The Wiltshire COVID-19 Response Grants Programme supports the community and voluntary sector in response to the corona virus pandemic and its impact on individuals, communities and the voluntary sector.
The first phase of grants focusses 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
The size of grant will be flexible and will be depend on the funds raised as well as the needs of organisations. Most grants will be £1,000-5,000 with a few up to £10,000 or more.
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 very as the impact on communities develops.
There is no lengthy application form as we want this to be easy and quick for everyone. Please just email telling us:
- A contact name, email and phone number
- What you would like to do with a grant (max 150 words)
- Why you think you need to do this (max 150 words)
- How much you would like. Note that grants £1,000-5,000 with a few up to £10,000 or more – we are dependent on fundraising, our funds are limited and this crisis will continue, so please be realistic in what you ask for at this stage. We expect to be able to fund organisations more than once during the life of the programme, as funds come in.
We will respond by calling you to get any further information we need. We are aiming to make grant decisions within days rather than weeks.