Nottinghamshire Community Fund

A £1 million Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund has been created to help communities as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months.

Nottinghamshire County Council want to support local charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19.

Nottinghamshire charities and voluntary groups 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.

Particularly prioritising:

  • Projects that directly help vulnerable people affected by the effects of COVID-19, such as by providing access to food, toiletries, necessities, as well as projects to help vulnerable people in isolation.
  • Projects that are already set up and helping vulnerable people now.

Priority will be given in the first instance to projects that help and support vulnerable Nottinghamshire people impacted by COVID-19 

  • Emotional / mental health wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing, e.g. help to stay mobile and active, advice about health
  • Transport, e.g. help for essential travel
  • Other projects/services not listed above that support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 may also be considered for funding.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • registered charities
  • excepted charities
  • constituted voluntary and community organisations
  • sports clubs with Clubmark
  • Parish and Town Councils who are actively responding to the needs of vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire communities.

How to apply? 

To apply please complete the online form, available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.


Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

Businesses that were not eligible for government funding through the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund are being invited to apply for business support funding through the Discretionary Grant Fund.

Almost £1.3m is available in this fund, which is aimed at small and micro businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income because of COVID-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space.

The additional funding is not eligible for businesses that have already received financial support from previous grants.

Businesses must have been trading on 11 March 2020 and have so far been considered ineligible for grant support. Businesses will be required to provide supporting information and documentation for verification purposes.

The broad categories of businesses, which are eligible, but not exhaustive, include:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • Regular market traders, domiciled in the District
  • Bed and breakfast premises which pay council tax instead of business rates
  • Charities in receipt of charitable rate relief, which otherwise would have received Small Business Rate Relief
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Day nurseries 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 June 2020 but the date may be brought forward if the total fund is exhausted before this date.  Further information about the range of support available for businesses, including how to apply, is available on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website.

Grant Relief Scheme

This scheme helps support community groups who occupy premises such as village halls and sports clubs.  The grant relief scheme aims to help businesses who are either in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or who have a rateable value of below £51,000 and whose business is in the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality sector. Parish and Town Councils are not eligible for support.  Further information is available on the District Council’s website or by clicking here.  Alternatively you can call Customer Services on 01636 650000.

Comic Relief Community Fund (England) 

Grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000 are now available under the Comic Relief Community Fund. There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes.  Find out more here.

Children in Need have launched two COVID-19 Response Grant Programmes

The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme opened on Monday 18 May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6-month period.

The COVID-19 Large Grants programme opened to applications on Monday 8 June 2020 and enables organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18-month period.  Find out more here.

Sport England Funding

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combat the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder.  Through the 'Active Together' partnership with Crowdfunder, Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Find out more here.


Severn Trent Community Fund Re-Opens

The Severn Trent Community Fund re-opened on Monday 1 June 2020. The aim of this fund is to continue to support community wellbeing which is more important than ever now.  Their eligibility criteria is listed on their website and they are looking to fund new projects, rather than general organisational running costs. Find out more here


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