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Funding available for community projects

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Groups and organisations providing activities for the benefit of local communities are invited to apply for funding to support their projects.

East Suffolk Council’s ‘Enabling Community Budgets’ support activities delivered by community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations. A total of £412,500 has been allocated for 2019/20 from the New Homes Bonus, funding generated through new houses built in the district. 

Distributed equally amongst each of the Council’s 55 members, each ward councillor has a £7,500 Enabling Community Budget to spend on community projects or to develop new projects which tackle community needs in their area.

In addition, larger grants of up to £10,000 are also available through the Enabling Communities ‘Exemplar Grant Programme’. This programme enables community groups to deliver new ‘flagship’ projects which have a positive impact across communities at a ward, multiple ward or district level. £160,000 has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus for this programme for 2019/2020.

Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said:

“We want to help local organisations deliver a wide range of community activities which improve and enhance the lives of our residents.

Groups can choose from either of the funding programmes, dependent on the size of the project, and we would encourage groups to apply for funding to support their activities.”

Previous projects which have benefitted from Enabling Community Budget funding include play areas, village hall refurbishments and equipment, community events, projects supporting people with disabilities and the purchase of defibrillators. 

To apply for Enabling Community Budget funding, please go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/enabling-communities-budgets

Projects previously helped through the Exemplar Grant Programme include the purchase of a community mini bus, an extension to a village hall, setting up a new Parkrun and the purchase of a trishaw to help volunteers visit local care facilities. 

To be eligible for Exemplar Grant funding, the project must be supported by your local district councillor or, for projects covering a wider geographical area, the relevant East Suffolk Cabinet Member. A letter of support must be submitted from the relevant councillor with your application, relating specifically to the proposed project.

Guidance notes and an application form, budget sheet and letter of support are available from www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/enabling-communities-exemplar-programme 

Applications for the Exemplar Grant Programme close at 12pm on 19 August 2019.