Local Funding Opportunities
This page details local funding opportunities which can be found in:
Nottinghamshire County Councillors' Divisional Fund
The Nottinghamshire County Councillors' Divisional Fund gives every County Councillor £5,000 to spend on projects, people and organisations in their areas. Councillors' have supported a wide range of projects and organisations including sports clubs. For example, a football club received £100 for their under 9's team; a bowling club received £1,000 towards their pavilion; an athletics club received £1,000 for equipment and a football club received £500 for works to their clubhouse and changing rooms.
Click here to for the contact details of the local County Councillors.
Newark and Sherwood District Council's Small Grants scheme
Newark and Sherwood District Council has a small grants fund that individuals and organisations can apply to, to support the development of community based projects and events within the district. The scheme is aimed at local charities, voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations.
The fund can help with sports and arts events but also general community projects and events. For example, are you raising money to help revamp the kitchen facilities in your local community centre, or organise a community fun day?
Your organisation must be based within Newark and Sherwood district and be primarily for Newark and Sherwood residents.
All projects must be completed and funding spent within 12 months of the start date.
The panel places a higher priority on applications that demonstrate sustainability and continuation beyond the end of the project.
Each application will be assessed against the programme criteria and grants of up to £1,500 can be awarded for special projects and events. Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the grants panel.
The next deadline is Friday 9th February 2018
Click here for further information.
Gedling Borough Council - Community Grant
Every year Gedling Borough Council give money to support local community groups and activities.
Your local councillors decide on whether grants are approved and how much is given. Each councillor has £1,500 to award during this year.
Bassetlaw District Council - Councillors' Community Grants
Each District Councillor is allocated a small budget and has the discretion to award grants to community activities that will benefit the community within their respective electoral ward areas. Councillors will consider grant applications for sports; culture and heritage; environment and sustainability; social welfare; and community activities.
Any application for a Community Grant must be discussed with the relevant Ward Member(s) in the first instance.
The activity for which you are applying for must be located within the Bassetlaw District or be of significant benefit to people living in Bassetlaw.
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Nottingham Together - Small Grant Programme
The Nottingham Together Small Grants of between £50 and £2,000 aim to support and develop activities that promote coming together, cohesion or neighbourliness amongst and between Nottingham's communities. Grants are aimed at achieving the best benefits for established resident communities, and enabling or encouraging cohesion and integration amongst newer communities in our City. Awards are between £50 and £2,000 for activities within the city's boundary.
Grants can also support local projects that respond to local issues or tensions between resident and newer communities. Tensions and service pressures can result from a lack of understanding amongst communities of the social expectations of behaviour in Britain. These can be an honest lack of understanding of social norms amongst new communities.
Projects, events or activities should be community driven, providing a wide variety of opportunities to bring people together. This could include cultural festivals, sport, dance, coffee mornings, newsletters, story-telling and open days; spread right across the year. The funding is seeking to support activities which provide opportunities for bringing people from different backgrounds together and ongoing activities which allow people to get to know each other and develop meaningful relationships.
For example, you may be:
- A local football club wanting to run a community football tournament that will bring together young people from different cultures, faiths or areas of Nottingham.
- A parents and toddlers group wanting publicity material to promote themselves to new members and encourage under-represented groups to participate.
- A Parents & Teachers Association wanting to establish an activity that will connect the school with the wider community.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, your project, event or activity must benefit Nottingham residents.
The fund will support costs like the examples below. In all cases the costs must relate directly to the activity you are providing.
- Admin costs
The fund is expected to re-open April 2018. For further information or contact Nottingham Together on 0115 876 1110 or NottinghamTogether@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Nottingham Together - Seed Grants
Nottingham Together grants of between £50 to £200 are aimed at achieving the best benefits for established resident communities, and enabling or encouraging cohesion and integration amongst newer communities in our City. Any group of people with a good idea can apply for support from Nottingham Together's Seed Grants programme, you don't need to be a registered of formally constituted voluntary sector group.
Projects, events or activities for which funding can be applied for should be community driven, providing a wide variety of opportunities to bring people together. This could include cultural festivals, sport, dance, coffee mornings, newsletters, story-telling and open days; spread right across the year. They are particularly interested in activities which provide opportunities for bringing people from different backgrounds together and activities ongoing activities which allow people to get to know each other and develop meaningful relationships.
Your project, event or activity must benefit Nottingham residents.
The funding will support:
- Administration costs
The fund is expected to re-open April 2018. For further information please contact Nottingham Together on 0115 876 1110 or email NottinghamTogether@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.
Rushcliffe Borough Council FANS (Free Access to National Sportspeople)
The FANS scheme provides sportspeople of a national level with free access to fitness, swimming and aerobics for 12 months at Rushcliffe Borough Council run sports facilities. FANS aims to assist elite sportspeople to achieve their full potential by reducing the financial burden of training costs. The scheme is only available to Rushcliffe residents who are members of national squads in Sport England recognised sports. Please visit the Council's elite athlete page for further information.
Rushcliffe Coach Scholarship Scheme
The Coach Scholarship Scheme enables people who coach at a club in Rushcliffe to achieve and improve their coaching qualifications and experience. The scheme aims to encourage volunteers and unqualified coaches to begin coaching, as well as helping qualified coaches to progress and raise the profile of professional coaching. It has been set up to financially assist coaches who wish to complete a Level 1, 2 or 3 sports specific coaching course and who are actively coaching in the borough on a voluntary basis.
The scheme will offer grant aid of up to 50% of the cost of a course (up to £200 per participant and £600 per sports club). Click here for more details about the fund. N.B. Round 3 closes 26th January 2018.
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Club and Coach Education Programme 2017-2018
The programme has been established in partnership with Active 4 Today, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District council and Rushcliffe Borough Council who are all committed to supporting the development of the County's sports coaches and volunteers. Working in partnership with Active Notts the following courses are available and will provide opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills.
- Emergency First Aid
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children
- Coaching Children (5-11)
- A Guide to mentoring Sports Coaches
- How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Young People
- Fundamentals of Movement
- How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Adults
- Equity in Your Coaching
- Developing a Marketing Strategy
See Club and Coach Education Programme 2017-2018 for more information on the courses and how to book a place.
My Mansfield - Ward Allowances
Each ward in Mansfield has its own name and contains approximately 1,300 eligible voters. It is a councillor's responsibility to represent all those who live, work or study in their ward.
Councillors have access to £1,000 to donate to community groups or projects in their wards each year. The allowance is intended to help councillors to respond to community needs and to support projects for activities that benefit the communities they represent. The £1,000 annual allowance can be donated to more than one community project throughout the year. If you are interested in receiving financial help for a community project, please contact your local councillor.
IGas Community Fund
IGas Energy Plc is one of the UK's leading onshore hydrocarbon producers, delivering natural gas and crude oil to the energy market. They have sites in the north of the county – at Tinker Lane - DN22 8QF and Springs Road - DN10 6E . Projects need to be focused within 5 miles of one of their sites.
IGas Energy are keen to support community and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational or benevolent in purpose. They also welcome applications from local schools, especially those involving projects that reach out into their communities. Beyond all else, you have to be able to demonstrate the need for your project, real community benefits and value for money. Please note that they cannot consider applications covering a wider area unless they can show specific and substantial benefit to the "host" community and its immediate surrounds. The closer your project is to the IGas location to which it applies the stronger your case.
IGas welcome applications from organisations that involve:
- A broad span of the community – demonstrating support for a wide cross-section of people
- Children and young people – especially projects focused on improving access to activities and services, and where young people play a key role in the decision-making
- Vulnerable people – especially projects involving increased access to services and facilities for people with disabilities, the homeless and the elderly
- Community regeneration – projects that improve health and education, reduce crime levels, regenerate employment, housing and the physical environment
- Energy - projects that improve energy efficiency, employ green energy and reduce carbon
- Self-help groups – community-based groups that deliver basic services
- Environmental and wildlife projects – especially those involving improvements to communal land. Public access is essential
- Education and skills development – group and community-based programmes, particularly for those who have had no previous access to training opportunities
- Health – projects providing access to services that aim to improve the health and well-being of communities
- Heritage – projects that celebrate and protect local heritage
- Sustainability – projects that promote sustainable development.
IGas are now inviting grant applications for their 2018 round. They need initial expressions of interest in order to register your project and then require submission of full applications by 28 February 2018. Their grants panel will make its decisions in April 2018, with funding available from May.
Click here for further information.
University of Nottingham - Community Chest
The University of Nottingham wants to support projects that enhance the relationship between students and permanent city residents. Community Chest offers grants of up to £500 for projects linking students, local residents, community organisations and local agencies into initiatives that aim to improve community relations. The remit is very broad and we are encouraging interested applicants to use their imaginations. Environmental projects, community events, and improved communication could all be relevant. The University welcomes applications from local community representatives as well as student organisations.
All project suggestions must be provisionally discussed with firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
The aims of the fund are:
• To promote innovative projects encouraging social harmony in the community
• To promote innovative projects in assisting and maintaining a good, healthy and clean environment for the University of Nottingham students and their neighbours
• To promote innovative projects in the prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour
• The grant can be used to part-fund a wider community project
There is no deadline for applications – grants are issued on a rolling basis. Other organisations and agencies working with University of Nottingham students and permanent Nottingham residents can apply for the fund as long as direct student/resident collaboration can be evidenced.
Click here for further information.