A new Covid-19 Emergency Fund is now open to applications from grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in the South East to help them respond to disabled people’s needs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Projects lasting until the end of June 2021 will be funded to encourage independent living, reduce isolation, and improve income levels amongst disabled people.
The Disabled People’s Organisations – Covid 19 Emergency Fund will provide grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.
COVID-19 related work in the following broad three areas will be funded:
- Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting Disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield
- Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks
- Income: covering work to support Disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues
In the South East of England, the Fund is being administered by SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living on behalf of the National Emergency Trust.
The closing date for applications is the 5th October 2020.