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The Community Reach Fund – Supporting Communities Covid Enabler Grant - 13/11/2020

The Community Reach Fund (CRF) – Supporting Communities Covid Enabler Grant is funding in addition to the Community Reach Fund that enables community groups to re-apply for additional funding to enable a project or initiative that addresses issues or community needs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Supporting Communities Covid Enabler Grant can be given to:

  • Community projects that wish to address the needs of children, young people and their families, support vulnerable and marginalised groups or those directly affected by the pandemic in line with Think Communities principles. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/council/communities-localism/community-resilience
  • Community projects or initiatives that can be duplicated by community and partner agencies in another geographic area to effect the same outcomes where the need due to Covid is significant and current social capacity does not allow it.

It is intended that the CRF Addressing the Effects of Covid Enabler Grant will allow communities to respond in a quick and creative way to issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are particularly keen to fund projects that support children, young people and their families to cope with the economic effects of the pandemic and the impact of this on day to day life and emotional health and well-being. We are also keen to support the duplication of initiatives and projects and across communities where there is a desire to learn from each other and recognise where other projects have effected positive change and valuable outcomes.

To give you a few ideas – grants have been awarded for:

  • Food poverty/food banks
  • Home cook packs for young people
  • Food and Christmas provisions for families and elderly people
  • Setting up a meal takeaway and delivery service for the vulnerable/disadvantaged
  • Food hygiene training for food bank volunteers and miscellaneous store cupboard items not usually found in supermarket food waste.

Youth Clubs

  • Purchasing external event shelters to continue with socially distanced youth clubs over lockdown and winter
  • Purchase of additional equipment/resources to support delivery and to increase the number of bubbles of young people

Young people and their families

  • A new initiative to keep face to face work going through recent lockdown and through winter to support the mental health of young people and their families
  • Running costs (Zoom, phone calls & stamps) to support a project where volunteers meet virtually with children, young people and their families to provide fun video sessions, friendly calls or pen-pal postal contact.

The grant is decided internally through the Youth and Community Coordinators (YCC) Forum. If you have an idea or would like to apply for funding contact your local Youth and Community Coordinator to discuss.

The grant is decided internally through the Youth and Community Coordinators (YCC) Forum and application is via engagement with your YCC and completion of a short application form. Grants of up to £500 can be awarded to enable your community project or initiative to get started. 

Your Youth & Community Coordinators are:

Cambridge City - Paul Connelly 

Tel: 01223 729075 / 07966 042609 

Email: paul.connelly@cambridgeshire.gov.uk  

Fenland - Carl Suckling 

Tel: 01945 482674 / 07766 924738 

Email: carl.suckling@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

Fenland - Kerrie Tonks

Tel: 01352 372449 / 07826 890407

Email: kerrie.tonks@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Huntingdonshire - Alison Preece 

Tel: 01480 376208 / 07797 266504 

Email: alison.preece@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

East Cambridgeshire - Lizzi Wales

Tel: 07500 224590

Email: lizzi.wales@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

South Cambridgeshire - Amanda Silvester

Tel: 01954 286011 / 07966 042609

E: amanda.silvester@cambridgeshire.gov.uk