Warwickshire community organisations to benefit from 'social impact fund' - The Stratford Observer

Warwickshire community organisations to benefit from 'social impact fund'

Stratford Editorial 27th Mar, 2022   0

COMMUNITY organisations across the county will benefit from funding to tackle inequality and social inclusion.

Over 20 organisations are set to receive funding from Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) £1million Social Impact Fund.

The cash which aims to support those disproportionately impacted by Covid, and to help the county step forward from the pandemic.

The successful applications demonstrated a focus on financial, digital, health, social or cultural inclusion, as well as showing how they focus on community power.

WCC councillor Heather Timms said: “The Warwickshire Social Impact Fund will make a real difference in the heart of our communities. There was an excellent standard of applications, and I am so pleased we have been able to award funding to 21 organisations who, day-to-day, make a tangible difference to the lives of the people they work with.

“During Covid, Warwickshire’s incredible communities played a vital role, with the grass roots response crucial to our collective efforts to support vulnerable people and our progress as we step forward towards recovery.

“We launched this £1million fund to invest in a community powered approach and through the fund we want to be able drive forward Warwickshire’s recovery from Covid and address some of the inequalities that exist within our communities, and I am confident that the beneficiaries of the fund will ensure this happens.”

The fund was launched by WCC in November at the Community Powered Warwickshire Big Conversation. During the event, the council came together with private, public, and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations to discuss building stronger, more sustainable, and more equal places and communities.

The Heart of England Community Foundation administered the fund on behalf of the council.

The foundation’s chief executive Tina Costello said: “The foundation is honoured to have a part to play in this huge investment into our Warwickshire communities. The community groups that work on the ground day-to-day have shown passion and resilience in this time of crisis so it’s wonderful that we can give back to them and support their lifechanging services. We look forward to seeing these projects and capital builds come to life to create happier, healthier lives in the county!”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wsif for details on the chosen organisations.

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