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Friday, April 23, 2021

Community Support Fund now open

The Department for Communities has made available funding to local Councils to provide additional assistance to vulnerable communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much can groups apply for?

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The COVID-19 Community Support Fund will provide small grants to local community and voluntary organisations to cover 100% of costs up to a maximum of £1000 towards crisis response initiatives.

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What sort of items are covered by this grant?

Eligible costs include:
• purchase of food and essential supplies
• provision of hot meals
• volunteer expenses
• hygiene equipment
• staff costs
• small capital items

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Who can apply for this grant?

Any constituted community organisation, charity or club who are supporting local individuals at the current time. Please have a look at guidance notes for more information https://bit.ly/2yLKnYb

How do I apply for this grant to support people in my local area?

Please visit: http://causeway.eformz.info where you will be asked to register your group, and complete an eligibility check.

After this you will be required to answer some short questions about what is needed in your area at the moment.

How quickly will the group receive a response in relation to their application?

We appreciate that groups urgently need this money and so we will do our utmost to get the funding issued as quickly and easily as we can to local groups.

Is there support available to help organisations complete the application?

A Council Officer from the Community & Culture Team has been assigned as a point of contact for each District Electoral Area (DEA) and will be on hand to answer any queries you have about this funding and provide any other assistance that you require. If you haven’t already heard from us you can find our contact details here https://bit.ly/2Xrf7HY

Officers from Council’s Funding Unit are available for guidance and support on the grant administration process.

For assistance and support:

Ring 028 7034 7082 or 028 7034 7198; or email grants@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

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