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SWT launches Community Chest

01 October 2020 : Council news, Community

SWT has launched a new fund to help communities recover from the effects of COVID-19.
The Community Chest of £250,000 is now open to support one-off initiatives run by the voluntary and community sector, and wider community groups who have been unable to secure mainstream funding from the Council or other sources.
Grants of up to £7,500 can be awarded to supplement activities and projects, covering up to 75% of the total cost with applicants needing to find at least 25% from their own or other sources.
The Community Chest Scheme will give consideration to initiatives that will help community groups become sustainable in the longer term; that will help the community to recover from the effects of COVID-19; and are aligned to SWT’s corporate priorities of housing and communities, the environment and the economy.
Executive Member for Communities, Cllr Chris Booth, said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide this boost for groups who have been giving their time, resources and commitment despite not being able to receive a grant or other funding.
“We know there are many people working hard in our communities to enable activities and projects to take place and operate safely. It is our aim to support them as they selflessly enhance people’s lives and help our communities recover from the effects of COVID-19.”
Cllr Booth will make decisions relating to the fund, engaging with ward members on proposed spending to ensure that there is a geographic spread to the funding allocation.
More information and details of how to apply.