WEST NORFOLK: Community groups given £320k council grants boost
Several community groups in West Norfolk have been given the ideal boost to their plans for 2013 after securing county council funding.
Seven projects in the area have been awarded a total of more than £320,000 from Norfolk County Council’s community construction fund.
And organisations are being encouraged to submit applications for a second round of grant awards, which opens next week.
The largest grant, £100,000, has been awarded to the Westacre Arts Foundation to build extra performance and workshop spaces at the theatre.
Divisional councillor Janet Murphy hailed the grant as “wonderful news” for the theatre and the wider area.
She said: “They are a dedicated group of people making the theatre such a success.
“They do lots of work with young people and this funding to extend the current site will be an even greater asset for the community.”
Other grants awarded included £65,000 for a new clubhouse and changing facilities in Feltwell.
Swaffham’s town council has also been awarded £45,000 for work to restore the chapel in the town’s cemetery.
And the Hunstanton Sailing Club’s £300,000 project to revamp their headquarters and open it up for wider community use will benefit from a £40,000 grant.
A new five-person lift will be installed at the town hall in Downham with a £38,000 award to the town council.
Work to improve facilities at the Hockwold Cricket Club will also benefit from an investment of £30,000.
And £4,876 will be given to West Norfolk’s branch of Mencap to go towards a refurbishment of the charity’s beach hut in Old Hunstanton.
In total, 41 projects across Norfolk will receive shares of more than £2 million and applications for a second round of grant awards will open next Wednesday, January 9.
Deputy leader Bill Borrett said: “It is fantastic news that the council has enough funding to support more groups so they can provide new or improved facilities to their communities.”
Any groups interested in applying for a grant should phone 01603 623958 or visit www.norfolkfoundation.com/Community-Construction-Fund for more details.
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