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Covid-19 funding for voluntary, community and faith organisations

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We have announced the opening of an expression of interest fact finding exercise to gather Coronavirus funding needs from volunteer, community and faith sector organisations.

These sectors have each made a vital contribution by supporting local communities during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and we are seeking details to make sure we know what funding would be needed to continue this vital work.

We need to understand the full range of organisations that are supporting communities to respond to Covid-19 and how much this costs them. We are therefore asking organisations to complete an expression of interest form and return it to us.

What will happen

We have established a steering group to consider this information received and recommend how funding could be allocated. Volunteer, community and faith organisations are represented on this group.

We are exploring the possibility of two stages of funding.  Depending on the responses we receive, these stages may look like this:

  1. Small pots of money to continue immediate Covid-19 response activity for three months.
  2. Funding to provide the infrastructure and systems to enable organisations to work together and collaborate well to enhance the Covid-19 response, alongside funding for further activity.

To be clear, the current expression of interest form is to gather information about stage 1 funding needs only.

Who we want to hear from and why

We are looking to hear from voluntary, community and faith groups that have supported the Council or a local community in response to Covid-19.

The types of activities may be organisations providing food or medicine to vulnerable people, working to raise awareness of Covid-19 in their community and encouraging people to follow guidelines.

This is a fact-finding exercise and not a competitive process. We do not expect this to take up lots of time, so at this stage we are asking for key contact details and the type of work an organisation has been and will be doing to help us understand what funding each organisation needs.

More information on the expression of interest form and the types of questions we are asking organisations to tell us, is available here.

The form is available from 2 September 2020 and the deadline to return it is 15 September 2020.