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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 available to organisations with an income under £250k a year (except for youth work training; please see our grant guidelines for more information about this).
We are pleased to be able to let you know that our small grants programme, funded by Norfolk County Council, will be continuing in 2020/21.
However, the Momentum team and the Youth Advisory Boards (YABs), who make the grant decisions, are working differently at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to reduced capacity and shorter YAB meetings, it might take longer for your grant to be processed and for you to get a decision on your application.
We would appreciate your patience with this, and we ask that any grants that aren’t urgent (such as activity grants for trips you would like to run after the lockdown has ended) could wait until things have returned to normal. This is so that we can prioritise grant applications for things that can still take place in lockdown, for example groups who want an equipment grant to pay for video conferencing software or a training grant to do an online training course.
We have also moved to a rolling programme rather than quarterly deadlines, to enable groups to apply at any time during the year.
Please leave plenty of time between making the application and the activity taking place, as we can’t give retrospective funding. We recommend applying around 12 weeks before the activity where possible, although we appreciate that for Covid-19 related activity (such as costs relating to moving your youth offer online) this might not be possible, and we will try to prioritise these applications.
Momentum (Norfolk) Small Grants are assessed by Young Commissioners from the Youth Advisory Boards. There are several things to consider before you decide to apply for our Grants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need any help in completing the application form or have any questions please contact our Supporting Excellence Officer, Aimee Gedge on 01603 883869 or email
To request the Small Grants Application Form, please get in touch with our Groups and Membership Officer, Amelia Worley on 01603 883863 or by email. Please return completed application forms to Amelia.