Breckland Outdoor Sport and Play Fund

*Currently closed for applications*

Currently closed. We aim to make decisions on current applications during December 2017.

Breckland District Council has established the above fund to support the provision of outdoor playing spaces in its area. The available funds are generated from open space contributions collected under policy DC11 of the Adopted Core Strategy, which requires all new housing developments to make a contribution towards children’s play and outdoor sport which is to be spent either in the parish or a nearby parish. The purpose of the fund is to increase the provision of outdoor facilities that the public have access to.

Following two earlier funding rounds which have already awarded more than £250,000, the fund has a current balance of £74,215 available in specific areas of the District (see below) and groups have one final opportunity to apply for a share of this funding.

The Fund is open to parish and town councils, constituted community groups and  charities. 

The Fund will consider applications that:

  • Provide or enhance children’s play areas;
  • Provide or enhance outdoor sports provision (e.g. multi-use games areas, outdoor fitness equipment, sports pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens, sports pavilions/changing facilities or parking related to the provision of eligible facilities).
  • Where there are only small sums available in a particular area, funds may be used for general maintenance or repair of existing equipment.

Additional notes

  1. The organisation applying for funding must own or have a long lease on the site of the planned facility.
  2. The project should ideally be in a position to proceed quickly if funding is awarded from this fund. Consequently projects where all necessary permissions are in place and any other necessary funding is secured will be more likely to receive support.
  3. Where new facilities are being provided (as opposed to repairs to existing equipment) consultation should have been carried out with people to establish the need for the project and to have informed the detail of the work to be done.
  4. Applicants to this fund may also apply to other Breckland Council funding pots for the same project if further funds are needed.
  5. Previous applicants may re-apply if there are still funds available in their area.
  6. The decision making process will include consultation with Breckland Council ward members and so you are advised to make your local members aware of your application and ask them to contact Norfolk Community Foundation to give their support.

What funding is available?


Parishes included



Litcham, Lexham, Kempstone, Tittleshall, Rougham, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St Peter, Wellingham



Mileham, Stanfield, Colkirk, Whissonsett, Horningtoft


North Elmham

North Elmham, Brisley, Gateley, Guist, Twyford, Bintree, Billingford, Foxley, Bawdeswell, Sparham


Swanton Morley

Swanton Morley, Hoe, Bylaugh, Elsing, Lyng



Mattishall, North Tuddenham, Hockering, East Tuddenham



Shipdham, Bradenham, Cranworth, Carbrooke


Upper Yare

Yaxham, Whinburgh, Garvestone, Hardingham








Great Ellingham

Great Ellingham, Little Ellingham, Rocklands, Scoulton



Attleborough, Besthorpe



Hockham, Stow Bedon, Shropham, Wretham



Weeting with Broomhill, Lyndford, Mundford, Cranwich, Stanford, Ickburgh, Didlington






East Harling, Bridgham, Roudham and Larling, Snetterton, Quidenham


Old Buckenham

Old Buckenham, New Buckenham, Banham, Kenninghall


Saham Toney

Saham Toney, Ovington, Ashill, Little Cressingham



Gressenhall, Wendling, Beeston with Bittering, Longham, Beetley



Griston, Merton, Thompson, Caston





Application process and timescale

  1. Check that there are funds available in your area (see above).
  2. Before starting an application you are encouraged to contact Clive Rayner at Norfolk Community Foundation (01603 623958) to discuss your project idea.
  3. Contact your Breckland ward member(s) to inform them that you are making an application and ask that they contact Norfolk Community Foundation via to give their view on your project –  Find your Councillor 
  4. Complete the online application which you can access by clicking on the link below.  The 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.

    Click here to begin an online application

Completed applications including all supporting information need to reach Norfolk Community Foundation by 5pm on Friday 10 November. The intention is to commit all of the remaining funding during 2017.

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If you have any questions on this Fund please contact Clive Rayner, Grants Officer by email or tel 01603 623958.

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