Community projects across West Norfolk are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 through a scheme set up by gas supplier Calor.
Calor’s Rural Community Fund aims to give off-grid communities the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life. According to the size of the project, there are three levels of funding available. There are two grants of £5,000, two of £2,500 and five of £1,000.
Applications are invited on the dedicated website, www.calor.co.uk/communityfund, which will be open for entries from across the UK on April 3 for six weeks. Accepted projects will be published online and votes from the public will be cast to choose favourites before a shortlist of finalists is drawn up.
Paul Blacklock, Calor’s corporate affairs manager said: “We provide rural energy to homes and businesses in the region and understand the challenges that country living can pose, especially when it comes to accessing community facilities.
“So we decided we’d like to give something back, by offering rural off-grid communities the chance to source some much-needed funds for a project that will make a real difference in their area.
“Projects we support could be anything from community centres, village halls and sporting venues to youth clubs and scout groups, or they could be initiatives to support the elderly – we’re open to all ideas.”
He said national community action groups, Business in the Community and Rural England will be joining the judging panel.