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Date published: 14th December 2016

Rugby, Racketball and Squash players of all ages, young Scouts and Air Cadets and users of several village and community halls will have improved facilities thanks to the latest round of Big Society Fund grants agreed by North Norfolk District Council.

NNDC's Big Society Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to voluntary and community organisations based in North Norfolk.

Since the fund started in 2012, more than £1.3m has been awarded to 173 community projects.

The panel that agrees the grants met last week and awarded ten grants totalling £72,283. The awards are subject to each group agreeing to formal terms and conditions.

BSF grant awards in this round were to:

  • Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Association (£11,198.45) towards the refurbishment of the Squash/Racketball courts and improving the shower facilities.
  • 2534 (Fakenham) Squadron - Air Training Corps (£12,000) towards the Adventure Training equipment and clothing for cadets taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
  • High Kelling Village Hall (£5,000) to connect the Village Hall foul water to the main drainage sewage system.
  • Holt Rugby Football Club (£10,000) towards the refurbishing and replacement of the training ground pitches floodlights.
  • Holt Town Council (£10,000) towards the purchase and installation of 24 brass plaques and 6 noticeboards for the Holt Heritage Owl Trail.
  • Age Concern North Norfolk (£3,896.46) towards the purchase of 10 x Laptops and software (MS Office and internet security licences), laptop cases, mice, mouse mats, memory sticks, printer, print cartridges and paper for the Intergenerational Learning Project.
  • 1st Rural Roughton Mill Scout Group (£6,558) to purchase 10 replacement single paned, wooden framed windows for the Mill Tower.
  • Sharrington Village Hall (£8,787.18) to replace glass in the village hall windows, purchase new energy efficient lighting and heating, install a new dishwasher and replace the cooker.
  • Sutton Village Hall (£2,270.80) to replace the existing not fit for purpose wall mounted heaters with electric cool touch radiators.
  • Wells in Bloom (£2,572.34) to replace 20 worn out tubs and planters situated across Wells-next-the-Sea with 13 larger and more robust planters.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Cabinet Member for Big Society, said: “I am really encouraged so many communities from all across North Norfolk have come forward with projects seeking support from the Council’s Big Society Fund during this round.

“All of these groups are working incredibly hard to make things happen, to improve their local community, and their passion and dedication is evident.”

The next round of applications closes on February 6 2017. Eligible applications will be considered by the BSF Grant Panel on March 6 2017.

A prospectus is available to applicants, and contains comprehensive guidance to support the application process.

If you have an idea or a project that you wish to develop and apply for funding, you are encouraged to speak to your local councillor and get in touch with the Council (via Sonia Shuter tel. 01263 516173, email or visit Big Society Fund page


Last updated: 22nd May 2017