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Enabling Communities Exemplar Programme

The Exemplar fund is now closed for new applications. Please visit our Enabling Communities Budgets page for grant funding.

A total of £160,000 has been allocated from New Homes Bonus (funding generated through new houses built in the district) for 2019/2020. The Enabling Communities Exemplar Programme provides grant funding to enable community groups to deliver new ‘flagship’ projects. These will have a positive impact across our communities that need more funding than is available through the Enabling Communities Budgets

Groups can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000 to help fund a specific project or activity.

The process has changed from the previous rolling programme and we now have the following deadlines for applications to be received:

  • Deadline for application to be submitted to the Funding Team - 12pm, Monday 19 August 2019
  • Exemplar Panel meeting convened to assess applications - w/c 9 September 2019
  • Projects informed of decisions - w/c 23 September 2019

A review will be undertaken at this stage to look at the available budget remaining and whether another round of funding will be available.

To be eligible for funding, the project must be supported by your local district councillor or the relevant Cabinet portfolio holder(s), for projects covering a wider geographical area. A letter of support (template below) must be submitted from the relevant councillor with your application, relating specifically to the proposed project.


East Suffolk Council wants to promote how its funding is used to stimulate other projects withinin the district and to encourage future applications. Please acknowledge East Suffolk Council funding support in all relevant publicity undertaken for your project.

The council’s logo, where applicable, and an in-text reference to the financial support received from the council should be used within all project publicity.