ORGANISATIONS in the district hit by the pandemic and government restrictions are being invited to apply for a new ‘one-off’ grant payment.
The new ARG (Additional Restriction Grant) Third Sector Support Scheme is targeted at the likes of charities and not-for-profit businesses that have been unable to raise income through traditional channels and have limited scope to diversify their operations.
Warwick District Council (WDC) has received £1.4million from the government’s and has partnered with the Coventry & Warwickshire Cooperative Development Agency (CWCDA) to target and support the recovery of such organisations.
WDC’s new scheme will be administered by CWCDA, a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of enterprise, employability and financial inclusion services, to the third sector.
Applications are invited from all third sector organisations impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. One hundred successful recipients will be awarded a grant payment of £12,500. In addition, they will receive a business health check, tailored advice and mentoring support.
WDC economy spokesman Coun John Cooke said: “We are very aware of the detrimental impact the pandemic has had on our third sector, especially those whose existence relies on being able to raise income from events or face to face activities which have been cancelled or restricted.
“These organisations often provide essential services to our community particularly to the most vulnerable.”
“It’s important to stress that this is a grant not a loan, so I would therefore urge businesses who may now be eligible to make an application and access the support which is now available to them.”
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/ for full details of the grant scheme, including the eligibility criteria. Applications close on February 25 next year.