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Coronavirus emergency support funding made available for charities and community groups

Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council are working together to provide new coronavirus emergency support funding from £3,000 to £10,000 for local charities and voluntary and community sector organisations.

The funds will help meet the needs of vulnerable people and communities as we tackle the coronavirus outbreak. The locality response funding in Watford will be achieved through the Neighbourhood Locality Budgets, County Councillor Budgets and the Mayor's Small Grants Fund.

The aim is to provide funding that will be used to combat isolation and provide practical help for vulnerable people including routine pharmacy services and food services, and to help co-ordinate council and voluntary sector services in the town. Decisions will be made promptly to ensure we can release funds quickly, so please visit the webpages below and contact your local borough or county councillor:

www.watford.gov.uk/mayors-smallgrants - You can apply for maximum of £3000
www.watford.gov.uk/neighbourhoodlocalityfunds - each of Watford’s 12 wards has £3,000
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk./localitybudgets - A maximum of £10,000 per councillor

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said, 'I am delighted that we are able to give a helping hand to our wonderful community groups who are doing so much to support people in our town at this difficult time. These funds are first-come, first-served - so get in touch now if you are a local charity or community groups that is working to help people in Watford. I'm really proud of the way our town has come together to help one another.'

Watford Borough Council is working with local partners and organisation to co-ordinate local people wanting to volunteer to support their community. Anyone wanting to volunteer can register their details online at www.watford.gov.uk/covid-volunteers.