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Four community organisations in Thetford are sharing more than £1,600 of funding granted by Thetford Town Council. Thetford Town Football Club, Thetford Cricket Club, Thetford Rugby Club and Thetford Methodist Church will each share the money from the Council’s Small Grants Scheme. The Football Club will be using their £342.92 to purchase new litter bins for the Club grounds
and Thetford Rugby Club will use their £500 to offer youth rugby opportunities, encouraging children to participate in the sport. The money will help fund a number of training courses for volunteers at the club. For Thetford Methodist Church, tackling loneliness amongst older people is the aim. They’ll be using their £500 to provide a safe and friendly place for people to meet and chat over a cup of tea. Their Tuesday Coffee and Lunch Club aims to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for anyone who needs company. It takes place monthly from 10am – 2pm.

Councillor Terry Jermy, Chairman of the Council’s Amenities Committee said, “I am delighted that we’ve been able to confirm this recent batch of funding requests to support these organisations. We know that there are lots of groups in Thetford doing great work and the small grants scheme is about helping them with project costs or ongoing expenses so that they continue their great work”.
The other group to receive a grant recently was Thetford Cricket Club. They applied for £300 to buy kitchen equipment in order to provide new services at the club. Toni Leese said “We’re grateful for this funding from the Town Council. We’re aiming to increase membership and attendances and we need to have the right facilities and equipment for this”.

The Council’s Small Grants scheme distributes a total of £6,000 each year to local good causes. There is no deadline and groups can apply at any time. Applications are determined monthly by the Council’s Amenities Committee. Groups need to have a bank account and a constitution and where necessary, a risk assessment demonstrating they’re able to spend the grant responsibly.

For more information, contact the Council on 01842 754247 or email: [email protected]


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