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 awarded LIS funding as a contribution towards 425 revenue and capital projects and 275 Talented Athletes across Nottinghamshire during 2018-21.

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).

On the 10th June 2021, the first Committee of the new administration considered options for the Scheme and agreed to develop a more detailed plan that will be considered at a Communities Committee meeting in the autumn of 2021.

To get the latest news and updates about the Local Improvement Scheme delivered direct to your inbox (including email alerts about any future LIS funding rounds), sign up to the Local Improvement Scheme email newsletter.

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

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'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 any Coronavirus restrictions, therefore organisations will need to ensure that any publicity events are fully in line with 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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