Tewkesbury Borough Council is encouraging community groups who are supporting vulnerable people to apply for a Covid-19 emergency community grant.
This funding programme is aimed at charitable organisations and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for work which directly relates to challenges emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, providing they are working with communities in Tewkesbury Borough.
As we enter a second lockdown, the following activities are currently a priority for this grant programme:
- Direct and immediate practical support for vulnerable groups
- Initiatives to reduce isolation and vulnerability
- Initiatives to support mental wellbeing
Running costs for organisations will be supported, including staff costs, volunteer expenses and transport costs. Small capital costs are also eligible, providing the capital items are directly linked to supporting the above activities.
The Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund launched in April to provide financial support to voluntary and community groups as they responded to exceptional challenges during the first Covid-19 lockdown. So far nearly 100 grants have been awarded to organisations supporting communities in Tewkesbury Borough, including charities, neighbourhood projects, parish councils, and voluntary groups. Community groups who received a grant during the first lockdown are entitled to apply for further funding.
Lead member for communities, Councillor Clare Softley, said: “The voluntary and community sector has played such a key role in supporting vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen just how effectively grassroots organisations can reach out to their local community, and we really want to encourage community groups to apply for an emergency grant so that they have the vital funds needed to continue this very important work.”