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​Grants available for community groups helping people through Covid-19

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​Grants available for community groups helping people through Covid-19

Community groups can bid for a share of £10,000 to support them in the outstanding work they are doing to help people through the Covid-19 crisis.

Around £20k has already been awarded to local organisations who have been working with the five Community Hubs across Bury on the borough’s coronavirus response.

But the local authority is keen that every penny in its Standing Together (Community Safety) fund is allocated and spent, and is encouraging more groups to apply.

Groups can bid for up to £1,000 each to support the health and wellbeing of local people and meet the needs of vulnerable residents.

The £30k pot was split equally across the five Community Hub areas, and has already been fully allocated to groups in East Bury and Prestwich. The council therefore wants to hear from groups in Whitefield, Radcliffe and North Bury (i.e. Ramsbotom, Tottington and Brandlesholme).

Bids are assessed by the independent chair of the Bury Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance; Cllr Sharon Briggs, cabinet member for communities; and representation from Greater Manchester Police.

Some fantastic examples of groups who have received funding:

  • Rammy Men, who printed and distributed thousands of leaflets about Covid-19 and recruited 380 volunteers
  • Corrie Gardeners, who are providing activities and entertainment for lonely and vulnerable people in Radcliffe
  • Supporting Sisters, who provided face masks and support vulnerable families in Bury
  • New Springs Community Project Group, who distributed leaflets and provided support to families and individuals in need
  • Trust House, who are undertaking welfare checks and providing activities for people at home in Whitefield
  • The Jewel Foundation, who are who are promoting and enabling digital inclusion for people who are social isolating in Prestwich and Whitefield

Cllr Briggs said: “Voluntary groups across Bury are doing a fantastic job in working with our Community Hubs to support our most vulnerable residents.

“If your group can join them, please apply for this financial support – it could make all the difference in keeping your neighbours healthy and happy as we come through this unprecedented time.”

For more details of these grants, go to the VCFA funding bulletin at https://www.buryvcfa.org.uk/

To make a bid, email Tom Hoghton at t.l.hoghton@bury.gov.uk

Additional funding support is available through Forever Manchester, where Bury has been allocated more money than any other Greater Manchester borough outside of the city: see https://forevermanchester.com/

ENDS

Press release issued: 12 May 2020.

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