IWC’s Community Fund

The Isle of Wight Council’s community fund has reopened to support vulnerable residents impacted by the pandemic by offering essential financial help to local groups. During the first lockdown, the council funded 23 community groups with £138,000 to aid community hubs delivering essential shopping and services. The council is now looking to distribute, through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government grant, a second round of funding updated to reflect the changing needs of clinically extremely vulnerable members of the community.

If you are a community group delivering services to support the wellbeing and practical needs of vulnerable Islanders, you could be eligible for funding of up to £1,000 to cover the latest 4 week period of national restrictions.

The fund aims to support the following:

  • Wellbeing — social contact, providing reassurance, check-ins, welfare calls and suicide prevention.
  • Practical needs — domestic tasks including dog walking, gardening, post office errands, personal care and home maintenance.

Grant applications to the Isle of Wight Council’s Community Fund have now been widened to cover support to all vulnerable residents during these national restrictions and not just those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. 

See here for details:

https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Public-Health-Coronavirus-COVID-19/Community-Funds (updates being made today, 23rd Nov 2020)

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