The new Emergency Assistance Grant from the Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is now being distributed by local authorities across England.
Nottingham's share of the money is being allocated by Nottingham City Council to organisations and groups within the city that are providing support to those individuals most impacted by COVID-19.
Grants of between £1,000 to £20,000 are available to help those that are struggling to afford food and other essential items. However, most successful grants are anticipated to be £5,000 or less.
Who is eligible to apply?
Community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises and other non-profits working to develop activities and services within the city boundary are eligible to apply for this funding.
You must also have the following in place:
- A constitution or memorandum and articles of association or set of written rules which set out your aims and objectives. This must also contain a dissolution clause that guarantees any assets purchased with grant funding will be kept for community use should your group come to an end or close.
- An equality and diversity policy or statement
- A safeguarding policy if working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults
- A bank or building society account in the group’s name, with at least two unrelated signatories
- Annual accounts for groups over 12 months old
- A six-month cash flow for groups under 12 months old showing predicted income and expenditure
- The council expect groups to consider risk assessments appropriate to their project, seeking appropriate guidance to ensure the safety of everyone involved
- Locally managed branches of national organisations can apply, as long as they have their own local constitution, management committees and accounts
What will the funds support?
In Nottingham, the funding will support costs like the examples below. In all cases, the costs must relate closely to the activity an organisation or group is providing and the activity must be completed by 31 March 2021.
- Food - the cost of purchasing, preparing and cooking food
- Logistics - transportation/delivery/storage of food and essential items, purchase of parcels/containers for food supplies or meals
- Essentials - the costs of any proposed essentials to support those most in need, such as toiletries/hygiene and cleaning products/baby products/pet essentials
- Rent - the cost of using premises to deliver your project
- Publicity - production of a leaflet or newsletter to advertise the activities you are undertaking
- Expenses - travel, parking or similar costs incurred by volunteers delivering help, support or assistance
- Training - necessary courses that you intend to offer volunteers to deliver your services
- Equipment - essential equipment specific to the delivery of the grant objectives
- Administration - membership costs (for Fare Share as an example), general costs of running the project
How to apply
The application deadline has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday 25 November 2020.
If any funding remains after this period, a possible second application window may open in January. However, you should not postpone your application to this later point if you could undertake the application process before 23 November, as there is no guarantee that funds will be available.
Applications must be submitted via Nottingham City Council's online portal. You will need to register for a Nottingham City Council account in order to access the portal.
Following reports of people experiencing technical difficulties with the online application process, a new link has been created which you can access here.
It's important to note that the online application form must be completed in one go, it cannot be saved.
If you cannot apply online, please contact Louise Graham, Voluntary and Community Sector Partnerships Manager, for further guidance and support. Please also contact Louise if you plan to apply for a sum greater than £5,000 - email email@example.com
More information about this fund is available in Nottingham City Council's Guidance and Criteria document. The document includes detailed advice about how to complete the application form, as well as providing information on sources of help and what will happen once your application has been submitted.