Babergh and Mid Suffolk are two district councils working together.
The Communities Team is based in Endeavour House, 8, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX and I am the External Funding Officer.
Last financial year we assisted over £896,000 of external funding being secured in our two districts.
My role is to help and support not-for-profit organisations in the two districts to find the funding they need for their projects. Once they have started to fill forms in, I can then provide help on the phone and via email, since I am not allowed to actually write bids. I also review applications before they are submitted to help improve the quality of submissions. In this way the hope is that we give those volunteers with roles in not-for-profit groups the skills so that they can then feel more confident to apply for funding in the future.