District council bosses have made an extra £25,000 available to boost projects supporting community coronavirus efforts in East Devon.
East Devon Reporter eastdevonnews.co.uk
The authority is distributing the cash through the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund small grants scheme.
Run by Devon County Council (DCC), the initiative can quickly award up to £499 to community-led efforts.
These can include:
- Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines;
- Support for accessing online information and services;
- Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing;
- Transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.
Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together.
Organisations can apply multiple times for different projects.
Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals can also apply. However, they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding.
Because the two councils are working together, groups only have to deal with one lot of paperwork, making it much easier and quicker for them to apply.
It also saves the authorities both running the same grants process, meaning that they have more resources to work on other things to help people and communities.
Cllr Ian Thomas, chairman of East Devon District Council’s community grants panel said: “Our voluntary and community organisations, together with town and parish councils, form the bedrock of East Devon’s drive to ensure that all our vulnerable residents are properly shielded and supported in these challenging times.
“We should be proud of and grateful for the dedication of each and everyone involved.
“I am pleased that we have been able to re-allocate £25,000 funding to further help them continue their essential work through many more support opportunities, by adding our own contribution to that from Devon County Council.”
Councillor Roger Croad, DCC’s cabinet member for communities, said: “At extremely challenging times like this, it is important that we all work together to support our residents, especially the most vulnerable.
“I’m particularly pleased that East Devon District Council are joining the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund which has received in excess of 260 applications from organisations across the county already, after opening just over two weeks ago.
“This funding will help volunteer groups in Devon continue their vital work to tackle the impacts of the coronavirus in their communities and offer support to those in need.”
Find out more and apply here.