Community Support Fund: Continuing to Build Community Capacity – North Hertfordshire District Council
Posted on 6th October, 2020
A Community Support Fund to ensure community groups were able to continue essential services to residents throughout the pandemic.
North Herts is a relatively rural district with a large older population, and the pandemic produced a significant challenge around getting food to those who were shielding or unable to leave the house, as well as issues around loneliness. The District is also home to a number of deprived areas, and the pandemic had a clear impact on the ability of many of the disadvantaged to afford basic needs. The Council felt equipped to address these issues by the strong relationships its Community Engagement colleagues had already built with many community groups, as well the pot of funding already designated for major incidents. It had also been strengthening its ability to engage and conduct grant panels digitally, which presented new opportunities to undertake this activity.