Revealed: The groups that have won a share of our Community Chest fund
PUBLISHED: 18:08 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:37 16 March 2016
The groups set to benefit from cash grants thanks to our Community Chest campaign can be revealed today.
Donations will help us to help even more people in need
We planned to give away £15,000 in January, but with so many local groups crying out for help, our judges dedicated nearly half of the year’s budget.
Now, we are looking for local organisations and businesses to donate cash to the Community Chest fund so we can continue to help those striving to improve their area.
From football clubs to dementia support groups and parish councils – there are so many worthy causes needing a helping hand.
If you think you could make a difference, or would like to find out more information about getting involved, email Nigel Pickover at firstname.lastname@example.org or Graham Tuttle at email@example.com
Eighty organisations, from every corner of our region, will be given a share of £19,150. Grants range from £100 to £500 and are being distributed among non-profit groups which collected tokens throughout February.
As with the previous month, our ‘dragons’ – who decide which groups receive the money – have given away more cash than expected: an additional £7,000. The Community Chest campaign, in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation, has now handed out more than £62,000 since it was launched.
Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press and one of our dragons, said: “Month two of Community Chest saw more than 200 applications for grants – and our ‘dragons’ supported some 80 applications with contributions. There’s a huge cry for help from our communities and we’re delighted to be able to help in some way. Month three is now well under way and we want many more applications this time so keep collecting your tokens. There’s another big chance to get some cash.”
The beneficiaries can be found on the map and those that were unsuccessful will receive a 50-token ticket to begin their next submission.
There is still time to enter the Community Chest campaign
There is still plenty of time to get your share of the prize pot.
Our Community Chest campaign is running throughout 2016. Every month we shall be giving away cash grants to non-profit groups in the region.
To enter, all you need to do is snip and save 500 tokens in the same month.
They are printed on the back page of every EDP. On weekdays there will be one token, on Saturdays there will be five tokens and throughout the month there will be surprise bonus tokens.
When you have collected 500 tokens, fill in a short application form and submit it to your local EDP office, our headquarters in Prospect House or the Norfolk Community Foundation. Find the application form and more information at www.edp24.co.uk/communitychest
Unsuccessful applicants are also welcome to apply again next month.
If you are a successful applicant and want to tell us how the cash will help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring Friends for Cancer Mid Norfolk, £500 - To refurbish an area for holistic therapies and counselling
Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club, £250 - To purchase outdoor gym equipment
Dereham Meeting Point, £250 - To help towards the cost of a trip to the theatre for those who cannot use public transport
Home-Start Breckland & South Norfolk, £250 - To recruit and train more home-visiting volunteers to visit families in Thetford
Mattishall & Lenwade Surgeries Equipment Fund, £250 - To purchase a new laptop
St Andrew’s Church PCC, £250 - To make a soft-play area in the coffee area
St Mary’s PCC Watton, £250 - To support SureStart Outreach Well-Being cafés with being held at the Blenheim Centre
William Cowper Pre-School, £250 - To purchase a climbing frame
The Rocklands Community Shop Limited, £200 - To purchase a new chiller
Thetford Community Association, £200 - To purchase arts materials for new arts club
Venture Farm Cat Rescue, £200 - To pay for the materials needed to “refurbish” their treatment room
Mattishall Cricket Club, £150 - To purchase new cricket helmets
1st Ashill Brownies, £100 - Towards brownies resources such as books, badges and certificates
1st Mattishall District Scout Group, £100 - To purchase some Coleman Event Shelters
2nd Dereham (Toftwood) Scouts, £100 - To hire transport for a group trip
3rd Swanton Morley Rainbows & Brownies, £100 - To purchase storage and more equipment
Oak Farm Fundraising Group, £500 - To contribute towards the cost of a mobility vehicle for outings to continue
Friends of Garrick Green Infant School, £350 - To help fund raised garden beds
Brundall Parochial Church Council, £300 - To purchase equipment and furnishings for a new kitchen
Acle Good Neighbour Scheme, £250 - Room hire for 12 months for Tea and Talk group for lonely older people with dementia and their carers
Heathland Community Centre, £250 - To purchase play equipment for children
Hevingham Village Hall, £250 - To improve the hearing loop system.
The House of Genesis, £250 - To purchase computers for the residents to access to improve skills, job hunting etc
1st Acle Scout Group, £200 - To purchase camping equipment for scout group
Blofield United Youth FC, £200 - Towards the costs of coaching courses and equipment
Buxton Village Hall and Playing Field, £200 - To redesign garden for children attending playgroup every weekday
Coltishall and Horstead Good Neighbourhood Scheme, £200 - To support social outings for the elderly
St John the Baptist’s Church PCC Reedham, £200 - To improve pedestrian access to lower churchyard
Thorpe Pavilion Nursery, £200 - To invest in furniture for the nursery
1st Old Catton Rainbows, £100 - A trip to London, to work towards badges and invite people of interest to their weekly sessions
• GREAT YARMOUTH
The Well (formerly Contact 2000), £500 - To continue to offer the meal service and foodbank to the vulnerable and to cover training
Home-Start Great Yarmouth & District, £250 - To train and support volunteers
Samaritans of Great Yarmouth, £250 - To replace the chairs and printers as well as to fund recruitment and training
Bure Valley Conservation Group, £200 - To purchase tools and equipment to maintain the land
Hemsby Methodist Church, £200 - To purchase a water heater for the church
• KING’S LYNN & WEST NORFOLK
Kandoo Club, £300 - To purchase sensory equipment to ensure the club is fully inclusive to all disabled members
West Norfolk Befriending, £300 - To cover hall hire, catering and transport costs for a social event for isolated older people
1st Methwold Scout Group, £250 - To purchase tents for camping events
Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, £250 - To produce a performance at a professional venue
West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, £250 - To help cover the costs of disabled riders to attend the regional dressage qualifiers
All Saints Parochial Church Council Wretton with Stoke Ferry with SWAM Project, £200 - To buy a new cooker to replace existing one
Friends of Burnham Market Primary School, £200 - To purchase outdoor equipment such as outdoor musical instruments and bird- potting boards to develop the outdoor learning experience
Lakesend Happy Circle Club, £200 - To fund the celebratory 50th birthday party
• NORTH NORFOLK
Stalham and Smallburgh First Responders, £500 - To kit out two new volunteer first responders with the essential equipment needed to be on call
Cromer Methodist – Community Matters Café, £300 - To provide hot food for homeless and older people every fortnight at the café
Hickling Hunnies Playgroup, £250 - To purchase educational toys and equipment
Ladybird Pre-school Nursery, £250 - To re-surface an outside play area with an impact absorbing surface.
Ryburgh Community Enterprise, £250 - To create a café area within the village shop
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Peter, Sheringham, £250 - To purchase new equipment for its parents’ and toddlers’ group, Noah’s Ark.
The Patch – Sheringham Community Smallholding Project, £250 - To develop raised beds and growing space to accommodate more schools and groups
1st Stalham Cub Scouts, £200 - To purchase new tents
Blakeney District Scouts, £200 - Towards the cost of a ‘Big Camp’ to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts and 30 years of Beavers
Fakenham Baptist Church, £200 - To purchase a large piece of play equipment for Little Fishes Toddler group
Fakenham Wensum Scout Group, £200 - To purchase four new tents for the patrols
Fit Together North Norfolk, £200 - To provide first aid training to volunteers
Friends of Horsey Seals, £200 - To help with the costs of printing information leaflets and handbooks
Higginbottom Recreational Charity, £200 - To purchase adult gym equipment
St Mary’s Church, Stalham, £200 - To fund trips for Bizzy Bee Toddler Group
• NORWICH AND AREA
The Hamlet Centre Trust, £350 - Contribute to the costs of soft gym equipment
11th Norwich Sea Scout Group, £250 - To purchase new life jackets for the sea scouts
Chermond Trust, £250 - To purchase a laptop, and gym and circus equipment
South Norwich Beaver Scout Sections, £250 - To take Beaver Scouts to BeWILDerwood to celebrate 30 years of Beaver Scouts
Mile Cross Phoenix Children’s Project, £200 - To purchase tables and equipment for the community café and for the children’s sessions
St George’s RC Church, £200 - To purchase a defibrillator to be installed outside the church
• SOUTH NORFOLK
Mid Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, £500 - To purchase and replace riding equipment
1070 (Diss) Squadron Air Cadets, £300 - To take children and families on activities
Club 99, £250 - To help fund a support worker
Eastern Rivers Community Gym at Loddon, £250 - To expand the range of fitness equipment provided
Hingham Tennis, £250 - To purchase tennis equipment for the mini and junior players
Stratton St Mary PCC, £250 - To improve the disabled access to the church
Earsham Primary School PTA, £200 - To fund the operating costs of an after-school wildlife club
Friends of Wicklewood Primary School, £200 - To purchase equipment for the school’s new Forest Schools project
Little Tractors – Forncett Playgroup, £200 - To purchase resources for the children including a three-sided see-through easel
Spooner Row Acorns Pre-School, £200 - To purchase a new set of blocks for the children to build and design shapes and to balance and climb all over
Brooke & Ditchingham Playgroup, £100 - To develop the role play area and add some multi-cultural musical instruments
Wortwell Parish Council, £100 - To purchase a pair of football goals
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Michael’s And St Luke’s, £300 - To buy new play mats for the St Luke’s Parent and Toddler Group
Friends of Ditchingham School, £250 - Towards improving play area
Warren School Association, £250 - To assist in costs for 76 young people with learning difficulties to attend residential opportunities
St Raphael Club for Disabled, £200 - To provide 40 club members with fish and chip suppers and towards other outings