Your questions answered on Community Chest campaign

Just the ticket - Community Chest collection boxes that are in heavy demand. Reporter Jemma Walker.

Just the ticket - Community Chest collection boxes that are in heavy demand. Reporter Jemma Walker. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

As our Community Chest boxes continue to fly out of our offices across the region, reporter JEMMA WALKER answers some of the most-asked questions about the scheme.

Can the tokens be collected across a few months?

No, the 500 tokens must be from the same month. Every four weeks the token will change colour to signify the change and they are dated at the bottom. January's colour is red.

Do I have to use my golden ticket in January?

Good news, you can use your golden ticket, which is worth 50 tokens, any time. So, if you have only just heard about our Community Chest campaign, it is still worth collecting a starter pack from your local EDP office.

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Can I apply for different things every month?

Yes, as long as you collect your 500 tokens you can apply for anything your group needs. That can change every month, or if you are unsuccessful in your first attempt, you are welcome to apply for the same thing again.

The campaign, in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation, aims to bring community groups' ideas to life.

It offers non-profit organisations the opportunity to apply for grants between £250 and £2,500 to help transform their area – and you can play a big part in helping straight away.

Start cutting and collecting your January tokens and posting them into your chosen group's Community Chest.

Anyone in Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire can apply. All you need to do is collect 500 tokens from the same month, fill out a short application form and submit them for judging.

The winners will be chosen by our five dragons. They include Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press; Paddy Seligman, who has dedicated her life to volunteer work; Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation; Archant circulation director Darron McLoughlin; and Julie James, whose husband is the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.

Groups are welcome to apply every month throughout the year, so there are 12 opportunities to win overall.

For more information, rules and an entry form, visit www.edp24.co.uk/communitychest

If you are thinking of applying or have any other questions, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk