Fund has �20,000 to boost green schemes in North Norfolk

A �20,000 pot of 'green cash' is looking to help community schemes in North Norfolk.

Norfolk Community Foundation is inviting grant applications from local groups for its Sheringham Shoal Community Fund which it operates on behalf of Scira Offshore Energy.

The fund aims to support groups trying to make a difference in their local communities and is looking to support projects that focus on:

• contributing to reducing climate change.

• helping the sustainability of North Norfolk communities.

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• having a marine environment or marine safety focus.

• promoting environmental sensitivity, sustainability or the benefits of renewable energy.

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• contributing to education or employment in the renewable energy industry through access to courses and community activities.

The funding is open to community groups, charities, parish and town councils and educational establishments including schools. Among projects previously funded is the Holt Community Centre which was awarded a grant of �4,500 towards the costs of installing 20 photovoltaic panels on the Community Centre roof. The grant is reducing the centre's carbon footprint while also assisting its financial sustainability through reduced energy bills.

Fund grants officer Clive Rayner said: 'We are looking for communities to come forward with exciting projects which will make a real difference to lives. We have set up a simple outline proposal application process so that people can get an early indication about whether their idea is right for the fund.'

Outline proposals need to reach the foundation by September 2. To find out more contact Clive Rayner on 01603 623958 or email The outline proposal form can be found on the foundation's website

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