December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
More than £150,000 of grant money has been awarded to projects across Norfolk and north Suffolk to help improve community life.
Five organisations have successfully secured the grant funding from WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK.
And the major recipient of this round of successful applicants was the new owners of Beccles Public Hall, Beccles Lido Ltd, which received £70,000.
Following this year’s record-breaking success at the town’s lido, it has taken on the Public Hall and is planning on a multi-phase improvement project to make sure the community can use it for a variety of events.
Terry Dentith, co-director of Beccles Lido Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted and bowled over to hear that our grant from WREN has been successful. I’ve been told it’s the largest they’ve awarded in the county for some time.
“It will make a huge difference in that we can now make the roof safe and move ahead with the internal changes.”
Since 1998, WREN has granted over £175m to more than 6,700 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. The funds are donated by FCC Environment as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund.
Sarah Gosling, WREN grant manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “We’re hopefully getting the news out that we still have funding available and are welcoming good quality applications.
“When we get outstanding projects such as the Beccles Public Hall, we are more than happy to support them with a larger grant.”
Other successful grants include £39,000 to Wheatacre and Burgh St Peter Parish Council for an enlarged children’s playground; £17,119 to the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk for new windows and doors at the Downham Market Pavilion; £14,000 to Trinity Methodist Church, Lowestoft, for a new community garden; and £12,100 to Great Yarmouth Borough Council for new play equipment at Wadham Road, Gorleston.
• Groups seeking funding can visit www.wren.org.uk or ring 01953 717165. The next application deadline is November 6.