SCVO is working in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help build long-term resilience within Sandwell Communities.
The purpose of the EPIC Grant Programme (Empowering People In Communities) is to enable local voluntary and community organisations to access funding that supports the following broad outcomes:
- Increased resilience within communities
- Increased self reliance
- Improved and stronger relationships within the community
- Residents are involved in the design and delivery of activities that make a positive change in their communities
- Asset and strengths based – building on what already exists in communities – starting from the perspective of “what’s strong” as opposed to “what’s wrong“.
Extensive community conversations have helped to shape the elements of this programme. EPIC is a three year grant programme aimed at improving the wellbeing of communities, and tackling isolation and loneliness. It does this by developing stronger relationships and building on what exists within communities. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport and using people’s skills, talents and experience.
Grants up to £40,000 will be available for projects that are aimed at people (of all ages) who feel lonely or isolated, and projects that aim to improve the wellbeing of communities.
There are two tiers of funding available:
- under £10,000
- £10,001 to £40,000
Applications for Round 5 are currently being accepted until early January 2022!
Guidance notes (in pdf format) are available for download as follows, and we strongly urge you to read through the relevant notes in full before speaking to us about your proposal:
For applications under £10,000:
For applications over £10,000:
(Application forms will be made available once initial conversations have taken place).
Please contact us to discuss any proposals before submitting an application, or if you have any general queries – Liz Webster, Community Partnerships Coach, T: 07923 259821 / E: Liz@scvo.info or Stuart Ashmore, Operations Manager, T: 07703 823226 / E: Stuart@scvo.info