And a band of local ‘Covid Community Champions' is leading the charge to ensure much-needed support and information is there for local communities.
Grants - of up to £1,000 for non-constituted groups and up to £5,000 for constituted groups - will help ensure local people are well informed, with help targeted at those most at risk.
The scheme will focus on six key areas:
- The older population
- BAME communities
- Those shielding
- Those at clinical risk
- Those with addictions
- Wards with high levels of deprivation
Successful applicants will appoint a member of their group their Covid Community Champion, as part of a new Covid Champions Communications Network.
Individuals are also invited to put themselves forward as Community Champions to help deliver key messages in their local neighbourhoods and report back on the issues affecting specific communities.
The grants are being made as part of Middlesbrough's Test & Trace allocation from Government.
Councillor Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Communities & Education, said: "Those at the heart of our local communities have been amazing from day one, and their commitment, hard work and positivity have shone through.
"They're the people who have their finger on the pulse, and who now have a vital role to play in the next phase of our response to the pandemic.
"These grants will provide a much needed boost for the local groups and organisations who are at the frontline in delivering support and advice to those in need.
"I'd urge as many as possible to apply, and I look forward to working with our Community Champions as they make a real difference where it really matters."
- For more information and an application pack, visithttps://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/social-care-and-wellbeing/health-and-wellbeing/community-grants
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, October 12.
- For the latest local updates and information, visitmiddlesbrough.gov.uk/covid19
For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777
The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus