Funding available for good causes in Mansfield

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Local groups and good causes can now apply to Mansfield District Council in a new round of funding awards to the Mayor’s 500 Fund and Robin Hood Community Fund.

The deadline for bids is 4pm on Friday 17 December and the successful awards will be announced in the new year. 

There is £11,000 available in the lottery fund and bids of up to £2,000 will be considered to support either day-to-day spending or one-off capital projects by good causes in Mansfield.

From each Robin Hood Lottery ticket 10 pence goes to the community fund. Another 50 pence goes to the fund if the player does not choose a specific good cause to support.

The Mayor’s 500 Fund is a direct contribution from the Executive Mayor Andy Abraham’s allowance to provide a cash injection of up to £500 for local groups, individuals and volunteers to deliver a specific project in the Mansfield community. A total of £5,000 is available in this round. 

The money can be used for equipment, promotions and materials to deliver direct benefits to local residents.

Among the causes Mayor Andy has supported in the past are Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club, Thoresby Bands and the 2nd Manfield Woodhouse Guides.

He said: “I try to offer a helping hand to a variety of causes - some may be new ventures and others more established. I am especially keen to help groups that help vulnerable members of their communities and offer affordable activities for young people to have fun and express themselves.

"I am always overwhelmed by the number of applications received. Those which I cannot help, I try to direct to other sources of funding or consider them in the next round of the 500 Fund applications.”

More information and the application form for the Mayor’s 500 Fund can be found at on the council website (link opens in new window). To apply to the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund see the lottery page on the council website (link opens in new window).

To play the Lottery visit the lottery website (link opens in new window). A draw is made every week with a top prize of up to £25,000.

Published: November 17th 2021