Community Resilience Fund

Easy-to-access grants for groups that are involved in supporting their community through the ongoing Coronavirus work in Cumbria.

All grant funding must be spent by 30 September 2022.

Community support, both formal and informal, has been an essential part of Cumbria’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic to date. It is important that this activity is at least maintained for the rest of the pandemic and beyond. Applicants must be prepared to work collaboratively with other local organisations, including the local public health teams.

Cumbria County Council, Public Health Contain Outbreak Management Fund.

Who can apply?
• community emergency planning/response groups, with an emergency plan
• COVID-19 mutual aid groups and similar community support groups
• volunteer-led grassroots groups that support their local community
• registered charities

Priority will be given to groups which evidence one or more of the following:
• looking to maintain community response capacity during this winter (2021) and beyond, including vaccination, future waves of the pandemic, local lockdowns or the reintroduction of shielding
• supporting communities through the pandemic
• supporting people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, or by lockdown restrictions

Examples of activities supported:
• developing capacity and capability to support ongoing coronavirus response work.
• community emergency planning activity (e.g., developing a community emergency plan for other incidents such as severe weather, or running training and exercises for community members and volunteers).
• supporting the Coronavirus testing and vaccination programmes, especially in communities where uptake has been lower than average.
• providing practical support (e.g., shopping, meals, prescriptions) to people who have been impacted by Covid-19. This includes people who need to self-isolate or shield, have recently been discharged from hospital and/or may be on the edge of social care support.
• schemes to help alleviate financial hardship, because of the pandemic.
• providing support to those suffering poor mental health as a result of the pandemic.
• developing activities to strengthen community networks and reduce loneliness and social isolation (e.g., befriending schemes, good neighbour schemes) – groups who have been working with ACT on good neighbourliness projects can apply.

Eligible costs include: staff wages, coordination costs, volunteer expenses, essential insurance costs and small capital items. All grant awards must be spent by 30 September 2022.

How much can you apply for?
• Larger grants will be up to £5,000
• Smaller grants will be up to £500

If you would like to know more about this fund please contact:
Ellen Clements on 01900 825760 or email