Applications open for round 1 of the Community Champions scheme

Can you make a difference in your community by tackling misinformation? Can you help encourage Kirklees communities to take part in the vaccination programme?

Community organisations can submit applications for grant round 1 for the next three weeks. Applications will assessed weekly and it is therefore advised to submit your application as early as possible. Applications submitted after 23:59pm Monday 22nd March will not be accepted.

You can download the Community Champions application form online.

*Please return your form to candc.projectteam@kirklees.gov.uk before the deadline.

If you have any questions about the application process then please email candc.projectteam@kirklees.gov.uk

Round 2 of the grant scheme, which is due to go live in the coming weeks, will be open for smaller grants of up to £1000. Community groups can apply for this money to develop their own targeted campaigns to help reach all of our Kirklees communities

Through the Community Champions scheme voluntary organisations will deliver a wide range of measures to protect those most at risk – building trust, communicating accurate health information and ultimately helping to save lives. The Community Champions will tap into their local networks to provide advice about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“Since the coronavirus outbreak earlier last year we have been working extremely hard to protect all of our communities and specifically those who are most at risk. It quickly became clear that COVID-19 disproportionately impacted specific groups and this funding will help reduce infection rates, increase vaccine take up and save lives.

Every single vaccines matters and it’s therefore extremely important that our residents are accessing accurate public health guidance. Misinformation can cost lives and our Community Champions will work with the high-risk groups to further build understanding on the importance of the free vaccine. No one knows our Kirklees communities better than those organisations who are at the heart of them and the local staff and volunteers that work in them. The scheme will also be huge positive in terms of reducing the financial impact which charities and community groups have faced as a result of the lockdown and tier restrictions.”