Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Small Grants Scheme

*Currently closed for applications*

A wide range of activities can be funded through revenue and capital grants, and need to meet at least one of the following outcomes:

Improved understanding of different people and cultures in our local community
For example, reminiscence and oral history projects, local history exhibitions, parish surveys, projects to bring together different cultures or generations.

Increased involvement from people who face barriers to participation in community life
For example, involving people in learning activities, integrated sports activities for disabled and non-disabled people, school holiday activities for families on low income, activities in rural areas where access to public transport is limited.

Greater use of community buildings or outdoor community spaces particularly in rural areas
For example, refurbishing buildings to support new activities, equipment for village film clubs/ luncheon clubs/ drama clubs etc., children’s play areas, multi-use games areas, wildlife/ community gardens, environmental improvements.

Healthier and safer lifestyles for the whole community
For example, promoting healthier eating, running self help groups, sports projects, walking and cycling projects and well-being classes.

Increased participation in arts and cultural activities which are accessible to the whole community
For example, developing music skills, events that attract new audiences, taster sessions to introduce people to the arts, using new venues, community theatre or music productions.

Who can apply
Funding is available to charities, and constituted voluntary and community groups based or clearly operating in the district of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. 

Statutory organisations (eg. schools), social enterprises and community interest companies are not eligible for grants. Town and Parish Councils are not eligible to apply.

Organisations in receipt of a Service Level Agreement from the Borough Council are not eligible to apply for capital or revenue support from this Fund, even if your project is separate to your core business funded by the SLA.

Grants will not cover VAT costs where organisations are registered to claim this expenditure back.

Grants will not be awarded retrospectively for expenditure already undertaken. Please ensure you apply to the appropriate deadline to ensure funds will be released before your project/ activity begins.

Revenue grants:
Revenue grants are available up to a maximum of £2,500.
Revenue grants can cover running costs and activity/ operational costs.

Please note: Revenue grants are for 1 year only. Any one organisation applying for revenue funding will only receive funds for a maximum of 3 consecutive years for the same or similar activity. After this time no further award will be made for a period of 2 years, unless it is for a completely new and unrelated project.  Applications purely for salaries/ core costs are unlikely to be supported. 


Capital grants:
Capital grants can cover equipment, building, and refurbishment costs. Grants up to 1/3 of costs up to a maximum grant of £10,000 are available. Your application will need to show how the remainder of your costs will be raised. All capital projects need to adhere to the relevant Building Regulations and Planning Requirements.

Please note: Capital applications for £1,000 or less, may, at the discretion of the panel, be 100% funded without the need for matched funding from other organisations. However the panel would normally expect the applicant to make a contribution.

Revenue grants will normally be paid upfront in one instalment. Capital grants may be paid in installments depending on the size of the grant – you will be advised of the timing of payments if your application is successful.

Please note: Applications are not expected to request funds for a mix of revenue and capital funds.

When to apply
The next deadline for applications will be published here when the Fund is open. 

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 Grants Team by email at or tel 01603 623958


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