Funding and Grants

Funding Opportunities

Momentum (Norfolk) Small Grants Programme

Momentum (Norfolk) is funded by Norfolk County Council to award small grants of up to £500 to voluntary clubs, groups & organisations working with young people aged 11-19 years in Norfolk. Grants are assessed by Young Commissioners from the Youth Advisory Boards.

  • You must be a Momentum (Norfolk) member (Associate members cannot apply)
  • We have three deadlines a year for grant applications; these are published on our website, June, September & December
  • Please allow at least 6 weeks for a decision to be made and funds to be released (we cannot fund activities that have already taken place).
  • There are four grants available -  members can apply for up to two grants per financial year.
  • If your application is successful we will pay 50% of the grant to you and the remaining 50% on receipt of a satisfactory evaluation. (Start-up grants are paid in full)
  • You will be expected to show recipts for the full amount with your evaluation.

This grant is for setting up a new youth group for 11-19 year olds and can include the costs of: DBS checks, insurance, venue hire, set up costs, Momentum membership and Ambition Quality Mark. You will be expected to work towards Ambition First Steps in your first year with our support.

For specific activities or a project that benefits young people. You must provide evidence of how young people have been involved / consulted in the planning of this activity or project. You have to meet 30% of the cost of the activity or project yourself - we will not fund the full cost.
Examples: outreach project, camping trip, planned series of events.

Activity /

For equipment or resources for your group. You must tell us how any equipment will be stored securely and provide evidence of how you consulted with young people.
Examples: pool table, chairs, games consoles and games, computer equipment.

Equipment /

You can use this grant to meet the costs of your staff / volunteers professional development. If you are applying for funding for Momentum training please enclose completed booking forms with your application. We will need to see confirmation of booking for other training. Example: 1 place on the Level 2 NOCN Youth Work Award, volunteer training or staff training for the year.

Training &

Applications for grants will not be considered for the following.

  • Maintenance, repair or upgrading of vehicles.
  • Building / Construction work of any kind.
  • Promotion of religious activities or political causes.
  • Loans of any kind or to fund repayment of existing loans.
  • Retrospective funding of any kind.
  • Purchase of sports team strips or uniforms.
  • Any form of fundraising or collections, although support for activities that result in raising group funds may be considered.

Before submitting your application please read through our Small Grant Guidelines and use the checklist to ensure you have provided all the information needed to support your application.

Small Grants Application Form

If you need any help in completing the application form or have any questions please call: 01603 672333 or email:

Ambition Giving (Must be a Momentum (Norfolk) Member)
A brand new scheme that has been set up in celebration of our 90th anniversary. Ambition Giving will offer grants of up to £2,000 throughout the year to groups or individuals to help deliver activities to young people in their community. Ambition Giving will support a wide variety of projects and is open to applications from young people, youth clubs, charities, community groups, resident associations and voluntary organisations. Every application must be supported by a member of Ambition.

Helen Marshall, Chief Executive of Ambition, said: "We're proud to have been meeting the needs of young people across the UK since 1925. I'm delighted to launch Ambition giving to distribute this much needed funding to local communities and in doing so benefit thousands of young lives.''

Ambition has three overarching outcomes for all of its programmes;
improved educational attainment, improved health and increased employability for the future. Any project funded must address one of these outcomes. It should also focus on at least one of the following five themes:
* Health - supporting young people to be happy and healthy in mind and body
* Employability & Enterprise - supporting young people to develop skills and access training that will help them to confidently enter education or employment
* Social Action - ensuring young people are adding value to their local community
* Leadership - supporting young people to develop leadership skills through practical projects that benefit their peers
* Media & Creative Arts - enabling young people to express themselves creatively and develop their media skills

To download an application pack click here & for our FAQ's please click here

New Youth Investment Fund to support schemes in targeted disadvantaged communities across England.
A new £40m Youth Investment Fund will support schemes in targeted disadvantaged communities. An additional £40m will provide continued support for Step Up to Serve's '#IWill' youth social action campaign. The funding initiatives will be jointly delivered by the Government and the Big Lottery Fund.

The funding will open up opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities and gain new experiences, to support their development, build character and help them succeed in the future.

Youth Investment Funds will be managed by the Big Lottery Fund. Full application information for local voluntary youth groups will be available on the Big Lottery Fund website by 20 September 2016, with the first awards expected to be made in spring 2017. Youth Investment Funds are focused on a number of local authorities in England. 

More information is available onlineon which local authorities are included. Read more about the #IWill social action campaign and current opportunities for children and young people.

Funding for both schemes will be available up to 2020 to help organisations invest and plan for the future. More information is available online.

Norfolk Community Foundation Grants

Norfolk Community Foundation is part of a worldwide charitable network of community foundations. We aim to build a stronger community in Norfolk by making it easier to give to address the real needs that exist in our communities. In 2013 we managed over 100 donor directed funds which we administered on behalf of organisations and individuals and we distributed over £4.3 million to 500 charities and community groups - helping to make Norfolk a better place for everyone.

Norfolk Community Foundation holds long term invested funds set up by our donors that will help the community for years to come. You can nominate NCF to receive a legacy that will be held in your name forever. We are committed to giving our donors the best possible service and funding projects that will really make a difference. 

For more information or to apply for a grant please click here

Norfolk Community Foundation Training Voucher Scheme

Small charitable voluntary organisations in Norfolk with an average annual income of less than £30,000 (taken as an average over three years) can apply for a training voucher to help them access a range of training and development support. The scheme focuses on key areas which will help to build capacity in small voluntary and community organisations, and ensure good practice.

What can the scheme support
It is expected that this scheme will benefit small, voluntary and community organisations which have already formalised themselves, and would benefit from training and/or support in preparation for seeking funding. The scheme is also able to benefit groups that have an identified training/ support need to aid their sustainability or growth.

What cannot be supported by the scheme
Social Enterprises/ CICs and Parish Councils are not eligible for this scheme.

The voucher scheme does not provide general development support to groups, or help groups to start up.

Vouchers will not be issued to provide direct support with funding applications or fundraising

For more information please click here

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