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Winter Wellness Grant programme launched for 2023/2024

by Guy Murphy

A one-off funding pot has been allocated to support Knowsley’s Communities during the continued cost of living crisis throughout the winter period for 2023/2024.

Community groups can now apply for grants of up to £6,000 to fund projects helping residents stay warm, safe and well this winter.

Knowsley Council’s Winter Wellness Grants Programme will provide grants for the borough’s community, voluntary, faith and social enterprise organisations who are delivering projects aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness whilst supporting residents throughout the ongoing cost of living crisis during the winter period.  It is hoped that the fund will also support groups in helping to improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents.

Organisations are expected to use the funding to provide new activities or extend the provision of existing activities.

Grant-funded projects must start mid to end of November 2023 and have completed on or before 14 April 2024.

The types of activities which could be funded would include:

  • breakfast or after school clubs
  • providing blankets or warm winter clothing to vulnerable people
  • lunch clubs, baby and toddler groups with refreshments
  • evening or weekend meal provision
  • providing a warm space with refreshments and activity
  • outreach to communities to provide food parcels to vulnerable residents.

Closing date for applications is 5pm 20 September 2023

Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Health said: “We are committed to supporting our residents and communities through the winter period and supporting community groups to run a variety of programmes is a key part of this.

“Last year, 25 community groups made use of the Winter Wellness Grants to run a range of programmes from food parcels and soup kitchens to warm hubs.

“We are delighted that our amazing community groups and organisations will again be able to access funding and continue to provide practical support to help residents stay safe and warm this year.”

Who can apply?

Grassroots community-based organisations who understand the needs of their local communities and are well-placed to offer this type of support. You must be registered as a community organisation and/or be constituted as a group with a clear set of adopted rules.

How can a project apply?

Please register with the councils Funding and complete an online application form.

In order to complete the online application form, you must first register and will need the documents listed below at the start of the application process:-

  1. A copy of your governing document
  2. A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group (dated within the preceding three months)
  4. A list of your Trustees/Directors/Management Committee Members
  5. A copy of your current safeguarding policy

Further Guidance Notes can be viewed here HERE