VOLUNTARY groups in Penarth have been given a boost with the news new grants are available to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Glamorgan Voluntary Service (GVS), with thanks to funding from Comic Relief, is administering a “small grants scheme” to help voluntary groups in the Vale.

The grants are available up to a maximum of £500, and can be used to:

  • Maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable during the pandemic.
  • Ensure third/voluntary sector organisations have the resources needed to deliver vital services for their community
  • Encourage stringent health and safety protocols during all activities that safeguard third/voluntary sector staff and volunteers. 

The grant can also be used to purchase equipment, to go towards printing leaflets and flyers or for any activity relating to benefit or support to communities.

Comic Relief, through this scheme, also wants to support projects that contribute to any or all of their four main themes: ‘Children Survive and Thrive’; mental health; gender equality and ‘A Safe Place to Be’.

To be eligible you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be based in the Vale of Glamorgan
  • Work in direct response to the Covid-19 outbreak or work to at least one of the Comic Relief themes
  • Work for the benefit of your local community

If you have previously received funding from GVS, you can apply.

However, you must apply for something different to previous applications.

For more information visit https://www.gvs.wales/news/2020/07/smallgrants or e-mail enquiries@gvs.wales.