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Funding available to support communities during second lockdown

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Devon County Council has temporarily reopened its ‘COVID-19 Fund’ to help provide valuable resources to organisations working in communities that have been affected by this second lockdown.

The money will help voluntary and community groups to tackle the social and economic impacts of this lockdown and help those who are most vulnerable in their communities.

Applications are invited from established and not-for-profit voluntary and community groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together. Please see the detailed guidance for applications from businesses or non-registered groups.

They will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how the need for amount has been assessed. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances offers of up to £1,000 may be made.

The funding is to support community-led schemes that carry out the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of the second national lockdown, including support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

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
  • helping people to stay connected and informed and measures to support mental health and wellbeing
  • transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to have a profound impact on our communities.

“As we saw during the first lockdown, the role of volunteer organisations is significant. They stepped up to support those in need and helped keep their neighbours safe, often in the most innovative of ways.

“Now, with a second lockdown upon us, it’s more important than ever that we keep supporting these groups so that they can continue their inspiring work, reach more people within their communities, help those who are vulnerable and remain well-connected and resilient.”

For more details, including how to apply, please visit the Devon County Council website.

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