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Vital north Norfolk community transport schemes invited to apply for funding

PUBLISHED: 11:21 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 14 May 2018

The documents are available to view during normal opening hours at the NNDC offices in Holt Road, Cromer. Picture: Archant

The documents are available to view during normal opening hours at the NNDC offices in Holt Road, Cromer. Picture: Archant

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Living in a rural district without being able to drive would be a near impossible task for many north Norfolk residents, if it weren’t for community transport schemes.

And the North Norfolk District Council has just announced a new funding scheme to help such organisations stay active in the area.

The NNDC is also hosting a workshop for the organisations hoping to apply for grants.

The scheme is designed to support community transport schemes across the district that help vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated residents of all ages access the services and facilities they need.

The types of project the fund is likely to support include Good Neighbours, Dial-a-Ride, MediRide, and work and study schemes.

Councillor John Lee, leader of the council and of the Conservative Group, said: “At a time when many authorities are cutting back on community projects, I’m absolutely delighted that because of the sound monetary policies of this council, we are able to provide these funds to assist some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Any voluntary organisation that currently provides or wishes to set up a community transport service in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply to the council for a grant.

A workshop for organisations interested in applying for a grant will be held at 10am on Thursday, June 7, at the council’s HQ in Holt Road, Cromer.

The workshop will outline the application process and – after any grant is awarded – what is required in terms of monitoring, data collection, publicity and promotion.

Applications to the Community Transport Fund can be submitted at any time, and decisions on applications will be made in March, July and November.

To be considered this July, applications need to be submitted by June 29.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk and search for “community transport fund”.

To discuss a potential application or to book a place on the workshop, call the Communities Team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

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