Up to £1000 Available for Community Groups in Kirklees to Encourage Vaccine Uptake & Community Testing in their Area
***This fund is still open and accepting applications***
TSL Kirklees is working in partnership with Kirklees Council on a new Community Champions scheme to help tackle vaccine hesitancy and overcome barriers that are stopping people going for Covid vaccinations or testing, such as:
- access to transport, technology or childcare
- language barriers
- health concerns
- lack of confidence, knowledge or understanding
- tackling misinformation and making sure that people have the right information and messages
Community groups in Kirklees can apply for up to £1000 to put on local activities that will encourage people to have their Covid19 jab or to go for testing. We want groups to be as creative as they can with their ideas and think about what would work best for their community and the people they work with. The money could be for any sort of community engagement, such as:
- training up staff or volunteers to be vaccine advocates
- providing transport, bus or train tickets or childcare to people who are struggling to get to a vaccination or testing centre
- helping people to book a jab online or by phone
- letting people know when they’re eligible for the jab
- adding in some discussions or information about the vaccine to an existing group or activity
- putting on Covid-safe health, wellbeing or family activity and including some information about vaccinations
- producing videos, posters, flyers or social media campaigns for your community to address their worries and answer their questions
- holding a competition that helps raise awareness
- talking to people in local community or religious settings
The funding is particularly aimed at those parts of Kirklees that have been hardest hit by Covid 19, and making sure that those most at risk from the disease (such as BAME communities, people with disabilities, people on low incomes or unpaid carers) are protected.
Community groups can apply for up to £1000 to fund work in their local communities which will:
- tackle misinformation and encourage more people to go for both jabs and testing
- help them remove any barriers that are stopping local people going for jabs or testing (including things like cost, transport, childcare) or support people who need extra help
- help them come up with creative ways of engaging with their local community and getting the right messages out to build confidence and understanding. This could be anything from activities and workshops to social media campaigns, competitions, banners and posters.
Funded activities need to start as soon as possible, and the money needs to be spent within 3 months of the funding being approved. Groups can apply for more than £1000 in exceptional circumstances. We have £40,000 available in total and so are hoping to fund a number of different projects, across Kirklees.
How to Apply
(You can also email us to get a copy of the form sent to you.)
You will need to include:
- how your project will meet the aims of the programme, and which communities you’ll be working with
- when and where your project will take place
- a brief summary of your costs
- details of your previous experience of this kind of work, plus the name and address of a referee who can verify this.
- details of any partners you’ll be working with