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Norfolk Community Foundation is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers win up to £25,000 from the Freemasons Community Award. As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country. The Foundation…

Following its nomination for a Beacon Award, the Norfolk Future Fund collected a Judge’s Special Award at a prestigious event at The Mansion House, London. The Norfolk Future Fund was set up by NCF to bring a younger generation of donors closer to their communities to encourage charitable giving and to support local charities.  One…

Following a national competitive tender process, Norfolk Community Foundation is one of seventy organisations across the country to share £12 million from the Tampon Tax Fund. The Fund, which comes from the Government’s tax on sanitary products, is aimed at helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the country. Minister for Civil…

Norfolk Superheroes take on gruelling physical challenge to support positive mental health in Norfolk It’s widely accepted that there is a link between physical activity and the positive effect it can have on our mental wellbeing.  Whether it’s a leisurely walk, run, bike ride or a more vigorous work out at the gym, exercise is thought…

Members of the Norfolk Future Fund have been nominated for a national award which highlights pioneering approaches to charitable giving. The Norfolk Future Fund aims to bring a younger generation of donors closer to their communities to encourage charitable giving and to support local charities. Its work has been nominated for the Trailblazer Award at…

In the week of International Women’s Day, the founders of the Norfolk Women’s Fund hosted a screening of the acclaimed documentary, He Named Me Malala, the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai’s campaign for girls’ education. The screening, held on Monday 6 March at Cinema City Norwich which was sold out with 100 guests, opened with…

The Benjamin Foundation, Headway Norfolk and Waveney, Henderson Trust, MAP (Mancroft Advice Project), Norfolk Community Law Service, The Family Contact Centre and The Garage all received a grant from a fund created by Norwich Business Women Network (NBWN) members in 2016. The network, which has over 100 members, has been established for over 25 years…

14th November, 2016

Surviving Winter 2016-17

Help older and vulnerable people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for vulnerable and elderly people due to poverty and inadequate housing which can lead to health issues. ‘Heat Vs Eat’ is a reality for many elderly people. The Surviving Winter Appeal…

The New Endeavour Rangers legacy supports local young people through a new fund Gorleston’s New Endeavour Rangers marching band has had a nostalgic re-awakening thanks to the discovery of newspaper clippings and photographs found by Jennifer Utting, daughter of Jack Atkins, one of the original founders in 1975.  The marching band of girls and boys…

Members of Norfolk Future Fund and guests took part in its fourth Dragon’s Den style funding event and where four charities took away a share of over £24,000! Held at Birketts LLP and hosted by vice patron, Carol Bundock DL and Mustard TVs Chris Bailey, the interactive funding event saw four local charities and community…

Norfolk Community Foundation has found that youth opportunity and poor mental health are amongst the biggest issues facing Norfolk whilst also recognising the pressures on the health and care sector associated with a rising elderly population.  Vital Signs, one of seventeen reports from participating community foundations across the UK launched today provides a health check…

Read all about our work over the last 12 months in our 2015 Annual Review.  Last year the Foundation awarded grant funding of over £2 million to local community projects on behalf of our donors.  Our latest annual report features case studies of some of the projects that were funded across the county.  The report…

3rd August, 2016

Norfolk’s Vital Signs

This year, Norfolk Community Foundation joins other community foundations across the network by taking part in Vital Signs – an annual report designed to measure social trends and the vitality of our communities to build a picture of life and social need in our county. Norfolk is generally perceived as a prosperous part of the…

Thank you to members and guests who joined us for our first Norfolk Future Fund Quiz at Vodka Revolution on 14th July.   Well done to our winning teams who received a donation to a local charity of their choice: 1. Lovewell Blake – £500 to About With Friends 2. Let’s get Quizzical (AKA Santander) –…

Norfolk Community Foundation launched a new mental health and wellbeing fund at its annual Love Norfolk event last week. Held at OPEN Youth Trust, individuals, businesses and community leaders heard from guest speaker the Rt Hon Norman Lamb, MP, who told of his own family’s experience of ill mental health.  Michael Scott, chief executive of…

Two grants schemes to help local businesses grow and boost local economy Norfolk Community Foundation is currently helping to deliver two grants scheme for local businesses wanting to grow. Norwich 4 New Enterprise (N4NE) grants programme is a scheme that has the support of a number of local organisations who make up the decision making…

Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a dedicated mental health and wellbeing fund in response to demand and to develop and strengthen community networks that are a lifeline for those affected by mental ill health. With demand for such support set to grow as statutory mental health services continue to be affected by cuts and are…

Following on from the success of last year’s Celebrating Volunteers Day, Norwich Cathedral are repeating the event again this year, and would love for you to get involved in 2016. The event will be held in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 5th June and will form part of the National Volunteers Week celebrations. The day starts…

A new Fund that has been established to support community projects to help women’s personal and economic empowerment in Norfolk was launched at Aviva’s magnificent Marble Hall on 1st March, as part of a week of activities preceding International Women’s day. The fund will award grants of between £500 – £2,500 to support activities that…

The demand for dementia friendly services is set to grow as we face rising numbers of those living with dementia and a health service pushed to its limit.  The Norfolk Dementia Fund and Norfolk Community Foundation played a small part in helping to meet demand as over £13,000 was awarded to support these services in…

Norfolk Community Foundation were delighted to be selected as the Norwich Business Women’s Network (NBWN) ‘Charity of the Year’ in 2015.  The long running networking group established the ‘NBWN Community Fund’ which raised a staggering £7,800 which was awarded in the form of grants to four different community projects and as a contribution to Norfolk…

20th November, 2015

NCF speak at Warm & Well event

Norfolk Community Foundation took part in an event which marked the launch of Norfolk County Council and partners ‘Warm and Well campaign’ for 2015. The event also marked the launch of the Surviving Winter Appeal. Warm and Well is a local partnership project to keep residents in Norfolk healthy this winter and is targeted at…

Local business people take part in Dragon’s Den style event and charities leave with over £13,000! Held at Birketts LLP and hosted by the Foundation’s Vice Chair, Jackie Higham and Mustard TVs Chris Bailey, the interactive funding event saw four local charities and community groups face over 60 ‘dragons’ at an event organised by Norfolk…

2nd October, 2015

Annual Review 2014

Ten years supporting local communities . . . Our Annual Review for the year ending 31 December 2014 is now available and highlights what was another successful year for the Foundation. This was the year that we grew our endowment to over £14 million and importantly this will be working for local charities and community…

We are finding that there is growing interest amongst individuals wanting to learn more about tax efficient and effective charitable giving and the options available to them as donors. Good advice in this area is important – and their professional advisor is often their first point of contact for guidance.         In response, we have launched…

23rd March, 2015

Love Norfolk event

Celebrating 10 years of supporting local communities Over 200 guests attended the 5th Love Norfolk event hosted by the Norfolk Community Foundation and sponsored by Rathbones, at Norwich University of the Arts on Thursday 19 March. The event marked the 10 year anniversary of the Norfolk Community Foundation and took a nostalgic look back on…

2015 is an exciting year for Norfolk Community Foundation as we celebrate 10 years of supporting local communities. The Foundation was established in 2005 to develop financial support for the smaller charities and community groups who help those in need in Norfolk. By bringing our donors and those in need together, our aim is to…

Local community groups see their projects supported at interactive funding event. Members of the Norfolk Future Fund and the wider Norfolk business community came together last week to support local groups addressing need across the county. The new grant fund initiative launched by the Norfolk Community Foundation in July with the aim of benefiting community…

On 21st October 2014, nelsonspirit will be hosting their annual Trafalgar Day Dinner and this year, it is in aid of a new fund launched by Norfolk leaders to help Norfolk young people grow into the leaders of tomorrow. The nelsonspirit future leaders fund, set up in early 2014, aims to provide small grants to…

Finance Manager, Olive Thompson and Development and Marketing Manager, Anna Douglas returned from Paris this week having cycled there from London on Wednesday 23 July to fundraise for groups that apply for funding through the Norfolk Community Foundation.  The 300 mile, 4 day route started with a rather tense, traffic riddled journey out of the…

Around 50 Norfolk based professional advisors and business people came together for the launch of the Norfolk Future Fund, held at Birketts LLP on Thursday 3 July. An event with a difference, guests had the opportunity to meet local community groups and take part in an interactive giving session. The Norfolk Future Fund is a…

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity. It is hoping that the new format will encourage people to think carefully about alternative options before setting up a charity, such as supporting an existing organisation with the same aim or setting up a named donor fund with a community…

The Norfolk Community Foundation was very fortunate to be one of two charities who were provided with the rare opportunity to hold an Open Gardens fundraising event at Ditchingham Hall this year.   The private gardens of Ditchingham Hall were open to the public on Sunday 13 July, thanks to the generosity of the Earl and…

25th June, 2014

EDP Flood Appeal round up

Following the biggest tidal surge in 60 years, the East Anglian floods in December 2013 left individuals and businesses in Norfolk and parts of Suffolk devastated by the damage caused. Within 24 hours, the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) had partnered with Norfolk Community Foundation to launch the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal. The campaign…

Norfolk Community Foundation staff, Olive Thompson and Anna Douglas are taking to their bikes between 23-26 July to fundraise for the Foundation’s Love Norfolk Fund, from which grants are delivered to support the work of the smaller charities and community groups across Norfolk. The two, for both of whom 2014 is a significant year, have signed up…

Norfolk Future Fund members met this week to shortlist the community groups who will be presenting at the launch of the Fund on Thursday 3 July. Founder members Bella Brodie of Parks PR, Ben Handford of Naked Marketing and Niall Pasco-McGregor of Barclays were joined by Anna Douglas and Jo Maddocks of the Foundation, Andy Newman,…

Foundation Chief Executive, Graham Tuttle was presented with a cheque for £2,000 by the Norwich No1 Roundtable at an event held at the Tank Museum in Forncett St Peter on Monday 12 May. The Norfolk Community Foundation was selected as their ‘Charity of the Year’ 2013-14.  The money, which was raised through a number of…

The Bishop’s Gardens were open for the first of a number of charity fundraisers this year on Sunday 11 May. Staff, trustees and supporters of the Foundation were delighted to welcome visitors to the gardens and raised £1,000 for a range of causes across Norfolk through the sale of entry tickets and cake and refreshments. Younger visitors enjoyed…

7th May, 2014

Great Yarmouth reception

The Mayor of the Borough of Great Yarmouth, Councillor John Burroughs hosted an evening reception for business leaders and individuals living and working in and around the Great Yarmouth area last week.  The event was held on behalf of the Norfolk Community Foundation.  It provided people with the opportunity to meet some of the charities…

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector challenged to deliver through the Community Challenge Fund New fund to support people into employment . . . Local voluntary organisations and social enterprises are being asked to come forward with innovative new ideas to help support at least 325 unemployed and socially disadvantaged people in Suffolk and Norfolk…

Go-Givers is a national programme for primary schools led by the Citizenship Foundation, an independent educational charity. The ‘Make A difference challenge’, which is supported by the Norfolk Community Foundation and its donors was launched in Great Yarmouth last year and hopes to run across the county in 2015, and is looking for funding to…

28th November, 2013

Government funding boost!

Norfolk philanthropists have a rare chance to see their charitable giving enhanced by up to 75% on top of their original donation, thanks to a Government initiative. The Office of Civil Society (OCS) has created a ‘national’ pot of £6,000,000 2:1 match funding through its Community First programme which aims to encourage more social action in…

A new report has identified some of the main social issues and areas of need facing the seven districts of Norfolk, two of which are in the top 25 most vulnerable districts in the UK. Commissioned by the Norfolk Community Foundation, the document highlights priority and cross cutting issues affecting those that live in the…

Five Norfolk charities received a share of a £25,000 fund which has been donated by Norfolk 100 members at an evening organised by the Norfolk Community Foundation on 10 September 2013. The audience also made personal pledges from their own funds which brought the amount shared by the charities to over £30,000.

Norfolk Community Foundation appeared at the Royal Norfolk Show in Norfolk County Council’s Community marquee this year.  Visitors to the stand were asked to vote for one of 10 charities in a shortlisting process that would end with five charities receiving a share of a £25,000 fund. HRH Prince Michael of Kent paid a visit…