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West Suffolk councils to consider Community Chest funding




West Suffolk councils are due to consider investing £400,000 in various community projects and organisations next week.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s and Forest Heath District Council’s shadow executive cabinet will discuss the proposed Community Chest grants on Tuesday.

Projects designed to improve residents’ health, give family support, advice and counselling, involve young people in arts and sports and organise community activities are among those recommended to receive funding from the chest.

In St Edmundsbury, six organisations are set to receive grants totalling £47,920, while 10 organisations in Forest Heath are recommended to receive a share of £151,478.

West Suffolk House Bury St Edmunds..Council leaders James Waters Forest Heath District Council grey suit and John Griffiths St Edmundsbury Borough Council blue suit. Plans to merge councils press conference..Picture Mark Westley. (5574499)
West Suffolk House Bury St Edmunds..Council leaders James Waters Forest Heath District Council grey suit and John Griffiths St Edmundsbury Borough Council blue suit. Plans to merge councils press conference..Picture Mark Westley. (5574499)

On top of this, the cabinet will also be recommended, subject to the budget setting process and more evidence being submitted, to approve three grants in Forest Heath totalling £63,492 and six in St Edmundsbury totalling £152,972 to be awarded over 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are often the best placed to help address some of the issues we face in our society.

“Community Chest allows us as councillors to help make these ideas happen, to invest in our local families and communities, in turn making life better for residents including some of the more vulnerable in West Suffolk.

“There’s a strong mix of projects helping parenting, supporting young carers, tackling loneliness and improving health, and I will be asking my cabinet colleagues to agree to these grant recommendations.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council Grants

  • £9,889 to HomeStart Mid and West Suffolk
  • £10,775 to Mentis Tree community interest company
  • £3,290 to Bury St Edmunds Concert Youth Band
  • £6,800 to Millennium Farm Trust for its Artful Farm
  • £3,240 to Honington and Sapiston Village Hall
  • £13,926 to Sradishall Village Review Group
  • £10,000 to Gatehouse
  • £5,000 to Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service
  • £12,288 to Bury Drop In
  • £9,360 to REACH Community Projects
  • £14,337 to The Voluntary Network Community Transport
  • £24,371 to Haverhill Community Trust

Forest Heath District Council Grants

  • £4,000 to Alumah
  • £15,612 to Home Start Mid and West Suffolk
  • £7,966 to The Voluntary Network
  • £27,160 to Sharing Parenting
  • £35,000 to Citizens Advice Newmarket
  • £40,000 to Citizens Advice Suffolk West
  • £7,740 to Our Special Friends
  • £5,000 to Arts for Us
  • £4,000 to Young People of the Year
  • £5,000 to The Racing Centre
  • £11,600 to Fresh Start - New Beginnings
  • £2,000 to Relate Norfolk and Suffolk
  • £18,331 to The Voluntary Network’s Dial A Ride


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