The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is inviting applications from voluntary and community organisations to help it deliver support for residents through a new fund, as a key part of the region’s recovery plan.
WECA’s £1.4m Community Recovery Fund will help the most disadvantaged within our communities, including those who have suffered disproportionately as a result of Covid-19.
The new £1.4m programme will support residents, groups and communities (including people with disabilities, young people, lone parents, women and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities) who face the greatest risks and detrimental social, health or economic impacts from the pandemic.
The successful voluntary and community organisation will become the managing partner for the Community Recovery Fund, taking a key role in building the capacity of the voluntary and community sector to deliver support to their residents as well as making sure funding reaches the communities who need it most. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have the relevant capacity (in terms of resource, experience and knowledge), proven track record of delivering similar funds and extensive links with the voluntary and community sector across the West of England.
Through the Community Recovery Fund, WECA is keen to establish new and innovative ways of helping disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals to access adult education, digital capabilities, and employment and skills support. This will help them to build their capacity for recovery and resilience.
For more details, voluntary and community organisations should visit the Community Recovery Fund application page. Applicants will need to complete and submit an application form and accompanying information, as outlined in the guidance, to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 28 April.
The Community Recovery Fund is a key part of the West of England Recovery Taskforce’s regional action plan to protect and secure jobs, creating opportunities for all residents to share in the recovery. As part of this, WECA’s Together West of England campaign is connecting businesses with the support and guidance they need to adapt, build resilience and prepare for the future, as well as helping residents to access new skills, training and employment opportunities.