Fifty community and voluntary groups across Norfolk are celebrating grant awards of up to £5,000 set to strengthen the county’s communities.
They include a £5,000 award to Hilgay Parish Council to buy play equipment for the children’s play area and £4,800 to Leziate, Ashicken & Bawsey Village Hall Committee to upgrade facilities and replace the flooring
In total, funding totalling £181,573 has been allocated in the sixth round of grants from the Norfolk Community Fund which is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation.
The fund, launched in October 2011, has been created to help charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to support and strengthen their local communities.
Margaret Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Communities at Norfolk County Council said: “I’m pleased that with this new round of funding the Norfolk Community Fund has now given more than £1.2m to over 340 groups right across the county.
“This valuable support means that communities are able to run activities and get new initiatives off the ground that will really make a difference to the lives of local people.”
Other successful groups in the newly announced list include:
Eating Disorders Association (BEAT), the UK’s leading charity supporting people affected by eating disorders, has been given a grant of £4,000 which will help cover operational costs including rent and staff costs.
Garden Organic receives £2,500 to support 65 active Master Gardeners countywide; Break, who provide holidays and respite care for children and adults with severe disabilities are planning to put their £5,000 towards extending their current befriending scheme which provides support to young carers and their families; and the Norfolk Deaf Children’s Society, set up over 50 years ago, will use its grant of £2,400 to provide activities specifically for hearing impaired children.