RBC funding to support community and voluntary groups – closing date 25 July 2021

News from: Reading Borough Council

The council has launched two separate funding opportunities – the closing date for applicaitons for both is 25 July 2021.

Small Grants Fund 2021/22
RBC’s £100k Small Grants Fund 2021/22 is available for voluntary and community groups to apply for funding for community-led activities that tackle poverty and support mental wellbeing.

The Small Grants fund is aimed at activities that increase people’s skills, confidence, and independence; help build relationships and self-help. This could be through:
-Play, sport/ physical activities, music, dance, drama activities
-Social activities
-Food growing, cooking
-Learning or training activities
-Activities that bring different age groups or cultures together

Individual organisations can apply for up to a £5k grant and 2 or more organisations applying in partnership can apply for up to £10k.

The deadline for grant applications is 25 July 2021. For more information and to apply go to: www.reading.gov.uk/SmallGrantsFund

Start-up/re-start grants for community groups
The Council has also allocated £50k of its CEV (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) funding from the Government for Start-up/re-start grants to help community group meetings or activities get going again after lockdown to help people regain community connections where they may have already undergone lengthy periods of self-isolation, or who may be required to self-isolate in future and may be at risk of loneliness and social isolation. This includes people who may have been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

Organisations can apply for up to £1,000 per group being started/restarted (organisations may apply for more than one grant if they propose to run more than one group)

The deadline for grant applications is 25 July 2021. For more information and to apply go to: www.reading.gov.uk/RestartFund

Further information
-If you have any queries please contact Clare Muir, Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager on clare.muir@reading.gov.uk or 01189 372119.
-For support from RVA with your application, please contact the Advice Service Manager Herjeet Randhawa: herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.

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