Breckland Outdoor Sport and Play Fund

*Currently closed for applications*

Currently closed.

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, around £53,000 remains 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 confirmed 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. Find your Breckland Councillor here

What funding is available?


Parishes included



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



Mileham, Stanfield, Colkirk, Whissonsett, Horningtoft



Mattishall, North Tuddenham, Hockering, East Tuddenham



Shipdham, Bradenham, Cranworth, Carbrooke





Great Ellingham

Great Ellingham, Little Ellingham, Rocklands, Scoulton



Hockham, Stow Bedon, Shropham, Wretham



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


Saham Toney

Saham Toney, Ovington, Ashill, Little Cressingham



Gressenhall, Wendling, Beeston with Bittering, Longham, Beetley



Griston, Merton, Thompson, Caston





Application process and timescale

  • Check that there are funds available in your area (see above).
  • Contact Clive Rayner at Norfolk Community Foundation (contact details below) to discuss your project idea.
  • If it appears that your project is eligible we will provide you with a link to the online application form and advise you what additional documents we wish to see (e.g. annual accounts, copies of estimates).
  • We will confirm at this point what the exact timescale is for submitting the completed application. The intention is to commit all of the remaining funding during 2017.

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

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