Support for vulnerable EU citizens: grant funding for community groups
In December 2017 the UK Government reached an agreement with the European Union protecting the rights of EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU. In March 2018 this was extended to cover those arriving during the implementation period to the end of 2020 and citizens’ rights are confirmed in the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.
EU citizens and their family members will need to apply online to secure their rights to pre-settled status (if resident for under five years, to gain a further five years residency) and then settled status (for those with five years residency). The application process will be open between the end of March 2019 and 30th June 2021. There will be a range of guidance and support (language & digital) available for those who need them.
In addition the Home Office has opened a £9 million grant funding scheme for activities to be delivered in the 2019/20 financial year. The funding is available through an open bidding process to voluntary and community sector organisations able to support vulnerable EU citizens and their family members with making their EU Settlement Scheme applications.
There are two funding categories:
- Projects between £5,000 up to £39,999
- Projects between £40,000 up to £750,000
The closing date for receipt of applications is the 1st of February 2019, and further details of the scheme are available here:
Rotherham Borough Council is also considering how it can support local communities during this time of transition. If you are considering bidding for the funding, we would be keen to discuss how your proposals would complement our own service provision. Please contact:
- Waheed Akhtar, Voluntary Sector Liaison Officer
- Email: Waheed.Akhtar@rotherham.gov.uk
- Telephone: 01709 822795