Grants available for community projects

PLAY equipment, village hall extensions and alterations – projects such as these in Suffolk could be in line for a grant.Clubs and organisations wanting to improve their facilities in the Babergh District Council area are urged to get in touch if they are looking for funds to match those already raised.

By Amanda Cresswell

PLAY equipment, village hall extensions and alterations – projects such as these in Suffolk could be in line for a grant.

Clubs and organisations wanting to improve their facilities in the Babergh District Council area are urged to get in touch if they are looking for funds to match those already raised.

It is all part of the council's campaign to get committee groups make better use of grants to help with building and other projects.


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Although Babergh has awarded more than £60,000 in grants to community groups since April this year there are still funds available, according to grants officer Tessa Bailey.

Projects receiving awards include Sproughton Tennis Club for resurfacing the courts, Nedging and Naughton Community Council for play equipment in the village, Chelmondiston Village Hall for alterations to accommodate disabled people and Hadleigh United Football Club for a clubhouse extension.

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"This is a great way for Babergh to help the many clubs and organisations within the district to maintain their facilities," said Ms Bailey.

"By helping to improve and enhance village halls and sports clubs we can encourage more people to join in local activities."

Money is available now for any organisations with a project that can be started before March 2003.

For details of the criteria to be met and further information, community groups should contact Teresa Bailey on 01473 825834.

Weblink: www.southsuffolk.gov.uk

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