Applications now open for the Innovation Fund grant
Community and voluntary organisations across Welwyn Hatfield can now apply for funding to improve vaccine take-up across the borough.
Applications for the Innovation Fund grant are welcomed for initiatives that engage with residents, delivering positive messages to understand barriers, increase awareness and promote the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The council is accepting applications from now through to 31 May. Early applications are encouraged to increase the chance of securing the maximum award of £2,000. The available funding is capped, and applications received after the amount is fully allocated will not be considered. Initiatives are expected to be delivered by 31 July 2022.
The council is encouraging innovative and diverse applications, which will meet the priorities to:
- Tackle misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines
- Increase trust around vaccine safety
- Promote the benefits of the vaccine, such as long-term health protection and social contact
- Overcome barriers to vaccine access including language, location and transport
- Improve outreach of public health messages deeper into communities.
Applications are welcomed from a wide range of voluntary, charitable and statutory agencies, including parish/town councils and educational bodies.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Chief Executive, Ka Ng said:
"We are committed to addressing the low uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination in some of our wards. It has become apparent that there are disparities occurring at a local level, with a wide range of causes. The Innovation Fund grant aims to address this by providing funding to community and voluntary organisations who are often the best people to deliver public health messages in their communities.
"It is one of a range of measures we are introducing to tackle this issue following funding we received from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. We'll be letting people know more about what else that work entails as soon as our plans are finalised."
Applications for the Innovation Fund can be made immediately.