The Onward Community Fund aims to support local groups and projects to get their ideas off the ground. The deadline for the next round of the fund is 15 May 2021.
Underpinned by Onward’s mission ‘To make a positive difference in the communities we serve’ groups can bid for up to £2,500 as long as they are based in an Onward Neighbourhood. Examples of things that may be funded include IT training, youth projects and community events.
Projects should aim to address one or more of the following:
• Theme 1 – Building Stronger Communities
Supporting individuals and neighbourhood community organisations to increase their expertise and develop their interest groups, in order to help the wider community and increase opportunities.
• Theme 2 – Employment and Training
Supporting individuals to access employment, training and enterprise opportunities.
• Theme 3 – Digital Inclusion
Being unable to interact and transact online has a direct and tangible impact on many key areas of everyday life. We will work in partnership in our communities to support customers to maximise their digital inclusion.
• Theme 4 – Building Community Food Resilience
Supporting efforts to address food insecurity within our communities, we will continue to support organisations at the forefront of tackling this current public health emergency.
• Theme 5 – Youth Provision
To ensure that the offer for young people evolves to meet changing needs. This is particularly important given the current economic situation, so we need to encourage collaboration between all providers to get the best for children and young people in terms of access to employment, training, and enterprise opportunities.
• Theme 6 – Mental Wellbeing and Greenspaces
All applicants must submit an expression of interest form, which can be found on the Onward website.
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