre – a community and business centre to improve the quality of life for the people of Thetford

Please contact Norfolk Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for either a grant or to be part of a charity vote. Grants are made once a year.

The Hopkins Charitable Fund in Cambridgeshire

Our Cambridgeshire developments are some of the newest members of the Hopkins Homes family, but the warmth of the people and communities we’ve encountered make it feel like a perfect fit.

Our grants shortlist is drawn up by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation with grants awarded once a year. In May 2020, grants totalling £13,500 were made to charities helping older people cope with loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • The Meadows Children and Family Trust – responding to the increased demand for support from those suffering domestic abuse during the pandemic
  • Age UK Warden Scheme, Ely –supporting the community warden scheme that helps older people to continue living independently
  • Lighthouse Ely – supporting work to connect volunteers with 80 older people to tackle issues created by isolation and shielding
  • Sutton Parish Council – providing support to 150 older and vulnerable residents during the pandemic

Please get in touch with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation if you’d like to be considered for either a grant or to be part of a charity vote.

I am so grateful to everyone who voted for us, the money will be used to ensure we can reach out to as many elderly residents as possible and it will make a very tangible difference to the lives of vulnerable people in our communities over the coming months.

Ann Osborn, CEO of The Rural Coffee Caravan

Making a Difference

Halesworth Volunteer Centre

The Halesworth Volunteer centre provides a vital service for hundreds of people; and it’s been needed more than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the past three years the Hopkins Charitable Fund has donated over £7,200 to help with the challenges facing the centre.  This has allowed the committed volunteers to continue their essential work, such as operating a Community Car Service and delivering groceries.

Charity vote winner

Rural Coffee Caravan

Winners of the charity vote in March 2020, Rural Coffee Caravan helps isolated people in rural Suffolk access services and information, to improve their lives, health and wellbeing through establishing and building social networks. The grant money supported initiatives to strengthen support networks and services during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The free confidential, financial and personal advice we give to disabled and vulnerable people in the borough will make a huge difference to many people’s lives.

Jo Howes, DIAL

Making a Difference

ST MARTINS

We donated £6,750 to support its outreach work with rough sleepers, sofa surfers and those at risk of homelessness. The number of people accessing the charity’s services has increased during the coronavirus crisis. Which means the work done by St Martins – and the support we’ve given them – has helped those struggling during the most difficult of times.

Charity vote winner

DIAL

In 2019, voters chose DIAL Great Yarmouth to receive £7,000. Offering financial assistance to vulnerable people, their work couldn’t be more important. Additionally, The Matthew Project and St Martins Housing Trust received £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. As always, do please take some time to learn more about these wonderful organisations and the work they do.

The support we provide in schools helps children overcome emotional difficulties and stresses, allowing them to fulfil their full potential at school and teaching them resilience for issues they may face later in life. The £7,000 grant will help Blue Smile subsidise our service to cash-strapped schools to ensure provision remains affordable and accessible to those who most need it.

Deanne Swain, Blue Smile

Making a Difference

Age UK Community Warden Service

We donated £3,300 to help this vital service care for the elderly in the town of Ely. The scheme helps people aged over 60 to remain independent in their own homes.

Charity vote winner

Blue Smile Project

Our most recent charity vote winner in 2019 was the Blue Smile project which received £7,000 to continue offering essential counselling and emotional support services to children throughout the region’s schools. In addition, Wintercomfort —a day centre offering support to our vulnerable homeless communities —received £2,000 to continue their crucial work. £1,000 was also donated to The Red Balloon Learner Centre to provide a safe, supportive environment for bullied, traumatised and at-risk children.