The Local Communities Fund (LCF)

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Nottinghamshire County Council recognises the huge contribution that the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) has made to lives of residents over many years which has been brought into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council has a strong record in supporting the VCS by empowering local communities to be more self-sufficient. This continues to be a key priority for the Council and supporting the VCS to grow and thrive is central to achieving this.

The Council’s recovery plan for helping to address the impact of the pandemic provides opportunities to invest in the VCS to help support the delivery of Council Priorities. These priorities are: healthy and thriving people and communities, a greener Nottinghamshire future and a prosperous and growing economy.

A new discretionary grant funding scheme, The Local Communities Fund, is the successor to the Local Improvement Scheme.  The Local Communities Fund consists of a:

  • Revenue Programme (split into two parts: ‘Small Grants’ and ‘Large Grants’);
  • Capital Programme;
  • Talented Athletes Programme; and the
  • Homes for Ukraine Programme

A summary of each programme is provided below and further details about the Capital and Revenue Funds are provided in the Guidance for Applicants [PDF].

Applications for revenue funding are invited from VCS organisations that have developed effective activities in response to a local need / gap analysis. Examples of activities include:

  • Offering early help and prevention to those who most need it.
  • Providing support to communities of interest, including rural communities, and helping those who face particular challenges.
  • Increasing opportunities available for advice and signposting for the most vulnerable residents and communities.
  • Increasing pathways to volunteering, providing opportunities for individuals to contribute to their community whilst enhancing the sector’s reach.
  • Helping to address climate and environmental change.
  • Enabling Nottinghamshire residents to contribute to social and cultural opportunities.

The Revenue programme consists of 2 parts:

Revenue Small Grants

This is a rolling programme, i.e. organisations can apply at any time, to assist the Voluntary and Community Sector respond to identified and emerging needs.

The maximum award will be £5,000 per project in any financial year. Successful organisations will be offered a 12-month funding agreement. 

Further information about the Revenue Small Grants criteria is available in the Guidance for Applicants .

 

Revenue Large Grants

The application window for the Revenue Large Grants Programme (i.e. funding requests for £5,000 or more), is now closed.

Eligible organisations can apply for one-off Capital grants up to a maximum of £20,000 per organisation in any funding year.

Applications for Capital funding should have in place at least 50% match funding and should show how the proposed project:

  • Helps to address local priorities, e.g. improving access to new or existing services such as sports and leisure, protecting the environment, reducing loneliness, improving physical and mental health
  • Improves local places and spaces that are important to communities
  • Brings people together and involves them in the design and implementation
  • Helps to address climate and environmental change and/or minimises any negative impact on the environment.

There is a 2-stage application process for Capital projects and organisations are welcome to apply throughout the year. Further details are provided in the Guidance for Applicants .

Brown Tourist Signs / Information Boards / Gateway Signs / Interactive Signs
If you wish to apply for funding towards brown tourist signs / information boards / gateway signs / interactive signs, please read the ‘General Guidance and Example Costs for Signs’ document.

“Once again we want to invest in capital projects with full match-funding already in place, so they are ‘ready to go’ to make best use of these funds.” Cllr Cottee

The Council is expanding on its previous Talented Athletes programme with an increased maximum award of up to £1,000 towards:

  • Supporting Nottinghamshire athletes aspiring to compete or already competing at the highest level in their sporting category
  • Encouraging up-and-coming athletes
  • Providing more support to athletes who face the greatest challenges.

Further information about the LCF Talented Athletes programme is available here.

Applications are invited from Community Organisations supporting people who have arrived in Nottinghamshire as part of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

An initial allocation of £100,000 has been approved by Nottinghamshire County Council to support proposals up to a maximum of £5,000 per application.

Examples of the kind activities that may be supported include:

  • Supporting English language classes
  • Employment support
  • Activities for Children and Young People
  • Advice and support on financial matters
  • Tackling loneliness and isolation through for example befriending schemes and support networks
  • Promoting health and well-being
  • Organising community events
  • Supporting and encouraging volunteering

Register and apply on https://grants.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/

You only need to register once, even if you decide to apply for multiple projects across more than one fund.

In line with the principle of involving County Councillors (Elected Members) in their communities, all applications for revenue and capital funding must provide a supporting statement from an elected Nottinghamshire County Councillor for the District in which the proposed project will be delivered. Further information is provided in the Guidance for Applicants.

Before applying, please read the Guidance for Applicants , which includes information about the revenue and capital criteria, examples of projects that the funding can be used for and how to apply.

To improve our grant process, we have introduced a new online system. This new system brings lots of benefits for applicants, such as: saving applications part-way through, downloading applications and uploading supporting information.

Register and apply on https://grants.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/

You only need to register once, even if you decide to apply for multiple projects across more than one fund.

Nottinghamshire County Council must be acknowledged as a funder as part of all publicity about the funded project, including any written or spoken public presentations. Guidance, logos and support with publicity messages and arrangements will be provided by the Communications and Marketing Team to organisations awarded funding. Further details will be posted here when the first batch of awards are announced.

All applicants will need to confirm that they have read and agree with the Council's Privacy Statement.

Funding awards are decided by Elected Members. Applications received by 31st December 2021 should receive a decision by April 2022. For applications received from January 2022, please check this webpage for updates about decision timescales or sign up to Email Me to receive updates by email.

If your application is successful, the organisation must be willing and able to comply with the funding terms and conditions which includes:

  • publicising the project in line with the County Council's Acknowledging Funding and Publicity guidelines
  • providing monitoring information as outlined in the Guidance for Applicants 
  • repaying to the County Council any grant money not spent and/or where the organisation / project does not comply with the terms and conditions of the funding.

The Council takes a zero tolerance stance towards fraud and corruption and will investigate and take the necessary action in cases of suspected fraud in line with the Council's Fraud Response Plan.

Organisations may find it helpful to review the application questions to before starting their application. Please ensure that you select the correct example for the fund that you would like to apply for:

 

Revenue Applications (1 year) – Up to and including £5,000

No.

Organisation

Project / Activity

Amount Awarded

Supporting Councillor

1

Compassionate Voices CIC

Women’s support programme focussing on positive mental health and wellbeing. Funding to cover delivery, including facilitator costs, venue hire, marketing of project and similar

£4,932

Stephen Garner

2

Dial a Trip Ltd

Providing transport for local people to attend medical appointments, to visit relatives in hospital and care homes and social groups. Funding for running costs including office rent, utilities, and equipment for the vehicles.

£4,000

John Ogle

3

Farndon Parish Council

A friendship and community group where those feeling isolated, can come together and socialise. Funding to cover refreshments and some venue costs.

£5,000

Sue Saddington

4

Hope Springs Horticulture CIC

Horticultural therapy sessions for people with enduring mental health difficulties in north Nottinghamshire. Funding to cover staffing and overheads.

£5,000

Helen-Ann Smith

5

Mansfield Harriers and AC

Volunteer recruitment and coach training costs for athletics and running club. Funding for coaching courses.

£400

Stephen Garner

6

Movement for All

Providing healthy exercise classes for older people in 7 Nottinghamshire venues. Funding will help towards minibus/venue hire/sessional artists. 

£3,750

Elizabeth Williamson

7

Nottinghamshire County Scout Council

To widen participation in scouting and the funding will be used to meet training costs and subsidise membership costs for struggling families.

£5,000

Keith Girling

8

Sam's Workplace

Provide evening games provision at Sam's Place. Funding will be used for staffing/volunteer training and core running costs.

£2,000

Tom Smith

9

The Helpful Bureau

To provide weekly day trips and social groups for older people in the community. Funding will go towards salaries/vehicle costs/room hire etc.

£5,000

John McGrath

10

Stonebridge City Farm

Providing volunteer opportunities for vulnerable people, building confidence and personal resilience. Funding will be towards salaries/mentors/courses and training materials.

£4,900

Errol Henry

11

Broxtowe Play Forum

A scrap store of recycled materials to promote the value of recycling to children and young people and encourage creativity. Funding towards project running costs.

£3,600

John Doddy

12

Support for Survivors

Delivering a support programme for survivors of child sexual abuse – funding will contribute towards the running costs of the organisation.

£5,000

Mike Pringle

 

 

 

£48,582

 

Revenue Applications (4 years) – Over £5,000

No.

Organisation

Project / Activity

Amount Awarded

Supporting Councillor

1

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Three Men in Sheds projects to provide a dedicated space for older men to practise or learn woodworking skills, make friends, and improve wellbeing. Funding towards salaries and running costs.

£10,175

Tom Smith

 

2

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Befriending support for isolated older people across the County to alleviate loneliness. Funding towards salaries and running costs.

£21,800

Sybil Fielding

3

Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

An information, signposting and advice (ISA) service to provide support to older people, their family and carers around health, finances, and wellbeing. Funding towards salaries, volunteer costs and general running costs.

£13,625

Steve Carr

4

Ashfield & Mansfield Voluntary & Community Transport

A community transport scheme for people who are unable to use public transport. Funding to support insurance, vehicle, and staff costs.

£27,250

Andy Meakin

5

Ashfield Play Forum

A scrap store of recycled materials to promote the value of recycling to children and young people and encourage creativity. Funding towards salaries and project running costs.

£4,470

Samantha Deakin

6

Bassetlaw Action Centre

To promote independence through housing support, helping individuals to remain independent in their own home. Funding towards salaries and running costs.

£13,625

Tracey Taylor

7

Bassetlaw Action Centre

To provide three community transport schemes for Bassetlaw - a community car scheme, a fully accessible community minibus scheme and a fully accessible multi-purpose vehicle. Funding towards salaries, overheads, and vehicle maintenance/insurance.

£10,900

Tracey Taylor

8

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service

Y-Volunteer will develop new volunteer roles for young people in Mansfield and Bassetlaw and create young volunteer led social-media campaigns around volunteering. Funding to contribute to salaries, marketing, and overheads.

£35,067

Sybil Fielding

9

Care after Combat

A peer mentoring scheme that supports ex-Armed Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System, helping them to reintegrate into society on release from prison, helping to reduce reoffending. Funding to cover staff costs, volunteer expenses and overheads.

£12,808

Keith Girling

10

Carlton Youth Centre

A range of activities at the youth centre for rural communities, including volunteering opportunities and information and advice. Funding to cover play equipment and general running costs including rent, insurance, and utilities

£5,995

Sheila Place

11

CASY

Counselling support for young people with an emphasis on young people who are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts, parent/carer support groups and training for professionals around young person self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Funding to contribute towards costs of sessional workers.

£6,540

Sue Saddington

12

Children's Bereavement Centre

Bereavement support project for children and young people to support mental health and wellbeing. Specialist early intervention and professional support. Funding to cover bereavement counsellor post and related running costs.

£11,674

Keith Girling

13

Citizens Advice Broxtowe

To provide free, independent advice to those that need it, delivering social, economic and health improvements. Funding towards salaries, office costs and overheads for six Nottinghamshire CABs.

£149,875

Glynn Gilfoyle

14

Community Accounting Plus

To provide a free and subsidised financial support and accounting advice to Nottinghamshire Community organisations. Funding will provide a contribution to running costs.

£19,075

Ben Bradley

15

Disability Nottinghamshire

Telephone and face-to-face support around benefits advice, money management, support, and information on any aspect of disability. Social support groups and peer mentoring also available. Funding to cover staff costs and running costs including rent, IT, and phone.

£13,978

Anne Callaghan

16

Feel Good Gardens CIC

A social and therapeutic gardening and woodwork sessions at Feel Good Gardens' main site and at 2 satellite community allotments in Mansfield. Funding to cover staff costs and overheads.

£5,806

Scott Carlton

17

Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw

To support young people in Bassetlaw via local activities and events. Funding to cover staff costs and office overheads.

£5,450

Glynn Gilfoyle

18

Gedling Play Forum

The delivery of play sessions and volunteering opportunities. Running a resources centre and scrap store to encourage creativity and recycling. Funding to cover overheads including rent and utilities, and volunteer expenses.

£12,208

Michelle Welsh

19

Home-Start Mansfield

Supporting local families with young children by providing a home visiting volunteer, who will offer individualised practical and emotional support on a weekly basis. Funding to cover staffing, volunteer expenses and overheads such as rent and insurance.

£16,350

Ben Bradley

20

Home-Start Newark

Direct work with families identified as needing support through home visit volunteers. Funding towards salary costs, volunteer expenses and overheads such as rent and insurance.

£10,524

Keith Girling

21

Home-Start Nottingham

Friendship and practical support to vulnerable parents with young children via trained home visiting volunteers. Funding to cover direct and indirect staffing on project plus office overheads.

£27,296

John Cottee

22

Hope Nottingham CIO

A one stop community support hub in Carlton, providing food and essentials to help people out of crisis, alongside advice, skills development, and well-being support. Funding to cover staff costs and centre overheads.

£6,540

Errol Henry

Jim Creamer

23

Hope Nottingham CIO

A one stop community support hub in Beeston, providing food and essentials to help people out of crisis, alongside advice, skills development, and well-being support. Funding to cover staff costs and centre overheads.

£10,900

Steve Carr

24

Hucknall and District Voluntary Sector Partnership

Providing quality, affordable, serviced accommodation for voluntary and not for profit organisations serving Hucknall. Funding to cover staffing and overheads including utilities, insurance, and cleaning.

£5,450

Lee Waters

25

Inspire Youth Arts

A coordinated community youth dance offer across Nottinghamshire which targets young people in challenging circumstances with a particular focus on inclusion and disability. Funding to cover staffing, sessional workers and overheads including venue hire.

£8,175

Pauline Allan

26

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries

Supporting and training volunteers to provide community film screenings hosted in Libraries for targeted audiences.

£3,964

John Cottee

27

Kingsway Hall Management Trust CIO

A weekly lunch group with activities and a healthy two course hot lunch. Funding to cover staffing, room hire, meal costs

£4,295

Nigel Moxon

28

Literacy Volunteers

To recruit and train volunteers to support schoolchildren to achieve better literacy skills. Funding to support staff, volunteer costs and overheads.

£10,900

Roger Jackson

29

Mansfield CVS

To provide infrastructure support to Nottinghamshire organisations and groups enabling communities to mitigate the impact of the pandemic; to prepare for recovery, survival and deliver community services. Funding for salaries and overheads.

£181,210

Ben Bradley

John Cottee

30

Mansfield Play Forum

To advance through play, the education, recreation, and wellbeing of children within Mansfield. We do this by providing a wide range of services to families and groups working with children. Funding will go towards play worker / rent / insurance / volunteer expenses, etc.

£8,175

Steve Garner

31

MHA Communities East Nottinghamshire

Support independent living of people aged 55+, providing services that tackle loneliness & social isolation, all whilst enabling members to continue to be connected to their community. Funding will go towards staff costs, room hire / rent etc.

£8,720

Keith Girling

32

MHA Communities South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

We will support older people in the community through a mix of face-to-face lunch and social groups, befriending and connect people digitally through our virtual social groups. Funding will go towards coordinator / admin / venue hire / refreshments etc.

£5,575

Sybil Fielding

33

MHA Communities West Notts and Derbyshire Borders

Delivery of a 'Sporting Reminiscence' project to help with mental health, run parallel with 'Love to Move', addressing physical health through exercise groups. Help older people live later life well. Funding will be towards staff costs including management fee and running costs.

£7,630

Andy Meakin

34

Music for Everyone

Community music making to reduce isolation, promote mental and physical wellbeing, address specific health needs, and introduce young people to music. Funding will be used towards staffing / projects costs and core running costs.

£5,450

Kate Foale

Gordon Wheeler

Roger Jackson

35

Newark & Sherwood CVS

Volunteer run social transport scheme for those who are otherwise isolated or excluded, enabling them to live independently, participate in their communities, access education, employment, health, and other services. Funding will be towards delivery staff / admin and general running costs.

£11,462

Keith Girling

36

Newark Emmaus Trust

Newark Emmaus Trust provide accommodate and support 36 homeless young people, we need to fund additional activities, training, and support to improve the wellbeing of these vulnerable homeless young people. Funding will be for a part time worker / utilities and activities.

£10,900

Keith Girling

37

Newstead Youth Club Committee

The funding will support young people in Newstead who have been impacted by COVID19, by providing a youth facility delivering a range of positive activities and mental health initiatives. Funding will be for sessional costs / cleaning / utilities etc.

£6,339

Chris Barnfather

38

Nottingham Counselling Service

The project will address loneliness, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation among those most seriously affected by COVID-19 i.e., people from racialised and marginalised backgrounds, young adults, the unemployed and full-time students. Funding will be towards staffing costs / management of digital client media and social media.

£11,173

John Doddy

39

Nottingham Playhouse Trust Limited

Shine is an initiative delivering free theatre workshops for young people aged 8-16, across 5 locations in Nottinghamshire; participants gain confidence and friends; learn life-enhancing skills and discover their voices. Funding will be used towards sessional workers/production/tickets and core running costs.

£4,360

John Doddy

40

Nottinghamshire Mind

Nottinghamshire Minds #WELL, is a unique and blended model of delivery, which provides a person-centred programme of mental health support for those living in the communities of Nottinghamshire. Funding will go towards staffing / venue hire / admin and overheads.

£40,875

Ben Bradley

41

OASIS Community Church & Centre

Our 'EDGE' building opened this year with the 'MEN AT THE EDGE' Project which is aimed at supporting all men especially those needing hope and support in crisis and need. The funding will be used towards a project manager and core running costs.

£8,175

Glynn Gilfoyle

42

OASIS Community Church & Centre (Worksop)

Oasis provides over 30 projects for people of all ages, needs and interests’ projects 365 days a year and large scale seasonal and themed events bringing the whole community together. Funding will go towards staff sessional workers / resources / events and core running costs.

£10,900

Glynn Gilfoyle

43

Ravenshead Community Transport

To continue to provide community transport to Blidworth, Ravenshead & the surrounding area, with particular emphasis on supporting independence and social interaction for older, less mobile, and more vulnerable residents. Funding will go towards fuel/maintenance of vehicle/staff costs etc.

£10,492

Chris Barnfather

44

Reach Learning Disability

4-year Future Forward project will enable us to diversify and expand our services across Nottinghamshire benefitting c. 400 people with learning disabilities and c.200 family carers by 2026. Funding will be used for various part time posts/overheads/expenses etc.

£15,407

Keith Girling

45

Rhubarb Farm

Rhubarb Farm will employ an Assistant Training Officer to run workshops and courses for vulnerable people, to build skills, knowledge, resilience, and create social, cultural, and volunteering opportunities. Funding will be used to employ an assistant training officer and volunteer expenses.

£6,802

Nigel Turner

46

Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

A county wide GRT support service addressing individual vulnerabilities affecting life chances. Improving stakeholder knowledge of GRT populations and needs which impact on access to and engagement with wider services. Funding will be towards staffing and management / training / core costs.

£19,825

Tracey Taylor

47

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service

Rushcliffe and Gedling voluntary transport provides safe, flexible, and accessible transport to help vulnerable and isolated people to participate in their communities, access vital public services and retain independence. Funding will help towards staffing/running costs and overheads.

£19,290

Richard Butler

48

Self Help UK

Personalised emotional and practical support for people affected by their own or another's cancer diagnosis. Involving volunteers in delivering support, promoting self-care, encouraging involvement in community and championing peer support. Funding will go towards salaries and core running costs.

£16,350

Errol Henry

49

Switch Up

Providing intensive mentoring, physical activity and counselling to Mansfield and Ashfield’s most vulnerable young people in association with Nottingham School of Boxing.

£28,459

Andre Camilleri

50

The Centre Place

Sustain & increase existing provision to support in mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on LGBT+ children and young-people (CYP) & their families, providing specialist support focusing on improving mental health and well-being. Funding will be used towards salaries for various staff and youth workers / rent / volunteer expenses / running costs.

£36,481

Glynn Gilfoyle

51

The Friary

Providing practical and emotional advice / support to vulnerable individuals who attend The Friary Drop-In Centre. These individuals may be at risk of homelessness, newly housed or homeless. Funding will go towards salaries / running costs / Citizens Advice Worker etc.

£9,723

Penny Gowland

52

The Helpful Bureau

To help older and or disabled people to remain living safely and independently in their homes by providing practical help, such as gardening, decorating, a handyman and home support services. Funding will be towards salaries/running costs.

£19,075

John McGrath

53

The Helpful Bureau

To provide activities, outings, movement to music, a meeting place, and a weekly 2-course lunch, with opportunities for signposting to other support. Funding will be towards salaries / running costs.

£9,810

John McGrath

54

The Social Action Hub

Supporting low-income families with affordable or fully funded children's and young people’s and family focused activities after school and during the school holidays.

£13,557

Tom Smith

55

Think Children

Essential early support for disadvantaged children experiencing trauma that are at risk of developing poor mental health. Our aim is to build their resilience / confidence / self-esteem preventing their problems from escalating. Funding will be used for facilitation and salaries.

£5,195

Sue Saddington

56

Transform Training Ltd

Targeted support programme for young people aged 16-25 years with learning disabilities/mental ill health conditions and young people at risk aged 14 to 19 struggling to attend/engage with education/training. Funding will be used towards running costs, workers / expenses / rent / admin etc.

£15,126

Kate Foale

57

Unanima Theatre

Unanima Theatre’s Emerging Artist Programme for young Nottinghamshire learning disabled and autistic people - an exciting and challenging first step pathway for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Funding will be used towards sessional costs for 2 workers and office / theatre rental.

£7,203

Ben Bradley

58

YMCA Newark & Sherwood

Funding will be used towards staff costs / activities and volunteer expenses for the Y’s Girls programme which matches vulnerable young girls aged 8-14 years with trained volunteer mentors, improving mental health and reducing long-term engagement in various risk factors (including ASB, NEET).

£10,479

Keith Girling

 

 

Total

£1,048,933

 

 

Capital Applications

No.

Organisation

Project / Activity

Amount Awarded

Supporting Councillor

1

Burnside Memorial Hall

Provide Audio/Visual System in Burnside Hall for the benefit of local school, nurseries, and residents.

£4,000

John Cottee

2

Dunham & District Parish Council

To re-wild 3 nature-corridor habitats across the Parish villages. It will involve the local community in production of bird/owl & bat boxes, insect houses, hedgehog homes, tree and shrub planting, small pond, and native wildflowers.

£5,000

John Ogle

3

Hetty's

To purchase new premises to run emotional, practical and recovery support for those impacted by substance misuse.

£20,000

Ben Bradley

Andre Camilleri

4

Keyworth Table Tennis Club

To complete some roof repairs & lighting improvements to the centre and to purchase 4 new tables.

£3,500

John Cottee

5

Laneham Parish Council

Renew of 3 Gateway Signs for the Villages of Laneham and Church Laneham.

£5,250

John Ogle

6

Langar cum Barnstone Parish Council

New Village Hall.

£20,000

Purdue-Horan

7

Lowdham Parish Council

To install an interactive speed sign.

£4,600

Roger Jackson

8

Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People

A replacement sports hall roof. Ensuring it is fit for purpose and enable our members, user groups and the community to have a safe space.

£19,571

Johno Lee

9

Notts and Arnold Cricket Club

Sheltered outdoor seating to improve social and spectator viewing facilities.

£6,192

Chris Barnfather

10

Our Centre

To replace a community minibus.

£20,000

Andy Meakin

11

Rushcliffe District Scout Association

To connect the campsite toilet and shower block facilities to a mains sewer using a pumping chamber and a small bore pumping main.

£16,085

Richard Butler

12

Shireoaks Village Hall

Repair of two arched windows, replacement of guttering and downpipes, repair roof where there are leaks, repair timber porch, paint exterior of building and masonry cleaning.

£8,850

Cybil Fielding

 

 

 

£133,048

 


If you cannot find the answer to your question on this webpage or in the Guidance for Applicants [PDF], please email the Communities Team at: communities.team@nottscc.gov.uk.

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