A new scheme to enable charities and voluntary groups to seek council funding for community projects is being launched today.
West Norfolk Council chiefs are offering up to £10,000 of funding for community schemes under its Small Grants programme, for which applications have now opened.
And officials of one group which secured funding towards its scheme has urged others to apply.
The programme will offer grants of up to £2,500 to community organisations to cover running costs, or £10,000 to help fund new equipment, building or refurbishment works.
Elizabeth Nockolds, the borough council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “Community groups, charities and voluntary organisations are vital to making things happen, especially in rural areas, but sometimes they need a bit of help and support in raising the necessary funds.
“This scheme can really help. In the past we’ve seen how it can bring in additional funding for groups or can at least grease the wheels to get a project started.”
One group that has already benefited from a previous programme is the Heacham Sports and Social Club, who used the grant they received towards a new sports pavilion.
The remaining funding, almost £200,000 came from the Football Foundation, Sport England and Mars.
But club chairman Geoffrey Robinson said: “The council grant really helped us to secure the additional funding and now we have a marvellous pavilion which is benefitting the local community as well as our football and cricket teams.
“We would urge anyone who is thinking of developing a project in their community to apply for a grant. It could really make a difference.”
To be eligible for support, projects must fulfil at least one of the scheme’s target outcomes.
They include increasing participation in community life, improving understanding of different people and cultures in our communities, encouraging use of community buildings and outdoors spaces, encouraging healty lifestyles and increasing community participation in arts and cultural activities.
Applications for the initial round of grants will remain open until October 23.
More information is available at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/borough-council-of-kings-lynn-west-norfolk-small-grants-scheme/