The Centre for Progressive Policy thinktank predicts that Stratford-on-Avon District will face the fourth biggest economic hit of all local authority areas in the UK from coronavirus. As a result unemployment will be a significant problem within the District.

In response WCAVA would like to help charities, voluntary and community groups work up and apply for funding of between £5K and £20 K to help unemployed people back into employment, education or training.

You don't have to be an employment specialist, past successful applicants have been Arty Folks, Escape Arts, Forest of Hearts, Wild Earth, China Plate Theatre, Community Radio to name a few.

Funding can pay for staff costs, running costs, admin, skills training, capital costs etc. The very same areas local groups are feeding back they are struggling with.

Possible project ideas could be:

  • Confidence, motivation and social integration projects in sport-arts-gardening etc
  • Development of local groups to support people
  • Removing barriers-soft skills-motivation
  • Innovative and quirky ideas
  • Pilots that can lead to other funding-again WCAVA can help
  • Rural projects have been under subscribed

Due to Stratford Social Inclusion Partnership funding, WCAVA is now in a position to take a lead on preparing and submitting bids for this fund in collaboration with local groups.

If you would like a no obligation conversation on the funding please call or email:

(Mr) Chris Freeman, Development/Funding and Group Development Officer
Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action, Tyler House, Tyler St, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6TY
Mobile: 07850 515185
Website: www.wcava.org.uk

The last chance to apply is mid September so time is limited.