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Financial boost for Swaffham projects

PUBLISHED: 13:48 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 08 July 2010

Fourteen community projects in Swaffham have received a welcome financial boost thanks to Breckland Partnership's Participatory Budgeting Programme.

Fourteen community projects in Swaffham have received a welcome financial boost thanks to Breckland Partnership's Participatory Budgeting Programme.

Each of Breckland's five towns had been allocated £5,000 from the programme to share among their community using participatory budgeting.

Swaffham's aim was to help as many community projects as possible and so asked for applications for up to £500 of funding.

Thirty four projects applied and 26 of these were shortlisted and asked to take part at a showcasing event on March 25.

After short presentations by all the groups, everyone voted for their favourite projects apart from their own.

Top winners were Swaffham and District Home-Start who requested funding to take families on outings over the summer holidays. The other winners included Necton Youth Club, Swaffham Rugby Club, Petals, Youthie, Family Action, Swaffham and District Mental Health Association, Swaffham Art Group, Garden Science Trust, Swaffham Community Transport, Swaffham Rainbows, 1st Swaffham Brownies, 2nd Swaffham Guides and 1st Swaffham Scout Group.

t Breckland Council will be holding a funding fair at the Ecotech Centre in Swaffham on Tuesday, May 18. It will be an opportunity to meet funders such as Big Lottery and Norfolk Community Foundations. For more information or to book your place contact Cat Lang on 01366 656861.

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