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COVID RECOVERY GRANT

The GBL Covid Recovery Grant is a small grant scheme which provides funding to individuals to help them and their families to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 Crisis.

What is the GBL Covid Recovery Grant?

The GBL Covid Recovery Grant is a small grant scheme which provides funding to individuals to help them and their families to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 Crisis.

You can apply for up to £500 to fund things like training to get a new job, buying school uniforms, commuting and transport costs, driving lessons, or laptops for home-schooling.

This is a rolling funding pot, with applications open until all the allocated funding runs out. The panel will meet every two weeks to assess new applications, so we're encouraging everyone to apply early!

Applications are open now!

The panel will be next meeting to assess applications on Tueday 2nd March. Applicants will hear back about the outcome of their applications by the w/c of Monday 8th March.

Information, guidance, and FAQs.

You can download the official information and guidance here or see below for some FAQs which will cover all you need to know.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals:

  • Living or based within the Grange Big Local boundary (see attached map for guidance)

  • Must be 16 or over to apply (applications from under 18s must have parental or guardian consent)

  • Must apply prior or during the first month of employment

  • Must be able to provide evidence of employment start date or training course requirements.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

WHAT WILL WE FUND?

WHAT WILL WE NOT FUND?

HOW MUCH DETAL IS REQUIRED?

REQUIRED EVIDENCE

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR WHEN THE MONEY NEEDS TO BE SPENT?

CAN I GET ANY HELP FILLING OUT THE FORM?

ONCE THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

MONITORING &

EVALUATION

Applications up to a maximum of £500 are welcomed.

All grant applications will be considered, but the following list provides a general guide:

  • Equipment to start an accredited training course

  • Travel to employment or accredited training course

  • Clothing to start work or training course

  • Childcare upfront payments for employment, accredited training course, or interviews only

  • Job licence fees such as CSCS

  • Driving lessons

  • Tools or work boots

  • Children school uniforms and shoes

  • Political or religious activities

  • To meet personal debts or liabilities

  • Funding in retrospect, i.e. when the activity has already taken place, before funding has been awarded

  • Statutory Services, i.e. Local Authority, Schools, Police

  • Groups/ businesses with significant reserves

The application form is designed to be simple to complete. However, the more information included, the better. A reasonably detailed budget breakdown will also be helpful in the assessment of ideas/projects. 

There is a requirement for grant applicants to provide evidence that supports their application. Depending on what is being applied for, the following evidence may be needed:

  • Formal letter/email of job offer

  • Proof of address; such as a utility bill or official letter with any financial information removed

  • Formal letter/email of course offer

  • Evidence of equipment requirement, such as course-joining instructions

  • Statement of benefit to the applicant if not a course from a formal institution

  • Invoice stating cost of childcare and requirement to pay upfront

  • Proof of first pay day

Yes. Once a grant has been approved, it must be spent within 6 months.

Yes. You can contact Linda Sou (Linda.Sou@grangebiglocal.org) to arrange a meeting to discuss.

The applications will be considered by a small panel of residents from the area who are members of the GBL Partnership Board. Applicants will be informed of the result as soon as the panel has made its decision. Individual feedback will be provided and amended applications invited. Each shortlisted applicant will be invited to meet the panel and discuss next steps, and what other support GBL could offer (ie. interview training; other funding revenue).

The grant scheme will require the successful recipients to fill in a questionnaire a month after they have received the grant to identify whether it helped the recipient return to work, training or allowed them to grow.

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If you want to get in touch with us, drop us a line at info@grangebiglocal.org or fill out the form below!

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PHONE

Grange Big Local,

c/o Community Barnet

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1255 High Road,

London

N20 0EJ

020 3857 9492 ext 0237

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