Funding Policy


Norfolk Community Foundation is an independent charity for the county that administers a range of funding schemes on behalf of individuals, public, private and voluntary sector bodies and other donors who wish to support good causes in Norfolk.  

Each Fund is set up in accordance with the wishes of the donor, and the eligibility criteria, priorities and size of grant available can vary between Funds.  Occasionally Funds will also benefit areas outside Norfolk in accordance with specific donor requirements.   Funds may offer grants, bursaries or other funding opportunities dependent on the philanthropic aims of the donor. 

All Norfolk Community Foundation Funds are, however, founded on the core principles that form our Funding Policy.

Funding Policy

All Norfolk Community Foundation Funds aim to address disadvantage and social need, to  improve quality of life – particularly for the most marginalised and vulnerable residents – and to help local communities thrive. 

Our Funds are based on the following core principles: 

  • To meet community needs and aspirations
  • To increase and strengthen community and voluntary activity in Norfolk
  • To utilise local knowledge and consultation to evidence need
  • To appropriately respond to the wishes of donors and help them fulfil their charitable aims
  • To deliver impact and benefit that can be measured through monitoring and evaluation

In order to ensure that Norfolk Community Foundation’s funding is focussed and responsive, our Funding Policy is informed by evidence of Norfolk’s needs and continuing engagement with sector strategy with other key local partners. 

Norfolk Community Foundation has joined other members of our UK-wide network by taking part in Vital Signs – an annual report designed to measure the vitality of our communities and build a picture of life and social need in the county.

This evidence basis is used to encourage existing and potential donors to consider where their funds can make the greatest difference, and defines the priorities of our signature fund, Love Norfolk.