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Community Recovery Fund

Community Recovery Fund 2021-03-25T12:29:22+00:00

The Community Recovery Fund (CRF) will support the most vulnerable within our communities, including those who have suffered disproportionately as a result of Covid-19.

This new £1.4m programme is a key part of West of England Combined Authority’s Recovery Plan and will support residents, groups and/or communities (including, the young, disabled, lone parents, BAME, women etc) who face the greatest risks and detrimental social, health or economic impact(s) as a result of the pandemic.

The CRF grant funding will address identified issues, gaps and/or areas of need, supporting one or more of the following:
  • Fostering and supporting strong community cohesion, addressing the impact of Covid-19 on people, their networks and communities;

  • Addressing the impact of Covid on people – helping to them to ‘rebuild’ (i.e. through new or improved life skills and access to advice, guidance and support), and gain the confidence to move closer to and/or into employment;

  • Local voluntary, community or not-for-profit organisational projects which help groups of vulnerable residents and communities across the West of England to recover (both economically and socially) from the Covid-19 pandemic;

  • Emotional and mental health wellbeing activities helping to foster social community cohesion that will have a legacy impact/benefit on communities post the pandemic;

  • Reducing barriers to accessing pre-existing adult education available within communities;

  • Outreach projects or services (either face-to-face or online) tackling social exclusion; and

  • Promoting the current digital entitlement offer and provision to residents in the hardest to reach areas. This includes rural communities where inclusion and engagement can be challenging.

The projects and proposals supported through the CRF must also support communities and individuals to access wider employment and skills support through other programmes, projects and services.

For full details of the fund, eligibility criteria, application process and deadlines, please read the following documents:

  1. CRF Scoping Paper
  2. CRF Managing Partner Specification Document
  3. CRF VCS Partner Application
  4. CRF Managing Partner Due Diligence Form
  5. WECA CRF Managing Partner Application – Financial Plan

Applicants are required to complete and submit the application form and the accompanying information as outlined in the guidance to skills@westofengland-ca.gov.uk by 17:00 on 28th April.

Eligible applications will be assessed against pre-determined criteria (this is outlined in the guidance). Once this assessment has taken place, interviews will be held with the shortlisted VSC organisations.

For more information, please contact skills@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.