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Sports facilities get share of £600,000 Council funding

45 organisations net almost £600,000 in the latest Local Improvement Scheme round


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Improvements to local sport clubs, new play areas and better access for people with disabilities are among the many projects set to benefit in the latest round of County Council funding.

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.

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County Councillors gave the go ahead to the latest round of capital funding at the latest Communities and Place Committee meeting.

Committee Vice-Chairman, Councillor John Handley, said:

‘Nottinghamshire County Council is continuing to help local communities to help themselves.

‘In this latest round, we are delighted to help support a range of local sports clubs to help improve their facilities. Nottinghamshire is very proud of its sporting pedigree, and we hope these improvements will encourage even more people to get involved with their local sports clubs.

‘Many play areas in much need of improvement will also benefit, which is great news to help get more children out and about to enjoy their local parks. We look forward to seeing these projects progress over the coming months.’

Improvements to sports clubs and facilities featured widely in this latest round.

•  £145,864 has been awarded to 10 projects in Rushcliffe.
•  In Newark and Sherwood £118,572 has been awarded to 10 schemes.
•  In Broxtowe £52,034 has been awarded to four projects.
•  Mansfield has been awarded £34,150 for one scheme – Bellamy Road play area.
•  In Bassetlaw, £147,750 has been awarded to 12 schemes.
•  The Gedling area has been awarded £26,000 for four projects
•  In Ashfield £57,415 has been awarded to four schemes.

Nottinghamshire County Council will be further supporting local sport when the annual round of Talented Athletes funding opens later this Autumn.

The Talented Athletes Fund is part of the wider Local Improvement Scheme and aims to help talented athletes living in Nottinghamshire to overcome some of the financial barriers which can exist when competing for his / her country. Awards are made to successful applicants to help with costs such as travel, training, competition and coaching fees.

The next round of funding is due to open in September 2019.

The Local Improvement Scheme has a number of strategic 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.
• Encouraging the protection and development of the local environment and heritage.
• Supporting members in their roles as community leaders to respond to local ideas that bring community and economic benefit to the county.

Eligible organisations were able to apply for one-off capital grants up to a maximum of £50,000 to support local projects.

The County Council provides 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 cvs.team@nottscc.gov.uk.

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