As part of East Suffolk Council’s response to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on vulnerable residents, a new community fund has been launched to support those in need.
Cllr Steve Gallant, leader of East Suffolk Council and Cllr Letitia Smith, cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism have agreed to allocate £1,000 from each of the 54 ward councillors’ 2020/21 Enabling Communities Budgets towards an East Suffolk COVID-19 Community Fund. This fund will enable community groups and organisations to mobilise support for those residents who are most at need as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Managed by the East Suffolk Communities team, the fund will provide financial support for new and existing groups who are helping vulnerable people in their homes, and to relieve the financial hardship of residents during these uncertain times. Funding can be used in many ways, including the support of pop-up food banks, buying essential goods or services for individuals, supporting telephone befriending services or providing funding for fuel to enable Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers to deliver medicines across the district. Other East Suffolk staff will be redeployed to support to the Communities team in allocating this funding.
Grants of between £50 and £2,500 will be available for projects which support local residents who are struggling due to the virus. Larger requests for funding will be considered under exceptional circumstances.
Anyone wishing to highlight a resident or group in need of support is asked to contact the Communities team via email.