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New community fund to keep youngsters safe

Published2nd September 2019

A funding scheme to help young people in Ipswich is being launched today

Ipswich Borough Council hopes its Seeds for Change Fund will provide new opportunities for youngsters and encourage them to steer clear from crime and anti-social behaviour.

Community groups will be able to apply for part of the £140,000 fund from 2nd September and Councillor Alasdair Ross, Public Protection portfolio-holder, said: “We are really asking people for ideas – it doesn’t have to be fully thought through yet and we want to hear from small groups, too.”

Ipswich Borough Council is providing most of the funding with Suffolk County Council also making a contribution.

Local people and community groups can visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/seedsforchange to put their ideas forward. Councillors and officers will review all the suggestions and work with people to develop the best ideas.  Those ideas will go forward to a second stage application for funding.

Councillor Sophie Meudec, the Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Communities, said: “We are keen to encourage grassroots initiatives.  We want to hear from local people and for our officers to help them to make a difference. This new fund could have a lasting benefit of giving communities a greater role in tackling the challenges many of our young people face.”

There is no immediate closing date but people are urged to make their submissions as soon as possible and the Council will work with people on their suggestions as they come in.  Funding decisions will follow as projects are developed and considered.

Contact seedsforchange@ipswich.gov.uk for more information.