In order to be eligible you need to meet all the following criteria:
If you do not meet all these eligibility criteria, you should not apply.
If your organisation is already getting a grant from either our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund or our National Emergency Trust Coronavirus Appeal Fund, please don’t make an application in response to this call.
Please note, we will be prioritising funding for organisations with income under £1m, especially smaller organisations with under £0.5m in income.
We are calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis. By vulnerable, we mean the elderly (70+) and those with pre-existing health conditions, heart and circulatory problems, lung conditions, cancer and arthritis). We can also support organisations during the crisis who are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement. We are keen to help organisations working with communities who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways e.g. because they are already facing prejudice and discrimination or are being poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services.
We want to fund organisations that are responding by continuing or adapting their existing activities. We can fund core costs e.g. salaries, volunteering support and overheads. We can also fund project/capital costs of adapting services, like devices or software to enable remote working. We can also support the costs of provisions for people facing hardship (e.g. foodbanks that need to buy more supplies).
Please note that we can only fund work covered by the purposes set out in your governing document. For example, if it says that your sole purpose is ‘to provide sporting activities for young people’ we could not fund you to distribute food parcels to the elderly.
Please do not apply if your request falls under one or more of the following headings.
We will have to reject any applications that are incomplete, or where supporting documents are missing, because we don’t have the staff resources to chase information.
Please check that your organisation and request are eligible for support from our Coronavirus funds before making an application. You’ll also need to make sure you can upload copies of supporting documents if we do not already have them. The standard supporting documents we need from all organisations are your governing document, your most recent financial statements, a copy bank statement less than 3 months old and your safeguarding policy and procedure.
If you’re not yet registered on our grant system, click here for information about how to get set up. Once we’ve confirmed your registration, you can make an application using the link below. You will need to give us all the information about your organisation on the application even if you have had a grant from us before January 2020.
If you’re already registered on our grant system, you can apply now by clicking here. If you’ve made an application to us this year, most of the information about your organisation will be filled in. Just update any sections you need to and then give us the details about this request.
Use our application notes to help you complete all the sections of the application form. In the section about ‘your request for funding’. Please be clear how your application relates to your organisation’s Coronavirus work and aims of our funds (use question 21 for this).
We are aiming to keep monitoring requirements from our Coronavirus funds relatively light touch. You will need to describe one way you know the work will have been successful in question 28 but keep this simple and easy to feedback on. For example, you might say ‘we will have continued to support older people who use our services by moving our staff and volunteers to remote and teleworking’.
We will make decisions on a rolling basis over the coming weeks in line with the available funding. If we know your organisation well, we hope to keep assessment relatively light-touch and to tell you whether you have been successful within couple of weeks of receiving your completed application. If you have not applied to us before, or not for some time, we will likely get in touch to find out more about your work and decisions may take longer.
We expect to get a lot of applications, so we will have to be strict about turning down any that do not clearly meet our eligibility rules and fund aims. Our priority will be to support groups we know that are already delivering services to people affected by COVID-19. New initiatives established in response to the current outbreak are encouraged to connect with such organisations, rather than apply to us directly for funding.
We encourage you to get in touch with us at email@example.com or by calling 0191 222 0945 before starting an application if you are unsure whether you are eligible. This could save you a lot of time and effort.
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