The Wirral South Constituency Committee has made £15k available to tackle social isolation locally through the ‘Connecting Wirral South Social Isolation Fund’.
The fund will allow community, voluntary and faith groups to apply for up to £3,000 each to address social isolation in Wirral South.
The fund is now open and will remain open until 12 noon on Friday 1st February 2019. Applications will be assessed by a panel of elected members and payments to successful applicants will be made by the 1st of March 2019.
The application form, which includes guidance notes and more information, is available below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shannon Kennedy on 0151 666 3076 or [email protected].
Grant Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a grant you must be applying on behalf of one of the following organisations or groups below and your project must be based in the Wirral South Constituency area:
- Registered Charity or Charitable Incorporated Organisation
- Fully Constituted Community or Voluntary Group (including Parent Teacher Associations)
- Faith Group
- Social Enterprise or CIC
The fund cannot be used for:
- core staff salaries or core administrative costs
- costs which have already been incurred (i.e. retrospective funding)
- religious worship – applications are welcomed from religious or faith groups for projects that are designed to benefit the wider community. However, projects that are deemed to promote a particular religion are excluded
- party political activity i.e. fundraising, campaigning or any other activity associated with any political party
This fund has been developed with the overarching aim of preventing and reducing the complex range of harms associated with being socially isolated. In order to achieve this your project must include at least one of the following aims:
- Raise awareness
Raise awareness of both the existing opportunities available to those at risk of becoming isolated and the associated health risks of being socially isolated.
- Increase action to support individuals
Social isolation and its links to lack of regular contact with others, means that those who will be most isolated will have little or no contact with services, therefore creative solutions are needed to identify those who would benefit most from initiatives.
- Community Action
Community action is particularly important in building and harnessing capacity within neighbourhoods to tackle social isolation.