Grants Online – Help during COVID 19

Firstly, the Grants Online team hope you are all well and bearing up in these difficult times. 

Since our last email there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.

Some of the updates include:

Sport England has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Youth Scotland has launched an Action Fund to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. the purpose of this fund is to enable youth groups to purchase essential items that will enable them to continue working with young people throughout this period of social distancing and restrictions. Grants of up to £500 are available.

A number of additional Community Foundations have now launched funds to help local organisations and people affected by Covid-19.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has launched a Third Sector Resilience Fund. The Third Sector Resilience fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant

We are working hard to keep everyone updated with the latest information and if you are aware of any funding schemes not listed on our page please let us know by email at

To access the list of funds available please go to:

Please feel free to share this information.

If you are in self-isolation and you have a smart meter (pre-payment meter) please contact your utility provider who may be able to assist by sending out two weeks’ worth of gas/electricity.

Please see contact details below:

British Gas:               0333 202 9802

EDF:                           0333 200 5100

EON:                          0345 303 3040

N Power:                    0800 073 3000

Scottish Power:        0800 027 0072

SSE:                           0345 026 2658


If you require support with Council Tax payments please visit: and email:

DCC receive UK Parliament Recognition!

DCC has this week been recognised as an establishment that provides schemes of work that engage pupils and colleagues in UK Parliament and democracy.

After submitting a portfolio, the UK Parliament expressed how impressed they were with Mr Spencer and the RS team, and how they had managed to embed work related to Democracy at Denton Community College. They praised the teachers for a brilliant job of engaging our pupils and colleagues in the UK Parliament and democratic process.

The college gained special recognition for the achievement of raising student awareness in topics as diverse as Uighur Muslims, LGBTQ+ Action and the Make Your Mark programme.

Consequently, we are delighted to confirm Mr Spencer’s status as UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador (Gold). The college has been awarded two versions of a digital badge which Denton Community College will add to the website.

We will shortly receive a printed certificate and an enamel badge. Mr Spencer will also be invited to the ‘show and tell’ at the next Teachers’ Institute currently scheduled for 22 June.

We are immensely proud of this achievement and want to thank Mr Spencer and the RS team for helping our pupils and colleagues in Denton to learn more about the UK Parliament!

Well done Mr Spencer for becoming a Teacher Ambassador and the team for their hard work!


Free School Meals: DCC Voucher Scheme

The government and Tameside LA are yet to clarify arrangements for the national voucher scheme. As a response, the College is introducing an interim voucher scheme to support families whose child attends DCC and is eligible for free school meals.

If our records indicate that your child is eligible for free school meals you will be eligible for a voucher this can be redeemed at Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s or Tesco, contact will be made with you, you do not need to contact the college.

A copy of the letter sent to eligible parents can be found here:

Letter to Parents entitled to Free School Meals

E-Saftey and Home Learning

As we begin a long period of Online Learning, Denton Community College has prepared useful hints, tips and guidance along with activities to help with your child’s saftey.


Follow the link to access this information by clicking below:

E-Safety Advice for Parents

IMPORTANT Free School meals SCAM.

BEWARE OF SCAMS: The college has received notification that some parents have received emails that state

“As schools will be closing, you may be entitled to free school meals, please send your back details and we will make sure you are supported”.

The DFE have informed us this is a scam. DO NOT SUPPLY YOUR BANK DETAILS. All information about school meals will be sent directly to Parents/Carers from the school.



As we continue to look at ways to support our local businesses, we are also very aware that individuals have already lost their livelihoods and that you yourselves may be struggling as households. We have set up a new section on our dedicated webpage for the latest support available to individuals. Please do take a look and pass this information along to those you think it might help. It includes guidance on mortgage and rent payments as well as changes to universal credit and current job opportunities


We would also appreciate your support in keeping this information current, particularly the jobs page.  If you are aware of any other opportunities please could you email with the title ‘JOBS’ so that it can be quickly picked up.