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Community projects receive funding boost

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Community projects across East Suffolk have received a funding boost to support their activities which benefit local residents.

Following successful applications to East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities ‘Exemplar Grant Programme’ earlier this year, 17 community projects have been chosen to receive funding. The projects will each receive a share of £147,378 to help deliver projects and activities which will benefit East Suffolk residents.

The selected projects include the refurbishment of local village halls and play areas, the construction of a Heritage Hut, theatre workshops to help disadvantaged groups engage with the arts and the delivery of a programme tackling eating disorders in local schools.

A spokesperson for East Suffolk Council said: “We are delighted to award these local projects with funding through the Exemplar Grants Programme. We were extremely impressed by the quality of this year’s applications and the range of innovative and impactful activities being supported by volunteers and groups across the district.

“We want to help local organisations deliver a wide range of community activities which improve and enhance the lives of our residents. Funding for smaller projects is still available through our Enabling Communities Budgets and we would encourage any group to apply to support their activities.”

The 17 projects to receive funding through the ‘Exemplar Grant Programme’ are:

  • Refurbishment of the Angela Cobbold Hall, Little Bealings - £8,500 – Cllr Hedgley
  • Construction of a heritage hut by the Thorpeness & Aldringham Heritage Group - £9,933 – Cllr Haworth-Culf
  • Refurbishment to the kitchen at the Woodbridge Rugby Club - £9,056 – Cllr Mallinder
  • Replace the existing play equipment at Hollesley recreation ground (Hollesley Parish Council) - £10,000 – Cllr Mallinder
  • Funding towards a new pitched roof on Hollesley Village Hall - £10,000 – Cllr Mallinder
  • Providing theatre courses within Lowestoft schools (The Seagull Theatre) - £9,850 – Cllr Gooch
  • The installation of running water in the Bealings Community Hub - £8,350 – Cllr Hedgley
  • Employment of a Programme Coordinator at the Marina Theatre, running events aimed at 50+ age group to combat isolation/loneliness - £10,000 – Cllr Craig
  • Production of postnatal packs for parents leaving hospital (Suffolk Babies) - £3,614 – Cllr Rudd
  • To help refurbish, upgrade and reline the main pool at Beccles Lido - £10,000 – Cllr Brambley-Crawshaw, Cllr Elliott & Cllr Topping
  • Funding towards a MUGA (Tunstall Parish Council) - £10,000 – Cllr Herring
  • To replace existing and provide new play equipment at the Theberton & Eastbridge playing field (Theberton & Eastbridge Parish Council) - £8,725 – Cllr Haworth-Culf, Cllr Cooper & Cllr Bond
  • To establish Lowestoft Movers – dance and movement classes for over 55s (DanceEast) - £10,000 – Cllr Rudd
  • To deliver a programme of courses in schools about eating disorders (Wednesday’s Child) - £9,750 – Cllr Rudd
  • To purchase moveable floodlights for the Framlingham Flyers - £4,600 – Cllr Cook
  • To replace an ageing oil-fired boiler in Otley Village Hall with a modern energy efficient system (Otley Community Council) - £5,000 – Cllr Fryatt
  • To purchase a mini-bus for the Allsorts Support Services group to provide services to their users -£10,000 – Cllr Byatt

The Exemplar Grants Programme enables community groups to deliver large ‘flagship’ projects, with funding of up to £10,000.

Since 2016, 68 community projects have benefited from the Exemplar Grants Programme, receiving funding totalling £544,014.36. £160,000 was allocated for 2019/2020 programme from the New Homes Bonus.

Whilst applications for this round of the Exemplar Grants Programme are now closed, local groups and organisations can still apply for funding to support their activities via the Council’s ‘Enabling Community Budgets’.

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.

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 funding through the Enabling Communities Budget scheme, please visit: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/enabling-communities-budgets