Joy as Norfolk community helps to hit fundraising target for mental health programme - in just four months

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of Norfolk Community Foundation. Picture: Ian Burt

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of Norfolk Community Foundation. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

It has only been running for four months - but thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Norfolk community a mental health fund now consists of more than £500,000.

The total means Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF), which launched the fund in April, has reached its fundraising target and is now set to start awarding grants of up to £5,000 to applicants.

The fund, which was backed by the EDP as part of our Mental Health Watch campaign, was set up to attract applicants who could demonstrate how they could use the grants to improve mental health wellbeing in the county.

Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the NCF, said: 'We have been pleasantly surprised at how well the fund has been received.

'We're very grateful to people who have donated funds.

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'Our challenge is to award the grants to good applications.'

For every £2 donated the NCF has matched it with an extra £1. The NCF still has £10,000 of matched funding left, meaning there is still time to donate.

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It is the donors themselves who choose which application should benefit from their donated funds.

Applications for grants have closed for now but are likely to reopen later this year.

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