The North Norfolk Outdoor Education Sector Support Grant is intended to support residential outdoor education centres operating within the North Norfolk district. It is recognised that this important sector to the local economy is uniquely challenged as it relies almost entirely upon school bookings and it is clear that these have been unable to take place over the past 15 months and will be slow to resume to their previous levels of business once allowed to reopen.

This sector plays a particularly important role in supporting the education, welfare and well-being needs of young people, many of whom will have been heavily impacted by the national restrictions in terms of their physical and mental well-being. The survival of these organisations is therefore vital to supporting the UK recovery process and the impact of this grant scheme should thus be measured in terms of its broader benefits (health, well-being, local employment, supply chains etc).

It is to this context that the Council is pleased to introduce this scheme.

What can be funded?

Applicants will need to demonstrate that the grant will help towards supporting the cash flow needs of the business. Within the Application Form you will need to set out your current and anticipated financial position and how this grant will support the survival and recovery of your business.

The grant is intended to assist businesses with meeting their ongoing core fixed costs. These should be identified within your application and your cash flow forecast. This grant cannot be used as a wage support mechanism, which should instead be supported by the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough process).

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from businesses operating within the Residential Outdoor Education Centre sector and who operate within the North Norfolk District Council boundary. Should a business be part of a group that operates sites outside of the district then it will be expected that the grant is specifically ring-fenced to support only the local businesses located within the district.

Residential Outdoor Education Centre are places of organised learning in an outdoor setting and incorporate a residential accommodation offering. Their predominant customer base are schools and they do not typically have a significant leisure focus. NNDC has a database of these organisations and those we believe are eligible for this grant will have been directly contacted and invited to apply.

How much can I apply for?

The minimum grant is £10,000.

The maximum grant is £50,000.

How to apply

To apply for this grant you will need to complete an application form AND additionally provide the information outlined within Supporting Evidence section. Only full applications which include the Application Form and the required supporting documents will be considered.

These should be submitted to grants@north-norfolk.gov.uk

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you have read and fully understood the Grant Guidance Document prior to completing your application.

The close for applications is 11:59 pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Supporting evidence

  • Last 3 years business accounts
  • A cash flow forecast. A template has been created for this but you may use your own as long as it provides sufficient detail
  • Last 3 months bank statements

Monitoring

A quarterly monitoring report will be required for the first 2 quarters occurring post grant award.  This form will ask you to provide an update on your current trading status and confirm the business is still solvent.

Decision process

A Grant Panel, made up of appointed Members and Senior Officers of the Council, will meet on 7 May 2021 to review the final applications and agree grant awards.

You will be notified of the decision on your application following the Grant Panel meeting. A Grant Offer Letter, which will include any relevant conditions, will be issued to successful applicants.

All decisions will be final.