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Grants of up to £5,000 for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak

The coronavirus relief fund is currently closed.

The programme will provide grants of up to £5,000 to small charities and local community groups working with those considered to be the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak. We intend that the programme will adapt to the needs of our communities as they change in response to the outbreak. The current focus is to offer emergency funding. We may review the criteria to reflect emerging needs. HCF, together with community foundations across the UK, will also be distributing funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust. This funding can be accessed as part of this programme.



Priority for funding will be given to small organisations providing services and support to older and vulnerable people of all ages in our County as well as those with low and insecure incomes.

We will help organisations to respond to the unprecedented pressures that people in Hertfordshire are facing as a result of Covid-19. We recognise that many of the services that you usually provide are not currently possible, including group activities, lunch clubs, day centres, community centres and face to face advice to those in need.

Our aim is to help small charities and local community groups that can identify ways to continue to support people who are most at risk during prolonged periods of isolation through existing, new and where possible, collaborative solutions. We recognise there will be new challenges for communities who have additional pressures resulting from the economic impact of the outbreak.

We would like to encourage local groups to work together and be aware of what others are doing in their local area, would welcome joint projects with one application from a lead organisation.

We will support constituted charities and community groups based in Hertfordshire to support people living in the County. We will generally prioritise smaller groups where a relatively small grant can make an appreciable difference. The application process is straightforward, with a short application form. We aim to let applicants know quickly if they are successful.

Groups may apply for further funding if they have spent their grant and returned their monitoring to us.



How to apply

Before you start your application we recommend that you download the fund eligibility criteria below

Coronavirus Emergency Fund Guidelines v4





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