Voluntary and community groups can apply now for grants of up to £20,000 to help Middlesbrough's fight against Covid-19.
Middlesbrough Council is responding to increased demand on the sector by offering grants to support coronavirus outbreak management, prevention and recovery work.
The Council wants to protect voluntary and community groups during uncertain times and help them support vulnerable people.
Grants are capped at £20,000 but smaller bids are welcome.
The funding is aimed particularly at organisations working on projects focusing on:
- The older population
- BAME communities
- Shielded people
- Clinical risk groups (including multiple morbidity/obesity)
- Those with addictions
- Wards with high levels of deprivation
- Domestic abuse
- Mental health (including causes of anxiety such as debt management)
Cllr Mieka Smiles, Executive Member for Communities and Education, said: "We're conscious that Covid has been particularly tough on groups that rely on the dedication of volunteers.
"Organisations that do great work across the town will be key in the months ahead and this funding can help them make a real difference.
"We've said along that stopping the spread of Covid and helping the town recover requires a team effort.
"This cash can help groups that have deep links within our communities play their part."
The grants are being made as part of Middlesbrough's local outbreak management allocation from government.
The Council is also reminding community groups that they have until Monday, October 12 to apply for a Covid communications grant.
Grants - of up to £1,000 for non-constituted groups and up to £5,000 for constituted groups - will help ensure local people are well informed, with help targeted at those most at risk.