Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund
The Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund has been re-opened to help communities as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months.
We want to support local charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19.
Nottinghamshire charities and voluntary groups can apply for a grant of anywhere between £200 to £10,000 to deliver projects or services that meet the Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund criteria.
We are particularly prioritising:
- Projects that directly help vulnerable people affected by the effects of COVID-19, such as by providing access to food, toiletries, necessities, as well as projects to help vulnerable people in isolation.
- Projects that are already set up and are incurring extra costs as a result of helping vulnerable people.
- Priority will be given to eligible projects that help and support vulnerable Nottinghamshire people impacted by COVID-19 and that fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Access to food, e.g. help with food shopping, food delivery etc.
- Access to medicine, e.g. help with collecting and delivering prescriptions and medicines from supermarkets and pharmacies
- Dog walking, e.g. to help with the cost of running dog walking schemes, such as phone calls
- Social wellbeing, e.g. befriending / buddy schemes - friendly chat via phone
- Emotional / mental health wellbeing
- Physical wellbeing, e.g. help to stay mobile and active, advice about health
- Transport, e.g. help for essential travel
- Other projects / services not listed above that support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 may also be considered for funding.
- Applications are welcome to help cover the additional running (revenue) costs as a result of responding to COVID-19 (e.g. the extra costs of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to deliver essential services, increased costs such as telephone calls, rent, gas and electricity or other costs relating to a new site where people can more easily access community support and services). Help towards the cost of some additional items may also be considered, such as equipment for existing eligible groups that are adapting their service to provide essential support as a result of COVID-19.
Who can apply?
The following organisations are eligible to apply:
- local organisations providing a service or support to people living within Nottinghamshire County boundaries (this does not include Nottingham City residents)
- registered charities*
- excepted charities*
- constituted voluntary and community organisations*
- sports clubs with Clubmark
- Parish and Town Councils who are actively responding to the needs of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire communities.
* Includes Churches and other faith-based organisations.
Please check that people using your service live in eligible Nottinghamshire postcodes by entering their postcode and address on the Contact a Councillor webpage.
Organisations that decide to apply for funding will be asked to confirm their organisation type (i.e. charity status and legal structure) on the application form.
Projects handling food
- Projects providing food may be eligible to apply for funding through the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Fund
- Food banks are encouraged to be flexible with their criteria for assistance.
- Projects involving food must be registered with their Local Authority's Environmental Health Team. You can register for free online.
- If you are already registered but plan to change your food operation to include delivery, or any other significant change, for example supplying vulnerable groups, you will need to inform your Local Authority's Environmental Health Team.
- In response to COVID-19, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Food Standards Agency have published guidance to help organisations prepare and deliver food safely. This guidance should be used in conjunction with organisations' food safety management, hygiene and cleaning procedures which should be in line with Public Health England coronavirus guidance.
- This checklist will help you to put in place measures in your project to keep employees, volunteers and service users safe.
Projects providing Debt Advice services
Groups providing Debt Advice must be registered and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
How to apply
Before completing an application, please make sure your organisation and project meet the criteria for this Fund.
Please apply by 11:59pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021 using the short online form:
- The application must be completed by the person who has overall accountability for using the grant (if successful). This person must be 18 years old or over.
- The online application form must be completed in one go (i.e. it cannot be saved part-way through).
- Please check that people using your service live in eligible Nottinghamshire postcodes, by entering their postcode and address on Contact a Councillor.
- Organisations that apply for funding will be asked to confirm their organisation type (i.e. charity status and legal structure) on the application form.
- Data provided in the application form will only be used for the purpose of administering and publicising the grants and in line with the County Council Privacy Statement.
- Organisations may be eligible to apply for funding through the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Fund.
If your application is successful
We aim to make funding decisions and contact organisations as quickly as possible with the outcome of their application.
Successful applications will receive an email with an attached letter indicating the amount awarded and the terms of the funding.
All grant payments will be paid by BACS. Successful organisations that have not previously received grant funding from us will be asked to email a copy of a recent bank statement before the grant is released.
Successful projects will be registered on the Nottinghamshire Community Support and Volunteering Response Hub.
If your application is successful, you will be required to provide information and assistance to allow the authority to demonstrate that this public funding has been spent to support those in genuine need of assistance, and that suitable measures to prevent fraud have been put in place.
If the application is successful, the organisation agrees to repay the grant to the council if:
- the organisation does not deliver the agreed project
- the organisation is delivering the project in a negligent manner
- the funding duplicates funding from another funder
- the organisation deliberately provided false or misleading information to the council.
We understand that some residents have received calls from people claiming to be from the Council and that the caller is asking residents to provide their bank details so that they can provide payments to volunteers. This is not the Council.
If we call you regarding your application for funding, we would NOT ask for your bank details. You should not provide your bank details over the phone. Successful applications will receive an email with an attached letter indicating the amount awarded. If you receive one of these calls, please report it to us via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service online or by calling 0808 223 133. They will then pass the report through to Trading Standards.
- The term ‘vulnerable Nottinghamshire people impacted by COVID-19’, also includes Nottinghamshire people considered to be at a ‘higher-risk’. The NHS website provides examples of people who may be at a higher risk.
- Some roles may require staff and volunteers to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please see more information about DBS checks during COVID-19.
- Businesses and individuals are not eligible for this fund. If you are an individual seeking help and support, you can find useful information on our Coronavirus Community Support Hub. If you are a County resident without internet access then please phone 0300 500 8080 (open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) and one of our customer advisers will be able to help you complete your support request. If you are a City resident then you will need to call the City Council Customer Hub on 0115 915 5555 between 9am and 5pm or go to www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus
- We will only consider applications submitted by 11:59pm on Friday 1 January 2021.
Other sources of help and support for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations / groups
1. Organisations may be eligible to apply for funding through the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Fund.
2. We are aware that there is emerging volunteer action in many communities, as people step up to offer their support in response to community needs. Such projects may not have the structures and safeguards in place that are required to receive a grant, however, you may be able to get help / advice / support by talking to:
- Another established community organisation to see if there are ways in which you can partner with them;
- Your local parish or town council who may be able to work with you;
- Our Communities Team to discuss your situation and to see how we might be able to help / signpost you.
3. Information about other sources of funding opportunities and advice is available on our Support, advice and networking for voluntary and community groups webpage.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Communities Team:
- email: LIS@nottscc.gov.uk
- telephone: 0115 977 2041