Covid-19 Engaged Communities Fund

Funding opportunities to support local communities via the voluntary and community sector in Suffolk.

Overview

The spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate across Suffolk, and it is felt there is potential to harness the collective power of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to help stop the spread.

The Engaged Communities task and finish group are a team of professionals from the voluntary and community sector in Suffolk who are committed to leverage the knowledge and assets of the sector to help stop the spread.

This task and finish group are seeking local organisations to step forward and bid for ‘parcels’ of work which will be key to stopping the spread of the virus. This work is funded by ‘Towards a fairer society fund’

The Engaged Communities group will be providing oversight and support to all bids and all successful bidders will be expected to regularly report progress to this group.

This funding briefing is for organisations who fall within the remit of the voluntary and community sector in Suffolk.

The Engaged Communities group strongly feel that there is potential for maximum impact to be made at a grassroots level and so is encouraging the entire sector to step forward and get involved with this work.

Groups and organisations seeking funding must be a constituted body with a bank account requiring two signatories. However, the Engaged Communities group understands there are small groups working in Suffolk undertaking valuable and impactful work who do not meet these criteria but may wish to be part of this. In these instances, they are encouraged to partner with a larger organisation or to contact Community Action Suffolk on 01473 345400 or email info@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk who may be able to undertake some match-making.

It should be noted that the work and/or groups listed as potential organisations are not exhaustive and the Engaged Communities group are open to approaches and ideas to access communities in Suffolk, particularly given how time sensitive this work is.

Click on the sections below for more details including each project/funding opportunity.


Third sector/VCS organisations are vital to the efforts in ensuring communities stay safe, well and play their part in minimising the spread of COVID 19. The VCS is a vital part of the response puzzle due to their expertise in working at a hyper local level and ability to engage with different groups of people due to their trusted nature.

A number of areas of focus have been identified as key to helping stop the spread of infections and within these key themes of work have been pulled out as ‘projects’ for the sector to consider. Each parcel is wide ranging and has the potential for multiple bids to be accepted and may, in fact, be necessary to reach all the identified populations within.

The Engaged Communities group are asking VCS organisations to consider this work and bid into the relevant funding pot by submitting an expression of interest by email. Full details are shown in the submit an expression of interest section below.

An organisation who's interested in bidding needs to:

  • be clear on the group you will be working with
  • demonstrate the ability to mobilise quickly and effectively
  • demonstrate how local people and key groups will be listened to and consulted in this work
  • attendance at weekly meetings to update on progress
  • cascade agreed messages to your community which will include information on vaccinations, testing and isolation but not limited to
  • feedback to the Engaged Communities Group any learning or information from communities which may help us to improve our messages and offers
  • cascade agreed messages to your community
  • identify possible testing venues suitable for the community you are working with
  • all groups bidding will require constitution and or access to a bank account
  • an initial £5,000 will be allocated to each group with each successful Expression of interest. Additional funding is available dependant on the size and scope of the work undertaken. If you. If you do require further.

Project 1: Polish community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Polish community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 2: Lithuanian community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Lithuanian  community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 3: Arabic speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Arabic speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 4: Portuguese speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Portuguese speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 5: Chinese speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Chinese speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 6: Romanian speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Romanian speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 7: Russian speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Russian speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 8: Spanish speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Spanish speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 9: Lowestoft

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 10: Ipswich

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 11: Supplementary schools

To cascade relevant predefined messages to supplementary schools in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 12: French speaking communities

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the French speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 13: Bangladeshi speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Bangladeshi speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 14: Kurdish speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Kurdish speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 15: Urdu speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Urdu speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 16: Pashto speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Pashto speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 17: Roma speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Arabic speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID  messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 18: Gypsy Traveller community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Gypsy Traveller community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 19: Tigrynya speaking community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Tigrynya speaking community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 20: Parent Carer

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Parent Carer community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 20 A: Homeless, Sofa Surfing community - East Suffolk

To cascade relevant predefined messages to  Homeless, Sofa Surfing community living and working in East Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 20 B: Homeless, Sofa Surfing community - Ipswich

To cascade relevant predefined messages to  Homeless, Sofa Surfing community living and working in Ipswich. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 20 C: Homeless, Sofa Surfing community - West Suffolk

To cascade relevant predefined messages to Homeless, Sofa Surfing community living and working in West Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 20 D: Homeless, Sofa Surfing community - Mid-Suffolk and Babergh

To cascade relevant predefined messages to Homeless, Sofa Surfing community living and working in Mid-Suffolk and Babergh. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 21: LGBTQI+ community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the LGBTQI+ community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 22: African and Afro Caribbean community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the African and Afro Caribbean community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 23: Learning Disability community

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the Learning Disability community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 24: Children and Young people in care

To cascade relevant predefined messages to Children and Young people in care in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 25: Care Leavers

To cascade relevant predefined messages to care Leavers in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 26: Parents who are home schooling/Elective Home Educators

To cascade relevant predefined messages to children and their families who are home schooling in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 27: Fishermen

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the fishermen community living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.


Project 28: Marginalised Older People

To cascade relevant predefined messages to the marginalised older people living and working in Suffolk. To ensure local COVID messages are being heard and any barriers to following local or national COVID guidance are fed back to Engaged Communities task and finish group.

Timescale: immediate start.

You need to submit an expression of interest and answer some questions.

Submit expression of interest

In no more than 500 words and:

  • what group you want to work with (project number)
  • how you're going to reach your group or what skills/knowledge you have, to work with this group
  • what location you'll focus on

Questions you need to answer

The questions are:

  • what additional activities will be undertaken by your organisation? We're specifically looking at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and need to know how would your project do this
  • how much funding will be required and what would it be spent on?
  • what groups would you be focusing on reaching with this project?
  • what area (for example; Ipswich, Suffolk, West Suffolk) would this project reach?
  • what is the aim/expected outcomes of the project? 

Email your expression of interest and answers to questions to CCBCOVID19@suffolk.gov.uk.

Multiple bids per project

You can apply for multiple projects if you've routes into multiple communities. You'll need to complete an expression of interest for each project stating the relevant project number, you're bidding into.

All bids will go through an initial screening process by the Engaged Communities group and a follow-up call/video meeting may take place to better understand the work.

We'll respond to all bids within working days. We'll expect you to start to start work immediately.