TAMESIDE Council is urging community groups to take up an offer of financial support from Forever Manchester and the National Lottery to support their response to the covid-19 emergency.
These unprecedented times are having an impact on voluntary and social-sector organisations across Greater Manchester and grassroots community groups are responding with kindness and compassion, coming together to help the vulnerable.
Forever Manchester, which is working with UK community foundations to raise money to fund and support community activity across the region, and is offering awards of up to £5,000.
To apply you must be a constituted community group with your own bank account and relevant safeguarding policies in place and based in the Greater Manchester borough where you are offering help.
More information is available at: https://forevermanchester.com/
Groups can also apply to the National Lottery Community Fund which is prioritising organisations that are supporting people who are at high risk from coronavirus and those facing increased demand because of covid-19. For more details visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
Tameside Council’s executive leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington, said: “In Tameside we are fortunate to have a very active voluntary sector. These community groups, who always work incredibly hard, have somehow managed to find an even higher gear during the current emergency.
“I would strongly encourage them to apply for the grants on offer. I know it’s money they need and deserve and which they would put to very good use.”
Nick Massey, chief executive of Forever Manchester, added: “We don’t want to limit the type of request that can be made so just let us know what you want to do and how it supports your community and we will consider the application.
“Local organisations can have a massive impact on the communities they serve during these difficult times and we want to do everything we can to support them.”