The Small Grants associated with the new Community Opportunities Resource Pack is now open for applications!
The resource pack (designed by Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), in partnership with our team at CVS Falkirk) is designed to make it more straightforward for people to get involved in leading projects and activities in their local community.
Groups who provide community-led support projects and activities for vulnerable people can apply for up to £500 to support costs associated with restarting or starting activities. Funding may be used to cover initial venue hire costs and can be spent on items such as PPE equipment, new equipment such as coffee urns and chairs, or certain backdated costs.
PLEASE NOTE: It should be noted that this is not an ongoing source of funding and so should not be relied on for ongoing venue hire.
New groups will need a constitution to open a bank account in order to apply. However, there is no deadline for this funding.
The pack is designed to help whether you are beginning your journey in setting up a local group or organisation, or restarting after COVID-19 and lockdown, and is full of sample policies, templates and risk assessments, which can be amended as needed.
Community-led support projects give everyone the opportunity to socialise and take part in regular, enjoyable and meaningful activities.
Many of these groups, projects and services are entirely volunteer-led, and often begin with someone seeing a need in their own community and feeling compelled to take action.
Both CVS Falkirk and Falkirk HSCP are keen to encourage and support these groups, especially given the impact COVID-19 has had on people and communities across Falkirk. We know that running these community services and projects is lot of work, and we want to support those involved as much as we can. This resource pack is intended to give people the information, tools, and resources to get started, or restart, including the associated funding.
The resource pack contains:
- support and guidance on recruitment of volunteers
- a sample volunteering policy
- a sample Health and Safety policy
- risk assessment templates, including a COVID-19 risk assessment
- links and examples of existing community resources
To view or download the resource pack as a Word document, please visit the Falkirk HSCP website.
Alternatively, if you require a paper copy of this resource pack, contact the HSCP team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- you are unsure if your group is eligible for this funding
- you would like to discuss your needs in more detail
- you would like to request further support on top of the resource pack (including around policies and risk assessments)