Emergency grants for food and essentials

Published: Friday, August 7, 2020

Emergency grants are available for voluntary and community groups to help people struggling to buy food and other essentials due to Covid-19.

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Wandsworth Council is inviting local groups to apply for a share of £50,000 which will be allocated through the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

It is part of almost £310,000 given this month to the council by the Government to help people in need. The rest of the money will be spent expanding existing council schemes, including food vouchers to families, financial support for care leavers, food and essential supplies for rough sleepers, additional funding for Citizens Advice Wandsworth and crisis payments for people facing Covid-related hardship.

In April a special £100,000 Covid-19 Response Fund was allocated to 26 organisations to enable them to rapidly help vulnerable people struggling during the lockdown.  

In a similar way the new Covid-19 Food and Essentials Fund will aim to efficiently allocate and distribute funds as quickly as possible to the people who need it, using the local knowledge and networks of Wandsworth’s voluntary sector. Organisations will be able to apply for grants between £500 and £10,000 and will need to demonstrate that they will be able to rapidly deliver a value-for-money scheme with clear positive impacts.

It will run in parallel with the usual Wandsworth Grant Fund, which is currently seeking applications for round 15 funding. The deadline to apply is August 17.

The deadline to apply for a Food and Essentials grant will be one week later on August 24. Find out more and apply online here.

Councillor Rory O’Broin, Wandsworth Council’s finance spokesman said: “During the lockdown local community and voluntary groups have really stepped up and helped their local communities. But as the long-term economic effects of the pandemic begin to bite, many people will need ongoing support. So we’re pleased this Government money has become available and we will again be working with the voluntary sector to ensure it goes to the people who need it most. 

“This will be in addition to, not instead of, the current funding round of the Wandsworth Grant Fund, so I would urge any group considering putting in an application to either fund to do so as quickly as possible.”

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