Small grassroots community groups including neighbourhood organisations, parishes and local voluntary groups are set to get a direct funding boost of £2.5 million from the government today (9 December 2016).
The new ‘Communities Fund’ is being launched to help local people who are struggling to manage. It will be targeted depending on local pressures, and could be used to help those facing domestic abuse, to provide support for disabled children’s services or to support those facing long-term unemployment.
Alongside grants of £70,000 or more, grassroots organisations will benefit from expert advice from the local government sector, training from a ‘grassroots network’ and advice on evaluating the success of their services.
Communities Minister Andrew Percy said:
Local grassroots community groups are best placed to understand the challenges in their local neighbourhoods and reaching those who need their help.
This new multi-million pound fund will go direct to those groups of people who are struggling to manage, including those facing domestic abuse or long-term unemployment.
I’d urge small groups to come forward and bid for this cash from today and they will also get expert advice from a network of other grassroot organisations
Today’s fund will be available for community groups including neighbourhood associations, parish councils and charities to work closely with councils and deliver new services that help those with multiple needs in their communities.
Please visit the Gov.uk website for more information and to apply for The Communities Fund.