Local food/deliveries and warmer homes updates

The latest on two local resources:

  • WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home. Work is undertaken to keep this information up to date and relevant. If you know of any changes or additional services please could you ask they register them with WISH. A lot has been added to this site in light of Covid 19 and any help you can give to promote WISH locally, as a community resource, would be greatly appreciated.
  • Warmer Homes Herefordshire Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.

The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.

Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost.  Act now! – For further information and the application form please see Warmer Homes Herefordshire.

Please contact projects direct with any queries.

Herefordshire Community Foundation Grants

The Herefordshire Community Foundation has a Flood Fund for victims of Storm Dennis and they also have a fund from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal.

The first phase of the Flood Fund grants went to households which had been damaged. They are now interested in hearing from community groups such as Scouts, Rowing Clubs and similar where their premises were flooded. Contact the Herefordshire Community Foundation by email at ceo@herefordshirecf.org, or phone 01432 272550, to discuss an application for funds.

The NET Coronavirus Fund is aimed at the most pressing needs currently i.e. front-line volunteer groups delivering to most isolated. If you are a group that might need support for volunteer expenses or have other costs please contact the Herefordshire Community Foundation by email or phone for further information.

Coronavirus: Updates and the latest funding opportunities

  • Herefordshire Council website updates on how Coronavirus is affecting our services, with sections on community and social care, council services and business support, transport and leisure plus links to national guidance.
  • Herefordshire Council’s funding and enterprise officers are monitoring closely any funding and grant support which is becoming available to support the vital effort of local communities at this time. Current funding opportunities and business support for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire. Of particular interest may be the Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant to help adapt and continue to deliver their services remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The grant, worth up to £500 for new software subscriptions, online platforms or technology, is available to any not-for-profit groups or organisations, including charities, community groups and Parish/town councils.
  • Talk community Covid 19 response. Herefordshire Council are working with a number of key strategic partners and communities to help support elderly, frail, disabled, and vulnerable people and families in Herefordshire. As part of Talk Community, Link workers (redeployed council staff), may be in touch with you to ensure connectivity with local initiatives. The Talk Community helpline is 01432 260027.
  • WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home.

Coronavirus: Latest on local funding

Please find below and attached, updates on funding information. All the website information will be updated as changes occur, so it is worth going back to the regularly. Do share this information with those you feel may benefit.

Coronavirus: Emergency Fund for Local Sports Clubs

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for local sports clubs and voluntary/community sector organisations (that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity) to bid into.

Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.

The fund’s been developed to help organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus, such as rent, utility costs, insurance, core staff costs, and facility or equipment hire.

To find out more visit the Sport England website: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

Coronavirus: Fastershire “Keep Connected” Grant

The Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant from Herefordshire Council aims to support groups and organisations in Herefordshire who have been forced to change their approach to delivering an activity, service or support in order to continue to engage with local people by using video or conference calls or other internet technology, that will act as a substitute for your usual meetings/interactions with groups of people which are no longer possible due to the current situation.

The maximum grant is £500 per organisation/group.

We know that groups and organisations may need to make quick changes in order to continue to support or engage with your members, clients, community or the wider Herefordshire public, so we aim to turn around applications within 3 working days. We have a limited budget for this so may need to withdraw this opportunity at short notice. If this is the case, please be assured that all grants that have been offered will still be paid but only upon receipt of the required evidence of spend.

Herefordshire Council offers a range of grants. You can only apply to Herefordshire Council for one grant for this type of project/initiative.

Please contact projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov for guidance on the most appropriate grant or funding for your project.

Please contact delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk with any enquiries about applying for this ‘Keep Connected’ grant.

Coronavirus: Support for Businesses update

OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

BUSINESS SUPPORT AND COVID-19 ADVICE
Offering FREE one to one support services for businesses, in partnership with Herefordshire Council the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses.

The Marches Growth Hub would like to share the following information with businesses who are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business community.
https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL SUPPORT – updated 26th March 2020
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth

BUSINESS RESILIENCE

Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business Continuity)
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/346/emergency_planning_in_herefordshire/5

Coronavirus: Herefordshire central co-ordination

All Herefordshire Council Covid 19 related updates will appear on our website here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/964/coronavirus_latest , alongside social media.

Herefordshire Council have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders to contact us and we will then link them back into the community organisations/leaders.  This co-ordinated approach will include support for those recently identified as need shielding. People (and groups) wishing to volunteer can register also vulnerable people needing support, on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help  the dedicated telephone number is 01432 260027 and email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk