Leaders of West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils, have set up a Local Action Support Fund to help community schemes deliver essential support in their towns and parishes during the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.

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To support the community work happening across the Borough and the District, the newly created Local Action Support Fund will rapidly provide grants of up to £250 for funding essential community-led schemes.

Applications should look to identify or address those, often small but vitally important, problems and difficulties which are arising within our communities as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The types of things that can be applied for will include:

  • Enabling deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines
  • Support for accessing online information and services (including co-ordinating virtual community response meetings etc.)
  • Setting up virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
  • Transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak
  • Leaflet drop in communities to ensure all residents are reached and supported

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "It's really important that we give our whole support to the community groups on the ground who are doing such a wonderful job.  We want to help them with small amounts of money so they can keep doing what they are doing so well.  Please do get in touch with us on our website if you need to access this support for your community." 

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "It's become very apparent that there is a need for those small sums of money needed by the organised local groups to support their activities.  This means that funding grants of up to £250 can be quickly issued to help these local schemes carry out their important work."

More information on the schemes can be found at:

West Devon: www.westdevon.gov.uk/localactionfund

South Hams: www.southhams.gov.uk/LASfund

Issued: 9 April 2020