Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

The Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund is open to support vital community projects as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months. For those charitable groups well placed to take action, this additional funding aims to help them to take steps to provide the much needed essential support to the most vulnerable members of our community during this public health crisis.

Funding available

We are please to announce that the second wave of funding for the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund is now available focusing on two areas:

Crisis Response Grants

Grants of up to £3,000 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.

Strategic Response Grants - Please note we will now only be accepting applications covering Corby and Kettering

Grants between £10,000 - £20,000 to strategically support community action to help vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. You must evidence how you are working collaboratively with other agencies and organisations to address an urgent need with a co-ordinated response. Partnership applications are especially welcome with a lead organisation applying. 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.

To discuss a strategic response proposal please contact Rachel McGrath: rachel@ncf.uk.com

Please note: Your organisation must evidence that you are working safely and adhering to government guidelines on COVID-19 virus. 

Please also 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. 

Please read the important guidance on applying to this fund here.

Who can apply

Grants will go to small, local charities and community organisations that meet our eligibility criteria for funding and meets one of the following key criteria:

1. Groups working directly with vulnerable groups or their carers including:

People over 70 – especially isolated older people and those living in care settings (this will be the priority for the first wave of grants)
People with asthma, heart or lung disease or diabetes
People who may have a weakened immune system including:

People with HIV/AIDS
People receiving treatment for cancer
People receiving transplants
People with conditions like motor neurone disease and muscular dystrophy

2. Funding will be awarded to organisations providing direct services and support to people with low and insecure incomes e.g. those on universal credit and people working in the so-called ‘gig economy’, and to those working with school-age children in disadvantaged communities where schools have been closed. 

3. Local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover and continue their activities once the outbreak eases. Please note: our priority is 1 and 2 at this time.

Example projects may include:

Supply of food/ other items to ensure the continuation/ expansion of services to meet the needs of vulnerable people
Recruitment and support of volunteers to provide additional capacity
Rent or other costs relating to a new site or community hub where people can more easily access community support and services
Transport costs to enable outreach services, or help people provide local transport
Befriending support for people in isolation
Equipment and other measures to enable community support to be delivered safely

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

For further information please email the Grants Team: Anthony@ncf.uk.com Alex@ncf.uk.com

To apply click here.

Project Type: Health & Wellbeing

Grant Location:  Northamptonshire (county-wide)

Grant Amount: Up to £3,000

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