2021 COVID-19 grants

Grants from our Community Resilience Fund will support COVID-19 response and recovery, in particular in relation to lockdown 3.

Amounts available: £500 to £5,000

Maximum annual income: £3,000,000

Type of cost: Core costs, project work, general expenses. All grants must be used by 30th September 2021.

Closing date:  PLEASE NOTE: since this grants round was opened in early January, we have been overwhelmed with applications. For this reason we will be suspending applications on Wednesday 13th January at midday so that we can prioritise work to assess existing applications. We hope to be able to reopen these grants at a later date.

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

These grants are funded from our Community Resilience Fund and aim to give organisations vital funding as they continue to respond to the pandemic, or enter the recovery phase.

Priority will be given to projects that are responding to the latest lockdown.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

This programme will prioritise applications where the group is either responding directly to needs arising from the lockdown or pandemic or is supporting the frontline effort in some way. These grants can help with ongoing running costs. The number of people participating will be considered (proportional funding).

Applications working in the following areas will be assessed most favourably to receive funding:

  • Supporting the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to maintain their health and wellbeing, in particular tackling educational disadvantage, mental health issues including loneliness and isolation and homelessness
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision
  • Support for vulnerable people self-isolating, such as recommencing of small community/befriending groups
  • Food insecurity, such as foodbanks, combating hardship caused by the pandemic, including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community, or promoting digital inclusion, particularly for children and young people in full-time education
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

Note that we cannot fund expenses that have already been paid.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You need to complete a short online application form with your contact details, some multiple-choice questions, a brief budget and just one free-text answer. You will need to supply a budget breakdown and specified documentation showing evidence of good governance. Your application will be assessed by our office-based grants team, and you may be asked further questions about your application at this stage. Our panel will then review and prioritise all the applications.

Dates and timings

Our panel will review and prioritise all applications on a weekly basis.

Opening date Closing date 
Thursday 7th January 2021 PLEASE NOTE: since this grants round was opened in early January, we have been overwhelmed with applications. For this reason we will be suspending applications on Wednesday 13th January at midday so that we can prioritise work to assess existing applications. We hope to be able to reopen these grants at a later date.

 

Please note that before you start your application, please read the full eligibility criteria from the bottom of this page.

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