Freebridge Community Housing Fund
Freebridge Community Housing is the largest social landlord in based in West Norfolk. Freebridge owns and manages close to 7,000 homes in total, with about half of this being in and around King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Freebridge Community Housing is committed to “developing homes and creating opportunities in West Norfolk”.
The organisation was established in April 2006 and since then has been continually evolving to meet the individual needs of its tenants and the changing requirements of the sector. A key priority has been ensuring that the ‘Decent Home Standards’ promise to tenants is kept through the delivery of a major improvement programme by the 2012 deadline. In addition the organisation is dedicated to working with local partners to address wider social issues such as community development, tenant empowerment and tackling anti-social behaviour.
The Fund will give small grants of up to £1,000 to support community and voluntary activity that addresses the needs of communities within West Norfolk, and which supports community self-help. Priority will be given to projects that impact on the Association’s tenants.
The Fund will support a wide range of charities and community organisations, with the aim of:
• Promoting health and wellbeing
• Tackling disadvantage
• Supporting local solutions to local needs
• Promoting community cohesion
• Developing sustainable and supportive communities
• Improving the environment for Freebridge’s tenants
Grant decisions will be made by a panel made up of Freebridge staff and tenants, who will look to help a wide range of community issues and initiatives. These may include expenses such as capital costs, venue hire, equipment, promotional costs, start-up expenses and training, for example.
Announcing the Fund, Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall said, “Although our core role is to provide good quality affordable housing for people across the area, we feel strongly that we have a responsibility to play a leading role in building stronger, vibrant communities. By setting up a Fund which will provide grants to organisations on a very local level, we feel we can fill a need which is not met by either public funding or the more major charities. Our focus is very much at community level; we will be trying to ensure that the money gets to where it is really needed on the ground. We have chosen Norfolk Community Foundation to administer the Fund because of their good track record of identifying need and getting funds to the real grass-roots level. We have divided the Fund into two, with a sum available for immediate grant-giving and a larger sum invested for the future, so that we can create a real ongoing legacy which can continue to boost communities across West Norfolk in future years.”
Who can apply
Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk district 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.
When to apply
The next deadline 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 http://www.google.com/chrome/
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.
For Fund enquiries please contact Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01603 623958