16-Sep-2020

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) has revised its existing Community Chest Grant Scheme criteria, with a focus on recovery for new applications.

The revised criteria include being open for applications with immediate effect, no closing date for applications (until all funding has been allocated) and applications that demonstrate how the project aims to address one or more of the issues identified in the Huntingdonshire Recovery Report. All key information and revisions can be found on our website.

Executive Councillor for Community Resilience and Wellbeing, Simon Bywater said: “The impacts, both direct and indirect of Covid-19 are wide-ranging and I have seen the tremendous community work happening across our district.

As we start thinking about recovery, the criteria for the remaining funds of our COVID-19 Community Chest Grant has been revised to enable the district’s recovery and adapt to a new normal.”

Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller said: “To date, 35 applications have been considered over 9 rounds and more than £23,000 has been awarded. Therefore, with funding remaining to be allocated, we have revised the criteria to enable more community groups and organisations to help people as we continue through uncertain times.”

Applications will be considered by councillors weekly; therefore, you can expect to receive a decision on whether your application has been successful no more than 7 days after submitting it.

If you are a local community organisation or project set up in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic you can view the eligibility criteria [PDF] and complete an online application form.