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Winter Pressure Equality and Diversity Fund

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Grant Funding Now Available – Apply Today

Living Options Devon is helping deliver the ‘Winter Pressure Equality and Diversity grant award process to fund voluntary, community sector, and social enterprises (VCSEs) to increase the support for people protected by the Equalities Act 2010 over the coming winter months in response to the covid pandemic.

There is a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £20,000. Proposals must not provide funding for core statutory services and must be aligned to the WPEDF criteria below and are being assessed on a rolling basis.

There are three options:

  • Large grants for awards between £10,000 – £25,000. To apply contact Devon Communities Together. Contact:
  • Small grants scheme: awards for a maximum of £300. To apply contact Devon Voluntary Action:
  • Winter Pressure Equality and Diversity Fund see below for more details

All Grants will need to be spent by the end of March 2022.

We are looking for projects that:

  • Enhance communication and marketing e.g. towards hard-to-reach groups and other localised messaging.
  • Target interventions for specific sections of the local community and workplaces.
  • Extension/introduction of specialist support (behavioural science, bespoke comms).
  • Community-based support for those disproportionately impacted such as the BAME population.
  • Providing support, as needed, to vulnerable people classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
woman in street walking wearing a face mask and listening to music. She has long hair and a wooly hat, people blurred walking behind her.

Find out more and apply today:

If this sounds like it could be right for your organisation, please click on the button below for additional information and to make your online application to the winter pressure equality and diversity fund.

*People protected under the Equalities Act include (but are not limited to) people with a disability, Deaf (British Sign Language Users); Deaf (British Sign Language users); people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BaME); Gypsies, Travellers, and Refugees; people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, trans and questioning community (LGBTQ+); Carers (including young carers) older people; and others by association.

More about the funding…

In November DeVA (Devon Voluntary Action) led a successful application to Devon County Council for a major programme of Covid Outbreak Management funding across Devon. To deliver this, DeVA is working in partnership with a voluntary sector alliance, made up of Citizens Advice, Devon Communities Together, Living Options Devon, Young Devon, Devon MIND, Dimensions for Autism, Hikmat, Intercom Trust and Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council. The funding will support people who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 including BAME communities, rough sleepers, those who are having to self-isolate, those who have been classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, people with protected characteristics, people from deprived communities, people who are digitally excluded and people living in rural communities. The funding will also enable action research on identifying and tackling rural health inequalities in Devon. Part of this funding will

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