Good causes have chance to bid for share of £10,000 funding pot

Bawburgh Primary School received a grant of £500 to help them buy a polytunnel for the school garden

Bawburgh Primary School received a grant of £500 to help them buy a polytunnel for the school garden - Credit: Archant

Charities and good causes have been invited to apply for a share of a £10,000 awards fund from a Norwich-based firm of financial advisers.

Almary Green, based in the Meridian Business Park in Norwich, has donated the same amount of money every year since its 10th anniversary in 2011.

A total of 89 good causes in the region have benefited from the awards since them, including £150 for a lunch club in Old Buckenham to buy a microwave, and more than £2,000 which allowed Special Olympics Norfolk to set up a range of sporting activities for people with learning disabilities.

Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green, said: 'We are astonished every year at how many people are doing amazing things around the region to help local communities or to bring happiness to the disadvantaged.

'These awards are there for real projects where a small grant can make a difference. We welcome nominations from anyone involved in projects that bring tangible benefits to groups of all ages and abilities.


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'If there is something you need, however mundane, then we would like to know about it.'

Last year, Bawburgh Primary was among 15 good causes that benefited from the scheme.

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Its grant of £500 helped to buy a polytunnel for the school garden, allowing them to grow a range of plants from seed.

Colleen Sharpe, the school's Key Stage 1 co-ordinator, said: 'Here our naturally curious and inquisitive children can learn about and enjoy the world around them in a real hands-on manner, and see nature at work throughout the seasons.

'The polytunnel will provide real interactive adventures where they can explore and discover how and why things grow.'

The largest award in 2015, of £1,658, went to the Sick Children's Trust.

The closing date for nominations is August 26. See www.almarygreen.com/awards

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