Fund helping communities through Coronavirus to be extended

Your local County Councillors have an extra £2000 each for community groups to bid for.

This follows the success of the £2500 they each handed out in April for community groups struggling with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funding is available for: • Projects about community recovery, to help get activity going again or adapt to the ‘new normal’ • Existing volunteer/community groups who need support to keep going • Support to keep helping people get through the crisis.

To apply your group has to do 2 things,

  1. Contact your local county councillor Alistair Little, Jeremy Oates, Jason Jones, Ben Adams,  Tina Clements, Richard Ford,
  2. Fill in the application form https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/I-can-help/COVID-19-Support-Fund/COVID-19-support-fund.aspx

Staffordshire County Council’s COVID-19 Support Fund has already helped over 100 organisations and groups, and is now making a further £124,000 available. The money is available to help groups to recover and adapt, and to get their activities up and running again, as well as to continue supporting people through the crisis.

Projects already funded included those helping people who were self-isolating, a telephone support service, a digital befriending scheme and online wellbeing resources and platforms for young people and adults.

Shield Tamworth is a Tamworth Round Table led project which has also benefited from the fund. The £2,400 funding helped the group to manufacture and distribute free PPE face shields to NHS health professionals and care providers in the town.

Community groups interested in making an application for the fund should speak to their local county councillor in the first instance. Groups have until 30 October 2020 to make their application.