Community projects are being offered an important financial boost by Waveney District Council, following the announcement of a brand new funding for local groups and organisations.
The launch of the Waveney Community Enabling Fund means that any community group, registered charity or voluntary organisation in the district could receive up to £2,500 to help to fund new community projects or enhance existing community activity and schemes.
This new funding pot was initially included in the east Suffolk Business Plan – a document which presents the key priorities for Waveney in partnership with Suffolk Coastal District Council. Overall there is an allocation of £27,500 for 2016-17 and the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 30th November 2016.
Cllr Frank Mortimer, Waveney’s Cabinet member for Customers and Communities said:
“We are delighted to announce this scheme to help benefit people and communities in Waveney. One of the key priorities in our Business Plan is enabling communities to develop and deliver worthwhile schemes and projects for local people.
This funding is an important contribution to that ambition. We are greatly looking forward to hearing from local people and doing what we can to support their schemes and ideas.”
The award of the funding will be dependent on criteria which will ensure that resources are allocated to the most deserving causes, in a timely fashion. Applications need to focus on promoting health & well-being, with increased access to leisure, arts and cultural facilities, empowering and local communities, developing communities. They must be ready to start delivery from 1st February 2017 and finish by 31st August 2017.
Applications are welcome from any local organisation looking to run a project offering support to key groups within the area, such as older and young people, black and minority ethnic groups, volunteering, vulnerable people and socially-excluded communities. Joint applications from groups working together on specific projects are also acceptable.
Final decisions will be made in January 2017 and applicants will be informed whether they have been successful in obtaining funding, in writing.