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Freebridge Community Fund opens for grant applications


Freebridge community housing have opened applications to this year’s community fund and are donating more than ever before to local good causes.

The housing provider’s annual fund hands out a total of £5000 to local community groups and charities but this year they will be doubling that to £10,000 to celebrate the fact that the fund has been running for 10 years.

The housing provider’s annual fund gives local groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £1000 each to support community and voluntary activities that meet the needs of the community within West Norfolk.

Applications are welcome from groups whose aims include:

  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Tackling disadvantage
  • Supporting local solutions to local needs
  • Promoting community cohesion
  • Developing sustainable and supportive communities, and
  • Improving the environment.

Last year among the successful applicants to the fund were:

  • West Norfolk Deaf Association - who received £655 towards running a number of deaf awareness sessions for local organisations
  • South West Norfolk Youth Opportunities Project - who received £500 towards the purchase of furniture at the main centre
  • Downham Market Arts - who received £750 towards helping the group establish themselves in a new location
  • King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter - who received £1000 towards providing clean laundry to their guests
  • Pandora Project - who received £750 towards helping support their annual domestic abuse conference
  • Woodcraft Folk - who received £750 towards setting up a new Woodcraft Folk group at the Discover Centre in King’s Lynn, and the
  • North End Trust - who received £595 towards making space available for community groups to use.

The allocation of the money available is decided by a panel made up of Freebridge employees and members from their Tenant Panel.

Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall said: “One of Freebridge’s aims is to create opportunities for people in West Norfolk and by funding these grants to community groups we are helping to open those opportunities up to all. West Norfolk has so many incredible groups and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, and during this very difficult time with what’s happening as a result of the coronavirus, we are prouder than ever to support them.”

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund on Freebridge’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to apply, or just find out more about the Freebridge Community Fund can visit: www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/freebridge-community-housing-fund/ or telephone 01603 623958 or email jennybevan@norfolkfoundation.com.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 July 2020.