Nottingham Insight

Community and voluntary sector

Community and voluntary sector - writing funding bids

The Big Lottery shared with us the types of information they would like to see included within a funding application. We have written this page to help you find evidence to include in a, hopefully successful, funding application. 

Creating an evidence base

When creating your evidence base for a funding application it is important to remember to include key elements:

  • Why your project will be beneficial in the area you have chosen?
  • Who will your project help?
  • Why is your project needed in this area?
    • What priorities does your project support?
    • What statistics show that your area is in more need?
  • Whether you have successfully delivered projects like this before?
  • Have you consulted with the people your project will benefit and other key stakeholders?
  • Are there other projects working in the same area or field and how will your project fit in?

Key information about Nottingham

Use our Nottingham City profile to provide your funders with a little information about what Nottingham is like as a city, or find information about your local area using our Local Area Profile tool.

Nottingham's health needs

Many funding applications rely on information about health and wellbeing. Nottingham's health needs are defined in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The JSNA is split into a series of individual chapters which define needs that often overlap with areas of voluntary sector services, e.g. 'mental health'.

What is a JSNA?

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) tells a story of communities in terms of their health and well-being. The JSNA in Nottingham helps the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) to better understand the needs of the population so they can plan and organise services. To help create an evidence base for your work the JSNA is a good starting point.

Nottinghamshire JSNA

Take a look at Nottinghamshire's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment on Nottinghamshire Insight to see what the priorities are across the county.

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Commissioning Groups replaced Primary Care Trusts from 1st April 2013 as the lead commissioner for the majority of health services. The move towards Clinical Commissioning means that GP’s, health professionals and partners will have a greater involvement in planning, monitoring and purchasing NHS Services, ensuring the services meet the needs of the local population. For example services will include hospitals, pharmacies, community and voluntary services.

In Nottinghamshire, there are seven CCG’s as outlined below:-



NHS Nottingham City CCG

NHS Nottingham City CCG website

NHS Rushcliffe CCG

NHS Rushcliffe CCG website

NHS Mansfield & Ashfield CCG

NHS Mansfield & Ashfield CCG website

NHS Newark & Sherwood CCG

NHS Newark & Sherwood CCG website

NHS Nottingham North East CCG

NHS Nottingham North East website

NHS Nottingham West CCG

NHS Nottingham West website

NHS Bassetlaw CCG

NHS Bassetlaw CCG website


Other Support:

Evidence base creation resources

The Big Lottery have a bespoke area on their website which details fundamental concepts and principles when applying for funding. Please click here to access the Big Learning Zone.

Community consultation resources

Further support is available help organisations learn how to create an evidence base for a fundraising application. This support is on offer through a range of community & voluntary sector support organisations spread across Nottingham & Nottinghamshire - please see the Nottingham CVS website.

Funding oppportunities

There are many opportunities available from national, regional or local funders to support the work of community & voluntary sector providers.

Nottingham Community Foundation

NCF are committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire by raising and managing funds for distribution in response to local needs. NCF has a variety of grant programmes available to voluntary & community groups including the One Nottingham small grants scheme.

Focus on Funding

Nottingham Community & Voluntary Service (NCVS) supports local voluntary organisations to identify appropriate funding streams through the ‘Focus on Funding’ project.  Further details of other Community & Voluntary Service infrastructure (CVS) organisations offering funding support across Nottinghamshire can be found by clicking on the Focus on Funding logo.

Source Nottinghamshire

Source Nottinghamshire lists a range of the tenders and contracts for goods, services and works needed by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and the seven districts and borough councils in the county.

Supply to the NHS

Supply to the NHS is the approved website used by the NHS to promote a wide range of contracts out for tender across the UK.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free smart website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

Big Lottery

BIG is responsible for delivering around half of all funds raised for good causes (14 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery Ticket) by The National Lottery. BIG issues grants between £300 and £500,000.