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Big Society Fund

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North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is keen to support town and parish councils, community groups and organisations.

NNDC's Big Society Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to voluntary and community organisations based within north Norfolk; including town and parish councils, and has been set up to help build strong communities across the district.

Since the Fund started in 2012 NNDC has awarded over £1,171,208 to over 147 community projects including:

  • 54 grants totalling approximately £370,607 to Sports and Recreation projects such as skate parks, play areas outdoor gyms, multi-use games areas.
  • 59 grants totalling approximately £398,512 to improve community facilities and services such as village and community halls, sports clubs, Coast Watch look out posts and emergency response services.
  • 28 grants totalling approximately £182,839 for cultural initiatives including music and orchestral projects, community cinema and theatre.
  • 6 grants totalling approximately £220,050 for direct support to community infrastructure, social enterprise and community business support, affordable housing initiatives, and to helping community projects develop and become sustainable.

The committee which oversees the grants meets four times a year. The March 2016 Panel approved grants totaling £43,419. The awards are subject to each group agreeing to formal terms and conditions.

BSF grant awards in this round were awarded to:

  • Hickling Playing Field/Recreation Ground Charity (£11,999.00) to provide a safe pathway from the car park to the barn and to provide exterior lighting to this and existing paths leading to the barn. To provide a safe accessible path and gate to the play area. The project will help all users of the facility, but in particular those with mobility and or visual impairment/disability, or with young families.
  • Walsingham Bowls Club £1,420.00) to purchase a secure lockable storage shed to house club equipment and to replace existing gates to the bowling green. The secure lockable storage shed will comply with insurance regulations and the new gates will improve access to the well maintained green attracting new members.
  • Weybourne Village Hall (£15,000.00) to remove asbestos from and refurbish the roof of the village hall. The hall is the hub of village life and by refurbishing the facility it will encourage more users and expand social contact outside the village boundaries.
  • Wood Norton Parochial Church Council (£15,000.00) to install a lavatory with disabled facilities at All Saints Church; a Grade 2* listed building, as part of a wider restoration project. The purpose of the restoration project is to make the church a widely-used community asset.

Who can apply?

The Fund is available for projects that support people and activities within the North Norfolk District geographical area, for example:

  • Local voluntary organisations, charities (whether registered or not) and community groups
  • Parish and Town Councils within north Norfolk
  • Larger regional or national charities or organisations if the funding is to deliver a specific project in north Norfolk
  • Community businesses, social enterprises and other not-for profit organisations

Before you apply - find more details in the prospectus.

Making an application

Prior to submitting an application, please contact Sonia Shuter on 01263 516173 to discuss the project for which funding is being applied for

The following documents can be downloaded to help you make an application to the Fund.

All electronic applications should be submitted to  If you would like a hard copy of the application pack please contact us using the details in the sidebar.

Applications can be made to the Fund at any time. The Big Society Fund Grants Panel meets quarterly and applicants will be informed of the decision within a week of the decision being made.

Applications will need to reach us by the 8th August 2016 in order to go to the Big Society Fund Grant Panel on the 5th September 2016.