How to Apply for LIFT Community Grants

How to apply for a LIFT Community Grant


LIFT Community Grants is managed by the LIFT funding Team at Norfolk County Council who have a contract to distribute the grants across Norfolk and Suffolk.

There is a two-stage application process so that you can propose your project idea and get feedback before committing to the work involved in a full application. Each funding round will have an expression of interest (EOI) deadline, a full application deadline and a decision-making board meeting in both Norfolk & Suffolk. LIFT reserves the right to manage the number of applications to be considered at each Board meeting. 

We have had a very high level of interest in Community Grants and are suspending invitations to submit  project ideas on an Expression of Interest form. This suspension will enable us to process the high numbers currently invited or submitted. 

If have already been sent an Expression of Interest Form please speak to the team to discuss the deadline you are working to. We will endeavour to have your project considered at the first or second scheduled meeting following your Full Application submission. Projects that are genuinely time-critical  will be prioritised for an early decision. The project facilitator can keep you informed of your target decision date.

Contact us if you would like us to let you know when we are ready to invite new project ideas.  

Organisations can apply for a maximum of one grant in any one funding round. Depending how long it will take to commit all the funding there will be up to 11 rounds of funding in total with the last grants being awarded by October 2020.The last possible date for ‘participant starts’ on a project is set at 31st December 2020. 

Help with application process

The LIFT Team has Facilitators whose roles are to promote the fund and support applicants through the process – you can contact the team by calling 01603 223179 or by emailing .

They can help if you have any questions or need support to ensure that your project idea will be eligible, and that you are describing the project activities, target participants and its benefits clearly.

The final decision on your application will be made at our either our Suffolk or Norfolk LIFT Board.

The Boards are supported by the LIFT Team and are local community and business representatives and people with an understanding of employability support and/or learning and skills provision.  They will have access to your full application and an appraisal of your project prepared by the LIFT Team.