Earlier in the year, many village halls, pavilions and scout huts benefited from Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme. A successor scheme, Local Restrictions Support Grant is now available to help businesses that have had to close during the November lockdown. Community Halls are one of the classes of business identified in the government guidance Closing certain businesses and venues in England
The grant application form is available on the Coronavirus: Guidance for Businesses page of the CDC website. We want all eligible businesses to benefit from this financial support. Please help by raising awareness of this important grant scheme among relevant organisations in the parish.
Grants for Local Community Projects
Grants are still available from the Cherwell Covid-19 Councillor Priority Fund. Grants are awarded at the discretion of District Councillors. Any community project broadly or specifically in response to the Covid-19 situation can be considered. Grants awarded already have included befriending and support schemes; local ‘meals on wheels’; making community halls ‘covid-safe’; PPE for ‘Good neighbour’ volunteers. Details are on the CDC website at https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/Coronavirus-grant
Community Hub Emergency Relief Grants are aimed at programmes of work that will relieve hardship and reduce food poverty for residents who are struggling to afford food or essentials. Grants awarded already have gone to local larder, foodbank, baby bank and benefits advice schemes. Details are on the CDC website at https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/118/communities/290/community-grants/4