Goodman Trust Fund

*Currently closed for applications*


Decisions are made twice yearly in Summer (June/ July) and Winter (November/ December). 

About the Goodman Trust
The origins of The Goodman Trust go back to 1936 when Adelman Goodman, who had previously emigrated from Vilnius in White Russia, took over an ailing shoe manufacturing company in Norwich – the Florida Shoe Factory. This was originally located in an old aircraft hangar on the then Norwich airfield, situated on the corner of Salhouse Road and the ring road on the site currently occupied by Sainsbury’s Homebase. He was shortly joined in the business by his two sons, Lionel and David Goodman.

The business prospered and in the mid-1960s moved to Dibden Road, Norwich. In 1972 Simon Goodman (Lionel’s son) joined the business. After a successful period of trading that saw the company introduce its branded range of women’s footwear, Van Dal, the Florida Group of companies decided to set up a charitable trust for the benefit of the inhabitants of Norwich and surrounding areas.

Grants available
Grants of up to £2,500 are available for charitable organisations working in Norfolk, with particular interest in projects that benefit health and wellbeing and the environment. Priority is given to applications where a grant of this size will cover a specific cost, rather than a general contribution to eg. salaries/ operational costs, and particularly to smaller charities where a small sum can make a considerable difference.

Who can apply
Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in Norfolk 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
Grants are normally made in two funding rounds each year – in June/ July and November/ December. 
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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