Grants will improve quality of life

GRANTS totalling more than £37,000 have been given by Suffolk Coastal to support 32 groups working to improve the quality of life in the district.Cabinet member Stephen Burroughes approved the grants after receiving recommendations from the council's grants task group.

By Richard Cornwell

GRANTS totalling more than £37,000 have been given by Suffolk Coastal to support 32 groups working to improve the quality of life in the district.

Cabinet member Stephen Burroughes approved the grants after receiving recommendations from the council's grants task group.

He said: “These grants go to a wide range of organisations, mainly run by volunteers, who are helping to improve the quality of life in Suffolk Coastal.


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“In some cases just a few hundred pounds can have a huge impact on whether a project succeeds or not, and I am very pleased that we are able to help so many groups who are playing such a significant role in our community.

“Despite being under severe financial pressure, this council was still able to pay out over £65,000 in revenue grants last year.

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“While still encouraging local groups to seek support from us, I would also strongly urge them to tap into national funding to ensure this district gets its fair share from sources like those financed by the National Lottery.

The largest grant is £7,500 towards the running costs of the Rochford Trust, Woodbridge, which aims to provide a safe, supportive environment to raise the confidence, self-esteem and social skills of young people.

Any local group or organisation that would like to apply for a grant should can contact Sophie Barker at Suffolk Coastal on 01394 444626.

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Other successful grant applications were:

£400 towards street bunting for the 2007 Aldeburgh Olde Marine Regatta and Carnival; £400 for Amber Club, Leiston - a lunch club for physically disabled members and carers; £400 to Arts Framlingham for its Summer Arts Festival; £200 to Cold Fair Committee, Knodishall for its seasonal market; £2,000 for the Disability Advice Service (East Suffolk); £500 to the East Anglian Sailing Trust to help disabled adults and young people go sailing; £500 for the Eastern Angles Theatre Company's 2007/08 touring performances; £500 to Felixstowe Area Community Transport Ltd. for their dial-a-ride and community car Services; £500 to the Felixstowe Carnival Association; £1,000 to the Felixstowe Old People's Welfare Association; £400 to the Felixstowe RLSS Lifeguard Club; £300 to FIND (Families in Need) Ltd who help individuals caught in the poverty trap; £5,000 for Ipswich Women's Aid who help victims of domestic violence; £300 to Kesgrave Friendship Club; £3,000 to Landguard Fort Trust at Felixstowe; £2,000 to Leiston Day Club; £2,000 to the Leiston Long Shop Project Trust towards its museum; £1,000 to the National Coastwatch Felixstowe station; £630 to Leiston's Rose and Sweet William Club; £3,000 to the Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project;

£1,000 for the Saxmundham Arts and Entertainment Festival; £1,000 to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service; £2,500 to Suffolk Acre; £750 to Suffolk Artlink' Culture Club, Felixstowe; £250 to the Suffolk Folk Festival for their Woodbridge Festival; £1,000 to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust; £300 to Suffolk Open Studios; £300 to the Voluntary Help Centre; £500 to the Woodbridge Town Centre Management Group for events; £400 to Leiston's The Years Ahead Club; and £750 to Yoxford Arts Festival.

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