£1.4m worth of County Council funding set to benefit Nottinghamshire communities

09 January 2020

Voluntary and community groups across Nottinghamshire can today (9 January) apply for the latest round of grants as part of the County Council scheme to support grassroots projects. 

The Local Improvement Scheme is helping local communities to be more vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations which seek to make a difference in the local community and contribute towards making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit.

Groups can now apply for capital  funding of up to £30,000 at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis   The closing date for this round of funding is 28 February 2020 with £1.4m available. 

The funding can be provided for physical things like signs, equipment or buildings, but not running costs. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their projects can deliver tangible, long term benefits to the community.

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: 

“The County Council has a strong track record of supporting community and voluntary groups in delivering valuable work - helping people to help themselves and enhance people's pride of place in Nottinghamshire.

"Since the scheme was launched in 2017/8, the Local Improvement Scheme is making a real difference in our communities

In fact, 202 projects have benefitted from more than £2m worth of capital  funding.

“The criteria for this latest funding round has been updated, as we want it to benefit as many community-focused projects across the county as possible.

“We also want to encourage a focused -approach, which is why successful organisations will now be required to spend the funding within a 12-month timeframe.”

Full Local Improvement Scheme eligibility, criteria and details of how to apply are available on the website.www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis  

Scheme which have recently benefitted from the funding includes

Improved signage for Cotgrave Country Park.
Thirty-four new signposts in and around Park, which include various finger posts and brown tourist road signs as well as two new information boards, have been created and installed via the Volunteers from the Friends of Cotgrave Country Park. 
The volunteer group was  allocated £13,672 worth of Nottinghamshire County Council’s  Local Improvement Scheme funding to encourage more visitors to explore the Park.
Harry Burrows, chairman of Friends of Cotgrave Country Park said 
“We know that visitors – who come from all over the county -  are highly delighted with the new signs as previously they couldn’t easily find their way around and would often get lost. 
“So, thanks to this Local Improvement Scheme funding, Cotgrave Country Park is now an even nicer place to visit.”

New Clubhouse for Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club
Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club, one of the county’s oldest sports club official opened  its new £140,000 club house in October after netting £50,000 of LIS funding 
The  new development aims to help attract even more  people from Mansfield and surrounding areas to take up the sport  and benefit from improved  club facilities.
Sharon Cox-Smith, Chairman of Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club, and a member since 2005 said,
“The new clubhouse will provide a warm, clean secure environment to all our members and visitors alike and by re-positioning the clubhouse into the centre of the site this allows a good view point down the whole of the site which is very pleasing to the eye.
 “This project would not have been possible without the funding obtained from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme. “

New Children’s PlayShip at  Ranskill Park  
A new, giant playship named ‘The Mayflower’ is helping youngsters and families celebrate local ties with the Mayflower Pilgrims, ahead of the 400th anniversary since influential North Notts Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower,  helping form a new nation 
The £19,000 ship was jointly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improve-ment Scheme and Ranskill Parish Council and includes a Pilgrim-themed information board. 

Parish Council Chairman,  Councillor Andrew Cooke, said: 

“We are always looking to improve the facilities in Ranskill Playground, as this is a very popular place for families, not just in Ranskill, but with children from other villages.

“The County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme was essential to make this project happen as this funding contributed to half of the total costs.  

“It is a wonderful new item which is already a firm favourite with children.”

The Local Improvement Scheme has a number of strategic aims and objectives which include:
• Supporting local communities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax.
• Helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and community involvement.
• Encouraging the protection and development of the local environment and heritage.
• Supporting members in their roles as community leaders to respond to local ideas that bring community and economic benefit to the county.



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