The Fund is aimed primarily at small to medium-sized organisations in England and has two key objectives:
- To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
- To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
- Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption.
- Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
Grants amounts have been adapted to the existing Community Fund grant structures:
- between £300 and £10,000 – apply for under £10,000
- If you need over £10,000 – apply for over £10,000
- If you're working in partnership with other organisations and need over £10,000 – apply for over £10,000 as a partnership.
Aim is to cover your spending for up to six months after award. This will give you time to consider what the longer-term implications of the pandemic might be.
The application process is seamless and the new government fund will be distributed alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19
In addition to funding activities to support people and communities affected by COVID-19, the programme can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic.
Priority projects and organisations
1. Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
This includes organisations supporting older people, disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis.
2. Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
This includes organisations supporting people and families who face financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. It also includes organisations working to prevent domestic abuse and violence against protected groups, those working with homeless people and those supporting vulnerable children and young people.
3. Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19
This includes organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and community organising. It also includes organisations supporting community and sector infrastructure, including public information.
- If you have or are applying for other emergency Government COVID-19 funding you should state this in your application.
- You can only apply once for this COVID-19 emergency funding, so only ask for what you need to support communities for up to six months.
- If you cannot accept funding from The National Lottery and specifically need government funding, you should say so in your application.
For more detailed information and to apply please visit the Community Fund website