We carried out research in May 2020 which provided data on how the local voluntary sector has responded to the initial phase of the Coronavirus outbreak and plans and challenges for the future. The research also gave insight into the emerging needs of people across the County. To read more about the survey click here
. As a result of what we have learned we are now inviting applications for the next stage of our response. Those who have already received funding from the HCF Coronavirus Relief Fund can reapply if we have received the required monitoring.Response grants up to £5,000
- In the first phase of the fund we focused on the immediate response to the pandemic by the voluntary sector and made grants totaling over £400,000 to over 100 community groups. These grants will continue to be available for groups who only require a small amount of funding to continue to meet need in the short term and to get community activities up and running, especially for people who've been isolated. Grants to be spent within six months. As before, we will deal with these using a short application form and a turnaround within two weeks. Grants up to £10,000
In this second phase we will be providing larger grants of up to £10,000 to community organisations that have adapted their services to support people now and are looking to longer term need as a result of the pandemic. These grants to be spent within the next twelve months.Partnership grants up to £20,000
Our survey told us that many of you would like to collaborate so we are keen for groups to share proposals for larger bids that will see organisations coming together to meet specific emerging needs.
The HCF Coronavirus Relief Fund is made up of our own funds, generous donations to our appeal, and funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust.