Community Projects Receive Funding Boost – But Felixstowe Misses Out

Community projects across East Suffolk have received a funding boost to support their activities from East Suffolk Council’s recent Grant programme  – but from a list of 17 causes there are none on the Felixstowe peninsula.

East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities ‘Exemplar Grant Programme’ was open to applications from community projects across the region earlier this year. From those submitted 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. Four are based in Lowestoft, one in Woodbridge, two in Hollesley, one in Beccles, and the rest in villages north and west of the Felixstowe peninsula. But none in Felixstowe, Walton, The Trimleys, or any of the other villages surrounding us.

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

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

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 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

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