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West Suffolk Council opens its community chest to groups




West Suffolk Council has opened applications for its annual community chest grants scheme, giving groups support with more than £300,000 available this time around.

Applications are open to community led initiatives designed to benefit the lives of residents,

The likes of Gatehouse and Steel Bones in Bury St Edmunds, the Second Chance Stroke Club in Great Barton and the Alumah charity in Brandon were all successful applicants last year.

The council's community chest grants scheme will see more than £300,000 given to groups this time around.
The council's community chest grants scheme will see more than £300,000 given to groups this time around.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We launched community chest in 2015, and that work, investing in and working with our communities, meant that we were able to set about helping the most vulnerable early on in the crisis.

"We know covid-19 hasn’t gone away but we also know that we need to look beyond that to the long-term recovery and the role people in our communities will play in supporting each other.

“The lockdown situation will undoubtedly have effected many people’s physical and mental health. While our LifeLink social prescribing team may be able to help some of those who feel anxious or are feeling low, we know that there are also many great community-based initiatives out there that can help.

"We have invested in many of these in the past, helping residents who were lonely, isolated, people with low self-esteem or who didn’t feel a part of the community, and in projects to help families struggling emotionally with some of life’s daily pressures.

"Within our communities there are answers to some of these challenges in our society and that is why we are delighted to be opening community chest to applications once again.”

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on October 30.

The applications will then be reviewed by West Suffolk’s Grant Working Party and applicants will be notified in February 2021.

Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2021.

To apply for Community Chest funding and more information, click here.


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