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Norwich City Council invites bids for community fund

Published on Wednesday, 30th September 2020

Residents and community groups in Norwich can apply for funding to help make safety improvements in their area or improve use of communal spaces.

The Safer Neighbourhood Initiative Community Fund has been set up by Norwich City Council to help fund practical solutions to problems relating to crime, anti-social behaviour and community safety.

It can fund up to 95 per cent of the cost of measures such as alley gates, communal fencing and security lighting in communities across the city. The fund can also support activities which encourage residents to make more use of communal spaces.

Kevin Maguire, cabinet member for ­­­safe and sustainable city environment, said: “Norwich is a very safe place to live, but we are all aware of the challenges presented by cuts to so many public services.

“That’s why we have created this fund, to help people pay for measures that will improve the safety of their neighbourhood and improve communal spaces.”

Applications are invited from residents and community groups and the work must benefit more than one household or property. If it relates to crime or anti-social behaviour, the issue must also have been discussed with their local police safer neighbourhoods’ team before an application is made.

Anyone who would like to bid for funding should visit www.norwich.gov.uk/communityfund to read through the guidance documents and complete an expression of interest form.

Expressions of interest forms are currently being accepted up until 30 January 2021, with funding needing to be allocated by 31 March 2021.