Communities make the most of grants

Over the past year, Broadland District Council has awarded over £18,800 to community groups around the district to run projects, activities, purchase new equipment or develop facilities.
Grant-aided equipment supports outdoor learning in Sprowston.

Published: Wednesday, 28th December 2016

From buoyancy aids to good neighbour schemes, football kits to food festivals, community grants can help local projects get off the ground - and there are still funds available.

Over the past year, Broadland District Council has awarded over £18,800 to community groups around the district to run projects, activities, purchase new equipment or develop facilities.

The 1st Great and Little Plumstead Sea Scouts had a limited number of buoyancy aids which meant that not all Scouts could take part in activities. Their small grant has now made a big difference to the young people involved, with enough buoyancy aids to get everyone enjoying the water.

Old Catton Junior Football Club also benefited from a community grant, which helped them purchase new kit and training jackets for their Under 9s side.

Sprowston Community High School recently used their grant to help buy equipment for their Outdoor Learning Area, a gardening space where volunteers with horticultural knowledge will pass on their skills and help inspire young people to develop their green fingers.

Other recent beneficiaries include the successful Aylsham Food Festival, Drayton’s celebrations for the Queen’s birthday, and the Blofield and Brundall Good Neighbour Scheme.

Councillor Stuart Clancy, portfolio holder for economic development for Broadland District Council, said:

“We are pleased to be able to support so many diverse local projects through community grants. Our ambition for economic success includes creating vibrant, engaged communities in Broadland.

“Through our grants programme we are helping local groups and organisations deliver projects and activities that build stronger and more cohesive communities.”

There are still funds available for this financial year, with £17,000 available for activities and small grants, and £20,000 for capital projects.

If your Broadland community has a potential project that would provide benefits to everyone locally, please contact the Grants Officer to discuss your idea - call 01603 430620, email grants@broadland.gov.uk or visit the website.

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