New Council funding scheme to support work of local groups

21 November 2017

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Voluntary and community groups in Nottinghamshire are being invited to apply for grants from a new funding stream set up by the County Council to support grassroots projects throughout the area.

The Local Improvement Scheme 2018-21 was launched yesterday, after councillors agreed to create a new, simpler way for local groups to access financial support for local schemes that contribute towards making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit.

Groups can apply for the funding now at  

The closing date for this round of funding is 8 January 2018.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that their projects can deliver tangible, long term benefits for local communities by:

  • Focusing on helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and involvement in local organisations and charities
  • Working in partnership to protect communities from crime and anti-social behaviour so people can be more confident about their safety
  • Promoting healthier lifestyle choices
  • Protecting and developing the local environment and our county's heritage


Three year revenue funding of between £1,000 and £30,000 per year is available for running costs, alongside one-off capital scheme funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 per project.

Further financial support for talented athletes and to commemorate significant events in Nottinghamshire will be made available at a later date.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "The County Council has a strong and proud track record of supporting community and voluntary groups in delivering valuable work - helping people to help themselves and enhance people's pride of place in Nottinghamshire as a great place to live, work, visit and relax.

"The new Local Improvement Scheme brings together several previous funding schemes into one, allowing us to allocate funding in a more co-ordinated way, simplifying the process and reducing administration to ensure the maximum resource is available to make a real difference in our communities.

"I am proud that we have been able to retain and prioritise our grant funding for local groups when many other local authorities have reduced or ended similar funding to make financial savings."

Full Local Improvement Scheme eligibity criteria and details of how to apply are available on the website.

Three information events have also been arranged for organisations interested in applying for funding. The events are:

4 December (2-3.30pm) John Fretwell Complex, Sookholme Rd, Mansfield
5 December (2-3.30pm) Crossing Church & Centre, Newcastle St, Worksop
7 December (2-3.30pm) Assembley Rooms, County Hall, West Bridgford

Anyone wishing to attend the information events must pre-book online at  (one place per organisation)

Council funding case studies

Revenue funding: Reach Learning Disability

Reach Learning Disability was awarded £52,500 over three years (2015-2018) in County Council grant funding to deliver its Reach Out project in Mansfield, Newark and Southwell.

The project supports adults with learning disabilities to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence through a wide variety of activities, helping them to integrate positively within their local communities and encouraging them to take-up learning and volunteering opportunities.

To date, more than 200 services users have benefited from the scheme and 200 local volunteers have been recruited and trained to help deliver activities and learning.

Julia Sandhu, Funding Director at Reach UK, said: "Reach started out as a very small, local group in Southwell and has now grown to a charity that reaches across the county and supports 200 people with learning disabilities each week. But our roots are still firmly planted in the communities in which we work. Many of our trustees, staff and volunteers live locally to our services and many have caring responsibilities.

"The County Council funding has enabled us to deliver thousands of hours of extra support. This has made a huge difference in improving the quality of life for hundreds of adults with learning disabilities and their families, as well as providing numerous new opportunities for volunteers to develop their skills. It is helping to change lives for the better."

For more information about the amazing work of Reach, visit the website or watch the video at 

Download project photographs: IMAGE ONE; IMAGE TWO (images courtesy of Reach). 

Capital funding: Gedling Country Park Memorial Garden 

Nottinghamshire County Council awarded £18,425 in capital funding to the Friends of Gedling Country Park in April to create a permanent piece of art in the new memorial garden at Gedling Country Park.

The group has been working with Gedling Borough Council to develop the memorial garden within the country park for a number of months and have already installed several large metal ‘rings’ to mark the entrance, which were previously used underground to maintain the stability of the mining tunnels.

Gedling Colliery was the life-blood of the village and its surrounding areas for nearly a century, until it closed in 1991. The site stood derelict for over 20 years before being transformed into a country park in March 2015. The sculpture is expected to be installed before the end of the year.

Terry Lock, Chair of the Friends of Gedling Country Park, the organisation which applied for the funding said: “The memorial garden is an important project for us and our volunteers have been working hard to ensure it will be a place where all visitors feel welcome. Without the funding from Nottinghamshire County Council, this project may not have been possible.

“The local artist commissioned for the sculpture work which is currently taking shape at the Park visited local school such as Lambley Primary and Christ the King secondary in Arnold to talk to pupils about how this artwork should look. It has really captured the imagination of local people of all ages and helped them learn new skills.

“It will be a real asset for the Country Park and leave a lasting legacy for the local children who have been involved in the project – something for them and their families to proudly reflect on.”

Download Gedling Country Park photograph


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