Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Emergency Funding for Charities Affected by Coronavirus

Background

Coronavirus is presenting new and significant challenges to voluntary organisations across Kent & Medway, making it harder for them to support vulnerable people at exactly the time when their needs may be increasing hugely.

We at Kent Community Foundation recognise this, and the financial implications of the pandemic on the sector, and have launched our Coronavirus Emergency Fund to ameliorate some of this impact.

We are hopeful that the fund will help smaller organisations to sustain themselves through an incredibly difficult time allowing them to carry on their vital work across Kent & Medway.

Update from 31st March: We’re also pleased to announce that Kent Community Foundation has been given a pot of emergency funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET are particularly keen to support projects on the Coronavirus front-line with this funding and are able to consider requests from larger organisations with income up to £1m. 

Applications are through our existing form – we will match the right request with the right fund.

This NET funding is in addition to our own Coronavirus Emergency Fund which is still open and available to organisations with an annual income up to £200,000.

Remember – applications to both 'pots' are through the same form.

If you have already applied to our Coronavirus Emergency Fund, please do not apply again for NET funding – we are pooling the funds, rather than managing them separately.

If, at any point, we are able to accept repeat applications we will let you know.

Who can apply?

We will give priority to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200,000* and who are supporting the most vulnerable people at this time.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community affecting vulnerable people as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.

Organisations should be working to:

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability of people with Kent and Medway during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of Coronavirus
  • Support ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their wellbeing is maintained
  • Provide any initiative that will help ensure vulnerable people remain connected with the outside world during this time

We will consider applications from organisations working with other older people, families on low incomes, those affected by food poverty, children & young people adversely impacted by Coronavirus.

We are also looking to support direct intervention responses, such as:

  • Special provision of crisis services for rough sleepers and those living in temporary accommodation with changed practices to keep clients and staff as safe as possible
  • Free takeaway lunches and online youth services for young people in a very disadvantaged area, supported by local volunteers
*We are able to consider applications from those with an annual income of up to £1m, which will be funded from the amount received via National Emergencies Trust (NET) as noted above.

What can you apply for?

Either additional costs that you have incurred in your response to Coronavirus or to compensate for loss of income that you have incurred/will incur because of the pandemic.

We are happy for the grant to be spent on core costs, service delivery costs, overheads, small capital costs – anything directly related to the impact of this virus.

How much can you apply for?

Grants are up to £10,000, but we anticipate most awards will be for less than that – we want this fund to support as many organisations as possible and so to reach the widest number of beneficiaries.

Please note: Where an applicant has more than six months of free reserves, we would expect them to be utilising some of those monies in this time of crisis. Reserves are built up to be accessed in high risk scenarios, which is of course what we are in now.

We would expect organisations to have had a discussion about accessing reserves with their trustees before applying for emergency funding.

We aim to make grants to successful applicants within two weeks.

The Kent Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund is open from 23rd March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis. We do, however, expect a high level of interest in this fund. Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, we therefore may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time, if we do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support.

To apply please complete the simple form found at the top of this page and send, along with proof of bank account, to Natalie and admin@kentcf.org.uk. Those who have received a grant from Kent Community Foundation within the last 12 months do not need to provide proof of bank account.natalie@kentcf.org.uk

Funding for individuals - Emergency Hardship Fund

Wards Charitable Trust has kindly opened an Emergency Hardship Fund offering grants to families with children who have complex needs. This Fund has been opened specifically to help these individuals who are facing increased challenges during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recipients of funding must be referred to Kent Community Foundation through a professional third party. We cannot accept any nominations directly from the beneficiary or their family and friends. Examples of people that could nominate on another’s behalf include (but are not limited to): charity employees, social workers, GPs and specialist doctors, occupational therapists or teachers. 

To apply for funding a professional third party should send their nominations by email to joanne@kentcf.org.uk

Want to donate? We're accepting donations big or small through our Virgin Money Giving page. 100% of your donation will go to organisations supporting the most vulnerable in our local communities.

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