Community organisations across Norfolk, north Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire are being given the chance of a cash windfall, with the launch of the annual grant-giving process from Lovewell Blake’s LB150 Fund, one of the region’s leading firms of accountants, business advisers and financial planners.
Charities, voluntary groups and community organisations can bid for grants of up to £2,000 from the Fund, which is distributing money raised by staff and partners at the firm during the past 12 months.
The Fund aims to benefit smaller, often lesser known organisations where such grants would make a real difference to a particular project – making possible something that wouldn’t otherwise happen.
Last year’s grant round saw 13 organisations share a total of £18,500, with cash going to a wide range of organisations including community arts groups, community centres and village halls, support groups for people with mental health issues and deaf people, and a domestic abuse advice service.
Lovewell Blake’s senior partner, Paul Briddon, urged local organisations to come forward and apply for the grants. “Working with the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Community Foundations, we have tried to make the application process as easy as possible, and we really hope that local community organisations will come forward to bid for a share of this year’s fund.“It is these smaller, less well-known organisations working at grassroots level in our communities which make such a difference, and we are delighted to be able to offer grants again in 2016.”
The LB150 Fund was originally set up in 2008 as part of Lovewell Blake’s 150th anniversary celebrations, with the aim of raising £150,000, for local charities and community groups, in five years. The firm announced earlier this year that its fundraising efforts had seen the Fund exceed the £200,000 mark since its foundation.
Pictured above: North Walsham Scouts who recieved a grant from the LB150 fund.
- Community organisations interested in applying for grants from the LB150 Fund can apply via their local Community Foundation. For details, go to the Norfolk Community Fund website; there are links here for organisations in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The deadline for grant applications is 9th September.