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Monday, August 3, 2020

Voluntary agency announces new round of community grants

Denbighshire Voluntarry Services Council (DVSC) has launched its third emergency #Covid19 grant round to support recovery and community resilience as the country emerges from lockdown. 

A total of £26,591 is available to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Denbighshire. 

This new fund has been enabled by Comic Relief from money raised from the Big Night In.

Helen Wilkinson, DVSC’s Chief Executive said: “It is great to be launching this new grant round. 

"The previous two have been great successes and have helped the voluntary and social enterprise sector here in Denbighshire offer great service in such unprecedented and uncertain times. 

"Fifteen groups and organisations have so far been funded and over £24,000 distributed.  

"It has been inspirational to see the work being done and this will hopefully continue during this grant round. We have put together a promotional video for this funding opportunity so that we can promote far and wide”

The new grant round offers support to voluntary sector organisations and community groups. 

Its purpose is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can continue to receive support as the county emerges from lockdown.

The grant is available for not-for-profit groups and organisations that are independent of government, private and public sector and registered charities. Applicants will be able to apply for up to £2,000.

Projects must meet one of three funding criteria outlined:

         * Maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable during the #COVID19 pandemic
         * Ensure voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations have the resources needed to deliver vital services for their communities e.g. volunteer expenses
         * Encourage stringent health and safety protocols for volunteer activities to safeguard volunteers, beneficiaries, and voluntary sector staff,volunteers and beneficiaries, e.g. the purchase of PPE, hand sanitiser  

* To apply for the grant, fill out DVSC’s online application here.Applicants also benefit from a governance health check and can be signposted to other funding sources. 

If you want advice and guidance you contact DVSC’s bilingual Community Support team member, or call him on 01824 702441.

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