Charities, voluntary groups and parish and town councils working hard to support vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19, are encouraged to apply for emergency funding to help with extra costs incurred during the crisis.
This call is specifically aimed at groups supporting people in Mansfield, Ashfield and Gedling areas, as to date, fewer eligible applications have come from those areas compared to the rest of the county. The £1m Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund forms part of the Council’s response to support communities during the coronavirus outbreak. It is designed to support established local charities and voluntary groups taking an active role in responding to urgent needs for vulnerable people in the county. More than £300,000 worth of funding has already been allocated to 104 groups around the county.
Grants allocated so far have included:
• Lowdham Volunteers/ Lowdham Parish Council – will use its £6,500 grant to continue its work to help vulnerable residents with shopping, delivery of prescriptions, a phone support network and delivery of cooked meals provided by local restaurants.
• Community Volunteer Services (CVS) across Newark & Sherwood, Rushcliffe, Gedling, Mansfield and Bassetlaw areas have received a total of £24,545 to help deliver a volunteer-led shopping and prescription collection scheme, a telephone-based service offering ‘friendship and support’ to maintain social contact during isolation, and help recruit new local volunteers.
• Mansfield St John Ambulance – plan to use its £7,000 grant towards purchasing first aid equipment such as bandages, oxygen, defibrillator and first aid kits, allowing their volunteers access to all the equipment they need to provide support the NHS and emergency services at these extraordinary times.
These fast-tracked grants are helping with the additional costs of delivering essential local support to those most affected by this public health emergency, such as collecting and delivering food and medicines for people who are self-isolating and people who can’t leave their homes.
Eligible groups that are helping vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents can apply for up to £10,000. To check the eligibility criteria and apply, please go to: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/communityfund
For further information about the funding, please email LIS@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0115 977 2041.