Latest update from Two Ridings 3 November 2020


Still standing with the sector

We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the impact of the covid-19 outbreak continues to have a significant impact on local charity and community organisations, and want to reassure groups and supporters that we will continue to listen and learn about current needs so we can adapt and respond with funding and support for the long term.

Our Coronavirus Community fund is there for groups now and we hope for well into 2021. See fund page for details about how to apply under phase three.

Since the fund opened on 18th March

  • £2,581,789 raised to date – £1.2m from money raised by the National Emergencies Trust & £1.3m from direct donations to Two Ridings
  • £1,698,724 total value of grants made – as at Panel meeting in October 2020
  • Just under half of the charities supported had annual incomes under £50,000 (micro charities as defined by Charity Commission)
  • 613 applications received, 584 processed and 326 awards made.
  • 65% of awards processed were funded


We are determined to support groups with funds that are:

  1. Flexible and responsive to needs – we are holding monthly panels over 2020/21 so decisions made regularly
  2. Reflect needs and groups priorities – so we are happy to fund running costs
  3. Not overburdensome in terms of monitoring and reporting
  4. Of a scale that can make a difference – we have  increased our grant maximum up to £10,000

See Covid 19 CCF Dashboard 16 October 2020 for our latest grantmaking statistics, a complete list of grants made Two Ridings Coronavirus Community Fund Grants 18 March – 31 October 2020 and  UKCF report – CF response to coronavirus a report from our membership body UKCF on the wider activity of the network responding to Coronavirus.

Phase three of the Coronavirus Community Fund (August 2020 onwards)

We are now moving into phase 3 of our funding strategy.  We are thinking about the emerging needs of our communities as we recover from the immediate crisis and start to deal with the ‘new normal’ and the resulting public health, social & economic crisis and its impact.

As funds are becoming more limited, our grant making in phase 3 will be much more focussed. Applications must meet one of 5 themes based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are keen to shift to support the development of self sufficient and resilient communities by helping to support a solution rather than the symptoms of problems.

Funds are available for either project or running costs but work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities.

Please note the current priorities may be subject to change if the situation in our area in relation to lockdown restrictions changes or if the situation changes nationally in relation to a second wave of the virus.

Phase one and Phase two of the Coronavirus Community Fund (March to July 2020)

With our Coronavirus Community Fund we have raised nearly £2.5m and distributed over £1.2m to 283 groups in North & East Yorkshire but there is still much more needed. That’s why on 3rd August 2020 we launched our third phase of funding.

In the initial immediate response phase we were keen to get funds out quickly in small grants of up to £2k to support groups providing an emergency response within the community and seeking to adapt their way of delivery. In phase 2 we increased the size of grant awards to £10k to allow groups to cope with an increased demand for their services, many still delivering an emergency response. We also supported groups struggling to meet their running costs having suffered a loss of income.We are now moving into phase 3 of our funding strategy.  We are thinking about the emerging needs of our communities as we recover from the immediate crisis and start to deal with the ‘new normal’ and the resulting public health, social & economic crisis and its impact.

Fundraising continues

We will continue to fundraise, advocate for our groups and work in partnership with other funders as it is our intention to provide support not only now but well into 2021 and beyond. So, even though we have over !m to support groups we are maintaining our drive to encourage more donations. We want to ensure we can support local groups now and for the long term. Thank you to all our donors, and supporters like the National Emergencies Trust who have been so generous. To donate please get in touch with Jan Garrill, CEO via her email here or donate online here

We are doing our utmost to continue our work providing grants from other funds where we can. Our support for people affected by flooding earlier in 2019/20 has not stopped, and we are continuing to pay grants already awarded from other programmes.

The photo (left) shows Derek receiving a special VE day treat from Trinity Centre in Whitby

Trinity Centre is a day centre in Whitby where mainly elderly people often with dementia can remain socially connected. It also offers respite to families and carers. The centre has received two grants totalling £12,000 from the fund to keep their service delivering meals and activities going for the next six months.

Carolyn Watkinson, Trustee of Trinity Centre in Whitby said: “This grant will be an enormous aid towards helping us to continue supporting older and vulnerable people in Whitby. Our clients experience the debilitating effects of social isolation under normal circumstances. This grant has been invaluable in enabling us to stay in regular contact with them to provide hot meals several times per week to those who need it most. Without grants such as this, the Trinity Centre would have closed and the social connectedness so important to our clients would be have been lost to them. Instead, we have been able to adapt our way of working to support not only our regular clients but also some of the most vulnerable people from our partner charitable organisations. As one service-user said: “‘It’s such a treat. I didn’t expect anything. I thought I would be on my own at home with nothing to do and I’m busy all day with the activities.”

The Trinity Centre and all our clients would like to say a big ’thank you’ to the Two Ridings Foundation and all individuals, and businesses large and small that have contributed towards making grants such as we have received possible.”