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This information is a work in progress and is going to be updated as it changes or new information is received. If you’re aware of anything that needs updating, adding or changing please email covid.community@eastdevon.gov.uk

This is not a complete list of grants available to community projects related to or due to Coronavirus, but may give you a few ideas.

For support with applying for grants, contact Westbank, who are currently providing this help in East Devon.

East Devon District Council grants

Coronavirus Community Food Fund

East Devon District Council has grants available for funding for any projects related to providing food to residents of East Devon who are in food poverty during Coronavirus.

This could include, for example:

  • A food bank whose stocks of items are running low and they need an immediate donation to enable them to restock.
  • New equipment / resources that allow groups to have the capacity for the increased number of people needing their food related service.
  • A service providing hot meals delivered to the homes of vulnerable people, children or adults, who might otherwise not have a hot meal.
  • Costs related to collecting food donations and delivering food to those in need.
  • Training of staff and volunteers working on food related projects.

It can be used to fund eligible capital (so for physical things like equipment) and revenue costs (so for things like training, petrol costs).

You can apply to the Coronavirus Community Food Fund for between £500 and £2,500. Grants must be spent within 3 months.

Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund small grants

East Devon District Council and Devon County Council are providing funding through the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund for small grants. This is providing flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

You can apply for a maximum of £499.

Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, we will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

These can include:

  • Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
  • Support for accessing online information and services
  • Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
  • Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak. 

Crowdfund East Devon

East Devon District Council has extra funding available through Crowdfund Devon. This funding has been available since February 2019, but Coronavirus projects are welcome to apply where they fit in with the criteria.

You would need to run a crowdfunding campaign, which takes a bit of time to set up and run. Crowdfunding has really taken off with the Coronavirus situation with a wealth of projects both national and very local being crowdfunded and being successful, where they've been well promoted. Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police also have money available through Crowdfund Devon. Crowdfunder, the crowdfunding platform you'd need to use to access our, Devon County Council's and the Police's extra funding is also not currently charging Coronavirus projects any fees. Crowdfunder offers a lot of resources to help you get started.

 

Other local funding

Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund large grants

Devon County Council also have grants available of between £500 and £5,000 from the Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund, under the same rules as the small grants above.  

Locality Budgets

Each Devon County Councillor has £10,000 available every year, which they give out in grants to worthy community projects. We've had confirmation from Devon County Council that you can apply to both this fund and their Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund for the same projects.

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Devon Community Foundation has set up the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to raise funds for local charitable groups that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation, and as a result, the focus of the fund will continue to evolve in line with the support required. The fund will currently support:

  • Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic.
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

Devon Funding News

Sign up to Devon Funding News, which is produced by Devon County Council. It may have information on useful grants in the coming weeks and months.

 

National funders

Government's Food Charity Fund

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of between £30,000 and £100,000 from the Government's Food Charity Grant Fund to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

Grants of up to £500 from the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund. The fund will typically prioritise organisations;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank  whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock. 
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

Princes Countryside Fund: Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

  • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
  • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
  • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

£100,000 total is available in this first round of funding.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

One-off grants of £5,000 for small charities that support disadvantaged children aged 0-3 and that are affected by coronavirus in a loss of income or an ability to deliver services. Application deadline, 28 April 2020.

Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

Defra and WRAP have funding available through their Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant to support not-for-profit food redistribution organisations that are facing difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation have funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs.

John Lewis and Waitrose

They've launched a £1m Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic. Contact your local Waitrose to discuss.

The Barclays Foundation

Barclays Bank have announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Neighbourly

Grants of up to £400 from Neighbourly Community Fund to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

Big Society Capital

Support, adjustments to existing funding and a new £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide social enterprises and charities with emergency loans with no fees or interest for 12 months.

Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within certain programme areas during this period.

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust

They have funding available:

  • Quick emergency funding to support veterans who are particularly vulnerable.
  • A package of programmes to support the Armed Forces Community with  funding from the Covenant Fund and from HM Treasury ; with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities.

Find out more on their website.

Coronavirus Mental Heath Response Fund

To help voluntary and community organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - they can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund grant from MIND. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

There's also a smaller fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available from the National Survivor User Network to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period.

Edward Gosling Foundation

The Edward Gosling Foundation are accepting applications from smaller charities providing front line community services to vulnerable people.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

The February Foundation

The February Foundation is a provider of capital and core costs, particularly for small or minority charities where a small grant will make a big difference. It is  is continuing to operate as normal. It's average grant is £5,000.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Donations from the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally they like to fund something specific so we can measure the difference our donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.

They are most likely to approve funding request which meet one or more of our four areas of interest: 

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people

Persimmon

The Persimmon Community Champions have funding of up to £1,000 available to groups or organisations that work with people aged over 70.

Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust offer grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, to help pay running costs. They will not fund work that does not focus specifically on one of their priority groups. Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and we will fund for up to three years.

WRAP food redistribution grants

WRAP are offering Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grants to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. Applications must be received by 4 June.

 

Lottery Funding

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is working to prioritise funding for groups supporting people and communities facing challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The Heritage Emergency Fund will be investing £50million to provide short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public. Applicants must be a current or previous recipient of a grant from the Heritage Fund / Heritage Lottery Fund.

Covid-19 Emergency Response package from the Arts Council

The Covid-19 Emergency Response package has been set this up to ensure the people and organisations that make up the arts, museums and libraries communities are protected during the coronavirus crisis. Funding of over £160million is available.

Community Emergency Fund from Sport England

This new Community Emergency Fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. Grants will typically be between £300 and £10,000.

 

Our own webpages

Our normal grants and funding information pages may have useful funding opportunities, even though not directly related to Coronavirus projects.