Voluntary and community groups across Nottinghamshire can 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 28th 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 at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis.
Scheme which have recently benefitted from the funding includes:
- Improved signage for Cotgrave Country Park
- New Clubhouse for Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club
- 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 Improvement Scheme and Ranskill Parish Council and includes a Pilgrim-themed information board.