£30,000 grant boost for projects

A raft of community projects in south Norfolk has been awarded grants totalling nearly £30,000.The awards of £2,000 or less have been handed out to projects through South Norfolk Council's neighbourhood forums fund.

A raft of community projects in south Norfolk has been awarded grants totalling nearly £30,000.

The awards of £2,000 or less have been handed out to projects through South Norfolk Council's neighbourhood forums fund.

Last year a dozen community projects were awarded almost £19,000 of grants in the first round of the scheme, and now it has emerged that 19 more projects have been given a boost.

The fund aims to support small scale projects that will improve the quality of life in local communities and make a real difference to the neighbourhood or the environment around the district.

The five neighbourhood forums use their local knowledge to decide which projects should get support.

So far more than £47,000 has been given to community projects and just over £90,000 remains in the council's 2007-08 budget for the scheme.

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The awards include: Diss Second (Salvation Army) Scout & Guide group £2,000 for new tents; Poringland Playgroup £2,000 for new toys and equipment; Harleston Extended Schools Group £2,000 for family fun days; Exchange 2 Youth project £1,365 for funding summer activities; Haddiscoe VH Management Committee £1,200 for eco-roofing project; Bergh Apton Conservation Trust £1,300 for purchase of power scythe; Dickleburgh Community First Responder Scheme £2,000 for equipment; Newton Flotman VC & Alan King Playing Field £1,031 for village centre upgrade; Brooke & District Sports & Social Association £1,100 for Brooke Cricket Club upgrade; Poringland Wanderers Youth Football Club £2,000 for training equipment; Poringland Wanderers FC £1,113 for Poringland Fete 2008; Wymondham Arts Forum £2,000 for welcome to Wymondham signboard at Wymondham Station; Redenhall with Harleston Town Council £2,000 for providing water supply to new allotments; Hethersett Bowls Club £348 to improve safety aspects perimeter hedge; Dickleburgh Parish Council £2,000 for youth shelter; Swainsthorpe Parish Council £529 for preparing village for entry in Anglia in Bloom competition; Hethersett pre-school playgroup £2,000 for pram shelter; Forncett Village Hall MC £1,100 third party funding for WREN application; Harleston Information Plus £1,852 for start up costs for careers group.