20 July 2020
Funding to Support Organisations Dealing with Impact of COVID-19
Grants for organisations to provide emergency relief in their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and to recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services.
A new Fund has launched for local grassroots organisations in England that deliver projects against the themes of gender justice, mental health, homelessness and early childhood development.
Organisations can apply for funding to:
- Respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
- Recover and develop organisational resilience following the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
Grants of up to £4,000 are available for emergency relief to help support organisations become more robust and better able to deliver projects and bring about lasting change. Approximately 150 grants will be awarded in total.
The funding, which must be spent by the end of February 2021, can be used for activities and costs such as the following:
- Supporting an increased number of homeless beneficiaries with food, shelter and general welfare.
- Providing telephone help lines, food parcels, support with wellbeing and mental health.
- Increasing organisational capacity by recruiting new volunteers or sessional staff.
- Hiring suitable spaces for services.
- Making changes to an existing space in order to provide services eg, protective screens or increasing hand washing facilities.
- Increasing range or types of services delivered.
Applications are accepted from grassroots, not-for-profit voluntary or community organisations that include members with lived experience and have an annual turnover of under £250,000 can apply. Organisations who support BAME and LGBTQ communities, who have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 crisis, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis until the end of 2020.