02/05/2024: Council launches £300k grant fund to support district's health and wellbeing

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Breckland Council has relaunched its Inspiring Communities Match Funding Grant Scheme, investing up to £300,000 into supporting community activity and projects between now and April 2027. Local groups interested in bidding for a slice of the funding are being invited to submit their applications now.

The initiative is part of the Council's ongoing commitment to enable the delivery of community-led projects which align with the Council's own Corporate Plan and the aims of the Breckland Health and Wellbeing Partnership.

Successfully funded projects will prioritise reducing vulnerability and health inequalities in Breckland, and have a long-lasting, positive impact on community wellbeing. Focus areas include projects addressing issues related to domestic abuse, mental health, social isolation and loneliness and early intervention projects which prevent escalation into crisis.

The grant scheme will see funding released in rounds over the coming three years, ensuring a fair opportunity for current and future projects, and regular investment into Breckland communities between now and 2027. The scheme is delivered by Norfolk Community Foundation, on behalf of Breckland Council.

The first round of applications is now open, with successful applicants given up to £5,000 each to help them deliver their projects alongside other funding sources. Eligible applicants include local community groups and sports clubs, parish councils and community interest companies which are looking to make a difference in their area.

Cllr Tristan Ashby, Executive Member for Health and Communities said, "This grant scheme is another excellent way we can fund community-led initiatives and play a role in enabling projects to get off the ground and make a real difference to the people of Breckland. Focusing on supporting our most vulnerable residents, the funding can have a massive impact on our community for years to come."

To find out more about the Inspiring Communities Match Funding Scheme and submit your application, Click here (opens new window)

Last updated: 02/05/2024 10:29:49