Coronavirus Community Fund

Since the Coronavirus Community Fund was initially launched in March 2020 we have given away over £1.1m in funding.

We are very proud of this achievement and you can read more about how funds have been spent so far in our June update report

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.

Phase 3 (Recovery) Grants

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.

We would recommend you complete a cashflow forecast for your organisation, particularly 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

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Demand for funding is very high and at the most recent panel we were only able to provide funding for 25% 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.


Size of grants

Grants are available of up to £10,000 for individual group applications.

We will also consider partnership bids and whilst we have not set an upper limit on an amount for a partnership bid however we might expect these to be around £30,000. If you intend to make a partnership bid, please see our additional guidance around partnerships bids

 


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 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)

As funds are limited, in this phase, we will be moving back to prioritising applications from organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 based on current forecast annual income.

We would recommend you complete a cashflow forecast for your organisation, particularly 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


How to apply?

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

 


When to apply?

This fund is currently open and accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis subject to available funding. Decisions will be made monthly during the first full week of each month and we are aiming for a maximum 6 week turnaround with the following deadlines for each meeting date during 2020.

Deadline 17th August for decisions during week commencing 7th September

Deadline 14th September for decisions during week commencing 5th October

Deadline 12th October for decisions during week commencing 2nd November

Deadline 16th November for decisions during week commencing 7th December

We currently anticipate continuing to make grants from this fund in 2021 and further dates will be added in due course subject to available funding.

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