Coronavirus Community Fund

Since the Coronavirus Community Fund was initially launched in March 2020 we have given away over £2m in funding.

Phase 3 (Recovery) Grants

In phase 3 (Recovery) 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 support the development of self sufficient and resilient communities by helping to support a solution rather than the symptoms of problems.

We have recently undertaken a consultation in which we held a focus group and also circulated a survey in which we asked questions about our current priorities and how they are meeting the needs of our communities. As a result, we have made some small amendments to the fund guidance. Further details about the results of the consultation can be found in the guidance notes.

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.

Demand for funding is very high and at the most recent panel we were only able to provide funding for 20% of applicants. We will try to offer feedback where we can however this may not always be possible. If your application is not successful, it does not mean that we do not value what you do but simply that other applications more closely met the panel’s priorities. Please ensure you have read the guidance notes containing the funding priorities carefully.


Who can apply?

All groups should meet our general eligibility criteria which can be found in our how to apply section

 Groups must:

  • Be based in and/or working in North Yorkshire, York, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull
  • Have a management committee with at least 3 unrelated members
  • Be a small voluntary organisation, community group, registered charity or other not for profit organisation
  • Have a bank account in the group’s name (with two unrelated signatories as a minimum)

Generally our definition of small is groups with an income of under £500k. In certain circumstances, where we believe it is in the interest of our communities, we may exercise discretion in this area. If you are thinking of making an application and your income is in excess of £500k then we strongly advise you to contact us in advance.



How to apply?

Before applying, please read the revised guidance notes for this grant scheme carefully.

We would recommend you complete and submit a cashflow forecast for your organisation if you are applying for core costs or project costs due to loss of income. You can use the following as a template and this can be submitted with your application: Cashflow Template

When to apply?

The fund is now closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause if you were planning to apply in the final round but due to significant over-subscription in the recent round and many great applications the decision was made to spend the remaining funding available through our Coronavirus Community Fund.

Recently awarded grants

Coronavirus Community Fund Grants Awarded