Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS are working in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Councils and the CCGs for Blackpool and Fylde & Wyre to help support the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector (VCFSE) across the two areas by providing grants. 

What we can fund

The maximum we can award is £5,000 per organisation but we would like to encourage a wide range of bids from a minimum of £300 up to a small number to the £5,000 maximum.

We are keen to fund projects that:

  • Meet the immediate need of Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool residents who are struggling as a result of COVID-19
  • Provide advice and information to residents affected by COVID-19 to help them access longer term support they might need, such as benefits, debt advice or employment support
  • Provide emotional and mental health support
  • Help address social isolation
  • Demonstrate how significant numbers of residents most affected by COVID-19 will benefit from these funds and which geographical areas and issues are being addressed
  • Address digital exclusion

We will fund capital and revenue expenses.

Capital expenses may include:

  • buying or replacing essential equipment e.g. if a food bank needs a fridge to expand storage capacity or a group need IT equipment to enable their beneficiaries to access on-line support groups.

Revenue expenses may include:

  • supporting running costs for VCFSE activities
  • food, clothing and essential supplies including sanitary products
  • utility, rental and staffing costs

All successful organisations will need to produce an outcomes summary and funding should be spent by 31 March 2021.

What we cannot fund

  • Projects outside the district boundaries of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • Any activity that does not assist the community response to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Statutory activities/requirements that either the Council or another public-sector organisation is responsible for delivering
  • Alcoholic refreshments
  • Projects that specifically benefit private businesses
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning
  • Retrospective requests for activities that have already taken place.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.  The application window for this round of funding will close at 5pm on Monday 1st February 2021.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected]

Click here to download application form