Funding Available Now For Community Projects

Are you part of a group or organisations providing activities for the benefit of local communities? Do you need funding for an activity or project?

East Suffolk Council have two main funding streams. 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.

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.

Apply directly to the Councillor for your ward – who will discuss your project with you and decide whether they would like to award you a grant towards it.

To find your Ward Councillor and for more details go to

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.

You need the support of a Ward Councillor for this too before you apply – and there is more information, the criteria and an on line form to fill here

 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.

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


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