Putting Communities First
Crawley Borough Council has received £45,000 funding to support those communities identified as being most affected as a result of Covid-19.
Putting Communities First is a 12 month programme to ensure that Crawley-based communities are supported to deliver services that will:
- Build the strength and resilience in your community group
- Make sure any project is sustainable beyond the terms of the funding opportunity
From 30 November 2020 we will start to accept bids for funding from communities – these can be existing or new charities and community groups.
Criteria for projects
Your project bid should consider the following:
Who it is helping
- Young people and working age adults
- People from ethnic minorities
- Faith groups
- People at increased occupational risk from Covid-19 such as health and care workers or people who are in close contact to others who are unable to work from home
- People in Langley Green, Bewbush or Broadfield neighbourhoods
- People with long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes, mental health, heart health
- People from gypsy and traveller communities
- People from the LGBTQ+ community
- Children who may be educationally disadvantaged, such as those who are unable to study at home
- People with learning disabilities
- Any community that has been disadvantaged by Covid-19
What it will achieve
Projects should consider the effects of Covid-19 and how it can improve:
- Prevention messaging, particularly to young and working age people
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing
- The increased risks of coronavirus on communities with high cases of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia
- Reaching people who may otherwise be difficult to engage
- Uptake of flu vaccine
- Impact of poverty, housing and food insecurity
- Impact on educational inequalities for young people
- Reflect the Crawley Health Programme 2020-2024 priorities and principles
Ideally, your project should look at what is needed to support your group and local community as well as the delivery of your project outcomes.
If your project was looking at tackling obesity and diabetes in your community, consider how you can deliver multiple, long-term weight loss groups specific to your community needs.
Your project might be to train people within your community to become nutritional advisors who can deliver many weight loss groups as ongoing support.
Projects need to start no later than 1 April 2021.
The key dates are:
Your questions answered
Yes – everyone is welcome to apply for the grant funding and support. As well as financial support, Putting Communities First will offer expert support and guidance throughout the project.
The closing date for applications is Friday 5 February 2021.
We will respond to all applicants by Monday 26 February 2021
If your organisation has a bank account any funding can be paid directly. If you are a smaller community group or individual without a bank account funds can be held on your behalf by Crawley Borough Council.
Yes – we are keen to make sure that support is given to grassroots community projects. Please contact us directly and we will be able to help.
You can request funding for your project up to a maximum of £5,000. There is no lower limit. If you only need a small amount of funding please complete an application form.
Your project should start no later than 1 April 2021.
All funding should be spent by April 2022 at the latest.
You will need to submit quarterly reporting throughout the project year with a final evaluation – we can support you through this process.
We are unable to fund staff wages, existing running costs, vehicles or repayments.
We will consider each case individually and may be willing to fund low value items (under £250) or consider contributing towards larger cost items.
Any underspend will need to be repaid to Crawley Borough Council.
For further information, help or support please email the team.
Putting Communities First is a partnership between Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.