More than £2m could be awarded to 201 voluntary organisations, community groups, parish councils and charities across the county as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s new Local Improvement Scheme.
County Councillors discussed the discretionary funding at the Communities and Place Committee meeting today, May 17.
The County Council has created the Local Improvement Scheme to help local communities to be vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations over the next three years.
Arts projects, new buildings, sports clubs, memorials and play schemes are included in a mix of capital and revenue funding awards which seek to make a difference in their local community between now and 2021.
Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are delighted at the number of applications we have received since launching the Local Improvement Scheme. The scale of the interest, with more than 400 applications, highlights the great work being undertaken by charities and voluntary organisations across our county.
“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to submit proposals as the standard of entry was extremely high. Many congratulations to those who have been successful and we look forward to seeing to successful projects progress over the coming months and years.”
The Local Improvement Scheme has a number of aims and objectives which include:
- Supporting local communities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax
- Helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and community involvement
- Encourage the protection and development of the local environment and heritage
- Support Members in their roles as community leaders to respond to local ideas that bring community and economic benefit to the county.
In Broxtowe and Rushcliffe districts, £614,123 has been awarded to 62 schemes.
A further total of £412,000 has been awarded to four countywide schemes.
Citizens Advice Broxtowe: Volunteering and Advice Nottinghamshire – To contribute to the provision of free, impartial and confidential advice service in order to help people help themselves on a range of issues including – debt and money, benefits, employment, health and consumer issues. In addition we will act as advocates for vulnerable local people.
Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service: Nottinghamshire Together project which offers a single point of access for strategic infrastructure support and contributes to local area coordination.
Central Nottinghamshire Mind: Mental Health Recovery Service – To contribute to the provision of information, support and guidance on mental health issues to the communities of Nottinghamshire, through a programme of activities that meet local needs and equip people with the skills and resources to build their resilience and manage the emotional health of themselves and others.
Home-Start Nottingham which empowers people to become more resilient, self-determined, engaged with their local communities and ultimately to be the best parents they aspire to be. The project will help keep children and young people safe, improve health outcomes and close the gap in educational attainment.
Local Improvement Scheme grant contributions for the Broxtowe and Rushcliffe districts include: £1,500 for Attenborough Garden Club to create a community garden and wildlife area;
£50,000 for Greasley Parish Council to refurbish Greasley Sports and Community Centre;
£40,000 for Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council to build a bespoke skate park;
- Jacki Grice at Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council has been awarded £40,000. This project aims to deliver a new, bespoke, freeform concrete skatepark, designed with input of the users, and will provide the village with a facility that will make it one of the premiere wheeled sports facilities in the East Midlands and beyond (plus mains water facilities for the adjacent composting toilets).
£13,935 for Kimberley Town Council to carry out restoration to a Grade II listed war memorial;
£2,000 for Upper Broughton Parish Council to help reduce the speed of traffic through the village;
£2,000 for Broxtowe African Caribbean Elders Group to provide support and activities for older socially isolated people;
£24,000 to West Bridgford Tennis Club towards the cost of resurfacing outdoor courts.
- The tennis courts resurfacing will keep the club operating as an inclusive sports facility, offering sport to the young, elderly and disabled.
Applications have been checked very carefully and have included a review by independent assessors.
The County Council in partnership with an external partner are able to provide free help and support for organisations to consider the implications of the funding decision – this support may include free advice on alternative sources of funding. To find out more about this service, please email the Communities team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talented Athletes and Capital funding applications available soon
Applications for discretionary funding from the Talented Athletes funding to support the next generation of sportsmen and women – along with the next capital funding round will open later this year. Further information will be available soon.