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Date published: 14th May 2018

North Norfolk District Council has announced that its Community Transport Fund is open for applications.

The scheme is designed to support community transport schemes across the district that help vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated residents of all ages access the services and facilities they need.

The types of project the fund is likely to support include Good Neighbours, Dial-a-Ride, MediRide, and work and study schemes.

Any voluntary organisation that currently provides or wishes to set up a community transport service in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply to the council for a grant.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of the Council and of the Conservative Group, said: “At a time when many authorities are cutting back on community projects, I’m absolutely delighted that because of the sound monetary policies of this council, we are able to provide these funds to assist some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “I am delighted to see the rollout of this Community Transport Fund. There was concern about cuts being planned to vital services due to new legislation – cuts that could have left some of our most vulnerable residents even more isolated. We hope this funding will help to ensure the continuation of these excellent and important services.”

Cllr Nick Coppack, Leader of the Independent Group, said: “I believe this is vital for the people of North Norfolk. Many who may not drive need the support of this kind of funding from the likes of Good Neighbour to MediRide to give them reassurance that they can make medical appointments, and it means that they don’t have to worry about carrying heavy loads of shopping. I wholeheartedly support this scheme.”

A workshop for organisations interested in applying for a grant will be held at 10am on Thursday, June 7, at the council’s HQ in Holt Road, Cromer. The workshop will outline the application process and – after any grant is awarded – what is required in terms of monitoring, data collection, publicity and promotion.

Applications to the Community Transport Fund can be submitted at any time, and decisions on applications will be made in March, July and November. To be considered this July, applications need to be submitted by June 29.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit our Community transport fund page.

To discuss a potential application or to book a place on the workshop, call the Communities Team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

Last updated: 14th May 2018