The Voluntary and Community Sector have a vital role to play in supporting the response to COVID-19, both locally and nationally. On 25 November the City Council launched a £50,000 support fund which local voluntary and community sector organisations can apply into to receive financial support in the form of a grant. If you are providing support to residents in the city affected by COVID-19 you can apply for a grant to fund service delivery.
There is no maximum limit for grant applications. However, bids for more than £2,500 will require further evidence and be subject to additional scrutiny and ongoing monitoring. In deciding which applications will be approved, priority will be given to charities or community groups which are based in the city and delivering services to Stoke-on-Trent residents which address one or more of the following areas:
- Mental health support (particularly services which focus on reducing health inequalities involving harder-to-reach groups and communities);
- Tackling loneliness and isolation;
- Preventing domestic violence and abuse or supporting victims.