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£250,000 fund launched to support early years groups

04 November 2019

Community groups that support young children and their parents in Norfolk are being invited to apply to a new Community Fund designed to get our county’s babies and preschoolers off to the best possible start.

The Norfolk Early Childhood Community Fund will hand out grants of up to £2,500 to projects that will support children aged 0-5 to achieve their developmental milestones and ensure children and their parents or carers aren’t lonely or isolated.

Groups might include music, creative, arts or physical play to encourage parents/carers to play alongside their child and give opportunities to make new friends close to home.

Up to £250,000 is available annually to help new groups set up or existing groups to expand. The money is being made available as part of Norfolk County Council’s Early Childhood and Family service which launched last month.

We can also provide advice and guidance on how to set up a new group, what things they need to consider and what support is available.

Cllr John Fisher, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: “We need to support those who dedicate their time, effort and passion into putting on groups and activities for our youngest residents and their parents and carers. This funding will equip the right people with the resources they need to either continue the good work they are already doing or assist them in setting up something new.”

The fund is available to existing community organisations who provide activities for 0-5 year olds such as parent and toddler groups. People who are also thinking of setting up a new baby or pre-schooler activity in their area are also invited to apply for support.

The money can go towards new equipment, training, or set-up costs such as public liability insurance or promotional materials.

A grants panel made up of parents and local partners including Norfolk County Council, district councils, and Action for Children will decide which applications will be granted funding. The first panel will meet on 27 November to consider applications. Deadline for November applications is 20 November 2019.

To apply visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/earlychildhoodfunding or email cs-0-5communityoffer@norfolk.gov.uk and request an application form.

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