Tewkesbury Borough Council has launched a Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund to help communities as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months.

Charitable organisations across Tewkesbury Borough (and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims) can now apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to deliver projects or services that meet the Tewkesbury Borough COVID-19 Emergency Community Fund criteria.

The following activities will be a priority for this grant programme:

•           Direct and immediate practical support for vulnerable groups

•           Volunteer capacity to organisations delivering support to the above groups

•           Providing the above groups with access to necessary resources

•           Initiatives to reduce isolation and vulnerability

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 groups.

Lead member for communities, Councillor Clare Softley, said: “There are some really amazing examples of community action springing up right across the borough, with great ideas about how local charities and organisations can help out during this unprecedented time. We want to help provide funding to make volunteer efforts easier and even more effective, so please do apply if your group meets the criteria.”

To be eligible to apply, your work in response to Coronavirus must support one or more of the following groups:

·         Elderly (aged 65 and over)

·         Vulnerable or disadvantaged people

·         People with disabilities and/or underlying health difficulties

·         Homeless people

·         Low income families

·         Those that are self-isolating and have no support

·         Refugees and asylum seekers

·         People experiencing food poverty

·         You do not have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims.

To find out more, please visit: https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/forms/emergency-grant-for-charitable-organisations-and-community-groups

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