From Sharon Garth, Health & Communities Support Officer NNDC
The successful Big Society Fund which was established in 2012 to build strong communities has now been retired and no further applications will be accepted.
In April 2019, North Norfolk District Council declared a Climate Emergency across the District. To reflect and support the Council’s priorities in respect of climate change and the environment, a new grant fund, The North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund has been established.
The aim of the new North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund, which has environmental and community sustainability at its heart, is to help build strong and sustainable communities and ensure the long term future and wellbeing of our communities here in North Norfolk.
The North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund will help communities to develop new and innovative projects which will communities improve their environment as well as their health and social wellbeing.
A copy of the North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund Prospectus is attached providing more details on what to consider when developing your project and the activities or initiatives it is likely to support.
The Fund is provided by North Norfolk District Council and is available to support community projects throughout the District. The total funding available yearly will be £225,000.
The North Norfolk Sustainable Communities Fund grant will be administered by North Norfolk District Council, with the Grants Panel; a politically balanced group made up of 7 elected members, meeting four times a year to award grants of between £1,000 and £15,000. The Fund has also established a process for grants of under £1,000 a monthly decision panel will now meet, enabling these smaller grants to be turned around much more quickly. Applications for grants of under £1,000 will also now have a simpler application form, but the sustainable communities criteria will remain the same.
As with the Big Society Fund the fund is open to applications throughout the year, although to ensure your application is eligible to go through for consideration to the September Grant Panel, only applications which are fully completed, signed, and accompanied by all the requested supporting documentation received by 28th August will be accepted.
As part of the new application process applicants must contact a member of the Health and Communities team prior to completing or submitting an application. Please ring Sonia Shuter on 01263 516173 to discuss the potential application
Application forms for either Grants between £1,000 and £15,000 or Grants under £1,000, along with the relevant guidance notes for completing the form and the Independent Referee form can be downloaded from the North Norfolk District Council Website at https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/nnscf
Please note – the new application forms now include a list of supporting documentation that needs to be included to complete the grant application.