Funding helping support Notts communities through COVID-19 tops £605k
Charities, voluntary groups and parish and town councils working hard to support vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19, are being reminded that emergency funding to help with extra costs incurred during the crisis is still open.
More than £605,000 worth of funding has already been allocated to 216 groups around the county.
The £1m Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund forms part of the Council’s response to support communities during the coronavirus outbreak. It was set up in March to support established local charities and voluntary groups, including faith-based organisations, as well as parish or town councils taking an active role in responding to urgent needs for vulnerable people in the county.
These fast-tracked grants are helping with the additional costs of delivering essential local support to those most affected by this public health emergency, such as collecting and delivering food and medicines for people who are self-isolating and people who can’t leave their homes.
Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Cllr Kay Cutts, MBE said,
“I’m so impressed and proud with the way Nottinghamshire continues to work together to support those most affected by this pandemic.
“Whilst lockdown measures may be easing, I want to assure residents that our Fund remains fully open as groups up and down the county continue to work hard to support vulnerable members of our communities.
“We know that for many groups, including many parish and town councils acting as umbrella organisations for smaller groups, extra costs are being incurred, which is what is fund is intended for.
“I’m pleased to see that 64 groups whose work is benefitting residents across Nottinghamshire have been successful in applying to the Fund. We have also seen an increase in eligible applications from area such as Ashfield, Mansfield and Gedling to ensure that this money is reaching the areas that need it most.”
Mansfield District Samaritans were awarded £2,000 in funding. Tim, a local volunteer said,
“We would like to thank everyone involved at Nottinghamshire County Council for the award made to Mansfield District Samaritans.
“Our branch is totally run and led by local volunteers, which helps to keep our running costs very low. However, we are largely dependent on local fundraising activities to cover our branch overheads. Sadly, we have had to cancel all local fundraising events and even street collections during the current pandemic.
“This money will allow us to keep our branch running and our phone lines working so we can continue to take calls from people struggling to cope and to provide a safe, dependable place to turn in the months following the fallout of this crisis.
“Now more than ever, it is important for us all to feel socially connected and for us to reach out to those who may need extra support. Samaritans listening volunteers are doing all that they can to be there for people during these difficult and distressing times.”
Teresa Burgoyne of Eastwood-based Notts West Breathe Easy, which received a Community Fund grant worth £720, said,
"All our Notts West Breathe Easy members have a lung condition and are self-isolating, so we decided to raise their spirits by taking a food parcel.
"Nottinghamshire County Council very kindly supported our group with a donation for food parcels and to help our weekly live seated exercise group
“A big thank you to everyone at the County Council for helping us to keep spirits up for those that are shielding.”
Other groups who have been allocated funding include:
Hucknall Engage, run by the Churches of Hucknall, Lindy and Papplewick were allocated £5,000 to help to continue to support and expand its foodbank service to more than 100 vulnerable families who have been referred to the group.
A £7,000 grant is helping provide training for approximately 300 St Johns Ambulance volunteers from around the county to work in hospitals and provide patient transport, releasing NHS staff to care for patients.
The Kirkby Storehouse, run by Kirkby in Ashfield churches were awarded £5,000 to help continue its essential foodbank service and purchase disposable gloves, packaging, stationery and other running costs.
The Netherfield Forum were awarded £5,000 to provide the community with daytime hot lunches, freshly cooked daily by a small team of staff and trustees, delivered by local volunteers. The Forum are also providing emergency ‘rescue packs’ to those in need, such as food, toiletries, and other essentials.
Eligible groups that are helping vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents can apply for up to £10,000.
To check the eligibility criteria and apply, please go to: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/communityfund
Those successful in getting funding will have their groups details published on the www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub
For further information about the funding, please email LIS@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0115 977 2041.