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 exists in communities
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 £80,000 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 three tiers of funding available:
- under £10,000
- £10,001 to £40,000
- £40,001 to £80,000 (working in collaboration)
Applications for Round 1 open on Monday 28th January 2019 and will close on Monday, 18th March 2019 at 12 noon.
Application paperwork (in Word format) and guidance notes (in pdf format) are available for download as follows:
For applications under £10,000:
For applications over £10,000 (incl. collaboration):
If you would like to discuss any proposals before submitting an application, or you have any general queries, please contact Manisha Patel, Community Partnerships Coach, T: 0121 525 1127 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org