In this rapidly evolving situation please check that you have the most up-to-date COVID-19 Fund guidelines:

ISSUE 2 – As at 15th May 2020

The COVID-19 Fund has been set up to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. Our focus is to offer funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will be to directly support a group’s work in their community in response to the virus, and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

Up to £5,000 is available to support the following:

· Organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

· Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community including volunteer costs

· Activities to support community coordinated resources

· Initiatives working to combat poverty (e.g. initiatives to tackle food poverty or ‘holiday’ hunger etc.)

· Advisory services that complement those being put in place by statutory authorities such a directing people to local services or listening on the phone and giving emotional support.

Your request for funding may be to support something you already do, or it may be for a completely new project. Either way, you should demonstrate how it relates to emerging community needs in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Please identify where your activity complements the support measures that are being put in place in your communities by the statutory authorities e.g. local authority led community hubs.

The Foundation is aware that this is a very difficult time for charities and community organisations, and that many of you will be seeking support to cover loss of income due to restrictions that have been put in place to tackle the spread of COVID-19. The Foundation is working to develop funding streams that can support longer term stabilisation and recovery funding. We will share news of this as it comes onstream.

We are also actively working with the National Lottery Community Fund and local authorities and will seek wherever possible to direct groups to sources of supportive funding that have been made available in County Durham and Tees Valley. Details of core and project-related funders can be found in our COVID-19 Useful Resources site

Who can apply?

Before applying please read the Fund guidelines.  Click here to check that your organisation and activity or project for which you are seeking funding meets the Fund’s criteria.

If you need help with your application, please email [email protected]

For further information and support on Covid-19 please go to our useful resources page