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Council launches new fund for the voluntary and community sector

Hounslow Council has launched a new fund to help alleviate the impact of coronavirus on local voluntary and community groups and the residents that depend on their services.

Published: Thursday, 11th June 2020

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Organisations can apply for up to £10,000 from the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund. Proposals can be made until 31 August 2020, with decisions expected within four weeks.

Funding is available for projects and services that are delivering support to Hounslow residents most at risk as a result of the outbreak.

We expect this to include projects that:

  • Increase social connections
  • Reduce the impact of isolation
  • Support good mental health
  • Provide upskilling and training opportunities to help now and with recovery

Key areas of need that we are particularly interested in funding are:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Digital capacity, skill and accessibility for individuals and organisations
  • The increase in domestic violence
  • Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and families
  • Unemployment as a result of the coronavirus
  • Young people’s wellbeing

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said “We are aware of the damaging impact that coronavirus is having on Hounslow’s communities and the charitable and community groups that support them. The lockdown measures have caused enormous change to how people are able to live, the type of support that they need and the ways in which it can be provided.

The voluntary and community sector plays a vital role in reducing social isolation, helping people in crisis and supporting the vulnerable amongst many other important causes. Now more than ever this support will play a pivotal role in making sure no one is left behind. We hope this fund will help our rich and diverse voluntary sector to continue this essential work in these challenging times.”

The fund is open to constituted not-for-profit organisations (e.g. registered charities, company limited by guarantee, unincorporated association or club, community interest company, charitable incorporated organisation) and un-constituted groups working to support local people, e.g. a Mutual Aid Group.

Full details of the Thriving Communities: Hounslow Response Fund is available on the Hounslow Council website

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