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 Funding News*
Norwich City Council new grant program:
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 neighborhoods’.
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 Grant: 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.
For more information follow the link: https://www.norwich.gov.uk/info/20256/commissioning/1685/community_grants_programme/1
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.
Sounds like this is for you? See Crowdfund Norwich for more information. Help from a crowdfund coach is also available to qualifying organisations, contact us via our crowdfunders coaches skill share on LUMi.
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.
Norwich Consolidated Charities
Provides grants to individuals and local organisations.
Norwich City Council
Provides small start-up and development grants for groups in the city.
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.
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 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.