A brand new grant fund, targeting community health and wellbeing initiatives has been set up by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.
The “Community Call to Action” programme is the first ever joint funding pot managed by the two councils in partnership and provides an opportunity for local community groups and voluntary sector organisations to apply for a share of £125,000, with £62,500 available within each District Council area.
The funding has been made available by the Public Health and Protection team at Suffolk County Council and focuses on five key themes. Specifically, the programme aims to support projects in mental health, dementia, carers support, social isolation and loneliness, and encouraging people to be fit and active.
A total of £12,500 has been set aside for each theme and community groups are encouraged to put forward projects that either benefit one community or a cluster of communities.
Cllr Mary Rudd, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Community Health & Safety said:
”As part of our focus on enabling communities, this is a crucial pot of funding to support projects, including those for vulnerable people in our society. We are delighted that this money has been made available and we are determined that it will be used as effectively as possible.”
Cllr Steve Gallant Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for Community Health said:
“The five key themes which have been chosen represent areas where much needs to be done and where people need genuine support. We hope to receive as many applications for funding as possible and to make a real difference for our local communities.”
Applications are now open and the deadline is midday on November 30.
To ensure community groups are given the best possible chance at attracting funds, a series of information seminars and ‘toolbox’ sessions will be held during October and November.
|21-Oct: SCDC Woodbridge – 9am to 12pm (SCDC Council Chamber)|
|25-Oct: SCDC Felixstowe – 9am to 12pm (Town Hall)|
|01-Nov: WDC Beccles – 1pm to 4pm (Town Library)|
|03-Nov: WDC Lowestoft – 5pm to 7pm (Town Library)|
Anyone interested in learning more should contact the Funding & Community Development Officer on 01394 444 720 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.