08 Jul Southend Fund Provisions – Southend Emergency Fund
Southend Emergency Fund: COVID Local Support Fund – Food and Fuel for Southend Families Available Now
Southend Emergency Fund has just been awarded £40,000 from Southend Borough Council under its COVID Local Support Fund. Organisations / groups can apply for up to £3,000 every 4 weeks for funds to support the purchase of food and/or fuel (gas/electric) for families resident in Southend (with a child under 18 living with the person claiming child benefit for that child). Funds will be available immediately as they need to be distributed by the 30 September. If you have received funds from Southend Emergency Fund in the past providing you have reported on the previous spend you are able to reapply 4 weeks after the original application. Decisions on applications will be made within one week of being received. The funding is to be spent by September. To apply complete an application form by following this link https://southendemergencyfund.org.uk/apply-for-funding/
Vaccine Inequalities Fund – Funding to Supporting Individuals to Access COVID Vaccines
As the coronavirus vaccination roll-out continues, not everyone is coming forward to receive their jab. There are various reasons related to vaccine confidence, complacency and accessibility but it is something which we want to help tackle. Southend Emergency Fund have received funding from the Mid & South Essex Healthcare Partnership to be used specifically to increase vaccine uptake amongst groups and residents living in areas where it is lowest. £500 up to £2000 per application is available to;
- Provide opportunities to work with communities to explore barriers to vaccine take up and to co-produce solutions
- Support communities to co-produce plans for vaccination clinics
- Focus on increasing vaccine uptake amongst at least one of the following target groups.
- Residents in wards where vaccine uptake is lowest (Kursaal, Milton, Victoria, Westborough)
- The following communities: Caribbean, African, Traveller, Pakistani or British Pakistani, Bangladeshi or British Bangladeshi, Chinese, White other, Black other, Mixed Other, Indian and British Indian.
- Those with living with a mental health illness and/or learning disability.
- Those in receipt of benefits
- Those facing homelessness
Any organisation who receives vaccine inequality funding will be required to report back to the SEF using the following Vaccine Inequality Reporting Form. In reporting on use of the funds the actual spend must be stated. Any unspent funding must be returned. To find out more download the vaccine inequalities fund protocol form here https://southendemergencyfund.org.uk/apply-for-funding/
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