December 7 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Community groups helping people across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are in line to share £250,000 through the Big EDP Lottery Fund. MARK SHIELDS explains how YOU can help your favourite group benefit.
The cream of the crop of our region’s community groups have been chosen – and now the power is in your hands.
You can decide which of the 22 groups on our shortlist are most deserving of a slice of £250,000 from the Big EDP Lottery Fund.
Groups from across our region will face a public vote to determine which of them should receive a grant of between £10,000 and £30,000 to help them improve and expand the work they do for people of all ages.
Voting opens on Monday, and from next week, we will be printing voting coupons every day in the Eastern Daily Press so that you can give your favourite projects your backing and help them inch closer to securing that life-changing grant.
To help you make your choice, we will be profiling each of the 22 shortlisted groups to explain exactly what they would do with the cash and the difference it would make to them and their members.
Eastern Daily Press editor Nigel Pickover urged readers to use their vote to ensure that worthy projects in their community do not miss out.
“A grant from the Big EDP Lottery Fund could transform the future of each of these 22 groups, and benefit the communities in which they work.
“But the power to decide which of them receives funding is now in the hands of our readers.
“Our shortlist is bursting with innovative projects which enrich the lives of their communities, so there is only one way to make sure that your favourite does not miss out – by using your vote each day over the next two weeks.”
As well as the daily voting coupons, we will be printing regular bonus coupons up to the closing date of September 14, allowing you to cast extra votes for your chosen project.
Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund England director, said: “It’s time to cast your vote and decide how your local community will benefit from £250,000 in Lottery good-cause funding.
“We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to choose your favourite project that will support the spirit, imagination and aspirations of local people.”
The 22 shortlisted projects were whittled down from nearly 100 applicants bidding to share the quarter-million-pound windfall.
They include organisations from east Cambridgeshire and north Suffolk, as well as a host of good causes operating across Norfolk, while those didn’t make it on to the shortlist will be given advice on other sources of funding available to them.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p in every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes – a total of over £30bn distributed through more than 400,000 grants.
• THE 22 GROUPS ON THE SHORTLIST
1 Access Community Trust
(Amount applied for, £28,120). Formerly St Johns Housing Trust, the charity was relaunched as Access Community Trust in April 2013. It hopes to develop its “sewing a little happiness” programme for homeless and disadvantaged people.
2 Age UK Norwich
(£10,000). The Norwich branch of Age UK hope to provide activities to individuals at risk of isolation around the Norwich area.
3 Bicycle Links CIC
(£16,758). Norwich community group hopes to offer young children and disadvantaged people a chance to learn new skills and to fix and recycle bikes.
(£13,700). The Norwich-based charity provides social, leisure and learning opportunities to adults and young people across Norfolk who have sensory, physical or learning disabilities. It hopes to fund a new project, Farm to Fork, aimed at people with disabilities.
5 Bungay and District Sports Association
(£20,840). The Maltings Pavilion is home to Bungay Town FC, Bungay Cricket Club and Bungay Tennis Club. Application is to renovate the changing rooms and install an artificial cricket pitch.
6 Children’s Food Trust
(£29,800). To give children and adults living on low incomes and in food poverty the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook and eat healthily on a limited budget.
7 Community Action Suffolk
(£26,415). To deliver an IT project, a healthy living/cookery project and community outreach for older people in south Lowestoft.
8 Norfolk Knitters
(£17,878). RSVP, the retired and senior volunteer programme, hopes to develop new “knit and knatter” groups in other areas of Norfolk, and extend the other groups’ activities, adding to the 1,200 people in Norfolk who already knit for charity.
9 Earlham Scout Group – Gurney’s Own
(£20,000). To replace the asbestos roof of Scout hut, off Wilberforce Road, which will then become a community hall for other groups to use and hire.
10 East Norwich Youth Project
(£10,015). To establish two new clubs in the Norwich area for children and young people.
11 Elsing Memorial Village Hall
(£24,369).To provide a play area for the children of Elsing, a village to the east of Dereham.
12 Fenland Gymnastics Academy
(£21,980). To fund two posts for 12 months; community gymnastics coach and bilingual coaching assistant.
13 Kingfisher Amateur Boxing Club
(£15,030). Great Yarmouth and Gorleston boxing club hopes to resurface the car park and pathway of its gym.
14 Musical Keys, Norwich
(£10,938). To offer a selection of up to 30 workshops for young people special or additional needs in Norwich.
15 Nelson’s Journey
(£24,428). Norfolk-wide bereaved children’s charity, based in Thorpe St Andrew, hopes to introduce bereavement support groups for children.
16 NI Chema, Norwich
(£16,620). The HIV prevention and sexual health promotion service for African and minority ethnic communities in Norfolk hopes to expand its current services and educate people on sexual health.
17 Serv Norfolk Blood Bikes
(£20,000). To purchase an emergency service liveried motorcycle and a 4x4 car to ensure a vehicle is always available to routinely transport blood to the East Anglian Air Ambulance to enable them to become one of the first UK air ambulances outside London to carry blood on board their aircraft.
18 Suffolk Artlink
(£10,761). To support Phonic, a creative music project for young people in Lowestoft.
19 The Base Community Trust
(£11,923). Based in the Lakenham and Tuckswood areas of Norwich, The Base offers community projects such as drop-in sessions and youth clubs to young people.
20 The Ferry Project
(£29,838). Wisbech group behind Healthy Eating For All, a new cookery college for Fenland.
21 Upton with Fishley Parish Council
(£10,000).To purchase children’s play equipment and adult outside exercise equipment for the Broads village, near Acle.
22 Wells Maltings Trust
(£13,850). To provide beach friendly wheelchairs to be hired to local people and visitors from the Tourist Information Centre.
• TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The terms and conditions for voting in the Eastern Daily Press and Big Lottery Fund joint competition are as follows:
■ The closing date is Saturday, September 14. Entries received after this date will not be counted.
■ All entries must be received on an original coupon completed in full.
■ We may use the information you give us to verify the validity of your vote.
■ The decision on the vote count is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
■ The Big Lottery Fund has final approval over the award of grants to the projects which have received the most public support.
■ In the event that the outcome of voting cannot be reasonably determined because of fraud or other irregularities beyond the control of the Eastern Daily Press and Big Lottery Fund, then all or part of the vote may be cancelled, declared invalid or postponed and the Big Lottery Fund’s decision will be final as to which projects (if any) to offer grants.
■ Further information is available at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/localpapers
■ Winners will be announced on September 23.
■ Usual Archant competition rules apply.
■ The address to send the coupons to is:
Norfolk Community Foundation
St James Mill