The Bernard Matthews Fund

*Currently closed for applications*

The aim of the Bernard Matthews Fund is to support charities, voluntary and community groups working throughout Norfolk, particularly the Great Yarmouth and Breckland areas, as well as the Waveney/Halesworth area of Suffolk.  Grants of up to £1,500 are available. The fund seeks to support projects that address a clear need, such as disability or rural isolation and those where its support will make the most impact. It is unlikely to support projects where it is being asked to contribute to a larger cost e.g. £1,500 towards a £20,000 salary or large building projects. Preference will be given to projects taking place in or benefiting rural areas.

Who can apply
Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in the eligible area can apply. This includes Churches/ PCCs and Parish Councils where the project is clearly community focused and inclusive.

Please refer to our FAQs for specific guidance on the types of organisation/ project that are eligible to apply. Please note the specific guidance in the FAQs for Social Enterprises/ CICs.

Schools are not eligible to apply.

How to apply
Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a new way to apply online, which enables applicants to complete more of the process entirely online if they wish.  If you have any problems at all using the new system please contact the Grants Team for support. 

If you are using an old version of eg. Internet Explorer you may find it helpful to download a copy of Google Chrome to ensure you have the best experience – this browser is free to download here  

Independent reference: Please note: we no longer require applicants to provide an independent reference with every application. Instead you will be asked to provide contact details for a referee within the online application form and we will contact the referee where we feel this will be helpful. Please see our FAQs for guidance on choosing an independent referee.

Making an online application:

Step 1 – Complete the online application form by clicking on the link below.  The new form enables you to upload various pieces of supporting information to complete your application. You can still send some or all of your supporting information separately by email or by post if you wish.

Step 2 – Ensure that Norfolk Community Foundation receives your online form, and all supporting information, by the deadline date.

Click here to begin an online application

For Fund enquiries please contact the Clive Rayner in the Grants Team, by email or tel 01603 623958

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