Community Fund to continue through latest lockdown
Nottinghamshire County Council’s £1milllion COVID-19 Community Fund is set to continue to support vulnerable residents impacted by the pandemic.
This week, the Communities and Place Committee gave the go ahead to keep the Fund open to support local community and voluntary groups as they respond to exceptional challenges during the third national lockdown.
The Fund, which was due to close on 1 January, will now remain open until 31 March 2021. Since March 2020, more than £772,600 has been awarded to 285 projects.
Established local charities and voluntary groups, including faith-based organisations, as well as district, borough or parish or town councils taking an active role in responding to the urgent needs of Nottinghamshire residents can apply for up to £10,000. The Fund will continue to operate with the same criteria as before. Check the eligibility criteria and apply here: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/communityfund.
Local groups who have already been awarded grants thanks to the £1million COVID-19 Community Fund include:
• Ruddington Village Centre Partnership awarded £5,000 to help fund its service providing hot meals, food shopping, prescription collection, dog walking and befriending to vulnerable residents
• Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Beeston, awarded £5,764 to help the Bureau continue to provide vital advice and help to the public during the crisis
• Cornwater Evergreens Foundation Trust, Newstead received £3,500 to help support local older people, including those with early stage dementia, by providing cooked meals, food shopping, collecting medication and through regular telephone contact
• Radcliffe on Trent Parish Council, allocated £5,000 toward its work providing a lifeline to residents such as access to food, medicine and supporting wellbeing
• Normanton on Soar Parish Council received £1,500 to support the food bank in the Village Hall for vulnerable families and older people struggling to buy food and essentials
• Keyworth United CFC was awarded £1,000 to help with its work collecting and delivering prescriptions to local people
• The Well Community Projects in Retford received £3,000 to help with extra demand for the debt advice service they deliver as they are part of the financially regulated Christians Against Poverty network. In addition, they have been supplementing food bank provision with fresh produce as well as a project to help combat loneliness and social isolation
• Lowdham Volunteers/ Lowdham Parish Council received a £6,500 grant to continue its work to help vulnerable residents with shopping, delivery of prescriptions, a phone support network and delivery of cooked meals provided by local restaurants
• North Muskham Parish Council awarded £5,000 to support a local buddy scheme offering weekly shopping, prescription delivery and social contact and support to households most in need
• Eastwood-based, British Lung Foundation Support Group Notts West (Breathe Easy), received £720 to deliver food parcels and run their free, weekly seated exercise group
• Eastwood Memory Cafe Organisation received £2,400 towards their work providing advice and support for people suffering with dementia
• The Netherfield Forum, awarded £5,000 to provide the community with hot lunches, freshly cooked each day and delivered by local volunteers, as well as providing emergency ‘rescue packs’ to those in need, such as food, toiletries, and other essentials
• Mansfield and District Samaritans, awarded £2,000 to keep their branch running and their phone lines working to support vulnerable and isolated people struggling to cope
• Age Concern in Mansfield, awarded £2,500 to assist in the coordination of its service which offers emotional support and guidance
• Hucknall Engage, allocated £5,000 to help to expand its foodbank service to more than 100 vulnerable families
• Storehouse – Kirkby Foodbank, awarded £5,000 to continue its essential foodbank service
• The Hucknall Rotary Club received £3,500 to help them support local communities during this challenging time
• Community Volunteer Services (CVS) across Newark & Sherwood, Rushcliffe, Gedling, Mansfield and Bassetlaw areas received a total of £24,545 to help deliver a volunteer-led shopping and prescription collection scheme, a telephone-based service offering ‘friendship and support’ to maintain social contact during isolation, and help recruit new local volunteers
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“The Community Fund has been a lifeline for charities across Nottinghamshire and I am delighted that we are keeping it open. With more than £220,000 in funding available, we want to reach the most deserving essential services in Nottinghamshire who have been impacted by COVID-19.
"I want to personally say thank you for the hard work and dedication of local organisations, groups and charities that have made a real difference to thousands of people’s lives over the last 10 months.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee added:
“The Community Fund has played a key part in the Council’s response to supporting communities as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This funding has enabled those groups already doing excellent work in our communities to go above and beyond in providing additional care and support to residents.”
Those successful in getting funding will have their groups details published on ww.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/nottinghamshire-coronavirus-community-support-hub
For further information about the funding, please email LIS@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0115 977 2041.