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Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund

If your group is currently focusing on community support around COVID-19 then you might be interested in the 1 million Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund. It has been created to support local charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19.

Nottinghamshire charities, voluntary groups, Parish and Town Councils can now apply for a grant of anywhere between £200 to £10,000 to deliver projects or services that meet the Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund criteria. Businesses and individuals are ineligible for this fund.

They are particularly interested in: 

Projects that directly help vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 such as by providing access to food, toiletries, necessities.

Projects that are already set up and helping vulnerable people now

Applications are welcome to help cover the running (revenue) costs as a result of responding to COVID-19 (e.g. the costs of recruiting volunteers to deliver essential services and costs such as telephone calls, rent, gas and electricity).

For the full eligibility criteria and/or to apply:  https://bit.ly/2woNZOY 

Online Meeting for Climate Change-focused Community Groups

Wednesday 8th April, 7pm-8pm (log on from 6:45pm if you’re new to Zoom and would like some help with understanding how it works)
Log on via this link: https://zoom.us/j/8341415085
Organised by Community Climate Action Network/Marches Energy Agency
 
This will be:

  • An informal opportunity to ‘meet’ with people from other climate change-focused community groups in the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire/Derby/Derbyshire area.
  • A chance to see how online Zoom meetings work.
  • An opportunity to talk about what support you might want from the Community Climate Action Network in the next few months while life is very different to normal. This could be more Zoom meetings, more content on our website or something else.

Online meetings can be tiring, and many of us are new to them, so we won't attempt too much in this meeting. It's an experiment to see if these kind of meetings would be of use to groups during this time.

We appreciate some of you will currently be very much focused on community responses to Covid-19. If you cannot join us for this meeting or are not ready to think about climate change at this time, but are interested in future Zoom meetings, you can let us know by emailing shital@mea.org.uk  
 
As an example of the kind of support we might offer in the next few months, back in June 2018 we organised a Zoom conference on the topic of Community-led Sustainable Transport. You can see a recording of it here. There is the potential for us to run this kind of event again (with different topics) if groups feel it would be of use in this time.

Nottingham secures £16.7 million for Future Transport Zones

Nottingham City Council has successfully secured £16.7 million from the Department for Transport (DfT).  This will be used for joint projects with Derby to improve connectivity, traffic information, ticketing.

Proposed projects include creating:

  • electric mobility ‘hubs’ to encourage the take-up of alternative travel methods,
     
  • a new website and app to allow users to plan, book and pay for public transport, and
     
  • a data platform that will pool various transport data sources to help improve the efficiency of the traffic control centre.

Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Nottingham City Council, said:

“This is exciting news and yet another example of how good we are at bidding for, and securing, this type of grant to improve local transport options. As ever, we were up against a number of other bids from right across the country.

“It’s a significant amount of money for Nottingham and Derby, and we have innovative plans in both cities. Here in Nottingham, we’re going to improve traffic information to help commuters and motorists navigate their way around, while at the same time helping our traffic control officers manage traffic better.”

There will also be the opportunity to trial innovative modes of transport such as self-driving vehicles, e-bikes, and e-scooters to investigate if they could be used safely and sustainably

https://bit.ly/2JzsiyI

UK Transport Plan Presents a Radical Future


On 26th March, the Department for Transport quietly published Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge. It presents an unprecedented view of the future of transport in the UK.  To achieve its 'net zero' target by 2050, the government recognises it must act quickly and decisively to deliver policies making walking, cycling and public transport our main means of travel.

It is unclear, as yet, how this will fit with the £27 billion road building program announced by the U.K. government duringthe 11th March budget.

Xavier Brice, chief executive of cycling and walking charity Sustrans, said: "The foreword of this report points to an achievable future where how we move around results in healthier places and happier lives for everyone. We will need to work hard to get there. The report pulls no punches on its current assessment of where we are. Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions, and private cars cause the lion’s share. Electric vehicles aren’t the solution….”

Although the report has been welcomed by campaigners, it has also been criticised for its weak action against aviation emissions. 

You can read the full report here: https://bit.ly/2JwWw5q

Covid-19

We hope you’re keeping well in these strange times. Our thoughts are with all those who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic and all those working to tackle it and keep us fed and safe.

Everyone at Marches Energy Agency is currently workiing from home. We're working hard to find new ways to support climate change focused community groups in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire.

Keep an eye on this website, our facebook page and our twitter for more information.