Charities and grassroots groups in Nottingham can apply for a share of more than £80,000 in funding to help support community projects.
The social impact company Castle Cavendish is offering the funding, as well as planning and logistical support, to help community-based activities such as play and youth provision or employment and training schemes, as well as wider support to help communities reconnect after the pandemic.
Van Henry, area partnerships manager at Castle Cavendish, is calling on local groups to come forward to help tackle social issues.
“There are a number of priorities that we’re looking to address, particularly around tackling loneliness and isolation, food insecurity and digital inclusion – all issues we have responded to during the pandemic,” he said.
“A local group might apply for a small grant to fund a community event, but we will also support them in other ways, like planning and promoting the event, making sure they have the right policies and procedures in place, identifying and tapping into other support networks, encouraging more volunteers and training staff.
“It might be a celebration event, a community-based project or a local issue that has emerged and needs addressing urgently, as we’ve found a number of times during lockdown.”
The £82,000 fund, which will be distributed in small grants, is part of almost £500,000 that the company will be distributing over the next year to support community projects.
“There's a very simple and straightforward application process,” Henry said. “We've stripped away as much of the red tape as possible so that we’re able to respond quickly to meet local needs. It also acts as seed funding, allowing grassroots groups to access small grants to develop their ideas and grow.”
Neghat Khan, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio-holder for neighbourhoods, safety and inclusion, said: “Community organisations and projects have always had an important role, especially among some of the disadvantaged neighbourhoods we have in Nottingham, and during the pandemic we have only seen the support they provide become ever-more vital.
“Small grants can go a long way to address issues that unfortunately have only worsened over the past year and a half, and the extra help that Castle Cavendish provides to make sure groups have the right processes in place to make the most of any funding is really helpful.”
Groups can apply for a grant on the Castle Cavendish website.