Community groups in Breckland urged to bid for a share of £114,000

Breckland chairman Gordon Bambridge

Breckland chairman Gordon Bambridge - Credit: Submitted

Breckland Council is again inviting applications for a share of its Outdoor Sport and Play Fund, in a bid to allocate the £114,000 currently in the pot.

Town and parish councils, sports clubs, community groups and charities are being invited to apply for the money, which will be used to improve outdoor sports and children's play areas across the district.

Working in partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation, the council is looking to distribute money to help provide either brand new free-to-access children's play areas and outdoor sports provision, or enhance existing facilities. This may include slides and swings, multi-use games areas, sports pitches, changing facilities, or parking related to these facilities.

Last year, Breckland Council gave the green light to 27 bids totalling £195,000.

Projects include the installation of play equipment, adult fitness kit and a multi-use games area, to updating a clubhouse and providing a new bike shelter.

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Some have already been completed, with remaining projects expected to reach fruition over the course of this year.

Councillor Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council's executive member for growth, said: 'We are delighted to have already allocated so much money to support a vast range of excellent projects across the district.

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'There is still £114,000 left in the pot and we would love to receive even more bids during this new application window so we can see even more money used to support suitable outdoor sport or play projects in Breckland.'

The money has been received by Breckland Council over the last few years from housing developers who, as part of their planning permission, are often required to make funding available to help improve local play and outdoor sports facilities.

More information about the fund, the money available in each parish cluster area, and how to apply is available at: You can also read about previously approved bids.

The application process will be managed on Breckland Council's behalf by Norfolk Community Foundation.

Project proposals must be received by 5pm on March 1. Applications are expected to be assessed during April.

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