Captain Sir Tom's Fund Open to Covid-19 Community Supports Across Forth Valley
The centenarian, Captain Sir Tom Moore has been lauded across the world for his amazing fundraising contribution to NHS Charities Together raising over £39 million. This incredible fundraising achievement is part of a wider appeal for funds that raised over £100 million and has been distributed amongst NHS charities including Forth Valley Giving, the NHS Forth Valley charitable arm. Already this fund has helped hospitals carry out their vital work through the pandemic, but there is a recognition that the NHS relies also on partners in the third sector. With this in mind, the new Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership has launched a new grants programme which will be distributing part of a £30 million UK- allocation to support communities and people affected by Covid-19 outside of hospital.
The Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership is between NHS Forth Valley Endowment Fund – better known as Forth Valley Giving and the three Third Sector Interfaces (SVE, CVS Falkirk and CTSI) and both Health and Social Care Partnerships operating in the Forth Valley. Together they will oversee the new Community Partnership Grants Programme which will distribute £126,000 of local grants. Craig Holden, Forth Valley Giving Fundraising Manager outlined the importance of this funding, “Every night we see pictures on the news of the work in hospitals by staff coping with the daily influx of Covid-19 patients and that has sadly not abated. But there is also a recognition that the work out in communities has also been critical by local groups and volunteers. This grant programme is designed to help support their work – keeping people active, healthy, supported and safe in their homes until we can see the light at the end of the tunnel of this terrible pandemic.”
The Community Partnership Grants Programme is open to any registered charity, community interest company, community or voluntary group with a bank account delivering services in the Forth Valley area. The grants are only open to organisations offering support to the following types of work: support for unpaid carers, people affected by drugs and alcohol, people isolated and lonely, groups helping with wellbeing and mental health community support, suicide prevention and bereavement and end of life support. There will be a large grant programme offering seven grants up to £15,000 each, and a small and micro grants programme of up to £2,000 and £1,000. To those unsuccessful to the large grant scheme which will be use a simple expression of interest form to start, they can alternatively apply for the second phase of small and micro grants. All the grants aim to be distributed by end March 2021. The closing date for phase one is by 1st February and the launch of phase two will start on 2nd February and close on 26th February.