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Cheshire East Council has today (June 29) launched the Covid-19 community response and recovery fund.

It aims to support voluntary, community and faith organisations who offer essential help to residents during the pandemic.

The council says it will work with Social Action Partnership in co-ordinating work being done in communities across the borough in improving, developing and delivering services.

Not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from the Covid-19 community response and recovery fund for projects and services for response and recovery-type applications.

The response-type applications include additional staffing, DBS checks, volunteer expenses, meal delivery services, foodbank services and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Recovery-type applications include supporting employment, mental health support, hardship funds, financial advice, supporting connectivity and building community resilience.

Other applications might include bereavement support, domestic abuse support and IT solutions for service delivery.

Cllr Mick Warren (pictured), Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “The council is firmly committed and will continue to support the most vulnerable individuals and families affected by the outbreak of coronavirus, right across our borough.

“We recognised in the early stages of this pandemic, that the council doesn’t always need to lead on supporting people but can also rely on those well-placed organisations in the voluntary, community and faith sector which can provide the much-needed essential support and help to those people most affected in our communities.”

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 and will be providing this funding until the end of 2020.

For more details about this fund visit our community funds and grants website page

The closing date for fund applications is Friday December 4, 2020.

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