Funding Boost for Community Transport in Norfolk

January 14, 2019

Community transport groups in Norfolk are set to benefit from a £19,000 funding boost that will allow them to run extra services or buy new wheelchair accessible minibuses. The cash, which is awarded from North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) transport fund, is available to all community groups in the area and applications are still open.

“Community transport is increasingly playing a vital role in services across north Norfolk. I’m delighted three local projects have been funded.”

Benefiting Community Transport Groups

Several of the county’s community transport groups have already benefited from the fund, with applications made and approved in December. The Ludham village car scheme were awarded £1,500 towards driver expenses. This voluntary service helps locals attend medical appointments and to collect their prescriptions.

North Walsham’s Good Neighbour Scheme, which helps local residents with one-off jobs like shopping or attending appointments, received £2,000 and North Norfolk Community Transport were also awarded £15,812 to be put towards a wheelchair accessible minibus service.

Eric Seaward, NNDC deputy leader, understands how valuable these community transport schemes are and how they can be a lifeline to rural communities.

He commented: “Community transport is increasingly playing a vital role in services across north Norfolk. I’m delighted three local projects have been funded.”

Transport Fund

The transport fund is still accepting grant applications until 22nd February, with decisions being made in March. Any voluntary or community organisation, community or parish council, or local project set up to support vulnerable, disadvantaged, and isolated people is able to apply.

For more information or to apply for a grant visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/ctf or call 01263 516173.

If you’ve been successful in applying for a grant and are looking for wheelchair accessible minibuses or cars then please get in touch with your local sales manager who will be able to discuss purchase, hire and lease options and arrange a free local demonstration at a time and place of your choice.