Covid-19 – Start-up / re-start grants for community groups 2021/22

Reading Borough Council is inviting applications for funding from community groups, to enable them to start up/restart community group meetings and activities.

The Council has allocated £50k of its CEV (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) funding from the Government for Start-up / re-start grants for community groups – up to £1,000 per group (organisations may apply for more than one grant if they propose to run more than one group).

Purpose of this funding

Many community groups which were operating pre COVID have largely or wholly suspended face-to-face activity for a year. Other groups have sprung up to help people meet the challenges of the pandemic but have only ever operated virtually. This funding is available to help meet the challenge of starting or re-starting face-to-face meetings as we open up.

The funding is aimed at community group meetings or activities that facilitate people to regain community connections where they may have already undergone lengthy periods of self-isolation, or who may be required to self-isolate in future and may be at risk of loneliness and social isolation. This includes people who may have been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

It is offered to enable organisations to provide assurance to people that they can meet with others in an organised and structured environment that adhere to ongoing social distancing requirements and reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

What the funding can used for

The funding can be used to help meet the costs of starting up or restarting your community group meetings and activities such as:

  • Promotion costs – telephone calls or printing and postage.
  • Cleaning materials for hygiene control
  • PPE
  • Covering door fees to allow for attendee numbers to build up again.
  • Additional costs of food preparation/provision within COVID-19 safety guidelines, e.g. buying in pre-prepared meals.

Who can apply?

Start-up / re-start grants are aimed at Community groups based in the Reading borough 

The deadline for applications is the 25 July 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 6 August 2021.

If you have any queries please contact Clare Muir, Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager email: clare.muir@reading.gov.uk / tel: 0118 9372119