Two new grant schemes to help Ukrainian guests
Two new grant schemes have been made available to support Ukrainian refugees who are living in the district.
Uttlesford District Council has launched the grant schemes in response to the ongoing Ukrainian refugee humanitarian crisis, using funds from the government's Homes for Ukraine programme. The purpose is to back activities, events and projects that support the independence and integration of Ukrainian guests and enables them to establish their new lives in the UK.
The Individual Support Grant is for Ukrainian guests who can apply for up to £500 to help with employment, education or training opportunities, removing language barriers, access to transport, and supporting children and young people to adjust to life in the UK. Grants up to £1,500 are available to help with relocation and moving costs. The guests must be eligible under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme to apply.
The second grant - a Community Grants Fund - is to support activities, events and projects that are being run by organisations such as parish councils and community groups, or by Ukrainian guests or their hosts.
Cllr Maggie Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Local Partnerships, said: "Hundreds of people who have fled war and persecution in Ukraine are now calling Uttlesford their home. We are pleased to be able to make these two new grant schemes available to help them settle and integrate into the district so that they continue their new lives here and become fully independent."
Further information about the grant schemes, including criteria and application forms, can be found at: www.uttlesford.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine.
Thanks to the generosity of Uttlesford residents opening up their homes, over 300 Ukrainians have arrived safely in the district. However, as the war continues, there is a need for more sponsors. If you are willing to host a Ukrainian guest, you can register your interest online at: www.gov.uk/register-interest-homes-ukraine.
9 November 2023