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Second year of funding through West Norfolk Rural Community Capital Grants opens

Community organisations aiming to boost their buildings or equipment are now able to apply for significant funding.

The ‘outline proposal’ stage for year two of the West Norfolk Rural Community Capital Grants has opened. Capital grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available, with match funding of 25% required.

The fund can provide capital grants to community organisations in our rural areas for the creation or improvement of buildings or equipment which will “enhance and strengthen community assets, facilities and local provision”.

Cllr Alistair Beales is looking forward to hearing from applicants
Cllr Alistair Beales is looking forward to hearing from applicants

The scheme is being delivered by the Norfolk Community Foundation on behalf of West Norfolk Council, and is funded by £225,000 from the Government through the Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Cllr Alistair Beales, the borough council’s cabinet member for business, said: “This funding provides an opportunity to strengthen our rural communities and we are looking forward to hearing project ideas from community groups that will improve and enhance our local offer.”

Grants are available for projects which invest in and futureproof community facilities, green spaces and communal infrastructure. The council says successful projects should consider local needs now and into the future.

Examples of fundable projects could include community-led environmental projects such as opening a repair and repurpose hub, green community energy schemes, and upgrading of community spaces to provide enhanced community use, such as accessibility improvements.

Projects must be deliverable between May 2024 and the end of March 2025.

Community groups must be from the rural areas of West Norfolk and eligible applicants include charities, faith organisations, parish and town councils, social enterprises and CICs, and voluntary groups. The Norfolk Community Foundation website has more details of eligible areas and groups.

Interested parties can find out more on the West Norfolk Rural Community Capital Grants page, where they will also be able to download and submit an outline proposal form.

Outline project proposals must be submitted by the end of January 2024 and will be reviewed soon after that.

Applicants who are successful at this stage will then be invited to submit a full application, and final decisions on grant awards are expected to be announced in May, so project dates should plan to start from then.

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