Helping vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents through the COVID-19 crisis
-Reminder to charities and voluntary groups to apply for County Council funding-
Charities, voluntary groups and parish and town councils working hard to support vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19, are encouraged to apply for emergency funding to help with extra costs incurred during the crisis.
This call is specifically aimed at groups supporting people in Mansfield, Ashfield and Gedling areas, as to date, fewer eligible applications have come from those areas compared to the rest of the county.
The £1m Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund forms part of the Council’s response to support communities during the coronavirus outbreak. It is designed 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.
More than £300,000 worth of funding has already been allocated to 104 groups around 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,
“Nottinghamshire continues to work together to support those most affected.
“We know that for many groups, including many parish and town councils acting as umbrella organisations for smaller groups, extra costs will be incurred, which is what is fund is intended for.
“We are working through applications as fast as possible, but have noticed that we have had fewer eligible applications coming in from areas such as Mansfield, Ashfield and Gedling.
“We are also keen that more county-wide organisations - whose work is benefitting residents across Nottinghamshire - also apply to the Fund.”
Charlene Burton-Betts, of the Mansfield-based Peaceful Trust, said:
"Our work involves co-ordinating 50 volunteers who are helping the local community by picking up and delivering essentials, offering phone calls to those isolated, or even putting out wheelie bins. A £1,000 community grant is helping us to meet extra costs we have incurred during this crisis.
"We would encourage other established voluntary groups in the Mansfield and Ashfield area, who are funding they are also running up additional costs in their efforts to help the community during this difficult time, to apply to the Community Fund."
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.