Nottinghamshire County Council’s new Local Communities Fund (LCF) is now open for applications.

Community grouLocal Communities Fundps and charities are being encouraged to apply for funding as part of the latest drive to encourage healthy and thriving communities as the county continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Local Improvement Scheme coming to an end, the LCF application process aims to be even more accessible for organisations and groups seeking financial support to deliver projects.

Eligible organisations can apply at any time for capital grants of up to £20,000 to spend on making improvements to facilities that help improve health and wellbeing, as well as projects with an environmental focus. These include:

  • Improvements to sporting facilities;
  • Play areas and/or equipment;
  • Green/horticultural improvements to open spaces;
  • Heritage improvements, signposts and information boards to improve the visitor experience.
  • Revenue schemes to help projects with their running costs are also available (no maximum amount). Applications from a range of projects are welcomed, including:
  • Projects that tackle digital exclusion, good neighbourhood schemes, dementia-friendly communities, food/lunch clubs etc;
  • Encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other to be resilient, neighbourly and safe;
  • Increasing volunteering opportunities;
  • Addressing climate and environmental change;
  • Improving access to existing community-based services (e.g. advice and signposting), for the most vulnerable residents.

Community organisations and groups can apply at any time for a small revenue grant up to £5,000, while organisations applying for a large revenue grant (more than £5,000) must be received by 31st December 2021 and must have a good track record of delivery.