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 the 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 the Nottinghamshire Plan Vision and Ambitions.

The Local Communities Fund is a discretionary financial contribution awarded by Nottinghamshire County Council to support the delivery of projects that help to deliver the strategic aims of the County Council and the Local Communities Fund.

The Local Communities Fund consists of:

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 at

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

Nottinghamshire County Council must be acknowledged as a funder as part of all publicity, including any written or spoken public presentations.

The logos below may be used to help promote the financial support of NCC:

Please follow the brand guidelines outlined in the acknowledging funding and publicity guidelines.

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

Privacy Statement

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


All applications will be reviewed by the County Council against the funding criteria. The County Council will carry out relevant checks on the information provided as appropriate.

Elected Members make the decisions regarding funding awards. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after completion of the decision-making process. This could be approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

Fraud Response

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.

Disclosure and Barring Service for voluntary and community sector groups

Nottinghamshire County Council offers a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for community and voluntary sector groups. All groups in receipt of funding from Nottinghamshire County Council are exempt from any DBS application administration fee for volunteers and employees. For further information about charges and how to apply, please see our DBS webpage.

If you cannot find the answer to your question through the links on this webpage, please email the Communities Team at:

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