New Grant Programme Launched by Suffolk Coastal

Suffolk Coastal District Council has announced the launch of a new grant programme replacing their previous Capital and Revenue funding scheme – and is inviting organisations to apply.

The Enabling Communities Exemplar Programme is looking to assist community initiatives with grant funding to deliver new ‘flagship’ projects that will have a significant impact on communities and tackle need in a sustainable way. Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grant assistance between £1,000 and £10,000 to help a specific project or activity across our communities at a ward or across multiple wards that need more funding than is available through the Enabling Communities Budgets.

To be eligible for funding, the project must be supported by the relevant Ward Councillor or the relevant Cabinet Member(s). The Exemplar Programme has no set deadlines, so you can apply at any time and a decision will be made within 8 weeks of Council Officers receiving your complete application.

There has been £132,000 of funding set aside to fund projects through this programme, which can be spent on costs to fund a new community project or help fund new community capital projects, please check grant criteria before applying.

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:

“Suffolk Coastal is committed to supporting local communities and the Enabling Communities Exemplar Programme will help enable communalities to be more resilient and stronger.

“The fund has been designed to be accessible, responsive to community need and more aligned with the Enabling Communities Budgets and contribute towards Council’s Enabling Communities Strategy and Business Plan.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure this new funding makes it easier for groups to apply for. So if you are part of a community organisation and have ideas that can make a difference in your local community, please get in touch.”

Further information and application forms are available online at:

www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants-and-funding/enabling-communities-exemplar-programme

Or email grants@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or call 01394 444721.

Enabling Communities Budgets is our other grant scheme that is currently open and a total of £252,000 has been set aside in 2016/17 to support this work. This gives each Ward Councillor up to £6,000 to spend directly on new projects or community groups in their ward, as they see appropriate. If you are interested please contact your local Ward Councillor.

 

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