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Reconnecting Communities Fund

Application deadline extended until 12noon on Monday 31 January 2022

Portsmouth City Council’s Reconnecting Communities Fund seeks to support residents classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and those who needed to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, to re-engage with their communities and get involved in local activities.

It will build on the inspiring work between councils and voluntary sector organisations during the pandemic, recognising the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on individuals and communities across the city, and in particular those who have had to self-isolate or been determined as being vulnerable.

The Fund aims to support Portsmouth residents to access their local community, and to safely return to more normal ways of life.

Who is this grant for

Applications are being sought from voluntary sector organisations for one-off projects and initiatives. Partnership working is encouraged.

This Fund is intended to support projects with a focus on benefiting the following groups of residents and/or their families:

  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
  • Clinically Vulnerable
  • Self-isolating

All projects should aim to engage seldom-heard groups within the community.

Projects will need to deliver at least one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Reduction in an individual’s social isolation and loneliness
  2. Increase in individuals’ connectivity with their immediate local community
  3. Supporting individuals in breaking down barriers to recovery from COVID-19 and associated issues

Grants available

Grants are available for projects in the range of £1,000 to £20,000. All applications will be assessed in respect to the extent which the application meets part or all of the above outcomes, the number of residents supported, and the complexity of the support being offered

Portsmouth City Council may award a higher level of grant than £20,000 in exceptional cases where the applicant clearly demonstrates their project would add exceptional value across the city.

The duration and length of the project can vary but all monies must be allocated by 31 March 2022. All grant funds awarded should be spent in a timely manner and within six months of being awarded.

Any grant awarded under this scheme is for is a one-off grant and there should be no expectation of further funding in the future.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes for further information, including eligibility criteria.

Please also read the application form notes for further guidance to assist with answering the application form questions.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on Monday 31 January 2022.

Have a question? Email reconnectingcommunities@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Reconnecting Communities Fund