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Still time to bid for funding

Organisations across the Mansfield area are invited to bid for a slice of £8.95m of funding for economic and enterprise activities in the eligible districts of Mansfield, Ashfield and Bassetlaw.

Specific allocations of funding for projects in each district are:

· Ashfield - £3.14 million.

· Bassetlaw - £3.05 million.

· Mansfield - £2.76 million.

The money will come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and can be used to:

· stimulate and support new markets and enterprise opportunities,

· provide resources and support to develop the economy within local communities,

· revive local infrastructure and environments, and

· develop employment sites and premises.

One project that has already benefited from the ERDF funding is the Mansfield Woodhouse gateway project, which includes a new business unit development, improvements to the landscaping and a public footpath through to the site. The regeneration project aims to provide a positive, safe and attractive gateway to Mansfield Woodhouse for passengers arriving by train.

ERDF funding is aimed at economic regeneration projects promoted primarily by the public sector. This includes government departments, local authorities, further and higher education establishments, other public bodies and volunteer sector organisations.

Generally, ERDF grants are not given to profit-making private sector companies. However in certain circumstances the fund can be used to help to develop small and medium-sized enterprises. Private sector companies are encouraged to present applications in partnership with a public sector body.

The ERDF funding will finance up to 62% of the cost of a suitable project in Mansfield District. Match funding will be needed to finance the rest.

For further information contact Kay Massingham at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 977 2212 or email

Expressions of Interest should be returned by 4pm on Friday 2nd March 2012. These need to be submitted both electronically to along with a signed paper copy to Nick Hibberd, Regeneration Team Leader, Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH.

If you do not have access to email, you can submit a copy of your application on a CD or memory stick and submit it with the paper copy of the application

Published 10 February 2012

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