Chance to apply for a £2,000 grant

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Community and voluntary groups across the Spalding area are being invited to apply for funding in the latest round of grants being awarded from The Bernard Matthews Fund.

The fund, which is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, was created to help a wide range of rural charities and initiatives in the region, and has already awarded over £46,000 since its launch in October 2009.

Grants of up to £2,000 can be applied for before the closing date of May 2.

The application form and details of who is eligible to apply can be found online at www.norfolkfoundation.com/Bernard-Matthews-Fund.htm or by calling the Norfolk Community Foundation on 01603 623958.

Andrew Sherwood, Human Resources Director at Bernard Matthews Farms, said: “Since the launch of the fund, we have helped a wide range of rural community issues and initiatives and have been very impressed with the diversity of applications received in the previous seven rounds.

“We are pleased to be able to support the good work that people do in the community and there are many other worthwhile causes that could benefit from the funding available.

“This is just one of a whole range of our ongoing activities in the local community and we are looking forward to reviewing the next round of applications shortly.”

Applications for grants can be made by any organisation or group established for charitable purposes, provided there is a formal structure, which will allow for monitoring of activity and feedback.

A panel made up of Bernard Matthews Farms staff, guided by the Norfolk Community Foundation, will assess the applications and will consider a wide range of issues and initiatives, including expenses such as capital costs, venue hire, equipment, promotional costs, start-up expenses and training.