East Devon District Council is making an extra £25,000 available in small grants to projects that support community Coronavirus efforts in East Devon.

East Devon District Council is distributing funding through the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund small grants scheme, being run by Devon County Council.

While healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and local and national government are working to slow and limit the spread of coronavirus, our voluntary and community sector organisations (including town and parish councils) and local communities are also helping vulnerable people during this unprecedented time.

The Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund quickly provides small grants of up to £499 to community-led schemes which identify or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

These can include:

  • Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
  • Support for accessing online information and services
  • Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
  • Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together. Organisations can apply multiple times for different projects.

Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals can also apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding.

To find out more and apply, see: www.devon.gov.uk/document/covid-19-prompt-action-fund

Because the two councils are working together, groups only have to deal with one lot of paperwork, making it much easier and quicker for them to apply. It also saves the authorities both running the same grants process, meaning that they have more resources to work on other things to help people and communities.

Cllr Ian Thomas, Chairman of East Devon District Council’s Community Grants panel said;

Our voluntary and community organisations, together with town and parish councils, form the bedrock of East Devon’s drive to ensure that all our vulnerable residents are properly shielded and supported in these challenging times. We should be proud of and grateful for the dedication of each and everyone involved.

I am pleased that we have been able to re-allocate £25,000 funding to further help them continue their essential work through many more support opportunities, by adding our own contribution to that from Devon County Council.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

At extremely challenging times like this it is important that we all work together to support our residents, especially the most vulnerable.

I’m particularly pleased that East Devon District Council are joining the COVID - 19 Prompt Action Fund which has received in excess of 260 applications from organisations across the county already, after opening just over 2 weeks ago.

This funding will help volunteer groups in Devon continue their vital work to tackle the impacts of the coronavirus in their communities and offer support to those in need.