Braintree District Council adapt Councillor Community Grants in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Braintree District Council is supporting communities to recover as the country eases out of lockdown, by focusing this year’s Councillor Community Grant scheme on the recovery from Coronavirus.Published: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020
Braintree District Council is supporting communities to recover as the country eases out of lockdown, by focusing this year’s Councillor Community Grant scheme on the recovery from Coronavirus (Covid-19) in communities across the district.
The Councillor Community Grants’ scheme has been running for the last three and a half years and allocates each ward councillor a grant of £1,500 to distribute to projects that help local residents.
The Council has acknowledged the work being done by town and parish councils, charities, local groups, organisations and teams of volunteers who have come together to support the most vulnerable people in their area by providing services such as shopping and prescription collections for those that have been shielding.
The Council have also adapted their scheme to enable some of the more newly formed groups that may not have a governing document or formal structure in place by reviewing and adapting the criteria for the scheme to allow grants to be awarded to informal groups with the endorsement of an established formal organisation.
This would allow community groups to continue to support their community post-lockdown by helping to fund schemes such as befriending services and community fridges.
Applications for the Councillor Community Grant scheme should meet the following objectives:
• To support communities to respond to issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic
• To reduce barriers that prevent groups of volunteers from helping in their communities, whilst ensuring that proportionate safeguards are in place to protect the vulnerable people, the volunteers and public money
• To harness the community spirit and enthusiasm being displayed across the district into long term volunteering opportunities
Cllr Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism at Braintree District Council said:
“We have been amazed at the way communities across the district have come together to help vulnerable people. Neighbour has helped neighbour, streets, villages and towns have witnessed many acts of kindness. We want this to continue into the recovery process as we come out of lockdown to support communities at this vital time.”
Groups wishing to apply for funding should contact their ward councillor in the first instance. More details of the scheme and contact information for local ward councillors can be found on the Braintree District Council website at www.braintree.gov.uk/councillorscommunitygrants