Extra funding to support communities through Covid schemes
25 Oct 2020
Northumberland County Council has announced it is taking new steps to help county councillors to provide Covid related support in their communities.
The council is expanding the remit of the Members Small Grant Scheme and other grants to enable all county councillors to support local Town and Parish Councils, as well as community groups, with specific grants for Covid related financial support.
The grants will assist recipient organisations to help families who need support. There will be a range of options which may include food parcels and/or food purchases through the use of vouchers.
Leader of Northumberland County Council, Glen Sanderson said:
“We recognise and understand the real difficulties and hardship that Covid is causing for some of our residents, and we are doing all we can to help them, and we will continue to do so.
“From the very start of the pandemic, through our Northumberland Communities Together initiative, we have been connecting with residents in need, seven days a week to ensure they receive help and support to keep them safe and well.
“In addition to this, we have just expanded the scope of our Members Small Grant Scheme to reflect the challenges local communities and groups are facing around the current pandemic.”
The maximum amount of the grant will be £2,000.
In addition, the council is in the process of examining other sources of funding, including the Hardship Fund, to help alleviate difficulties caused as
result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The coronavirus pandemic has been a very challenging time for everyone, but especially so for the most vulnerable in our community. The welfare of our residents is our top priority and we will continue to do all we can to support them through this difficult time.” added Councillor Glen Sanderson.
Only county councillors will be able to apply for this grant through the Members Small Grant Scheme.