While theatres and museums in Suffolk are still reeling from the potential loss of county council support, sports clubs and community centres in Babergh and Mid Suffolk are getting a cash windfall.

The two districts have made grants to clubs from money they have received from developers as contributions to improving local facilities.

A new sports pavilion for Hadleigh and improved facilities for Claydon Football Club are among the community projects to receive a £230,000 boost this week.

The projects being supported in Babergh are a new sports pavilion at Layham Road in Hadleigh costing £108,500 and new play equipment for Cordell Place in Long Melford costing £13,000.

In Mid Suffolk Claydon Football Club received £70,400 for changing room and toilet block refurbishment, Palgrave Community Centre got £15,000 to improve access, Battisford Village Hall got £13,300 for new insulation and replacement windows and doors, and Rickinghall Village Trust got £10,500 for replacement roof lights, solar panel and battery installation.

The money comes from a combination of the councils’ community grants,  and money generated by developments across the districts.

Deborah Saw, from Babergh's cabinet, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to provide financial support to these two organisations to help them get their community projects off the ground.

“We want our residents, whatever their age, to be able to access facilities that improve their health and sense of wellbeing.”

Mid Suffolk cabinet member Tim Weller said: “With our funding and community grants, we are always trying to support projects that make real change in their area.

“We know that there’s always work to do, so I’d encourage local organisations to frequently check the grants page of our website and see if anything we offer is applicable to them.”