Pictured: Eckling Grange residents celebrate with Breckland Councillors, Cllr Alison Webb and Linda Monument a new £5,000 Inspiring Communities award which will help create a new community room

Renovating sport club pavilions, offering free sign language classes, supporting a debt advice centre, helping wild meadows flourish and funding garden transformations for vulnerable residents are just some of the schemes being supported through Breckland Council grant funding. 

The district council has announced through its Inspiring Communities funding programme £57,844 is being shared among 14 local community and sporting groups across the district to help with exciting new initiatives. 

Breckland Council has recently announced a further £40,000 will be in a new play park on Sandy Lane, in Dereham, which will see the play area enhanced and reopened to families around the end of the year.

The funding awards include £5000 to Dereham Church to help run a Debt Advice Centre, Ashill Parish Council, has £5,000 to help install new play equipment in the area and bounce back from the horrific fires in the village earlier this year. Meanwhile, funding will support the Norfolk Deaf Association’s ‘Cuppa Care’ project and help Thetford’s New-U Enterprise open a community clothes shop at the Charles Burrell Centre. Other recipients include Eckling Grange Care Home, which received funding to create a new community room, and Bradenham Cricket Club to help renovate the cricket club pavilion. 

Wellspring Family Centre have received £5000 to support its work with residents with chronic health issues, whilst PrismStart Communities will receive £4974 to work with 15 ex-offenders provide them with new skills and work experience. 

Several vulnerable residents will receive a garden transformation after The Horticulture Industry Scheme CIC received around £5,000 support and funding for Dereham Deaf and Social Club will enable the group to provide free British Sign Language classes to supermarket staff and residents. 

Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Health, Leisure & Communities at Breckland Council commented: “We are delighted to support a wide variety of community, environmental and sports projects that will make a real difference to our residents lives every day.” 

The third round of Inspiring Communities grant funding is currently open for applications via the Norfolk Community Foundation at www.norfolkfoundation.com