Nottinghamshire County Council launch new £10,000 community fund

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Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a new £10,000 community fund inspired by London 2012 and its seven Olympic and Paralympic values.

And one Nottinghamshire community who have been without their village hall since it was flooded 18 months ago are the first group to apply for funds to get their hall back into use.

The county council has launched ‘Knots in Notts’ to encourage people to pledge to make a difference in their community to celebrate the arrival of the Torch Relay in the county on 28th June in the build-up to the Games.

Residents in Upper Saxondale hope securing Knots in Notts funding will provide a springboard to apply for other funds and generate a groundswell of support among local people to pledge a variety of items and commitments to help the hall to reopen.

The three Olympic values for London 2012 are: friendship, respect and excellence and four Paralympic values are equality, courage, determination and inspiration.

Through the county council’s fund, groups can apply for a maximum of £200 to get their projects started, provide a catalyst to apply for other funds such as Awards for All, or organise a community pledging event. Groups or individuals can pledge in the form of volunteering, setting up a community environmental project, youth project, regeneration project or new activity group.

Groups who apply are then invited to using green ribbon to decorate their event or project venue, dress trees or wear green ribbons with a knot in it to show their commitment to Knots in Notts.

Faye Handfield, who has lived in Upper Saxondale for six years, said: “Thank you Nottinghamshire County Council. The Knots in Notts Scheme has given our community the inspiration and impetus we needed to kickstart a campaign to get our village hall back into use.

“London 2012 is more than just sport in London, and we are reminded of this through the seven values. Our campaign is already gathering momentum and it would be wonderful if we could get our hall back up and running by the time London 2012 begins.”

Coun Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted to launch Knots in Notts in Olympic and Paralympic year.

“We invite local people in the county to celebrate the arrival of the Torch Relay by pledging to make a positive difference in their community and make a lasting legacy.”

Coun John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, at Nottinghamshire County Council added: “Every community has its champions; those who roll their sleeves up and get involved, the role models who provide inspiration to the rest of us to do our personal best. Why not use the Torch Relay as an opportunity to pledge to do your personal best?”

Individuals and communities can apply for consideration for funding until 29th June, and for more information email sam.jones@nottscc.gov.ukor visit Nottinghamshire County Council’s special London 2012 pages Sport for All at: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sportforall