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Play scheme grants up for grabs

PUBLISHED: 07:40 23 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:04 22 October 2010

Community groups are being invited to apply for a share of £270,000 in grants which is up for grabs for play schemes in West Norfolk.

Community groups are being invited to apply for a share of £270,000 in grants which is up for grabs for play schemes in West Norfolk.

The cash from the Big Lottery Fund is being made available to West Norfolk Council to create, improve and develop local play areas.

The council will lead applications for the money but will work closely with local partners in the play sector - and is keen for grass roots organisations to make a bid.

Groups with play schemes wishing to be considered need to able to demonstrate that:

t they can provide match funding of at least 35pc;

t they have a fully-costed proposal with firm estimates and based on a start date in 2007;

t they have carried out comprehensive consultation with local people, including children;

t they have details of the current play provision in their area;

t they can show how the needs of disabled children and other young people with significantly worse access to good play opportunities have been taken into account.

Elizabeth Nockolds, the council's cabinet member for culture, said: "It is very important for all children and young people to have good quality and well-maintained play areas and equipment.

"So I do hope many local groups will apply for funding under this scheme."

It is anticipated that the maximum grant for any one group will be £20,000.

For further information and an application form, contact Downham sports manager Neil Gromett on 01366 386868.

Completed applications, along with all supporting information, are needed by October 1. They will be assessed in line with Big Lottery Fund guidance and the council's play policy.


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