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Applications open now!

This year, there is a change, the fund is offering a higher funding sum, available over 3 years instead of 1year!.

The ‘Big Change’ is a reflection of our approach going forward, focusing on long-lasting impact, beyond the term of the SSBC programme. 

What can the Ideas Fund be used for? 

Ideas that will help local children and their families to: 

  • Eat well and be healthy 
  • Talk and communicate 
  • Be confident and understand their emotions 

Projects will also be considered if they:

  • Give parents and families an equal voice in decision making for the SSBC programme and create system change

This year, we would particularly welcome applications that support: 

  • Fathers 
  • Families during pregnancy 
  • Creative ideas of how to eat well and be healthy
  • Improving access to diverse communities e.g Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), Ethnic Minority Groups and others

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the application link. 

Who can apply? 

Who can apply? 

The Ideas Fund is open to the following:

  •  Local Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCS) 
  • New and emerging groups
  • Any other groups or teams able to work in partnership with SSBC
How much is available? 

We will offer individual awards of up to £30,000 over three years. 

What are the rules? 

Applications are welcome from organisations and groups that meet the following requirements: 
  • Activities must be delivered within at least one of the SSBC wards (Aspley, Bulwell, Hyson Green & Arboretum and St Ann’s)
  • Target expectant parents and children aged between 0-4 years
  • Contribute to at least one of the SSBC outcomes (Listed above)
  • Show awareness of our diverse community 
  • Projects must show how they will be evaluated and evidence of impact
  • Projects should complement not duplicate existing services or SSBC

Your planned approach should: 
  • Align to the SSBC brand and values.
  • Show growth and planning beyond the term of the funding.
  • Work in partnership with parents, workforce,  partners and the local community


Next Steps

Stage 1

Applications open on the 1st September 2021.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021 12:00 pm.

Stage 2

The application will be checked by:

  • Nottingham Community Fund (NCF)
  • SSBC team
  • Parent Champions

NCF will be in touch if there are any queries.

Stage 3

Then the Ideas Fund partnership panel will score the application and a decision made.

You will be informed of the panel’s decision w/c 25th October.

The SSBC board will make the final sign off on the 9th November


If successful, you will be invited to a Learning & Networking event.

This will include an opportunity to

  • Meet the other Ideas Funded projects
  • Share best practice
  • Get feedback, advice and support
  • Discuss terms & conditions of the funding such as:
    • consent forms
    • registers
    • evaluations


Click here to apply

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