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Norfolk early childhood community fund scheme

Community groups that support young children and their parents in Norfolk, can now apply to a new community fund.

The Norfolk early childhood community fund scheme aims to:

  • Help children age 0-5 to achieve their developmental milestones
  • Ensure children and their parents or carers are not lonely or isolated
  • Increase opportunities for parents to come together and take part in fun activities, alongside their child
  • Deliver local services for young children and their parents within their community

How much are the grants?

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

What can a grant be used for?

It will fund the start-up of new activities and groups or to increase the capacity of an existing parent and toddler group (e.g to run extra sessions or days to allow more families to attend)

It won’t fund standalone requests for resources or equipment for existing groups that are not increasing their capacity to allow more families to attend (We may be able to signpost existing groups to other sources of funding for this purpose.)

For more information check out our 0-5’s Community Fund Guidance for Parent and Toddler Groups

We have also developed our “How to guide - Setting up and running a parent and toddler group” which you may find helpful.

How to apply for a grant

There is a two stage application process.

Step 1:

Complete the expression of interest form

This form will give you the opportunity to share your initial ideas and plans. We will use the basis of this form to allocate a development worker who will discuss your ideas with you and can offer additional ideas, advice and guidance. Completed expression of interest forms should be sent to

The team will contact you with feedback on your proposal and can offer support to you if more information is needed prior to submitting a complete application.
From this, if appropriate, you will be encouraged to complete a full application form to be considered by the monthly panel.

Step 2: Full application

Once you have received feedback on your expression of interest, we will notify you that you can complete the full application and return by the submission deadline provided to

If you have any questions about making an application, or need to receive these forms in other formats email us

When can I apply?

Grants will be allocated on a rolling basis from 27 November 2019 via a countywide grants panel which will regularly award grants.

Grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Deadlines for applications

A grants' panel will decide which applications will be granted funding. The panel is made up of parents and local partners, including us (Norfolk County Council), district councils and Action for Children.

Application deadline Grants panel
5 December 2019 19 December 2019
2 January 2020 16 January 2020
5 February 2020 19 February 2020
8 April 2020 22 April 2020

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