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Community

Group Support

Mansfield CVS is here to support new and existing community and voluntary groups in the Mansfield District.

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Developing a Group

Starting a new group can be daunting with various new challenges. Mansfield CVS can provide you with the information and resources to get you going. With policies and legislation constantly changing, it is best for us to provide links to resources that will be up to date.

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Funding and Governance

Up-to-date information, advice and guidance around funding and governance is essential for any community or voluntary organisation.

It is vital that groups and organisations have their governance in place and keep up to date with changes to the law and legislation.

Mansfield Community Grant Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK.  It provides up to three years funding for local investment, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation between 2022/23 and 2024/25.  All funds must be spent by March 2025.

In August 2022, Mansfield District Council submitted a UKSPF Investment Plan setting out the area’s priorities for spending the city’s allocation of £2.955m.  The Investment Plan covers the three priorities of:

  • Communities and Place
  • Supporting Local Business
  • People and Skills

The Council has now secured approval for its Investment Plan which enables funding to be progressed towards the Communities and Place priority, and some of this funding is to be available through the Mansfield Community Grant Fund.

Mansfield District Council recognises the important and valuable contribution that Mansfield Voluntary and Community Sector (MVCS) has made to the lives of residents across the district and the Community Grant Fund aims to build on this to deliver the aims and objective of the Investment Plan.

Through the Fund, the Council wants to make it easier for community and voluntary groups to access smaller amounts of funding for projects that will make a difference in their local neighbourhoods.   The Mansfield Community Grant Fund will therefore support community-based activity with grants of up to £15,000 for community groups across the district of Mansfield.

How to apply

It is important to read the guidance before applying. The guidance notes can be downloaded here

Mansfield Community Grant Fund Guidance Notes

If you think you are eligible to apply, please download and complete the application form (Word) here

Mansfield Community Grant Fund Application Form

Please note: Applications can be submitted from 9 January, 2023 and the deadline for the first round of applications is 3 February, 2023.

If you need any assistance, email info@mansfieldcvs.org or call 01623 392444.

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Here to help you

As with so many organisations, funding cuts have affected our staff capacity meaning that we are not able to offer one-to-one group support in the same way we once did, but on this website, you will find a number of useful documents and resources that you can download and link to, including:

  • Advice on starting a new group
  • Funding
  • Governance
  • Legal structure
  • Group development
  • Training
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If there is anything you can’t find the answer to on our website, please call us on 01623 392444 or complete the form below and we will try to help with your query.

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