Community Sustainability

We can all do our bit to protect the planet, but it can be difficult to know where to start and if you’re on the right path when it comes to making sustainable decisions.

The information below has been compiled to guide you in your sustainable behaviours.

Newark and Sherwood community grant scheme

Newark and Sherwood Community Grant Scheme aims to support District based constituted groups, charities and not-for profit organisations with projects or initiatives that align to the Council’s Community Plan objectives.

The scheme recognises the important contribution that local organisations make to improving peoples’ quality of life and that small amounts of funding can often help to get a project off the ground or enhance its impact. Further detail can be located here:

Newark and Sherwood community grant scheme | Newark & Sherwood District Council (

Local Communities Fund (LFC)

Nottinghamshire County Council recognises the huge contribution that the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) has made to lives of residents over many years which has been brought into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities can apply for:

  • Food Insecurity Grants
  • Energy Cost Grants
  • Homes for Ukraine
  • Talented Athletes

Calculating your carbon footprint

The Impact carbon calculator tool is free for Parish Councils and Community Groups to use to calculate carbon emissions.

Examples of how the Impact carbon calculator has helped Parish Councils and Communities carbon reduction journey: Impact | Community carbon calculator (

Example action that can be taken

Friends of the Earth provide advice on actions Parish and Town Councils can take on the Climate Emergency.

Online events

Every month free online events are run through Eventbrite, take a look and join in one of the free events taking place.

Free learning resources

Free Courses England offer free courses accredited qualifications offer benefits for individuals and organisations from all backgrounds. You must meet the eligibility criteria for the courses. Free Online Courses UK - Free Courses in England

Support for community groups

Newark and Sherwood CVS are committed to supporting, empowering and connecting local Communities; driven by passion and determination, our goal is to build stronger, more empowered and sustainable communities through a model of support, community development and partnership. Newark & Sherwood CVS - Supporting, Empowering and Connecting Local Communities (

Further information

Centre for Alternative Technology offer a free information service providing free, independent, and impartial advice on a wide array of topic relating to sustainability and sustainable living: renewable energy, green building and renovation, water and sewage treatment, organic growing and more. Free Information Service - Centre for Alternative Technology (