VCS COVID-19 Prevention Grants from Southwark Council

- Applications for the grants programme is now closed -
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Southwark Council are offering grants of £1000 to £5000 to Southwark organisations to create innovative projects that will help to prevent COVID-19.

Community Southwark and Healthwatch Southwark are working with Southwark Council on this grant programme to promote and reach VCS organisations and support them in applying.

An application workshop, run by Community Southwark, will take place on 16 December 2020, 10:30am - 12:30pm.

In the workshop, we will help applicants to understand the application guidelines and questions as well as share tips on how applicants can structure key questions and effectively communicate their proposal.

Register for a place here.

Please click here for further information and to download an application form and application guidance notes from Southwark Council's website.

Deadlines for application are 28 December 2020 at 11.59pm.

Who can apply

Organisations that are eligible to apply must be working to support Southwark residents, and have annual turnover of less than £100k. Types of organisations that are eligible are:

  • UK registered charity
  • Social Enterprise
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Charitable Trust
  • Unincorporated charitable association
  • TRA
  • Faith group
  • Cooperative Society

*Please note if you do not have a company bank account your grant will be filtered through Community Southwark.

What projects can be funded

Grants can support initiatives and projects such as:

  • Research projects (to find out more about the experience of vulnerable groups and their barriers to following guidance)

  • Solutions-focused projects (that offer ways to overcome barriers and assist communities to protect themselves)
  • Communication and engagement projects (to build trust and improve the effectiveness of existing public health initiatives and messages)

The grants can support various aspects of enabling the above projects, for example:

  • Recruitment and training

  • Production of resources such as posters and digital information

  • Making information and resources accessible, such as translating it or adapting it for disabled people
  • Carrying out surveys

We cannot fund:

The grant money cannot go towards practical provisions such as food parcels, hand sanitiser, or mobile phones. However, the grants are aimed towards projects that enable such support to be organised or signposted to – for example a project sourcing technology for the digitally excluded would be considered.

Who your project should help

We welcome applications for projects that support any group and community in Southwark, however we are particularly focused on supporting vulnerable groups. Our existing data shows high risk groups as below and therefore 60% of funds are ringfenced for projects focused on the following groups:

  • People aged 18 - 39 (because they are at higher risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19)

  • BAME populations (because they are at higher risk if infected)
  • People aged over 65 (because they are at higher risk if infected)
  • Men (because they are at higher risk if infected)
  • Existing health conditions and disabilities (physical, mental ill-health and learning)

Project scope:

The grants are to support the prevention of COVID-19.

Applicants should plan for the projects to start no later than January 2021 and to complete their projects by April 2021.

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