Early Help and Asset Based Community Development Grants.

Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant

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.

In recognition of the vital role played by the voluntary, community and faith sector in both the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery, this time limited fund has been developed by the council to support local organisations through this pandemic.

The aim of the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant is to support not for profit organisations to adapt to new ways of offering support to communities both during and following the pandemic as well as being able to maintain and continue to offer services once Government Restrictions begin to be lifted.

The list below provides some examples of costs and services that will be covered by this grant. Each application will be considered as it is received, and this list is not exhaustive of services that will be funded.

  • Providing holiday activities, including healthy food and enriching activities - for children who receive benefits-related free school meals during the Easter break (April 2021)
  • Mental Health Projects, including adults, children and those socially isolated
  • Digital Inclusion Projects, including families, older people and those socially isolated
  • Providing essential/emergency support during evenings and weekends, including meals, food and essential supplies, fuel.
  • Alleviating food or fuel poverty for vulnerable people including food banks, debt management and emergency assistance.
  • 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.

Applications for up to £5,000 from will be considered from organisations for local projects, meeting local need.

Applications up to £10,000 will be considered and the council expects organisations to be able to clearly demonstrate that a wide geographical footprint will be covered for the proposed project as well as connecting with other established related projects. 

Applications will also be considered for grants up to £20,000 from organisations as long as this is a collaborative application from two or more organisations working together on the proposed project and that longer term sustainability of the project can be demonstrated.

Funding will be allocated where organisations can demonstrate a required need and where clear outcomes can be achieved. The council aims to make funding decisions as quickly as possible on a rolling basis. 

If you think you may be eligible for a Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant, please read the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant Principles (PDF, 134KB) and complete the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant Application Form (MS Word, 140KB).

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

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

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