Early Help and Asset Based Community Development Grants

Response to the first round of Community Response and Recovery Fund

We have had an amazing response to the first round of  CCRR grants. We have received 32 applications requesting over £600,000 of funding from an allocated budget of £246,000.

Due to the volume and breadth of applications received during the first round (18 October to 5 November 2021), we will be postponing the second round for applications which was due to open on Monday 8 November.

As always, we want to ensure that each application is reviewed and scored appropriately, so that funding is being awarded where it is needed most in our communities and delivers a robust local offer for our residents. This process may now take longer than originally anticipated, but we aim to inform organisations of the outcome from their applications within 3 weeks. 

Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund, responding to self isolation & supporting our community to recover

The council and Cheshire East Social Action Partnership have been helping local people to support one another by coordinating the fantastic work that is being done in communities across the borough in improving, developing and delivering services.

The aim of the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery (CCRR) Fund is to support not for profit organisations to design and deliver bespoke interventions to support local communities to self-isolate successfully when instructed to do so. 

Expected outcomes of projects and costs and services that will be covered by this fund include:

1. Responding to local need - Out of Hours and Crisis Provision of Community Offer

  • Providing essential/emergency support during evenings and weekends, including meals, food and essential supplies, fuel to those members of the community needing to self-isolate.
  • Practical tasks “errands”: (advocacy / admin / post office /personal shopper)
  • Medication Reminders.
  • Sitting in service (carer respite)
  • Befriending services
  • Food provision delivery - next or same day
  • Meals at home delivery including cultural food
  • Supporting Fuel poverty
  • Dementia friendly volunteers – Dementia support is increasing amongst referrals

 2. Supporting our communities to Recover

  • Projects which contribute to the continual control, minimisation or elimination of the community transmission of COVID-19 by reducing the rate of infection and enabling people to live a safer and more normal life.
  • Engagement with Hard-to-Reach Groups - including re-engaging people with communities
  • Tackling loneliness
  • Mental Health Support low level (befriending and higher level) for young people and adults.
  • Providing support to complete forms (claims etc. – over the phone)
  • Supporting Digital Poverty

Applications for up to £50,000 will be considered from organisations for local projects, meeting local need. The higher the value of your application, the stronger demonstration of the below points will be expected :

  • A wide geographical footprint being covered for the proposed project
  • Connectivity with other established related projects/organisations
  • Longer term sustainability of the proposed project 

If you think you may be eligible to apply to the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund, please read the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund Principles (PDF, 155KB) and complete the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund Application Form (MS Word, 141KB)

Applications should be returned to communitygrants2@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

Please note that we are unable to accept postal applications at this time. 


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