Swindon & Wiltshire Coronavirus Response Fund
The Wiltshire Coronavirus Response Grants Programme supports the community and voluntary sector in response to the pandemic and its impact on individuals, communities and the voluntary sector.
The first phase of grants focuses on immediate relief. This means grants will be awarded to help organisations respond to immediate needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
Priority will be given initially to:
- Support for vulnerable people to maintain their health and wellbeing
- Activities to relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency, health and social care, or compliment their response
- Activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
- Foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic, including child hunger
- Coordination of community response
- Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic.
- Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
- Additional emotional, mental health and bereavement support
- Organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis
Secondarily, and dependent on sufficient funds being raised:
- Support to counter loss of income due to the pandemic for organisations providing support for vulnerable groups
Most grants will be £1,000 – £5,000 with a few up to £10,000 or more. The size of grant will be flexible and will be dependent on the funds raised as well as the needs of organisations.
Who can apply?
- a constituted voluntary or community organisation
- a registered charity
- a not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company where a majority of the directors receive no payment from the company
- parish and town councils (if the funded activity is not deemed part of their statutory duties)
- Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
- churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not proselytising)
Voluntary and community organisations who do not have a constitution or bank account can apply but must be linked with a constituted organisation or local statutory body, eg parish or town council and any grant will be paid to that organisation.
Who can not apply?
- Statutory bodies such as city and county councils or health institutions
What can the grant pay for?
Your application can be for any reasonable costs related to relieving the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
This can include:
- core costs (provided there is a direct link to the coronavirus impact)
- capital costs
- other revenue costs including salaries, training, equipment, insurance or volunteer costs
What can the grant not pay for?
- Grants cannot solely be to provide money to individuals or families. The grant can be used to buy other provisions such as emergency food parcels or other items, for example, foodbanks that are low on supplies
We want to respond to emerging needs, so these criteria for may vary as the impact on communities develops.
How to apply
We currently have limited funds, raised through the National Emergencies Trust and our local Coronavirus Response Fund appeal, and want to get these funds quickly to where they can help with immediate needs most. Our capacity at the Foundation is limited (and compounded by working at home), so please don’t ask for funds unless you really are addressing COVID-19 related needs and need some funding to do so.
We recognise many voluntary sector groups are facing financial challenges as their income has reduced with the curtailment of activities, but we are not able to make funding available to help groups cope with loss of income at this point.
If sufficient funds are raised, applications for second phase funding to help groups cope with loss of income will be announced at a later date. This grants programme will remain open whilst the need persists and while funds from the NET Coronavirus Appeal and from our local Coronavirus Response Fund are available.
To apply please click here to access the short application form: Coronavirus Response Grant Application Form