Published: Thursday, 29th July 2021
The latest round of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk's Small Grants Scheme has just launched.
Offering community groups the opportunity to bid for capital funding of up to £10,000 and revenue funding of £2,500.
The focus of the grant scheme for this round is organisations that have not currently benefitted from any Covid19 related grants and also for those organisations who have identified needs resulting from the impacts of Covid19, or are restarting groups or activities that were affected by the Pandemic.
Applicants for the grants should think about how their initiative or project would support one or more of the following:
• Improved understanding of different people and cultures in our local community
For example, reminiscence and oral history projects, local history exhibitions, parish surveys, projects to bring together different cultures or generations.
• Increased involvement from people who face barriers to participation in community life
For example, involving people in learning activities, integrated sports activities for disabled and non-disabled people, school holiday activities for families on low income, activities in rural areas where access to public transport is limited.
• Greater use of community buildings or outdoor community spaces particularly in rural areas
For example, refurbishing buildings to support new activities, equipment for village film clubs/ luncheon clubs/ drama clubs etc., children’s play areas, multi-use games areas, wildlife/ community gardens, environmental improvements.
• Healthier and safer lifestyles for the whole community
For example, promoting healthier eating, running self-help groups, sports projects, walking and cycling projects and well-being classes.
• Increased participation in arts and cultural activities which are accessible to the whole community
For example, developing music skills, events that attract new audiences, taster sessions to introduce people to the arts, using new venues, community theatre or music productions.
Cllr Sam Sandell, Cabinet Member for People and Communities, said: "So many people have felt the impacts of Covid19. The Government has provided support to councils, businesses and many self-employed people. Some charities have even been able to apply for funding. However, there are a lot of smaller community groups and organisations who have not received any funding and yet provide vital services to their local communities. We hope that this fund will help those groups get back on their feet or even help new groups establish themselves. The deadline for applications is 31st August, so I encourage people thinking of applying to get their application in as soon as possible. We appreciate the role these organisations and groups play in the community and this is our way of saying thank you."
Revenue grants are available up to a maximum of £2,500.
Revenue grants can cover running costs and activity/ operational costs. Revenue grants are for 1 year only. Any one organisation applying for revenue funding will only receive funds for a maximum of 3 consecutive years for the same or similar activity. After this time no further award will be made for a period of 2 years, unless it is for a completely new and unrelated project. Applications purely for salaries/ core costs are unlikely to be supported.
Revenue grants will normally be paid upfront in one instalment
Capital grants can cover equipment, building, and refurbishment costs. Grants up to 1/3 of costs up to a maximum grant of £10,000 are available. Your application will need to show how the remainder of your costs will be raised. All capital projects need to adhere to the relevant Building Regulations and Planning Requirements.
Capital applications for £1,000 or less, may, at the discretion of the panel, be 100% funded without the need for matched funding from other organisations. However the panel would normally expect the applicant to make a contribution.
Capital grants may be paid in instalments depending on the size of the grant. This will be confirmed with successful applicants.
Applications should not include a mix of revenue and capital costs.
To apply for funding under Small Grants Scheme, visit https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/borough-council-of-kings-lynn-west-norfolk-small-grants-scheme/