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Financial support available to Shropshire community groups affected by coronavirus

Shropshire Council is providing a package of financial support to community groups and voluntary organisations who are providing critical support to those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) living in Shropshire.

The small grants programme, which is providing £75,000 for local community groups, including community centres and village halls, is open for its second round of applications, until Friday 22 May 2020.

The first round saw 85 applications, with approximately 86% approved for funding. Wave two will close on 22 May, and is open for groups who are supporting people through the pandemic or who have lost income due to the crisis.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said: “In such unprecedented times I am encouraged by the incredible response from our communities to support those most in need. We are very grateful to our grassroot groups, who are supporting people where they live. We want to help our communities and enable them to provide help and support to people who are likely to be most seriously affected by social isolation and illness caused by the pandemic.

“We will work to make sure the funds reach the communities that need them the most. We are in continually checking with our voluntary and community organisations to understand need and take advice on how funds should be spent, and we are responding to the changing needs of our population.”

Details and applications can be found here.

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