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Supportive Communities Fund available

Published: 29 September 2020

Community fund to help in Surrey

Local organisations can apply for a grant of up to £1,500

Does your organisation or community group support carers, older people and those living with long-term health conditions or disabilities in Surrey?

Surrey County Council has launched a new Supportive Communities Fund to help local community groups start or grow innovative projects that:

  • strengthen and sustain local community-led support groups and networks
  • reduce social isolation and help people safely reconnect with their communities
  • support and include people who do not have access to the internet.

Eligible organisations have until Friday 23 October to apply for a grant of up to £1,500.

Often community projects are a lifeline for many residents, some of whom are isolated, while for others a helping hand from their community enables them to continue living independently.

Examples of community-led initiatives include the accreditation of Oxted as a Dementia Friendly community and the Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub which helps tackle loneliness and isolation.

Covid-19 has caused many face-to-face community initiatives to be suspended, but offers an opportunity for organisations to think innovatively about how to support residents virtually. Examples include Surrey Coalition's Tech to Community Connect Project and third sector organisations running a range of activities and support sessions to improve residents' mental health on the Surrey Virtual Wellbeing Hub.

Find out if you are eligible to apply and for more information about the types of projects likely to be successful, visit the Adult Social Care Supportive Communities Fund webpage.

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