Entitled To – Benefits Calculator
Entitled To is an online benefits calculator to help people find out anonymously what benefits they can claim. There are also tools for organisation who work with people in financial need. For more information please follow the link below.
Residents Who Recycle to Win Prizes (West Norfolk)
West Norfolk Recycling Awards will be awarded to West Norfolk residents who have earned the most Green Points in their area. Residents need to activate their Recycling Awards account to take part, and be put into one of five communities, depending on what their waste collection day is (To register please click here). Waste and recycling levels will be measured across each community and the increase in recycling and decrease in waste will be awarded Green Points. Residents can also earn extra Green Points by reporting their recycling and reducing contamination. Each month, the resident who has earned the most Green Points in their community will win a £50 voucher, and two runners up will receive £25 vouchers. The winners and runners up can choice to have their vouchers from: Marks and Spencers, Majestic Cinema, iTunes and National Garden.
Local charities and community projects will also benefit from £6,000 in donations in the first year. The donation money will be split between the communities, with the community in which residents have earned the most Green Points receiving the biggest share. Residents can vote for which of six local projects they’d like to see receive their community’s share of the money – Scotty’s Little Soldiers, West Norfolk Mind, Festival Too, Norfolk Hospice, Hospital Radio Lynn and the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn.
For more information or to take part please click here.
West Norfolk LEADER
So, what is West Norfolk LEADER?
It is a new funding scheme that brings money into the area to support rural businesses and organisations. It can help projects to set up new or expand existing businesses, help farms become more productive, create new tourism activities, improve access to services for rural communities, enhance and promote cultural heritage assets, or increase the productivity of our forests.
And there is just over £1.5m funding in the pot to support these kind of projects from now until 2020.
How does it work?
Funding is managed through the West Norfolk Local Action Group, (supported by Norfolk County Council). This is a group of local people that represent the area and can include businesses and community members or sector representatives. Currently there are 16 people sitting on the local action group – but we need more. The Chair of the group is Lynn Collison, who has a background in food processing, horticulture, agriculture and rural tourism and currently runs a rural and agri-food development business with her husband, and is also a breeder of prize-winning specialist sheep. The Local Action Group drives the programme forward, through seeking bids and projects that can help them fulfil their priorities for funding, set out in their original bid.
Member commitment is one meeting each quarter, which lasts approximately two hours, and is held at a local venue within West Norfolk. More information about membership and forms can be found here.
Looking for funding?
The first port of call for projects is to review the applicant handbook to see if your project could be eligible, and then read the priorities for funding for West Norfolk. If you believe your project could qualify for funding, you can complete an outline application and submit it as instructed on this page, or give us a call on 01603 222930 if you have questions.
Individual young people aged 14 – 25 can apply for grants of up to £500. The vInspired Cashpoint funds projects that:
- Are designed are run by 14 – 25 year old volunteers
- Can be delivered within two months
- Demonstrate clear benefit for their chosen community
- Create at least two new volunteering opportunities for young people
- Cost less than £500
- vInspired Cashpoint as the sole funder
There are no deadlines. For more information please click here.
Small Charities Fundraising Support
The Government are providing support for charities with an annual income of less than £1million to support their work by generating income. The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), Small Charities Coalition and GlobalGiving UK are providing the training which will cover:
- How to develop a fundraising strategy
- Fundraising from trusts and foundations
- How to develop corporate relationships
These can be accessed through the following:
- Training courses, workshops and one-to-one clinics are provided by FSI, for more information please click here
- To be matched with a fundraiser, or to become involved in the Small Charities Coalition’s volunteer mentoring service, please click here
- For information about GlobalGiving UK crowdfunding workshops and webinars please clickhere.
EDP Community Chest
Amounts from £250 – £2,500 will be available in monthly giveaways throughout the year, and not-for-profit groups in the EDP circulation area of Norfolk, North Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire are able to enter.
To enter, community groups and charities will need to collect 500 tokens which will be printed daily in the Eastern Daily Press – with help from friends, family, volunteers and the community. When you have 500, you can complete the application form and submit – bids will be considered each month. For more information please click here.
Architectural Heritage Fund
The AHF is dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural or historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market. The AHF can provide grants, subject to eligibility, to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to fund development costs.
Project Viability Grants of up to 50% (£3000 maximum) are to fund short studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition.
The Project Development Grant scheme also offers grants of up to 50% (£25,000 maximum) and is intended to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and coordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.
Applications for Viability Grants can be submitted at any time. The 2016 deadlines for Development Grants are 10 February, 11 May, 17 August and 26 October.
Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council
The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.
The Arts Impact Fund – Arts Council
This fund aims to invest for artistic, social and financial return. The Arts Impact Fund will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society.
The Fund, created and funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta, supported by Arts Council England and with additional funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, will offer repayable finance to arts organisations working in England that can show how they are sustainable; have great artistic ambitions; and have a positive impact on society. It will provide repayable loan finance between £150,000 up to £600,000, and funding needs can vary. For example, an applicant may want to buy or refurbish a building or purchase equipment or need to pay salaries or buy in additional services to help the organisation generate more income, perhaps for a tour or exhibition. There will be at least five funding rounds from April 2015 to April 2017.
Growth Programme: Grants for the Rural Economy – Defra
The European Growth Programme provides funding to help projects which create jobs and boost the economy in England. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local partners. From March 2015, the RPA is publishing ‘calls for applications’ under the Growth Programme. The calls for application invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas. Calls for applications are currently open in a limited number of LEP areas, as part of an initial phase, before the programme opens fully.
Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality
Funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build support programme, grants are available to help Parish Councils and other groups to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. As part of the £22 million programme, grants can be used to pay for events to engage the local community, print leaflets and to pay for specialist planning expertise. The support programme runs to 2018. All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order will be eligible to apply for up to £8,000 in grant. Groups facing more complex issues can apply for specific packages of technical support where needed, and may also be eligible for further £6,000 in grant.