The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Fund for Food and Essential Supplies

The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Fund for Food and Essential Supplies has now closed. All successful applicants for this round of funding have been contacted.

The government has announced emergency assistance of £63 million to be distributed to upper tier local authorities in England to use to support groups who are helping people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

Nottinghamshire County Council has been allocated £858,285, which will be used to build on the success of our COVID-19 Community Fund, to help communities respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months. 

We want to continue to support local charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable residents in Nottinghamshire impacted by COVID-19, by using the funding to:

  • meet immediate need and help those who are struggling to afford food and essentials due to COVID-19
  • support existing schemes and other support which deliver the same outcomes and where the need is greatest
  • work together with other local authorities to provide support and ensure the funding meets its objectives

Nottinghamshire charities, community and voluntary groups, and other organisations can now apply to access funding to deliver projects or services that support people in genuine need of food, other essentials and advice as a result of COVID-19. 

Details of the groups already awarded funding is available here.

This service is for

  • projects that directly help vulnerable people affected by the effects of COVID-19, such as by providing access to food and other essentials e.g. toiletries
  • existing schemes and other support which support people struggling to afford food and other essentials, and where the need is greatest
  • projects advising and providing information to people to help them access longer term support they might need, such as benefits
  • projects that provide targeted support in areas of greatest need and deprivation, including rural areas.

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:

  • food banks
  • food clubs
  • cooking clubs
  • advice groups
  • essentials: e.g. hygiene products and toiletries
  • soup kitchens
  • household essentials, e.g. washing up liquid and washing powder
  • pet food
  • special dietary requirements
  • food shopping and delivery.

Applications are welcome to help cover the cost of providing food, essential supplies and advice as a result of responding to COVID-19, including the additional running costs of providing this help and support (e.g. the extra costs of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers, 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).

The Emergency Assistance funding cannot be used as a full or partial contribution to projects that are for the sole purpose of promoting political or religious views.

Help towards the cost of some additional capital 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 directly to people living within Nottinghamshire County boundaries, wherever that organisation is based (this does not include Nottingham City residents)
  • registered charities*
  • excepted charities*
  • constituted voluntary and community organisations* 
  • parish and town councils who are actively responding to the needs of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire communities.
  • district and borough councils that are either offering an ‘Accountable Body’ role to assist voluntary and community organisations that provide services or support to people in the County, or are actively responding to the needs of those people themselves.

* including churches, other faith-based organisations and umbrella

 Please note

  • 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.
  • 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

Projects handling food

  • food banks are encouraged to be more flexible with their criteria for assisting those in need.  This could include, where the need arises, expanding the geographical coverage for support, increasing opening hours and/or changing any other criteria for offering support to those directly impacted by COVID-19.
  • if families are receiving food vouchers for children through the COVID Summer Food Fund, this should be considered, and organisations should avoid duplicating provision. However, families receiving COVID Summer Food Fund vouchers are not excluded from receiving support through this Scheme. For example, a family may: have additional wider needs in terms of food, require other essential supplies and / or include individual family members that are not in receipt of these vouchers.
  • 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.
  • the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) checklist for community food projects [PDF] will help you to put in place measures in your project to keep employees, volunteers and service users safe.

You will need

Before completing an application, please make sure your organisation and project meet the above criteria.

Please apply using the online form at the bottom of this page.

If you have any further questions about the Emergency Assistance Fund, please contact the Communities Team:

What will happen next

Successful projects will be registered on the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub.

Information about other sources of COVID-19 funding opportunities and advice  is available on our support, advice and networking for voluntary and community groups webpage.

If the application to this Emergency Assistance Fund 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.

If your application is accepted, 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.

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