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The Local Improvement Scheme: Capital Fund 2020-21

The Local Improvement Scheme is a discretionary financial contribution awarded by Nottinghamshire County Council to support the delivery of non-statutory capital projects that help to achieve the council’s priorities as set out in the Council Plan 2017-21.

Applications for capital funding should also show how the proposed project / asset contributes to the Local Improvement Scheme strategic aims, these being:

  • to encourage and support local communities to be strong, vibrant and resilient
  • to encourage and support volunteering
  • to seek wider funding opportunities.

The year 2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the United States. Nottinghamshire has a close association to this historic event. Therefore, applications for capital projects that commemorate this significant anniversary and that help to promote community engagement are particularly welcome.

Please note

The criteria for the LIS Capital Fund 2020-21 has been updated with the aim of benefiting as many community-focused projects across the county as possible. For this round of LIS capital funding (2020-21), eligible organisations can apply for one-off capital grants, ranging from a minimum of £1,000 up to a maximum of £30,000 and successful applicants will have up to 12 months to spend the grant. 

Successful applicants will be required to provide a project timeline which will be used as a basis to agree a timeline for publicity (events/news releases etc) with the county council's Communications and Marketing Team. Read the full details about the updated features and criteria for the Capital Fund 2020-21.

The Applications deadline is Friday 28 February 2020.

Application guidance

Before starting your application, it is strongly recommended that you read the Local Improvement Scheme Capital Fund Information for Applicants document which includes important information about the updated features and criteria for this funding round, including:

  • organisations that are eligible to apply
  • the funding criteria – including what the funding can / cannot be used for
  • match funding
  • governance
  • elected member (County Councillor) role
  • acknowledging funding and publicity
  • how to apply, including supporting information and documents that are required

Download the Local Improvement Scheme Capital Fund Information for Applicants [PDF]  

Application form

Applications should be submitted using the Capital Fund application form:

Additional information

All applications must be signed by the Nottinghamshire County Councillor for the area in which the project / asset will be delivered / installed.

Organisations wishing to apply for capital funding to help towards the cost of gateway signs, brown tourist signs, information / interpretation boards, interactive signs, traffic calming, memorials, lighting columns or bins, should read our example costs of some of these assets and the guidance notes for obtaining permission to install an item in the highway. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the supplementary document which contains information about what to expect if your application for capital funding is successful and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The application form asks all applicants to confirm if the organisation understands and accepts the Local Improvement Scheme Privacy Notice [PDF].


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