Ipswich is divided into five areas, each of which has its own Area Committee. Within these areas Councillors work with residents, businesses, and community groups to discuss how their budget can be spent to make improvements.
This smaller fund is set aside from the main Area Committee budgets each year to enable ‘quick fixes’. Each Ward has an annual budget of £500 at the discretion of Ward Councillors to help local groups. Typically, it is used to purchase small items or for event costs.
The Ravenswood Community Fund was created through contributions by the two housing developers contracted for the delivery of the Ravenswood area; Ashwell’s and Bellway Homes. The fund was initially managed by the Ravenswood Steering Committee, but is now managed by the South East Area Committee.
Read more about the Ravenswood Community Fund.
Area Housing Panels consist of Tenant Representatives, Councillors and Council staff members who meet quarterly to discuss local issues and develop appropriate solutions. They can also approve neighbourhood improvement projects that benefit Council tenants and their communities.
There are three Area Housing Panels and each panel has £7,000 to spend on improvement projects each year.
Community Resilience Fund
The Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for 2023/24. Ipswich Borough Council are awarding grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups operating in the borough of Ipswich to assist them in adapting or expanding their provision and services that aim to ease the financial burden caused by the cost-of-living crisis and support the local community during this time.
Read more about External Grant Funding.
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