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OK, like it or not, the chances are whether you are deep in community life or just beginning to dip your toe in the water, you are probably going to need funding at some point. To those new to the world of funding and community grants. getting your first couple of hundred pounds may seem a little daunting.  

But fear not. We are here at LUMi to shine a light on the mysterious world of funding.


*Latest Local Funding News*

Tackling Inequalities Fund - Active Norfolk

Active Norfolk has been asked by Sports England to distribute funding in Norwich to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and prevent inequalities in sport and physical activity from widening.

This fund is for small local organisations and community groups delivering vital community support to serve those whose activity levels were hit hardest by the pandemic. This includes people from:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities
  • People with disabilities
  • People with long-term health conditions

However, everyone is welcome to apply for the funding.

This funding is for immediate use from now until March 2022

You can read some of Active Norfolk’s Case Studies to find more about some of the successful Tackling Inequalities Fund projects they’ve helped support.

For more information on how to apply email George Webster at Active Norfolk on:



Better Together Grants

This funding is for individuals or small groups to organise a community event in the Norwich area that helps prevent loneliness and social isolation.  Activities could be anything ranging from a shared meal, to a games evening or a group outing. 

Funding is available for up to £300.

For more information contact Lucy Hogg via email on:

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Norwich City Council Get Involved Grants:

Get Together Grant

If you are a small group of residents looking to have a neighbourhood meet up around an issue, canvas neighbours on joining a new community group or simply hold a street party to bring people together.

To access this fund, you do not need to be a formal community group, simply three or more residents wishing to make a difference. 

Get Started Grant

This funding is to support the growth of new groups who have identified an issue they would like to tackle in their local area. This might be setting up a youth group, a Friends group for a park, or any sort of group which brings a positive benefit to Norwich and its neighbourhoods’.

If successful your group will be awarded a £300 start-up grant for your first 12 months to help you develop your group and can cover costs.

Get Growing Grants

For groups who are awarded a Get Started grant or who were in receipt of a small community grant in 2016-17 as a new group, Get Growing grants offer follow up funding.

Groups who demonstrate that they have used their start-up funding well over their first 12-18 months are invited to apply for up to £500 to run a project which they think will bring further benefit to their local area.

Visit the council's website for more information on:


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Pledge Norwich

Pledge Norwich is a brand new fund from Norwich City Council which gives charities, social enterprises, residents groups and community organisations the opportunity to apply funding to support their community project.  The money comes from our community infrastructure levy funding - or Pledge Norwich as we like to call it!

Eligible projects can be awarded funding of up to 50% of the total project costs to a maximum of £5,000.  The amounts award will vary and are decided by an assessment of your application using a scoring system against set criteria.

Visit the City Council's website for detailed further information and guidelines on applying here:


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Local funders

There are a multitude of funders you can approach for a community grant. You may want to start with one of these three key funders in Norwich below. Each manages a range of funding programmes that might be of some help:   

Norfolk Community Foundation

Manages a wide range of grants for groups working across the county.

Visit Norfolk Community Foundations website

Norwich Consolidated Charities

Provides grants to individuals and local organisations.

Visit Norwich Consolidated Charities website

Norwich City Council

Provides small start-up and  development grants for groups in the city.

Visit Norwich City Councils website


Remember though, there's a wide range of funders that it could be worth trying.  Have a look at some of the links in the next section.

Helpful resources

We've included some helpful websites below, and there's some further resources / toolkits here to help get you started.  These include tips on writing an application to working with businesses.

Grants 4 Norfolk (Norfolk County Council)

Great tool for funding searches and it's free for Norfolk community groups.

The Brighton Resource Centre

Excellent website with plenty of helpful guides from planning your project, finding the right funders and preparing your budget to writing bids.

Funding Central

Funding Central provides unique access to thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and European funding sources, all in one place. There are also a number of other tools and resources.

Funding Central does charge a subscriptions but this is free for groups with an income under £100,000.


Crowdfunding helps connect people who have great ideas. Perhaps your neighbours and friends or maybe local businesses and other likeminded people willing to help fund your project. 

It's perfect if you are trying to raise money for a single project. Especially if you want to raise awareness at the same time! You will need a good team and a significant amount of time and energy over the campaign. 

Help from a Crowdfund coach is also available to support community organisations, for more see the crowdfunders coaches skill share on LUMi.

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