Diss Town Council is committed to assisting voluntary and not-for-profit organisations working for the benefit of Diss residents whenever possible. One of the ways this is done is through financial grants.  The Council’s Community Grant Scheme is for two main categories of grant:

PROJECT GRANTS: These grants are of a one-off nature for, for instance, the purchase of equipment or services to provide or improve a facility or activity for the residents of Diss. Evidence will be required at the end of the project of how the grant was used. However, no commitment is given by the Council to any future grant funding.

OPERATIONAL GRANTS: These are annual grants to support the ongoing costs of the organisation’s activities. Annual monitoring reports will be required, and the Council will seek to review its ongoing commitments to those organisations from time to time, and maintain an ongoing dialogue about the effectiveness of the grant funding.

The Council’s Financial Year runs from April to March, and applications for grants are considered at two points in the year: Applications received by 31st January will be considered in March for payment from April onwards. Applications received by 31st July will be considered in September for payment from October onwards.

The Council’s Community Grants Panel will then consider any applications for new grants received in accordance with the above timescale and that it meets the following criteria:  One or more of these criteria must apply for the application to be considered…

  1. benefit the residents of Diss as a whole.
  2. benefit a specific category of residents of Diss, particularly disadvantaged or vulnerable sections of the population.
  3. provide a service or facility not currently provided elsewhere in Diss.
  4. add to or improve existing facilities.
  5. make better use of under-used town council facilities (such as the DYCC or sports ground).
  6. be freely available to all sections of the community.

In addition to the above, the following will be required of grant applications for ongoing operational funding, and may be required in respect of project grants:

7) Evidence is provided of efforts to generate income from other sources

8) The organisation will be required to provide copies of its latest audited accounts, together with a budget/business plan for the period covered by the grant applied for.

9) Evidence is provided of set targets and robust methods of measuring the achievement of those targets.

To apply for a grant or to find out more information, please click to view our application form and guidance notes.


New Anglia, a Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk will be visiting Diss on 16/11/17 as part of their “New Anglia Growth Hub Business Roadshows”. The aim of the roadshow is to offer free support to help grow your business with grants available and access to finance. To find out about other roadshows in your area, please click here.

New Anglia offer a Small Grant Scheme for “small businesses with big aspirations”, offering grants from £1,000 to £25,000 and their Growing Business Fund, offering grants of up to £500,000, to take your business to new heights! For more information about the grant schemes on offer, please click here.

TESCO are also offering a local community grant scheme named ‘Bags of Help’ where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. For more information, please click here.

Alternatively, visit Grant Finder UK for more general information and help.