Fund opens to local groups

Voluntary and community groups are being encouraged to apply for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Connecting Communities Grant scheme.

Any organisation, voluntary group or community group working or based within the East Riding of Yorkshire that wants to develop community-based projects or activities for people aged 50 and over can apply for the grant.

Among the groups to benefit in Bridlington are West Hill Community Centre Ltd for its West Hill Connected IT project and Martongate Community Church for a Community Café.

Applications will be considered to fund projects and activities for older people that:

• Encourage participation and help to improve physical and mental wellbeing

• Help to reduce isolation and loneliness in the community, especially among older people with emerging health and social care needs.

• Promote independence and help people to manage their lives and care for themselves.

The amount which groups can apply for is flexible and can be available for up to three years (as a yearly fund) but can also be accessed as a one-off sum. However, the grant does not fund salaries.

Applications will be assessed through the Connecting Communities grant panel which meets monthly.

The panel is made of representatives from:

• Adult Social Care

• Public Health

• Clinical Commissioning Group

The panel scores each of the applications against a ‘set’ criteria.

Once the panel has made a decision it will contact the applicant by email, letter or telephone as soon as possible to advise whether they have been successful or not.

If the application is unsuccessful, the applicant the panel will explain the reasons for this.

Please contact the council’s Adult Social Care Transformation Team at connecttosupport@eastriding.gov.uk for further information or an application form.

Alternatively, interested parties can call the team on 01482 392226.