Big Society Fund £66,000 latest handouts

North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund has given away another £66,000 to a range of community projects.

The latest handout means that since the scheme started in 2013, it has  distributed more than £1.6m to 213 projects.

Improvements to village halls and sports clubs, and equipment for 10 new first-responder volunteers, will be made possible thanks to the latest round of grants to:

  • North Walsham Play (£10,502.39) – to purchase and install play equipment, including a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant wheelchair-accessible basket swing and roundabout
  • North Walsham Rugby Football Club (£10,000) – towards installing a lift to the first floor of the clubhouse, which will enable it to become a DDA-compliant facility
  • Aldborough Gardening Club (£2,500) – to develop a community allotment garden with a new wildlife footpath and a footbridge between Aldborough Surgery car park and the Community Garden

 

  • Kettlestone Village Hall (£4,318) – to remove asbestos from the roof and replace it with a new composite roof
  • Ludham Parish Council (£10,000) – to purchase and install play equipment
  • Stalham Town Hall (£9,000) – to repoint the front and side wall of the Town Hall in line with conservation regulations
  • St Mary’s Bowls Club, Stalham (£7,500) – to build a second clubhouse to provide changing facilities for 10+ people and install a second toilet
  • Stiffkey Social Services Committee (£914.40) – to purchase wheeled cricket practice nets
  • Suffield Village Hall (£1,652) – to purchase padded stackable chairs, blackout blinds and a table-tennis table
  • Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders (£10,000) – to purchase and equip 10 new first-responder volunteers with two-way radios, pulse oximeters, automatic defibrillators and other lifesaving equipment.

John Lee, NNDC leader and chairman of the Big Society Fund panel, said: “The fund continues to help a wide range of communities across north Norfolk improve their facilities, and we are delighted to be able to announce these latest grants.

“I would encourage other groups from across our towns and villages to consider applying for future grants.”

He added: “The team that looks after BSF applications can help with pre-application advice and guidance.”

Complete applications to be submitted to the June panel need to be received by May 14.For more information about the application process, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/big-society-fund/big-society-fund-details or contact the BSF team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

North Walsham Play committee members with comedian/ventriloquist Steve Hewlett (centre) after a fundraiser. The group has been awarded £10,500 by the Big Society Fund

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