Date published: 14th September 2018

Community organisations looking to improve health and wellbeing in North Norfolk are being urged to submit bids for the next round of funding by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

It follows the awarding of the first round of grants, which saw nine groups benefit from up to £2,000 each.

The grants were made to

  • Creative Arts East - £2,000 towards the cost of Our Day Out – Music and Movement in North Norfolk, a participatory arts programme for rurally isolated older people, with a particular focus on those living with early to mid-stage dementia.
  • Swafield Village Hall - £250 towards the costs associated with monthly cinema nights held at the village hall.
  • Little Snoring Parish Council - £2,000 towards the cost of monthly arts and craft sessions local residents.
  • Music for Families - £2,000 towards the cost of the Music for Families Project in Briston and Holt.
  • Musical Keys - £2,000 towards the Music at the Arts Barn project for adults with learning difficulties.
  • North Norfolk Exhibition Project - £1,000 towards the cost of artist led workshops at Cley 18, an annual month long contemporary art exhibition.
  • Playing for Cake - £2,000 towards the cost of the North Norfolk Skylarks Singing Group. Sessions to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and specifically those with Parkinson’s.
  • Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society - £778 towards the cost of the community Come & Sing workshop to be held in the autumn.
  • Sing Your Heart Out (North) - £2,000 towards the cost of Sing Your Heart Out Wellbeing Workshops in Sheringham.

For Community Interest Company - Playing for Cake, this funding helps them to bring ‘Sing to Beat Parkinson’s’ to North Norfolk, encouraging people with Parkinson's to sing. For people with Parkinson’s singing can help to retain their voice quality and thus help them communicate with others for longer. The funding will help Playing for Cake to establish ‘Skylarks’ singing groups in North Norfolk as a well-known local ‘go-to’ service that can supplement prescribed speech therapy programmes. 

Any voluntary or community organisation with a project to improve the health and wellbeing of a community or specific group of residents through participation and engagement in arts and culture in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply to the fund for grants which are each worth up to £2,000.

The grants are not restricted to dedicated arts and culture organisations. Other groups that want to arrange activities such as music or dance sessions, or pottery classes, for example can also apply.

Cllr Becky Palmer, NNDC Portfolio Holder for Culture, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for local groups and organisations to further enhance the great work they do with local communities through the arts and culture by applying to this fund.”

Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group at NNDC, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for community organisations to apply for these NNDC grants. I encourage your group to contact our Communities team in the first instance, to discuss your application.”

Applications can be submitted at any time, with decisions being made in March, July and November. To be considered this November, applications need to be submitted by Friday, October 26.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit our Arts and Culture Fund webpage.

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

Last updated: 20th September 2021