As the Suffolk Coastal Business & Community Awards are now closed to new entries, it’s time to turn our attention to the Enabling Communities Award. The finalists for this award have been shortlisted from all the community projects that have received funding from the Suffolk Coastal Enabling Communities Budget or Exemplar Grant over the past 18 months.

We need your votes to decide the winner.

Voting is open to the public until 28th February 2018. Find out all about the shortlisted projects and cast your vote here. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall on 15th March.

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure at Suffolk Coastal, said: “Since we launched our Enabling Communities Budget scheme in December 2013, we’ve supported over 750 projects and community initiatives and 23 projects through our Exemplar Grants programme.

“Our four finalists represent just a handful of the diverse projects we’ve helped support in the last year and together support the breadth of our communities, including young and older people, protecting heritage and teaching crucial life skills. It’s now over to the public to vote for their favourite and decide which project has benefitted their community most.”

To find out more about Suffolk Coastal District Council’s funding opportunities, visit:

Pictured: The 2016 winners BRFA for Sax Music Fest.