Community and voluntary groups from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local communities through the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

 The new COVID-19 Support Fund is being launched by Staffordshire County Council and will provide grants to groups to help support communities to do their bit and to make sure that the voluntary sector continues to thrive now and after the crisis.

Each county councillor has £2,500 to support community groups in their area. The funding can be used by new or existing groups that help support people through the crisis or to keep their activities and services running. Projects could include those helping people who are self-isolating or are in quarantine, or to help develop a network of local volunteers, or to help existing voluntary groups to keep going if they are experiencing a lack of income.

 Philip Atkins, Leader at Staffordshire County Council said: “We’re all in this fight against Coronavirus together, and there’s some brilliant work happening right across the county to help people stay safe and well. We have a really strong voluntary and community sector here in Staffordshire, all  playing a key role in supporting some of the most vulnerable and isolated residents in our communities. Through our new fund, we want to be able to support these groups who are looking after those affected by coronavirus but we also want to help groups who might be struggling to keep services going, so that when all this is over, we still have the thriving voluntary and community sector we have today. We have deliberately made the fund quick and easy to access and I would urge groups to speak to their local county councillor about making an application.”

 Groups can find out more about the Covid-19 Support Fund and how they can keep doing their bit at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/I-can-help/COVID-19-Support-Fund/COVID-19-support-fund.aspx

 Groups should also speak to their local county councillor before making an application.