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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.

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Grants for community-led healthy meals

Using money from Norfolk County Council’s public Health, Norwich City Council is offering grants for organisations to deliver a series of community-led meals, designed to bring residents together and provide opportunities to find out more or develop healthy food cooking skills.

We are looking for interesting and innovative ideas for how local communities can be engaged through these meals to promote healthy-eating as well as to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing. We are keen to see proposals from a range of organisations that are well placed to engage residents who may benefit from these meals, whether a local pub or café, a community group or school.         

How much can you apply for? Grants of up to £500 are available to provide a series of around five meals between April and June 2019 for approximately 20-25 people. We are happy for organisations to apply for funding for more than one series of meals.

Who can apply?  Community organisations, charities or businesses can apply. We would prefer that an appropriate organisational set up, bank account and relevant policies and procedures are in place to show that the project will be safe and inclusive. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply, get in touch with us at to ask.

Visit the council’s website on: for guidance notes and application form.

Deadline for applications is: Thursday 31 January 2019.  Those applying will hear if they’re successful by Friday 15 February. Grants will be paid in March.

Healthy Eating

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 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.

Visit the council's website for more information on: 

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Voting in Norwich is coming soon.

Virgin Money Foundation is on a mission to support community regeneration by backing the people who can make big changes happen locally.

Every two months the Virgin Money Lounge in Norwich will give three local charities the chance to receive £1,000 – with awards of £500 and £250 for two runners-up. But they need a hand deciding which local charities to help.

By the beginning of November 2018 the first three charities will have been short-listed and there will be a voting unit in the Norwich Lounge. Visitors to the lounge will be given a small red heart when they visit, to put into the tube named with the charity they'd most like to support.

If you know of any local charities you think fit the bill and deserve to feature on the voting unit, they want to hear from them!

Follow the link on their page to apply:


Crowdfund norwich

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.

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.

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Norwich Consolidated Charities

Provides grants to individuals and local organisations.

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Norwich City Council

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

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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.

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