Residents of a south Norfolk village are rejoicing after their community charity’s bid to obtain a portion of lottery grant funding advanced to the final stage of the application process.
The Heart of Gissing Charities announced this week that it had been successful in the second phase of their bid in the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme, an initiative that offers funding to help finance community projects.
The organisation was awarded a development grant of £21,306, to be used to contribute towards the costs of professional help in supporting the final stage of the submission, which outlines plans for a new community building offering better facilities for various local groups.
A statement issued on behalf of the Heart of Gissing trustees reads: “This is a great achievement for one of the smaller communities in south Norfolk but one that has a long history of public provision both socially and culturally.”
The charity suggested an addition to the existing Old School could enable current users such as the Gissing Children’s Centre, Youth and Performing Arts groups and reading and gardening clubs to extend their roles, while also opening up opportunities for a number of new activities, including a Crafters’ Café and an environmental and heritage group.