Parish and Town Council Initiative Fund 2020 to 2023

What do we fund?

The focus of the £200,000 grant fund will be Cleaner, Safer, Greener in line with our commitment to making the district a better place to live and to improve the cleanliness and appearance of our local environment.

The grant fund will have themed rounds and will be available for projects that demonstrate lasting community benefit aligned to our cleaner, safer, greener principles.

Our funding can contribute towards any project that improves a community asset whether this be a community building, the purchase of new equipment, the creation of local community projects and initiatives and supporting community focused groups in order to improve community engagement and community resilience in respect of the principles of cleaner, safer, greener.

Any parish or town council and or parish meeting with an idea or a ‘ready to go project’ requiring some additional support are invited to get in touch with the team at

There will be two rounds of grant allocations a year. Grant applications will be considered and determined by a panel of district councillors who will meet in April and October to consider the applications received.

The closing date for each panel will typically be a month before the panel meeting date and deadlines and applications forms will be advertised here.

Each round will be themed as follows:

  • April 2020 and October 2020 for greener initiatives
  • April 2021 and October 2021 for safer initiatives
  • April 2022 and October 2022  for cleaner initiatives

The maximum allocation per parish or town council is £20,000.

The district council’s contribution is a maximum of 50% of the total project cost.

Who can apply for funding?

Applications for funding are welcome from any parish or town council in the Newark and Sherwood district. Where no formal parish council exists, the local district councillor, with endorsement from the parish, will be eligible to apply on its behalf.

How to apply

Applications to the first 2020 greener initiative round are now open and will close at 12 noon on Friday 20 March (for the panel decision in April).

Do please contact the team via to discuss your ideas.

This is also the email address for completed application forms.

Community, sports and arts funding

Sports grants

Our sports funding aims to support district based parish councils, community groups, voluntary sports clubs and talented individuals to help them achieve their aims and aspirations in sport. 

The scheme has three main funding streams:-

  • Coach education and development
  • Special projects and events
  • Talented individuals

Each application will be assessed against the programme criteria and grants of up to £1500 can be awarded for special projects and events and up to £150 for coach education and development and support to talented individuals.

Active Notts sports funding

Active Notts is the County Sports Partnership for Nottinghamshire.

It provides the strategic lead on sport and recreation across the county and is committed to working with partners to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity.

The Active Notts website provides information about a range of grants suitable for sport and physical activity as well as regular funding news.

Arts funding

If you are an arts professional, community group or local individual or organisation with a good idea for an arts project within the district we may be able to help you.

We can offer advice and support in finding external funding as well as offering small grants and funding from the council.

Community projects and events

We can offer small grants to help with community projects and events that benefit the local people of Newark and Sherwood.

Housing grants

Disabled Facilities Grant
Currently, we provide financial assistance to disabled people who require adaptations to their home called a disabled facilities grant.

Handyperson Scheme
We also provide assistance to older residents for minor works around the home called the handyperson scheme.

Business support

For more information on the latest business support schemes please visit Invest Newark and Sherwood.

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme (LIS)

The Local Improvement Scheme provides targeted financial support for community organisations to deliver the county council’s priorities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax. 

Eligible organisations can apply for capital funding, ranging from a minimum of £1,000 up to a maximum of £50,000.

Nottinghamshire County Council Divisional Fund Awards

Contact your local county councillor to find out more about how they might be able to support worthy initiatives in the area.

Severn Trent Community Fund

The Severn Trent Community Fund launched January 2019 and is a community fund which will give away more than £10 million to charities and community groups over 5 years.

Organisations, charities and communities from across our region can now apply for funding for their projects.

The fund will be looking to support projects that can demonstrate a clear link to one or more of three elements of community wellbeing:

  • People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • Place: Ideas that help create better places to live in and use and
  • Environment: Schemes that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water

Severn Trent will also be encouraging projects that have a link to water in some way, such as river restoration, flood alleviation or sustainable drainage.

The independent Community Fund Customer Panel, which is made up of Severn Trent customers, will review applications on a quarterly basis and they decide where the money goes. The panel will meet for the first time in March and from April 2020 will be giving out funding to projects.

Applications are welcomed all-year round and capital and revenue projects will be considered, as long as the application shows how the project will be sustained beyond the investment.

To apply and to find out more, please visit the Severn Trent website or to get in touch with the team please email

Gilstrap Charity in Newark

The Gilstrap Charity aims to support individuals, groups and local organisations from Newark with grant aid towards sustainable projects.

Sir William Gilstrap was a local businessman and philanthropist from Newark.

Online information is now available on the history of the charity and it's aims and purpose. The website includes details of projects the charity has supported in the past and information on how to apply for grants.

Miner2Major Community Grants

The first round of the Miner2Major Community Grants is now open. The deadline for applications is the 30 March 2020. The grants are being managed by the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation.

This grants scheme is for community groups to deliver activities that support and complement the projects that Miner2Major is delivering. 

Miner2Major is a five-year Landscape Partnership scheme (2019-2023), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The scheme is delivering a range of projects that celebrate and help protect the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.

We are awarding grants for projects up to a value of £1,000, with a minimum criteria of 10% match funding.Projects can be up to one year in duration. 

Rural funding opportunities

The Rural Services Network lists a monthly digest of funding opportunities for rural communities. 

Funding streams include community and environmental grants, energy and transport funding, heritage and business grants.

The Covenant Fund

This funding is part of the Armed Forces Covenant which focuses on encouraging local communities to support armed forces communities in their areas. The aim is to nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting armed forces communities, recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the armed forces community and encourage activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life.

The fund, made available by The Ministry of Defence, supports local projects which aim to improve ties between the Armed Forces and the wider community.

  • Small grants for applications up to £20,000
  • Large grants for applications between £20,001 and £500,000

Grant decisions are made by a national panel based on the recommendations of regional panels.

The Covenant Fund has four key themes and annual priorities which focus funding each year.

  1. Removing barriers to family life
  2. Providing extra support after service for those that need help
  3. Supporting measures to integrate military and civilian communities and allow the armed forces community to participate as citizens
  4. Non-core healthcare services for veterans

Who can apply?

  • Local authorities
  • Charities
  • Commercial organisations
  • Community groups
  • Any other part of the community

Visit the government's covenant fund web page for details on how to apply.

For further information please contact Ella Brady.

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Great North Road
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01636 650000


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