As you are supporting friends, neighbours and communities throughout the community response to Covid-19 we know that many of you will come across people and families in need of financial support.
There are many support services and organisations across Kirklees who can respond to this need, such as the Local Welfare Provision team, local hardship funds or Third Sector Leaders Kirklees.
If you are supporting someone (or know someone) who is in financial difficulty as a result of Covid-19, we recommend that you inform your local Anchor Organisation about this and ask for help.
Your Anchor Organisation should be aware of local hardship funds and how to access them. If a specific circumstance is particularly difficult, they will also be well placed to ask for help or find support where necessary.
You could also consider making a referral through the Covid-19 Community Response helpline. This should help to identify any additional support needs.
There is also financial support available through Third Sector Leaders Kirklees. You can find out more about this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your Anchor Organisation.
Do Something Now – Covid-19 Response is a community investment opportunity to help communities respond to the challenges facing Kirklees as a result of Covid-19. Kirklees Council want to support local people, community groups, Mutual Aid Groups and community organisations to provide essential support and services to local people who have been affected.
How much can you apply for?
Individuals can apply for up to £200
Unconstituted groups can apply for up to £1,000
Constituted groups, charities and not for profit organisations can apply for up to £50,000
Funding awards will be for a maximum of 3 months support, with an option to extend if necessary.
What can be funded?
We are prioritising ideas and projects that:
help individuals, children and families get access to food and essential supplies such as medicines
provide support around mental health, emotional and social wellbeing
Keeping critical services going, and other projects and ideas, may also be considered for funding.
Help towards running costs for organisations
We will consider funding running costs for groups and organisations who are responding to Covid-19, which might include:
Recruiting and training volunteers who are helping with the Covid-19 response.
Building costs such as rent, gas and electricity for new sites used as part of the response.
Costs towards capital items may also be considered.