The Local Improvement Scheme

The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) 2018 - 21 provides targeted financial support for community organisations to deliver the council's priorities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax - which are at the heart of the Council Plan 2017 - 21.

Financial contributions from the LIS help organisations provide much needed services and deliver projects that will leave a legacy for years to come; creating connections between people who freely give their time, expertise and support in a range of volunteering roles. 

The County Council has awarded LIS funding as a contribution towards 425 revenue and capital projects and 275 Talented Athletes across Nottinghamshire.

Find out more about how LIS funding benefits communities.

Information about LIS funding rounds

The LIS is closed to new applications. However, Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to offering support to the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and details of new funding arrangements from June 2021 onwards will be decided by the next political administration, following the election in May 2021.

On the 10th June 2021, the first Committee of the new administration will consider options for the Scheme. Therefore, the Council will provide an update as soon as possible after the 10th June.

For context, the County Council’s approved budget for the forthcoming financial year does include provision for the LIS at a similar level to previous years. This was agreed by the Council at its budget meeting on 25th February 2021.

Please note that the LIS funding is a discretionary contribution towards the cost of delivering VCS services; as such, VCS organisations are encouraged to seek other sources of funding.

Our Support, Advice and Networking webpage includes links to a range of help and support including the NCVO Funding and Income Planner and other possible sources of funding, which you may find helpful.

If you would like to discuss your VCS project and ways in which the Communities Team may be able to offer some support, please email

Keep in touch with the LIS email newsletter

Get the latest news and updates about the Local Improvement Scheme delivered direct to your inbox - including e-mail alerts about any future LIS funding rounds. Sign up to the Local Improvement Scheme email newsletter. 

Acknowledging funding

Under the terms of the Local Improvement Scheme Agreement, Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) must be acknowledged as a funder as part of all publicity about the project, including any written or spoken public presentations. 

We know everyone is keen to promote their fantastic work helping the community, but please note the guidance below regarding the County Council elections and the Coronavirus pandemic:

The County Council elections will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Although day-to-day business of the Council carries on in the period leading up to the election, there are some legal restrictions on activities. This is known as the pre-election period (sometimes referred to as “Purdah”).

The County Council has to follow national guidance to make sure it remains impartial and so must not generate, publish or share any material or organise any events which would be seen to influence public support for a political party or candidate for any of the elections that are being held.

The restrictions predominantly relate to publicity, therefore please note that during this period we are unable to support in any LIS publicity activities and would ask you to contact your local councillor directly to make necessary arrangements for their attendance.

This means your group will need to produce and distribute any news release / arrange photography / social media posts etc.

Please do continue to mention in your publicity that the project has been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and the amount awarded.

However if your publicity events or activities can be postponed until after the elections, it will mean that the project will be able to benefit from our communications expertise, resources and communication channels.

If you have already arranged an event / announcement / media release for these coming weeks, please let us know by contacting us at

As from Monday 9 May onwards we'd love to share your stories about how LIS funding is benefitting local communities.  Remember to let us know about your events or any publicity plans in advance (ideally 8 weeks). LIS-funded organisations can tell us about their publicity plans (e.g. launch events, open days, press-releases), by completing the online publicity notification form.

Coronavirus pandemic

The Council recognises that publicity plans may be impacted by the Coronavirus restrictions, therefore, organisations will need to ensure that any socially-distanced publicity events are fully in line with the Government guidance at the time of the event.  

Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, organisations may need to reschedule or cancel their proposed event – this may be at short notice.

Please continue to send in your publicity requests via the online publicity notification form  and a member of the communications team will be in contact to discuss suitable dates where this is practical.  

Any subsequent changes or postponement to publicity events should be emailed to

Organisations should use the logos below to help promote the financial support of NCC:

Supported by NCC logo [jpg]

Funded by NCC logo [jpg]

Please remember to follow the brand guidelines outlined in the Funding Acknowledgement document below:

NCC LIS Funding Acknowledgement [pdf]

If you require larger or higher quality files, please contact our Communications Team:

Privacy Statement (Privacy Notice)

The Nottinghamshire County Council Privacy Statement contains information about how the Council uses the information provided by applicants to the Local Improvement Scheme and how we protect your privacy.

LIS Assessment

The Local Improvement Scheme is a member-led process.

Find out more about the assessment and decision making process.  

Questions about the LIS?


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