Rushcliffe Borough Council Grants

Rushcliffe Borough Council can provide capital grants of up to £15,000 to groups and organisations.  Applications are assessed twice a year.  The closing date for Spring assessment is 1 January and for the Autumn it is 1st September. See:

Ikano Bank and JustGiving Crowdfunding

Does your community need a helping hand? Sign up to become a Make Happener to get help with fundraising.Local business Ikano Bank has teamed up with JustGiving Crowdfunding specialists to launch ‘#MakeHappeners’ – an initiative to help people raise funds for a project that could improve their community. The initiative can cover a multitude of community projects, from revamping a dilapidated communal garden or setting up a new community kitchen.

How do I become a Make Happener?
To become a Make Happener, simply submit your community project idea via where you can create your own page on JustGiving Crowdfunding. You’ll have 30 days to raise the money for their project and Ikano Bank will support their fundraising by pledging £200 towards at least 20 individual projects in Nottingham.

Pledges will be granted on a first come first served basis.

Make Happeners projects need to take place in the UK, have a community focus, be non-political and raise at least £200 within 30 days. To find out more and sign up go to or check out #MakeHappeners on Twitter and Facebook.

Events will help rural businesses access £933,000 funding

Free information events beginning this month (September) will aid small rural businesses in accessing £933,000 in development help – as part of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s plan to boost economic growth.

More than a third of the D2N2 area’s total of 880,000-plus jobs are in rural local authority areas but according to DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) problems for the rural economy can include reduced income among farmers, lower than average wages and difficulties in finding business investment.

D2N2 – a partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community organisations tasked with boosting economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – is making £933,000 available; to help new or established small or micro businesses in rural areas to expand and create new jobs.

Closing date for applications is Friday 27 November.

For more information go to the Rushcliffe Borough Council webpage:,35887,en.php

On Fire Fund for projects relating to fire safety, prevention etc

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service can fund charitable, voluntary sector and social housing provider projects which help to provide stronger and safer communities within Nottinghamshire. Successful projects will be linked in to what the Fire Service promotes within the community e.g fire safety, prevention, fire education & awareness. Previous projects that have been successful include; Young persons diversionary activities with specific fire related outcomes, events for fire safety education, community safety for vulnerable and hard to reach groups & crime / fire reduction projects.

They are especially interested in supporting new innovative community projects that address fire prevention issues amongast the most vulnerable groups of people, particularly:

  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • Children and young people at risk of fire setting
  • People with drug or alcohol dependency
  • Those receiving or in neeed of community care services

The deadline has passed for this year’s applications but you can apply again next year.

pdfDownload information about this year’s and next year’s deadlines
pdfDownload  the criteria for the fund here
docDownload an application form for 2015 - 2016 here


Our experienced staff can advise you on all aspects of raising funds for your organisation including:
  • Identifying resources needed and setting a budget
  • Sources of grants, trusts and other funding opportunities
  • Completing application forms
  • Ensuring your organisaition has the correct structures in place
  • Information about funding events and workshops
"Thank you for your help and advice...which I'm sure contributed to the success in getting funding'"           

Village Bowls Club seeking to update their facilities to include disabled access and toilet

"It's not what I expected - I imagined it would be filling Smartie tubes...that type of fundraising. This is brilliant...I'm confident this is going to lead to something"

"I'm really excited about our new project now...I'm really glad I came along"

Members of groups who attended the Rushcliffe Funding Surgery at Rushcliffe CVS in April 2013 delivered by Rushcliffe CVS and a colleague from Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

For more information or advice please contact Carolyn Perry on 0115 969 9060 in the first instance or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out about funding opportunities

  • Receive Rushcliffe CVS monthly newsletter / ebulletin which includes information about sources of funding.  See CVS newsletters for more information.
  • Use Funding Central a funding search website managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). You can search for grants, contracts, and loan finance for your charity, voluntary organisation, or social enterprise. You can also sign up to get email alerts of new funding information.  See:
  • Search Source Nottinghamshire which includes live tender opportunities in Nottingham city and county. Some are particularly relevant to voluntary organisations. 

Funding Information Factsheet

You can download a Fundng Information Factsheet summarising the information on this Funding page.

For a Word version click here

For a pdf version, click pdfhere