VOLUNTARY and community groups in Redditch are invited to bid for up to £7,500 in the first round of the council’s grant funding for 2021, including a separate ‘Mental Health’ pot.
Due to Covid-19 and after consulting with VCS groups last year, the main grants pot has been split into two rounds.
The first is now open for bids until 4pm on Friday, February 26.
Those interested in applying can bid for funding from £500 up to £7,500 to help with core costs and salaries or to support them to deliver great community events, projects and activities.
A total of £40,000 is available to bid for, with £5,000 ringfenced in a separate ‘Mental Health’ funding pot.
From this, VCS groups can bid for between £500 and £5,000 to help them deliver specific projects to support those Redditch residents who have suffered from or have worsened mental health and wellbeing issues as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Matt Dormer, said: “As a council we are committed to supporting voluntary community sector organisations to deliver projects and activities that have a positive and beneficial impact on Redditch and its residents.
“I am particularly proud that some of this money has been ringfenced to help support mental health groups and projects.
“Many of us have found the pandemic difficult and it will unfortunately have lasting effects.
“This sort of support for mental health related projects is relied upon now, more than ever.”
There is set criteria in place that anyone wishing to apply must meet. Each proposed project must be something that is needed in the area, well planned, outcome focused and aligned to the council’s Strategic Purposes.
For further details and how to apply, visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/grants.