It’s good news if you belong to, or run, a community, faith or volunteer group and would like to help increase vaccine take-up amongst its members.

Covid-19 Vaccine vial

Grants of up to £2,000 are now available to groups across Central Bedfordshire to help them to encourage their members to tackle vaccine hesitancy and break down the barriers of misinformation.

Throughout the pandemic, voluntary and community groups have provided a vital role and trusted voice within our communities. The COVID-19 Increasing Vaccinations Fund provides grants to support activities that are directly related to overcoming vaccine hesitancy.

The fund will provide one-off grants for activities that can get up and running quickly and focus on areas of deprivation and vulnerable groups where COVID-19 has had a significant impact. Examples of how the grants can be used, include, but are not limited to, costs relating to community meetings; production and distribution of printed materials, including signage; translation services; volunteer expenses or additional staff costs directly related to overcoming vaccine hesitancy; website modifications; information sharing and befriending services and transport to vaccination services.

The scheme runs from 13 September 2021 until 13 December 2021. Applications for grants are invited from the voluntary and community sector and match funding is not required for applications submitted under the scheme.

If you would like to apply, full details are available on the Central Bedfordshire Council website