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West Norfolk town councils’ grants to support those helping in crisis

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Two town councils are appealing to charities, community and voluntary groups to apply for grants.

Both Hunstanton Town Council and Downham Market Town Council are offering grants to groups who are assisting in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for Hunstanton Town Council said: “Hunstanton Town Council recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic will give rise to additional pressures on the voluntary sector to support the most vulnerable in our communities.


“In order to enable smaller voluntary sector groups to mobilise capacity and capability to assist in the response, the Council are now providing cash grants to registered charities, as well as some local community and volunteer groups within Hunstanton.”

Registered charities, constituted community and voluntary groups, non-constituted ‘grassroots’ groups of local volunteers, and local businesses wishing to deliver charitable aid and support can apply.

The grants can be used to provide relief and support to people in Hunstanton who are at risk of vulnerability and hardship because of the Covid-19 crisis, or for those who are already providing support and these services are stretched due to the outbreak.

Downham Market
Downham Market

To apply, email clerk@hunstantontowncouncil.gov.uk with reference to the Covid-19 crisis and supplying details of the purpose of the grant, the desired outcomes, the people who will benefit from the support, what the grant will be spent on, and how the funding will help achieve the desired outcomes.

Meanwhile, Downham mayor Becky Hayes said: “We have also applied for some grant money, this is to be awarded to individuals or groups who are spending money and resources to help people in the community through the Covid-19 crisis.

“They are small amounts but if you think it may be applicable to you because you are suffering financially due to helping someone please get in touch on 01366 387770 or email elaine.oliver@downhammarkettc.co.uk.

“We can assure you that this will be dealt with in a sensitive manner and in total confidence.”

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