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North Norfolk community groups encouraged to apply for funding

Just Regional
Mar 11, 2015 3 mins read

Community groups in north Norfolk are being invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 in the latest round of funding from the Victory Housing Community Fund.

A total of £17,500 is up for grabs from the Fund, which has so far handed out £289,482 in 102 separate grants since it was set up by Victory Housing Trust in 2008.

Now the search is on for a fresh bunch of community groups which can make good use of the latest slice of cash from the fund.

Bidding is open to any community organisation in the north of Norfolk, including charities, voluntary groups, community organisations and parish councils. They can apply for grants of up to £5,000, which can be used for a wide range of things, such as capital costs, venue hire, equipment, start-up expenses and training.

The last round of grants saw eight community groups receive gifts of between £500 and £5,000, to help with projects as diverse as replacing IT equipment in a village shop, providing a safe play area in a village, improving an access road to a village hall, and contributing to the mileage allowance paid to volunteer drivers.

“Once again we are looking to support those groups which provide the social glue which binds our communities together,” said Victory Housing Trust chief executive John Archibald.

“These grants can make a big difference at grassroots level, and working with our partners at Norfolk Community Foundation, we have made the process of applying straightforward and user-friendly – this is designed for organisations working at community level.

“We would really urge such groups to come forward and apply, especially those which might not have bid for similar funding in the past. Over 100 such organisations have been successful so far, and we are keen to add to that list.”

The money will be allocated in November by a panel made up of Victory Housing Trust residents, advised by the grants team at Norfolk Community Foundation, which administers the fund on behalf of Victory.

Applications for grants can be made by any organisation or group established for charitable purposes, provided there is a formal structure which allows for monitoring of activity and feedback – official charitable status is not necessary. The Fund is looking for applications from voluntary and community groups in the north of Norfolk whose primary aim is to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Full details of how to apply for grants from the Victory Housing Community Fund can be found at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/victory-housing-trust-community-fund. The closing date for receiving grant applications is Friday 23rd March.

John Archibald of Victory Housing Trust (back centre) sees for himself the success of The Attic Youth Club in North Walsham

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