Families and Communities Officers

Our team of dedicated Families and Communities Officers (locality officers) are committed to supporting families and strengthening communities to become more resilient and more able to help themselves. We believe the following aims can create invaluable community foundations in which people can achieve their potential:

  • Start with the assets in the community
  • support people to develop their potential
  • invest in people as citizens
  • identify opportunities and strengths
  • focus on communities and the common good
  • help people take control of their lives
  • emphasise the role of civil society
  • see people as citizens / co-producers with something unique and valuable to offer

Locality budgets

Locality budgets have been designed to ensure that funding can get right to the heart of local communities, via the ward councillor, to enable projects and activities which communities care about to develop, grow and succeed. £2,500 is allocated per councillor for each financial year (April to March) with the exception of an election year. For further information and funding restrictions, and depending on where you live, please read the Forest Heath locality budget scheme or the St Edmundsbury locality budget scheme

Rural Initiatives Grant Scheme (RIGS)

This St Edmundsbury scheme encourages locally important capital projects in the rural areas. Properly constituted groups and organisations, (including parish councils), can apply providing they are based or work within, and benefit the rural areas of the borough. The size of grant available is between £250 and £7,500 and each scheme must obtain at least 50% match funding. Applications can be made throughout the year with decisions being made quickly. Your local borough councillor will play a key role in this and applications will be assessed by the St Edmundsbury Grant Working Party by an email voting system. Further details can be found from the application form and information sheet: RIGS application form

Locality budgets

Each west Suffolk ward councillor has £2,500 to allocate to projects within their ward. Parish and town councils are not able to apply for this funding, but can signpost its availability to voluntary or community organisations within your area, who can apply. Locality budgets are available to help build relationships and strengthen communities. The application is made through your ward councillor. Find out who your local councillor is

Locality officers provide support to community and voluntary groups, including parish and town councils in their locality, giving advice and making links that can help provide better services and overcome local issues.

If you are not already in contact with them, you can get in touch with the locality officer for your community through your ward councillor or by contacting them directly. Find out who your locality officer is