People Helping People – what next for your mutual aid or voluntary group?

People Helping People

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are hosting an  online event on Thursday 25th June 2020 for mutual aid groups and other voluntary groups in Kirklees. You can get help with information about funding, volunteering and support.

If you’ve been helping run a Mutual Aid Group or other voluntary group over the last few months, you might now be wondering about how to develop your group and keep it going for the benefit of your community. This event will help you explore what the possibilities and options are, enabling you to continue the invaluable work you have been doing.

You will no doubt have already faced operational challenges over the last few months. Third Sector Leaders Kirklees recognise this and through working in partnership with Kirklees Council’s Democracy team and other experts, will be able to support you with a considerable range of advice and insights to take your next steps.

The meeting will take place on Zoom, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Find out all the details and how to register:

People Helping People Network

 

Growing Great Places – community crowdfunding

Growing Great Places crowdfunding

We know that local places really matter to our citizens. People make places great.

Lots of new ideas for how we can support each other and stay connected have come from our towns, villages and neighbourhoods during Covid-19. Growing Great Places crowdfunding could be a way for you to get a great idea off the ground in your local place.

The programme is run by the Democracy service at Kirklees Council. We want everyone to be able to have a real stake in the places where we live, work or visit. By running a crowdfunding campaign with Growing Great Places, you’ll have the opportunity to involve backers in your project, spread the word, and connect with others who care about your local place.

How much can you crowdfund for?

You choose your own crowdfunding target. Kirklees Council and our partners at Spacehive are here to support you and make sure that your campaign has the best chance of succeeding. We offer lots of advice and support. If local people back your idea, groups could also receive a pledge of up to £5k of funding from Kirklees Council (and up to 2.5k for citizens).

Who can crowdfund?

Local organisations, informal groups and citizens can start a crowdfunding campaign. If you’re part of a mutual aid group without your own bank account, you may be able to work with a community organisation to run a crowdfunding campaign for your project.

What can be crowdfunded

Growing Great Places is for projects that bring people together to get involved in making our local places even better, through your local energy, skills, assets and creativity.

Kirklees Democracy

Find out more

We’re keen to hear from anyone who might like to start crowdfunding soon, so we can learn how to support you best. Please email: GrowingGreatPlaces@kirklees.gov.uk

Growing Great Places website

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Extra help for local campaigns

Both Kirklees Council and our partners at Spacehive are doing more to support groups who are crowdfunding at this time. Spacehive have waived their standard 5% fee until 20th June 2020 for projects who are raising funds during lockdown and are offering an extension of up to two months to give people more breathing space. Kirklees Council are being more flexible about the percentage of project costs that we can pledge to fund.

Spacehive have also relaxed their criteria so that organisations can crowdfund for running costs (so even if your project isn’t right for Growing Great Places, you could still run a campaign). You can find out more on the Spacehive website about how mutual aid groups and community organisations across the country are crowdfunding to support others during Covid-19.

Spacehive – Helping your community cope with COVID-19

 


Do Something Now – Covid-19 Response fund

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.

Do Something Now


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.
  • Telephone calls.
  • 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.


How to apply

Before you apply, it’s a good idea to:

  • Discuss your idea with a member of the Community Plus team or Third Sector Leaders.
  • Consider whether there is an urgent need for this project, to respond to the Covid-19 situation.
  • Check whether something similar is being delivered elsewhere in Kirklees.
  • Connect with other local partners that you can work with to help make the project a success.

Do Something Now application form and info (Doc)

Please send your completed application to community.plus@kirklees.gov.uk

The funding panel (Kirklees Council managers and a voluntary sector partner) will meet weekly.

 


The NET Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Kirklees

One Community foundation

One Community Foundation understands the impact that the Coronavirus will have upon communities. With this in mind, the Foundation and its donors have come together to provide a response to the growing emergency. They are keen to make sure that the organisations helping those most affected get the support that they need, so have launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund in partnership with NET (National Emergencies Trust).

How much can you apply for?

  • £5,000 for charitable organisations
  • £10,000 for Hubs or Anchor organisations (including those supporting mutual aid groups).

Who can apply?

Voluntary and community organisations, including:

  • registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
  • constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • community interest companies and community benefit societies
  • parish and town councils
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
  • Churches and faith organisations

What can be funded?

Examples of activities that can be funded include:

  • Organisations that support the ongoing health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable people
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local services, particularly emergency or health and social care
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people who are self-isolating
  • Support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship
  • Community response co-ordination
  • Organisations or informal groups that have been set up to respond to the crisis
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effects of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting community services or activities
  • Emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

You can find the latest info and guidelines on the One Community website:

Coronavirus Emergency Fund

This page was last updated on 30th May 2020.

 


Ward project budgets – your councillors can help

Putting councillors at the heart

Kirklees Council have made more money available for councillors to help organisations and groups support people in our local places during the Covid-19 pandemic. £30,000 of extra funding is now available for each ward (which is a local place that 3 councillors represent) through their Ward Project Budgets. Please make contact with your local councillors if you are part of a group or project in need of urgent funding to support people in your local place during the coronavirus outbreak.

How much can you apply for?

There are no fixed limits – the funding is decided by your local councillors. You’ll be asked to supply a breakdown of costs, including any other contributions made through grants, fundraising or volunteering

Who can apply?

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community and voluntary organisations
  • Mutual aid groups who are working with an Anchor organisation
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Faith organisations
  • Schools
  • Local businesses wishing to deliver charitable support

What can be funded?

A few examples of what can be funded include:

  • Existing and new groups supporting vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
  • Befriending groups that provide support for people in isolation.
  • Groups that support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.
  • Organisations that provide advice and support about employment and welfare benefits.
  • Support with equipment and materials so that community support can be delivered safely.
  • Help with running costs such as volunteer expenses and transport costs.

Please contact your councillors to discus your ideas.

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