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Community Support Fund (CSF)

What is the CSF?

The Community Support Fund (CSF) will support the most vulnerable within our communities, including those who’ve suffered disproportionately due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the vital first step towards learning, training and work.

This new £1.5m programme is a key part of the West of England Combined Authority’s Recovery Plan. It will support those who face the greatest risk of negative social, health or economic consequences as a result of the pandemic.

Community Support Fund (CSF)

What do we do?

The funding provided by the Community Support Fund will strengthen inclusion through targeted projects which support one or more of these areas:

  • Fostering strong family and community cohesion to address the impact of COVID-19 on people, their networks and communities
  • Helping people rebuild their lives and confidence following COVID-19 through skills training, employment advice and support
  • Local voluntary, community or not-for-profit projects which help groups of vulnerable individuals and communities across our region recover economically and socially from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Emotional and mental health wellbeing activities
  • Reducing barriers to accessing Adult Education
  • Outreach projects or services (either face-to-face or online) tackling social exclusion; promoting digital entitlement and connectivity in hard-to-reach areas; or raising awareness of – and access to – community and cultural services.
  • Raise awareness of and access to community and cultural activities which foster strong community links, cohesion and resilience. Projects will be linked and signposted to (where appropriate) to the Cultural and Creative Fund.

Market Engagement event

The combined Authority invites interested voluntary or community sector group and organisations interested in partnerships with these groups to attend the virtual events below:

Market Engagement event

Community Support Fund Launch

Community Support Fund Launch – Market Engagement event - Monday 25th October – 1:30 – 3:00

Come and find out more about the fund details and specifically what the Combined Authority are looking for.

Register now

Open Networking opportunity

Community Support Fund Launch

Community Support Fund Launch – Open Networking opportunity - Monday 1st November 1:30 – 3:00

Come and give a 3-minute soapbox on who you are, how you want to be involved in the fund and make links with potential partnership organisations.

Register now

For full details of the eligibility criteria, application process and deadlines please see application documents which will be available on this webpage after the market engagement event on Monday 25th October.

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The projects and proposals supported through the CSF must also help individuals access other programmes, projects and services, including:

They should also support key partners like local authority ‘one front door services,’ Restart, Kickstart, Work and Health Programme, JETTs and local initiatives.

Community Support Fund (CSF)

How to access funding?

The Community Support Fund launches in Autumn 2021. If you’d like us to notify you when we invite applications, please email skills@westofengland-ca.gov.uk quoting ‘CSF Funding Call.’

*Please note that by providing your email address you are giving permission for the West of England Combined Authority to send you details of other programmes and projects that might be of interest to you.

Get in touch

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Further information

Details of further community and/or localised funding can be accessed through the local councils: