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West Suffolk communities urged to apply for community chest funding

Community groups, charities and voluntary organisations are being urged to apply for a share of more than £350,000 in funding from West Suffolk Council.

The authority is taking applications for its community chest, which supports projects that improve residents’ lives.

Organisations to have previously benefited from the funding in Bury St Edmunds include the Gatehouse dementia hub with £20,000 to develop extended lunch clubs and new music therapy sessions.

West Suffolk House. Picture: Mecha Morton
West Suffolk House. Picture: Mecha Morton

Bury St Edmunds Youth Concert Band was awarded £3,290 while Honington and Sapiston Village Hall was given £3,240 to fund community meals to help residents socialise.

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities at West Suffolk Council, said: “Our belief is that by investing in our communities, we can help combat issues before they lead to bigger problems.

“We know that social isolation and loneliness takes a huge toll on people’s physical and mental health, while family crises, without support can have a deep and lasting impact on children that will continue into their adulthood.

“Across West Suffolk there are some great community organisations and charities that have a wealth of knowledge, experience and a desire to help – and we are looking to invest in their ideas to further improve the lives and experiences of West Suffolk residents.”

The deadline for applications is September 30 at noon and a decision on the grants will be made later this year with successful bids paid in April 2020.

To apply and for more details, visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants.cfm

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