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Further funding for Voluntary Sector COVID-19 support projects

New funding available for COVID-19 support projects Published Thursday, 28 January 2021

A successful grant scheme for projects offering support throughout the pandemic in Wyre and Fylde has been extended, with a further £80,000 now available to bid for.

The funding will support more projects across the Fylde coast thanks to a partnership between Wyre Council, Fylde Council, Fylde Coast CCG and Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS.

Projects and organisations that are providing support to people affected by the pandemic are encouraged to apply before the closing date of Monday 1 February.

The COVID-19 Response Fund originally launched in November 2020 and has already helped over 30 projects and good causes to continue providing vital support to local communities.

Both Wyre and Fylde Council contributed £40,000 to the first round of funding and each council has  committed a further £20,000 to support a new round of applications. Fylde Coast CCG has also announced it will provide £40,000 towards the fund. 

The maximum funding award is £5,000 per organisation, but a wide range of bids are encouraged from a minimum of £300 up to the £5,000 maximum.

The partnership is keen to fund projects that:

  • Meet the immediate need of Wyre and Fylde residents who are struggling to afford food and essentials due to COVID-19
  • Provide advice and information to residents affected by COVID-19 to help them access longer term support they might need, such as benefits, debt advice or employment support
  • Provide emotional and mental health support
  • Help address social isolation
  • Demonstrate how significant numbers of residents most affected by COVID-19 will benefit from these funds and which geographical areas and issues are being addressed
  • Address digital exclusion

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Leisure, Health and Community Engagement Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council comments, “The COVID-19 Response Fund has been set up for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector, which is made up of organisations and groups that are providing valuable support to local people at this difficult time.

Councillor Bowen continues, “During the first round of funding last year we were able to help a variety of local groups who are providing amazing support to our communities in many different ways. New applications are now invited and we’d be really keen to hear from projects helping those who are socially isolated, and organisations that are helping people to get online.”

Community groups and projects that have received funding include: the Garstang Volunteer Force who have supported many vulnerable residents with shopping, prescription deliveries and other support; the Fleetwood Together Foodbank; Preesall and Knott End Help Group, Fleetwood Town Community Trust and Men’s Shed.

Tracy Hopkins, Vice-Chair of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS welcomes this partnership “The Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector is providing much needed support to our communities during the pandemic.  The CVS has around 900 members, many are small, volunteer lead groups who will be able to make such a difference to the people they help with this additional funding.”

Capital and revenue expenses that will be funded may include:

  • Buying or replacing essential equipment e.g. if a food bank needs a fridge to expand storage capacity or a group need IT equipment to enable their beneficiaries to access on-line support groups.
  • Supporting running costs for Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector activities
  • Food, clothing and essential supplies including sanitary products
  • Utility, rental and staffing costs

All successful organisations will need to produce an outcomes summary and funding should be spent by 31 March 2021.

The following types of project are not eligible for the funding:

  • Any activity that does not assist the community response to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Statutory activities/requirements that either the Council or another public-sector organisation is responsible for delivering
  • Alcoholic refreshments
  • Projects that specifically benefit private businesses
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning
  • Retrospective requests for activities that have already taken place.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.  The application window for this round of funding will close on at 5pm on Monday 1 February 2021.  

To download an application form visit www.cvsbwf.org/covidgrants

 

Completed applications should be returned to lorraine.fisher@blackpoolcab.org.uk

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