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Date: 19 Jun 2020     

News: Coronavirus Community Impact Survey

Groundwork is carrying out this survey to better understand the experiences of grassroots community groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They want to use this knowledge to advocate for groups and put in place support that will help help communities.

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News: Lock-down Help Still Available

Residents in need of help and support to get food or prescriptions can still register for help if they have no friends or family to call on.

As many people across the county start to return to work, vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours could find themselves with limited or no support.

Residents who are on the shielded list and are in need of help because their circumstances have changed are being urged to register on the national list for supermarket food deliveries.

And residents are also being reminded that DCC Community Response Unit can also provide help to deliver food, prescriptions or even a friendly phone call to those living alone and feeling isolated.

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News: Deaf-initely Women Highly Commended

Deaf-initely Women is thrilled to be highly commended as a Small Charity creating a big impact for deaf and hard of hearing women in Derby and Derbyshire.

The East Midlands Charity Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 11 June 2020. The Winners and Highly Commended charities were announced online. All staff and Management Committee members at Deaf-initely Women are celebrating after they heard that they were finalists for two East Midlands Charity Awards: The Best Social and Digital Media award and Small Charity: Big Impact award.

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News: Reopening of Charity Shops

Charity shops are asking people to check with their chosen charity about opening times and not to leave donations outside closed shops.

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News: High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant

The High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant is a small grant scheme aimed at supporting new groups that have responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic or existing groups that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership in the High Peak is a core strategic group that comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the High Peak. A sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership has been developed which is looking at ways to develop and encourage social connectedness across the High Peak. 

How much can you apply for?

Up to £500  

Who can apply?

Any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community during the pandemic are eligible to apply for funding.

For example, your group might be a neighbourhood watch, mutual aid, a social group, a self-help group or another type of community group that provides help and support.

We want to hear from people who’d like to make a difference to their community.  Whether you are a formal group with working rules or a group of neighbours that have got together to support your local community, please think about applying. Speak with HPCVS for advice and if the application is successful they can support you to deliver your project.      

Grants that support the following High Peak Connect focus areas will be prioritised but all applications will be considered:

 Supporting Expectant or New Families

 Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Supporting Children and Young People

We are aware of the restrictions and pressures COVID-19 has had on small groups and organisations and we want this grant to help where it’s needed. We are willing to consider supporting groups with CORE costs and operational expenditure where appropriate where evidence is provide that proves this will help the immediate and long term sustainability of the group.

What do you need to show on your application form?

 Information on what you will deliver with the grant money. This needs to be specific about what you plan to do and what you will spend the money on.

 Evidence of how the project meets the needs of people in your community. This can be as simple as having a list of people already waiting to get involved in the project.

 How you will know if your project has been successful. For example, what impact do you expect the project to have on people in your local community?

 How the project will contribute towards one or more of the High Peak Connect Priorities.

 How your project/group will continue to benefit local people into the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As a condition of funding all successful applicants will be expected to complete a short End of Project Report on the impact of their project.  This will be provided with the Decision Letter if you are successful and will provide guidance on the type of information we are looking for.  This report must be returned to High Peak CVS at the end of the funded project/activity and demonstrate that the funding was used for the purpose it was intended.  This information will allow High Peak Connect to assess the impact and overall effectiveness of projects for future funding.


Completed application forms (with all supporting documentation) should be submitted to High Peak CVS as detailed in the application form. There is no deadline but the funding is restricted so will close when it has been fully allocated.

A small grant panel comprising of representatives from High Peak CVS, Public Health and another Partnership member will meet on a regular basis to make decisions on the applications.

If you are a formal constituted group or a group with working rules payment will be made to the successful applicants via cheque or BACS within 2 weeks of the panel’s meeting.  If you are not a formal constituted group or a group with working rules High Peak CVS will reimburse you for receipted expenditure or process invoices on your behalf.

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be required to submit their End of Project Report. The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.

Applications should be returned to:High Peak CVS via email to Donna Wren:

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Application Form May 2020

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Guidance Notes 2020

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