Community projects funding

If you’re organising an event or project that will benefit the local people of Newark and Sherwood, we may be able to help with a grant of up to £1,500.

Perhaps you’re raising money to help revamp the kitchen facilities in your local community centre, planning to create a community orchard or flower garden, or organising a community fun day?

Who can apply for community funding?

Our small grants fund can help you out if you’re developing community-based projects and events within the district. The fund is aimed at local charities, voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations - you need to be constituted with a bank account.

You’ll also need to provide a lead contact name and your organisation must be based within Newark and Sherwood and be primarily for residents of the district.

How to apply for community funding?

Grants can only be given for new projects that are not already underway.  All projects must be completed and funding spent within 12 months of the start date. 

Your application needs to include:

  • an outline of your project or event
  • what will be achieved by delivering your project
  • why your club or organisation wants to do it
  • why the project is needed in your area

To discuss your ideas before filling in the forms below, please email

The reviewing panel places a higher priority on applications that demonstrate sustainability and continuation beyond the end of the project.  That means it’s a good idea to include details of how the activities will be financed in the future, without grant support. 

Application deadlines

  • Friday 13 August 2021
  • Friday 12 November 2021

Grants panel summary April 2019 - May 2021 (PDF File, 445kb)

Case Study - Friends of Southwell Parks

Friends of Southwell Parks successfully applied for £1,500 towards a magnificent apple sculpture as part of the redevelopment of the children's playground on the Memorial Park. Local artist Phil Neal worked with local children to design the sculpture and plant living willow.

Nottinghamshire County Council Divisional Fund Awards

It’s also worth contacting your local county councillor to find out how they might be able to support initiatives in your area.