Surrey County Council have launched a new Adult Social Care Supportive Communities Fund to support local groups and networks which make a difference to the lives of isolated or vulnerable residents in our communities.
One-off grants of up to £1,500 will be awarded to projects which support carers, older people or those living with long-term health conditions or disabilities, including mental health problems.
Grants will be awarded to projects that strengthen community support and help people who are finding it harder to cope during the pandemic, in particular those who are lonely or do not have access to the internet.
Welcoming the new fund, Dr Ben Spencer MP said:
Throughout the pandemic our communities have come together to help our most vulnerable residents. I am delighted Surrey County Council have launched this new fund to support their great work.
Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:
Communities are at the heart of everything Surrey County Council does, and are often a lifeline for many residents, some of whom are isolated, while for others a helping hand from their community enables them to continue living independently.
I have seen so many fantastic community projects in Surrey and know how much our residents value them. I would like to encourage any community groups, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to find out if they are eligible to apply for a grant.
Those who may be eligible have until Friday 23 October to apply for a grant and can find out more about the Supportive Communities Fund at surreyinformationpoint.org.uk.