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New grant to support voluntary sector post Covid-19

Bradford Council is offering a new grant to support community and voluntary organisations to adapt to the new operating conditions brought about through Covid-19.

The authority understands the valuable contributions the voluntary and community sector (VCS) brings to the district and is welcoming applications for grants of up to £25,000 to assist voluntary and community groups to survive and thrive in the new trading conditions.

Small grants of up to £4000 are available for professional support such as business plan development, diversifying income sources, IT consultancy and financial, governance or environmental sustainability advice.

This small grant can also fund voluntary organisations to upgrade and enhance their IT and can cover software licences, IT equipment, broadband contracts, staff training and development.

Larger grants of up to £25,000 are available to help VCS organisations restart their trading operations and launch new or improved services to support the recovery and inclusive economic growth.

Applications are open now and will close Wednesday 8 December.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Neighbourhoods and Community Safety Portfolio Holder, said: “The voluntary and community sector plays a critical role across Bradford district and this new grant will help these valuable services survive and thrive in the new conditions brought about by Covd-19.”

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