Essex Alliance COVID response grants programme
Posted on: March 1, 2022
The Essex Alliance has been provided with £200,000 to administer a COVID response grants programme to support VCS organisations to continue to meet the increased demand in supporting vulnerable people in communities during the ongoing COVID situation, including those hard to reach communities.
Funding is designed to support activity that helps reduce the transmission of the virus; enable people to stay safe and isolate; and reduce barriers to vaccinations.
There is £200,000 available in the grant pot, we are offering organisations within the Alliance (who have signed up to our newsletter) a max of £5k per project. If you’re not currently a member of the Alliance, please sign up here to be able to apply for this VCS funding.
Once you’ve signed up, please complete the below application form to be considered for the funding.
Deadline for applications is 31st March 2022.
Full criteria below:
The Contain Management Outbreak Fund can be used for Public Health purposes to tackle COVID-19, funding is designed to support activity that helps reduce the transmission of the virus; enable people to stay safe and isolate; and reduce barriers to vaccinations. Whilst the specific health activities that can be funded are flexible, and should reflect local community needs in relation to suppressing the virus, activities that this funding could be used to support may include:
< Support to access vaccinations and testing for hard-to reach groups
< Additional resource to support contact tracing
< Enhanced communication and marketing e.g. towards hard to reach groups and other localised messaging
< Delivery of essentials for those in self-isolation
< Targeted interventions for specific sections of the local community and workplaces
< Harnessing capacity with local sectors e.g. voluntary, academic, commercial
< Extension/introduction of specialist support e.g. behavioural science, bespoke comms
< Additional resource for compliance with, and enforcement of, restrictions and guidance
< Targeted support for school / university outbreaks
< Community based support for those disproportionately impacted such as BAME population
< Support for engagement and analysis of regional areas to assess and learn from local initiatives
< Providing initial support, as needed, to vulnerable people
Examples of potential projects could be:
< Providing adaptations to services or developing new ways of working to ensure a reduction in transmission
< Providing mental health support.
< Supporting vulnerable members of the community.
< Enabling people to stay safe and isolate when necessary.
< Reducing barriers to vaccinations, such as transport and community engagement.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available over one year, to support core costs and essential operating costs, project costs or capital items. We would be interested in projects that ensured communities stay connected, are able to self-isolate as required and provides support to those in need. New projects or those that need to be adapted or scaled-up to better respond as a direct result of the COVID 19 could be considered. Any grants awarded will need to be spent within one year.