Coronavirus advice and Resources Update

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ESF Community Grants – Greater Manchester 2019-2021: ADAPT Grants Round
The ADAPT round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements. Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. Deadline: 22 July, 12:00

The Great Get Together Facebook Community Grants
The Great Get Together are delighted to be partnering with Facebook to launch the Great Get Together Facebook Community Grants programme. Inspired by how communities around the UK have worked to stay connected during the Covid crisis, The Great Get Together will be awarding grants to enable this incredible work to continue throughout the rest of the year. The Great Get Together are looking for projects that build virtual connections in local communities in creative and innovative ways. Organisations can apply for up to £1,000. Deadline: 12 July

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund
The Community Support Fund is for grassroots community groups that are responding to the impact of Covid-19 by helping those most affected. The Community Support Fund accepts applications from constituted community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Groups can apply for up to £5,000. Forever Manchester aims to assess and make decisions within two weeks of receipt of application.

The National Lottery Community Fund – Coronavirus Community Support Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund has launched the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF). It is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities and local enterprises. The fund is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England to support you to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by Covid-19. If your organisation is applying remember you can contact for support in making an application, contact us 0333 321 3021 or email us: [email protected]

Future Workforce Fund Grants Programme
The Prince’s Trust is committed to transforming young people’s lives across Greater Manchester. The Prince’s Trust are embarking on an exciting programme of work in the region, in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority called Future Workforce Fund. As part of Future Workforce Fund, The Prince’s Trust have designed a grants programme that will support pilot projects delivered by partner organisations, with individual grants of up to £25,000. Deadline: 27 July, 5pm

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund
A remaining £1.85 million is now open for bids on a rolling ‘first comes first served’ basis until 20 July. This will ensure domestic abuse safe accommodation charities and other service providers can continue applying for support during COVID-19, and keep this critical provision open for victims and their children

Bereavement care support for BME African Girls and Young adults
Already teenagers are faced with a number of issues so having to deal with their emotions doesn’t always come easy for them, likewise having to deal with the loss of a loved one. The effects can be quite devastating for them. Blossom foundation aim to educate, inspire and empower the BME Black African girls in the age group of 10-20 through their transitional stages of becoming a full-blown adult. With the current situations with Covid-19, Blossom foundation have now introduced a new service and have 7 trained support staff who can provide cultural appropriate bereavement care support.

Comms Volunteers
Are you involved in health, social care, education or social housing and need communications support? Comms Volunteers is a new, free initiative that connects expert communicators with critical organisations who either cannot afford their help or don’t have the time.

New publication: Identifying and supporting marginalised communities in neighbourhood working
Ambition for Ageing have launched two new documents outlining an approach to engaging marginalised older people using a spatial model developed during their five years of age-friendly research. The new model considers the size and geographical distribution of different communities as a way of engaging them in group activities. This work was developed by their Equalities Board team based at the LGBT Foundation following a review of the Ambition for Ageing programme from an equalities perspective

Making Education a Priority (MEaP) Distance Learning Tutoring
MEaP’s lively interactive online lessons run all throughout the summer season. Give your child the advantage. Help them achieve academic excellence with tutoring services and summer classes.

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

3 months of a global pandemic – What Citizens Advice data tells us about the nation’s coronavirus concerns
Citizens Advice is warning its data shows that people are becoming increasingly concerned about redundancy as the nation moves into a new phase where government support packages are scaled back. For 66 days straight, the charity’s page on being furloughed was the number one viewed on its website. But over the last month it’s become clear that people are increasingly worried about redundancy.

Getting Greater Manchester moving one mile at a time
Collaborate Out Loud CIC are working with GM Walking (part of GM Moving) to host an out loud conversation about what would help communities across Greater Manchester to walk more each day. Collaborate Out Loud CIC will do this through engaging with individuals and community groups and collectives to understand: What helps people to walk more? What gets in the way of walking? What support and resources people would like to help them walk more?

Could Pilotlight help you navigate the way forward for your organisation?
If you’re a leader of an ambitious charity or social enterprise based in mainland UK and experiencing either vast challenges and new opportunities in the current climate, one of Pilotlight’s programmes could help you. Applications are now open for three programmes that work in partnership with businesses, to help organisations solve a challenge or opportunity they’re currently facing.

GM Poverty Action Newsletter 1 July 2020
In the latest newsletter GM Poverty Action look at what is being done to get child poverty back on the national agenda and introduce a new member of their team working with a Poverty Truth Commission and share information about Stockport’s integrated support. There are also updates from the GM Living Wage on the campaign and Citizens Advice about their out-of-hours helpline service. Salford is one of the universities involved in a project to understand how the working-age benefits system responds to the coronavirus crisis and is seeking your help and there are a number of other short articles.

 Data skills: understanding survey data
     9 July, 14.00 – 15.30, Online
  > Lasting power of attorney advocate network induction
     10 July, 13:00 – 14:00, Online
  > Engaging with Gypsy and Traveller people and communities
     15 July, 13:00 – 14:00, Online
  > Telling a story with data 
     16 July, 14.00 – 15.30, Online
  > We need to talk about mental health
     30 July, 14:30, Online