Third-round of District Council grant scheme funding to benefit local community projects

Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

After two successful rounds of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Community Grant Scheme, a further 37 groups have applied for a third-round of funding, which will see the total cash boost for community group projects across Newark and Sherwood reach £150,000.

Already, £100,000 of funding has been allocated to 32 community groups across the district from the first two rounds, to support projects aimed at improving the community and supporting the lives of residents.

Local groups and parish councils were able to apply for funding from the scheme by submitting an application form outlining how their project would support the District Council’s Community Plan objectives.

All third-round applications have been considered by the District Council’s Portfolio Holders and recommendations will be presented at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 21 February, for consideration and approval.

Councillor Tim Wendels, Portfolio Holder for Homes and Health at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This scheme is so important to our local communities and the residents living in them, by enriching lives and providing important services and social opportunities. By providing this much needed funding we can show our commitment to the fantastic and hardworking local groups and clubs in our district.

“Now more than ever these groups are key to supporting residents, building relationships and helping community spirit grow.”

Previous rounds of the scheme have already benefitted a wide range of clubs and groups, including The Sherwood Forest Trust, Bilsthorpe Emergency Team, Thorney Play Park and The Furniture Project Nottinghamshire.

Carole Batey, Manager at The Furniture Project Nottinghamshire said: “We were delighted to have been awarded £1,000 from the NSDC community grant scheme which will go towards upcycling materials. This will allow our volunteers and upcyclers to save old, outdated pieces of furniture that were destined for the tip and give them a new lease of life, which is not only great for the planet but also gives our volunteers meaningful work and a sense of pride and achievement.”

Dr Patrick Candler, CEO at The Sherwood Forest Trust said: “The Sherwood Forest Trust is really grateful to Newark and Sherwood District Council for the grant award that we were given towards the operation of our new Community Tree Nursery. Using the funds, we have been able to collect and plant more than 5,000 acorns which we will grow on in our new polytunnel, ready for planting out across the district in the next couple of years.”

The full list of applications can be found on the District Council website.