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Commissioner’s £250,000 Boost for Local Charities and Community Groups

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall has launched the COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund aimed at supporting local charities and communities groups to enable them to cope with the financial impact of COVID-19 on their organisations.

The Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund will be able to provide short term funding of up to £5,000  to charities, clubs and groups where it is needed most. The funding can also be used for those who are looking at different ways of working due to the Covid-19 restrictions still being in place for many vulnerable groups.

Peter McCall comments: “Local charities, voluntary and community groups have been carrying out a significant amount of valuable work in our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure that those people who need help are being supported. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have worked selflessly to support our communities.

“As lockdown measures progressively start to ease and we enter the recovery phase of Covid-19, it is predicted that there will be a surge in demand for these types of services, but many groups are struggling financially as they are unable to carry out their normal fundraising activities.  The new fund will provide a financial boost to charities and community groups that support objectives from the Police and Crime Plan, in order that they may continue helping communities at this difficult time.

“The total funding available will be £250,000 and I would urge applications to come forward as soon as possible.  Initially applications are being considered on the last day of June, July, August and September at 5pm.”

Full criteria, application guidance and forms can be found on the PCC’s COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund page.

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