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About the Fund
The aim of the fund is to help get a wide range of construction schemes off the ground – things like improvements to indoor and outdoor community facilities; village hall extensions; sports facilities; nature, animal or wildlife attractions; community gardens; scouting or guide huts; outside gyms; play areas, and improved access for disabled or older people.
You need to be a formally constituted body based in Norfolk to apply to the fund. This includes organisations such as town and parish councils, district councils, charities, constituted voluntary and community groups, neighbourhood boards and sports clubs. Churches, schools and other similar bodies may also apply, if they wish to use the funding for wider community use.
All applications will need to be able to evidence the support of their local County Councillor, who will act as 'sponsor' for the bid. This should take the form of a brief written statement or reference to accompany the application.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that projects:
- Are construction or building-related
- Will benefit the local community or residents of/ visitors to Norfolk
- Have all of the necessary planning permissions in place at the time of applying (or able to evidence that planning permission is not required)
- Can evidence all estimated costs with contractors quotes
- Can be taken forward in a timely way with no delays
- Can evidence consultation with and the support of the local community
- Have the support of the County Councillor for the area
- Have plans in place for long term maintenance, insurance and sustainability
- Will help the local economy by employing small business in Norfolk and local workers or contractors, wherever possible
- Might generate further funding support from other areas – such as lottery or match funding.
- Building or construction work benefiting people outside of Norfolk
- Building or construction work that does not provide for the widest community use
- Costs of work that has already taken place or already been incurred
- Purchasing of equipment (e.g. play or sports equipment) where there is no building or groundwork required
- Building or construction work on leased land/property, where the lease will expire within 5 years for grants up to £50,000, or within 10 years for grants over £50,000. The applicant should be the body that owns or has the long leasehold interest in the property concerned.
- Building or construction that will not be accessible for disabled people
- Conservation/restoration works which should be undertaken as part of an organisation’s core role
- Routine repairs to roads or footways that are the responsibility of a statutory agency
- Feasibility studies
- Private domestic building works, housing (including social housing) or industrial development
- Building or construction work intended for political use or commercial purposes
Grants from £100 up to £100,000 are available, to be spent within 12 months of the award.
Grants will be paid by BACS, or by cheque.
The fund is currently closed for applications, and details of any future deadlines will be advertised here in due course.
How to apply
Application is via our Standard online application form. Click here to visit the application pack. Please note the online application is a 2-part process - both parts plus all relevant supporting information must be submitted by 5pm on the deadline date.
What reporting is required?
Successful applicants will be required to provide a brief update at regular intervals after the grant payment is made, to review progress and discuss any possible changes and developments to funded activities.
If you would like to discuss your project before applying or have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact the Grants Team on 01603 623958 or via E-mail