We welcome proposals from organisations, charities and community groups across Northamptonshire. We want to hear from and support organisations working with and for BAME communities, the LGBTQ+ community, women, children, people living with disabilities, older people, people who are homeless, low income communities and those who are among the most vulnerable in our community.
The Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund (PHASE 2) is now open from Monday 10 August to support vital community projects as they continue to respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months. For those charitable groups well placed to take action, this additional funding aims to help them in their ongoing steps to provide the much needed essential support to the most vulnerable members of our community during this public health crisis. We are now transitioning from the immediate relief phase to the longer term emergency phase; we will continue to award crisis response grants for immediate relief in anticipation of any return to lockdown as a result of a spike in infections. We will also now award recovery response grants to help secure the finances of organisations that have lost income due to the crisis and are directly supporting vulnerable people experiencing hardship as a result of the crisis. Funding will also support organisations to adapt their operations, services and working practices.
We are please to announce that the PHASE 2 of funding for the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund is now available focusing on two areas:
Crisis Response Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community action to help vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. We will aim to make funding decisions as quickly as possible on a rolling basis while the fund is open. All grants will be paid by BACS and you may receive a telephone call from a member of our team about your application to help speed up the decision making process. Please note that due to a change in contractual requirements you will need to agree to a set of terms and conditions to receive the funding.
You will be required to spend the fund award within 12 weeks. Repeat funding can be applied for. This programme will stay open until fully allocated and by 8 October.
To apply for a Crisis Response grant please click here.
This is a rolling programme and we can receive ongoing applications until further notice.
Recovery Response Grants
Grants between £3,000 - £10,000 to support organisations that are helping the most vulnerable communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic and adapt to the new environment and community needs.
Funding will be available to help secure the finances of key organisations that have lost income due to the crisis and are directly supporting vulnerable people experiencing hardship as a result of the crisis. Funding will also support key organisations to adapt their operations, services and working practices. Please note that due to a change in contractual requirements you will need to agree to a set of terms and conditions to receive the funding.
Important: Due to limited funds we are only providing this award under the criteria loss of income for groups helping vulnerable people during the ongoing pandemic. All funds must be full spent by 31 March 2021.
To apply for a Recovery Response Grant please click here.
The closing date for applications is Friday 28 August.
We expect a lot of applications and we will not be able to fund them all and so we ask that you only apply for what you know you need.
To help you complete this application you may find this resource useful: http://smallcharityfinance.org.uk/budgets/
Please note: Your organisation must evidence that you are working safely and adhering to government guidelines on COVID-19 virus.
Please also note the continued availability of these grants is dependent on the progress of the fundraising appeal we are working alongside, which is supported by the National Emergencies Trust and a range of other donors, partners and donations from the general public. PHASE 2 includes funds awarded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Please read the important guidance on applying to this fund here.
Who can apply
Only the following organisations are eligible to apply:
• Organisations working to combat hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the pandemic
• Organisations that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained including those who are self isolating, community response co-ordination and informal groups responding to the crisis
• Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response
• Organisations supporting people or communities who have been disproportionately affected.
Example projects could include, but are not limited to:
• Support for vulnerable and older people in their homes, providing food and medicines whilst this is still required
• Funding for community groups that are linked into the hubs being created to coordinate the above
• Training for new volunteer advice workers
• Non-perishable food and essential living and baby items for distribution to destitute individuals
• Increased hours for part time frontline workers to deliver increased services
Please note: Individuals cannot apply, and the fund cannot be used to support personal needs on an individual basis. We cannot accept applications from businesses
Is my group eligible?
Your project can be a new activity, start up costs for a new group or service or building on the good work you already do. Revenue and Capital Funding is eligible.
Your group must be a small, locally managed, voluntary, community or self-help group. Note Town/Parish Councils can apply.
Your total budget for the project you are applying for cannot be more than £20,000
You must have people volunteering to help with your activity, who are not part of your management committee
You must have a set of written rules or a constitution that your group adheres to. We can help advise you on how to do this especially if you are a new group
If volunteers will privately contact vulnerable people or children, you must take care to ensure that young people or vulnerable people taking part in your activity do not come to any harm whilst in your care. To this end, you must have written procedures for keeping young people and/or vulnerable people safe otherwise known as a Child Protection or Vulnerable people’s policy. This will be needed as a condition of funding. If you do not have such a policy, visit our Training & Resources section to download an example