Empowering Communities Fund

This Fund has been created to help Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations across Norfolk to build their resilience and move towards a positive and sustainable future.

The Fund aims to enable the VCSE to implement new ideas and innovative ways of working that will stimulate sustainable services, and grow capacity to support vulnerable people in our communities.

In addition to grants, applicants will also have the opportunity to highlight any support needs that can be met through our Norfolk ProHelp and Funding Plus programmes.

Funding available

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to enable new ideas and innovative ways of working to stimulate sustainable services, which may include:

  • Re-ordering/ re-purposing of venues and meeting spaces to optimise services
  • New activities/ staffing structures to meet changing demands
  • Introduction/ integration of digital services
  • Recruitment and training for volunteers
  • Piloting new ideas in response to evidenced needs
  • Rolling out proven services into new locations or to benefit new communities of need
  • Developing new partnerships/ collaborative services

Applications should be able to show how the funding will enable some additionality to existing services; purely business as usual costs cannot be supported.

Proposed activities should be well developed and evidenced at the time of applying, to enable a grant to be put into use promptly if awarded.

It is unlikely that the Fund will make a contribution to a capital project unless all other funding/ permissions etc are in place and the project can begin promptly upon receipt of a grant.

How to apply

You can begin an online application by clicking the ‘Apply online’ link at the bottom of this page.

When to apply

It is anticipated that the Fund will be distributed over a number of rounds:

The first round is now closed.

The next deadline will be announced in the New Year.

Who can help

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an application, please contact the Programmes Team on 01603 623958 or email grants@norfolkfoundation.com


Call for Applications


Maximum Grant

up to £10,000


22 November 2021 – 12:00pm

Who can apply?

Charity, Faith organisation, Parish/Town Council, Social Enterprise/CIC, and Voluntary/Community Group

Eligible Area

Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, and South Norfolk

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