Council fund panels award over £90,000 to community groups

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Date published: 12th January 2022

The Panels of the North Norfolk Arts & Culture, Community Transport and Sustainable Communities Funds met in November and December whereby grants of over £90,248 were agreed supporting a wide range of community groups and organisations.

The Arts & Culture fund awarded a grant to Musical Keys, an organisation who provide music sessions at the Barrington Farm day services centre, for people with learning disabilities; the grant of £2,498.50 means they can provide up to 46 one-hour sessions for another 12 months.

It also awarded a grant to the Cromer Artspace, who install life-size reproductions of art work from the National Gallery collection to outside art exhibitions, allowing residents to see iconic pieces in North Norfolk. The grant help to deliver 24 reproductions for exhibition around the town.

The Community Transport fund awarded a total of £40,000 to the North Norfolk Community Transport for the continued funding of wheelchair accessible transport to take residents for medically-related appointments and the Dial-a-Ride Service, a door-to-door minibus service from rural villages to local shops and supermarkets.

The Sustainable Communities Fund awarded various grants to local groups for various projects, including electric vehicle charge points, the Cley Harbour Project, Fakenham Sports Centre, church renovations and the Pandora Project.

See the full list of awardees for the North Norfolk Arts & CultureCommunity Transport and Sustainable Communities Fund

Cllr. Virginia Gay, portfolio holder for Leisure, Wellbeing and Culture said:

“There is a great sense of community in North Norfolk, with so much creativity and a desire to help one another. Through our community funds, we are delighted that we can support the many projects or aspirations across the District.

We always welcome your ideas and applications, for projects big and small in nature.”

Applications to the grant funds are welcome all year round and are decided by a panel, which meet throughout the year.

Closing dates for completed applications to the March Panels are:

North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund – Monday, 28th February 2022

North Norfolk Arts & Culture and Community Transport Funds – Friday, 25th February 2022.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact supporting.communities@north-norfolk.gov.uk prior to submitting an application.

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