Sheringham Shoal Community Fund

The Sheringham Shoal Community Fund will support projects proposed by groups inspired to do something new and positive in their community.  Projects should focus on one or more of the following objectives:

  • To contribute to reducing climate change.
  • To assist the sustainability of North Norfolk communities by stimulating their own ability to solve issues and create opportunities, for example by providing educational or community business facilities.
  • To have a marine environment or marine safety focus.
  • To promote environmental sensitivity, sustainability or the benefits of renewable energy.
  • To contribute to education or employment in the renewable energy industry or related arenas through access to courses and community activities.

The Fund aims to award half of the funding to Wells-next-the-Sea and the surrounding area with the remaining funds being available to the wider North Norfolk District area.

Examples of recent grants include:

  • Funding for air source heating in a community building
  • Funding for CCTV to improve beach safety
  • Funding for electric vehicle charging points 
  • Funding to convert street lights to low energy LED lighting

The following are generally not supported:

  • Improvements to play areas
  • improvements to buildings used only (or largely) for worship

How to apply

There is a two stage process:

Stage 1 – Complete an “outline proposal” to tell us about your idea and how this fits with the Fund objectives. This can be completed at any time and you will receive a decision quickly. You can find a link for this form below.

Stage 2 – Selected applicants are then invited to complete a full application – a link to this form will be sent to you. We will advise you of the timescale for completing your full application and the date on which you will hear a decision. Full application decisions are normally made at meetings in April/May and October/November.

The outline proposal stage can also be used to request development funding of up to £500 if your project needs further development before it can proceed. Such funding might be used to carry out public consultation or to pay for independent advice. As an alternative to this you might also consider seeking help via our Norfolk Prohelp scheme.

The Fund has not set an upper grant limit but as a guide the largest grant awarded to date is £25,000.

Before starting an Outline Proposal you are encouraged to talk to Clive Rayner at Norfolk Community Foundation; telephone: 01603 623958
Please note: passing the outline proposal stage does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded. You should not commit to any expenditure until you have a decision on a full application.

Call for Applications


Maximum Grant

Over £5000

Who can apply?

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

Eligible Area

North Norfolk

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