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Lottery funding to help Suffolk’s Voluntary sector

Community Action Suffolk is one of 36 organisations across England, to benefit from a share of £630,000 of funding from The Big Lottery Fund, in order to help local groups apply for European funding.

Last week, in conjunction with Voluntary Norfolk, £19,730 was allocated to the New Anglia area (Suffolk and Norfolk) to raise awareness within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund (ESF).

In 2015, the ESF will make over £9m in funds available in Norfolk and Suffolk focusing on Social Inclusion, which the Big Lottery Fund plans to match. This funding will be available to VCSE organisations to support a wide range of projects tailored to local needs including early engagement with young people facing disadvantage, supporting family members experiencing barriers to employment and increasing access to training and progression towards employment.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund said: “Historically voluntary organisations have often found it difficult to access European funding. Through this development funding, we will help ensure there is widespread awareness of the opportunities available through the ESF, and will bring the VCSE sector together to discuss local needs already identified by LEPs and how best to tackle these priorities:”.

Community Action Suffolk and Voluntary Norfolk are now working together to put together a programme of workshops and events and support for local organisations. This will help prepare local organisations to be in a strong position to apply for the European funding when it becomes available in 2015.

For more information, contact Hannah Bradley, Senior Development Officer for VCS Economy & Enterprise at Community Action Suffolk on 01473 345332 or email hannah.bradley@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

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