Cost of Living Community Grants

The Cost of Living Community Grant Fund is now closed to new applications.

This is available is for community groups who need a contribution towards rising energy bills to help keep their welcoming and warm hubs open across the county, or groups helping people who are struggling to buy nutritious food to help improve health and well-being. This may include projects such as ‘cook and eat’ sessions where residents can better plan, cook and share nutritious, affordable meals.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 towards increased energy costs and up to £5,000 towards costs associated with supporting people with rising food costs.

This is part of a package of support by Nottinghamshire County Council to help those most affected by rising food and energy costs.

  • The opening date for the Autumn application window was Monday 2 October 2023.
  • The closing date for the Autumn application window was Friday 24 November 2023.

Please read the criteria for this grant before applying.

Funded Projects

Find out more about projects funded through the Cost-of-Living Community Grant.

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.

Terms and Conditions

If your application is successful, the organisation must be willing and able to comply with the Cost-of-Living Community Grant Fund's terms and conditions which include:

  • publicising the project in line with the County Council's acknowledging funding and publicity guidelines
  • providing monitoring information as requested 
  • 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.

Monitoring of Projects

Monitoring helps to demonstrate that the grant has been spent as agreed by Elected Members.

Organisations in receipt of funding will be asked to complete a brief survey of their activities and outcomes.

Organisations in receipt of funding may be asked to provide additional information, e.g. updates on how the project is progressing, or to assist with reporting, audit or other requirements.

The County Council may also arrange to visit the funded project where appropriate and if it is permitted and safe to do so.

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.

Organisations may use the logos below 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.

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