Outline

Warwickshire County Council has created a new £1 million fund to harness the power of communities in tackling inequality and social exclusion.

Our county has a great tradition of stepping forward to meet big challenges, this has been shown time and time again throughout the pandemic as people and organisations have worked together to support those most at risk and look out for the mental health and wellbeing of those around us.

The spirit of community power is alive and well in Warwickshire and the launch of the Warwickshire Social Impact Fund (WSIF) will invest in continuing and sustaining this community powered approach.

The WSIF has been launched to enable targeted interventions to support Warwickshire’s communities and enable community-based support for those disproportionately impacted by COVID. This may include extending or introducing specialist support; or providing additional community-based support where the effects of COVID are felt more keenly.

The Warwickshire Social Impact Fund is designed to drive forward Warwickshire’s recovery from COVID and address some of the inequalities that exist within our communities. It aims to support community projects and initiatives that aim to promote inclusion - specifically, around financial, digital, health, social and cultural inclusion.

Applications will also show how they embed a community power and climate change focus.

We want to invite applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, and town and parish councils.

All applications received will be scored, with a positive weighting given to those that benefit areas that have experienced higher COVID rates, and areas of the county that experience multiple levels of deprivation.

Applications for both revenue and capital projects are welcome.

Timeline

  • Application window: Opens on Thursday 4 November 2021 and closes on Thursday 30 December 2021.
  • Application review: 3 January 2022 – 14 February 2022
  • Applicants notified of outcome and payments made no later than 7 March 2022

Application process

The Warwickshire Social Impact Fund is being administered by Heart of England Community Foundation on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.