Silk Purse Fund

*Open for applications now*

Deadline for applications 5pm, Friday 17 August 2018

The Silk Purse Fund aims to support a wide range of charitable, voluntary and community organisations across Norfolk with grants from £500 to £5,000.

Applications to support the following types of activity will be considered:

  • Support for families
  • Opportunities for young people to raise their aspirations, develop skills and realise achievements where they may not be able to do so through education
  • Age related mental ill health, and associated care provision
  • Therapeutic activities for older and/ or vulnerable people, including but not limited to reminiscence work, music or drama.

Please note the Silk Purse Fund will not support ongoing operational/ revenue costs.

Projects to support the sustainability and development of charitable organisations will be considered in the following circumstances:

  • Start up costs
  • Clearly defined projects that assist sustainable organisations to develop or expand their activities

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
The next deadline is 5pm, 17 August 2018. 

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 Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager by email or tel 01603 623958


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