Kirklees Council have been awarded nearly £500,000 from the government to help support communities that have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19.
The ‘Community Champions’ scheme will ensure funding can be provided to support communities and groups who have been shown to be most at risk from the virus.The funding will also support areas to tackle misinformation and encourage take-up as the vaccination programme expands across the country. Kirklees Council will establish a grant scheme which will allow local voluntary and community organisations to apply for the funding. For groups to be successful they must be able to demonstrate they can provide practical solutions that will make a real difference in their local communities.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Since the coronavirus outbreak earlier last year we have been working extremely hard to protect all of our communities and specifically those who are most at risk. It quickly became clear that COVID-19 disproportionately impacted specific groups and this funding will help reduce infection rates, increase vaccine take up and save lives.” “No one knows our Kirklees communities better than those organisations who are at the heart of them and the local staff and volunteers that work in them. The scheme will also be huge positive in terms of reducing the financial impact which charities and community groups have faced as a result of the lockdown and tier restrictions.”
Kirklees Council will promote detailed scheme guidance and application forms as soon as the scheme is launched.