A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.
This list will be updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available.
UK wide schemes
Association of Independent Music (UK)
Name of Fund: Aim Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that AIM and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.
Co-operatives UK (UK)
Name of Fund: Community Shares ReBoost fund; and the Community Shares Booster Programme
Community businesses in disadvantaged and under-represented communities in England that want to issue shares to their community to support their recovery from COVID-19 can apply for financial support through the Community Shares ReBoost fund; and the Community Shares Booster Programme. Both programmes provide development grants to prepare a community share offer as well as match equity investment. The funding is delivered by Co-operatives UK and funded by Power to Change and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with grant and investment decisions made within eight weeks of application.
The Foyle Foundation (UK)
Name of Fund: Small Grants Scheme
The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.
National Heritage Memorial Fund (UK)
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Response Fund
Charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations can apply for funding to help save nationally important heritage assets at risk of loss due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund’s Covid-19 Response Fund will support a broad range of heritage, from fine and decorative arts to museum collections and archives, historic buildings and land, and items of industrial, transport and maritime heritage. £20 million is available to support UK organisations, with an additional £20 million available to those in England. Funding could be used to support acquisition costs, urgent conservation work, and fixed term support to enable heritage assets to be sustainably rehomed. The fund will remain open to applications until the end of April 2023. There are no deadlines for applications.
National Lottery Heritage Fund (UK)
Name of Fund: Dynamic Collections Campaign
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has launched its Dynamic Collections campaign to support the heritage sector to build resilience in its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Museums, archives, historic libraries and community organisations which hold collections across the UK can apply for grants of up to £250,000 for projects which make collections relevant to a wider range of people, actively involve the public in collections management and take a creative, sustainable approach to collections. There are three funding priorities for collections: engagement; re-interpretation; and collections management. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the 31st March 2023.
National Lottery Grants for Heritage (UK)
Name of Fund: National Heritage Fund
Not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £5 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for projects connecting people and communities to UK heritage. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the National Heritage Fund will prioritise heritage projects that promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people; boost the local economy ; encourage skills development and job creation; support wellbeing; create better places to live, work and visit; and improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage. There are no deadlines for applications for under £250,000. For applications exceeding £250,000 the next closing date is the 24th February 2022.
UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK)
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support Fund
The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100 million, with £82.6 million already having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector. The Fund will work in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust. The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (England)
Name of Fund: The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund
Public sector organisations, charities, voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of £40 million in funding to protect nationally important heritage which is at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund will allocate £20 million in funding to safeguard nationally important heritage assets within England such as works of fine and decorative art, museum collections, archives, and historic buildings. This funding has been made available by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Assets Fund to distribute alongside the NHMF’s own commitment of £20 million to applicants across the UK. Funding is available until the end of April 2023 and applications can be made at any time.
Sport England (England)
Name of Fund: Together Fund
Sport England are making a further £20 million in funding available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity levels as the country continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Together Fund will help community organisations to recover and grow and enable them to reach and engage communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic to become active or get more active. This includes lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. Sport England will work with a network of 42 Active Partnerships and more than 30 national partners to award funding locally. Community organisations wishing to engage in the Together Fund should make contact with their local Active Partnership.
Sport England (England)
Name of Fund: Return to Play - Active Together Fund
An additional £5 million of National Lottery funding has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain them through the Covid-19 pandemic and return to play. Sport England’s Return to Play: Active Together Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns by up to £10,000. Sports clubs, charities and other community organisations delivering sport or activity in England are invited to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, additional coaching, facility hire, and any other Covid-19 related needs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Sport England (England)
Name of Fund: Active Together Programme
Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder. Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised.
Scotland wide schemes
Name of Fund: Scotland Vaccine Information Fund
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities and community organisations to hold engagement sessions and create information resources to raise awareness of the Covid-19 vaccine and vaccination programme amongst minority ethnic communities in Scotland. The BEMIS Scotland Vaccine Information Fund will provide grants for initiatives which help develop a fully informed consent for the Covid-19 vaccination programme amongst groups such as asylum seekers, multi-generational minority ethnic groups, newer migrant individuals and communities, and African and Black communities. Ideas could include online engagement sessions to discuss the vaccine and dispel misinformation, or developing a mother tongue resource that can be used to help share information. Applications can be made at any time.
Creative Scotland (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations within the creative industries to help them explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to stabilise existing activity. The total amount of funding available is £7.5 million. There are no deadlines for this fund and applications can be submitted at any time during the year.
Creative Scotland (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Creating Sustainable Development
Funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 is available to support arts organisations, cultural agencies, individual artists and creative people from the arts, screen and creative industries who are affected by the coronavirus in Scotland. . The aim of the fund is to allow organisations and individuals to find ways of working in response to the current changing conditions due to coronavirus. A total of £7.5 million has been made available and can support activity for up to twelve months. Applications can be made at any time.
Creative Scotland (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the current challenging circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations to help them to explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to stabilise existing activity. Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners, and organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries can apply for funding to support activity for up to twelve months. Applications can be made at any time.
Name of Fund: Events Recovery Fund
A new £2.75 million fund has been launched by EventScotland and the Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of Covid-19. Scotland's Events Recovery Fund aims to help restart the events sector as restrictions are eased, and address additional costs which may be incurred as a result of new hygiene and health and safety requirements. Two funding streams are available to eligible event organisers: grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for smaller community events, and events with existing EventScotland funding offers; and grants of between £5,000 and £35,000 are available for larger scale events supporting the visitor economy. Applications can be made at any time.
Name of Fund: National Events Programme
To support the recovery of Scotland’s tourism and events industry from the Covid-19 pandemic, EventScotland has relaunched the National Events Programme to help the development and delivery of public-facing live sporting and cultural events outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Grants of between £2,000 and £4,000 are available for organisers of smaller, community focused events, and grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available for larger scale events which support the wider visitor economy. The programme will fund events taking place between April and August 2022 that help drive domestic tourism and deliver social and economic benefits to local communities across the country, such as agricultural events, comedy festivals, food and drink events and festivals, local community gala days, nature and wildlife festivals, and sports competitions or tournaments. The deadline for applications is the 11th February 2022.
Museums Galleries Scotland (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Small Grants Fund
To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, Museums Galleries Scotland has launched a new funding round of their Small Grants Fund. This round of funding will continue to support accredited museums with grants of up to £15,000 to help them build resilience, re-engage with audiences, cover critical repairs and maintenance, and become more environmentally sustainable. Non-accredited museums can now also apply for grants of up to £10,000. Funding could be used to cover costs such as staff and volunteer training; new exhibitions or events; improving digital access; urgent repairs to buildings and facilities; and upgrading heating or lighting to more energy efficient systems. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 28th January 2022. Decisions on awards will be made by the 11th March 2022.
The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Awards for All
Awards for All has relaxed the application criteria for organisations that need help to respond to Covid-19 and will consider an application even if the applicant has already had a National Lottery Awards for All grant for something else (or have had a grant in the last 12 months). Applications will also be dealt with more quickly than normal. The fund is open to voluntary and community groups and grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Museums Recovery Fund
The Scottish Government is making £1million in funding available to support accredited and non-accredited independent museums most at risk from ongoing financial challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Museums can apply for grants for the equivalent of three months’ worth of their operating costs, up to £90,000, to help them to operate and respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. The funding is made available through the Museums Recovery Fund and will support core operating costs, activity to recover visitor numbers including marketing, special events and restart costs, and business activities which will increase resilience. Applicants must register their interest by the 25th February 2022, before submitting a full application by 5pm on the 11th March 2022.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Outdoor Education Grant
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government is making a further £2 million in funding available to support third and private sector residential outdoor education centres in Scotland that have been financially impacted by the crisis and subsequent restrictions on residential stays. The Outdoor Education Grant will help with running costs and enable staff to deliver more outdoor learning for schools. The funding brings the Scottish Government’s support for the sector during the pandemic to £4.5 million. Further details will be made available in due course.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Nightclub Closure Fund
One-off payments of up to £55,000 are available to support nightclubs in Scotland that were required to close due to coronavirus restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022. Local authorities will contact venues which have previously received Covid-19 funding and invite them to complete an application for the Scottish Government’s Nightclub Closure Fund. Businesses which are registered as a nightclub but have never received Covid-19 funding may also be eligible. The grant payment, which scales with rateable value, will be made within 14 days of receiving an application and could be used to pay and retain staff during this period of closure. Ratepayers with more than one business may receive an award for each registered business.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations
The Scottish Government is making £25 million in funding available to support cultural organisations which are experiencing immediate financial hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will enable organisations which have lost income following the cancellation or deferral of performances or cultural activity to continue to operate and plan ahead. The Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations, administered by Creative Scotland, will open to applications at 2pm on the 26th January 2022 and payments to organisations will begin from the 31st January 2022. A further £6.5 million is being held in reserve for further sector recovery, including for independent cinemas, details of which will be made available over the coming weeks.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Connecting Scotland Programme
In response to the coronavirus, the Scottish Government has announced a new £5 million programme to offer internet connection, training and support, and laptops or tablets to vulnerable people who are not already online. Through the Connecting Scotland Programme 9000 people who are considered to be clinically high risk, and at risk of isolation and loneliness will be provided with a device with a mobile internet package. For six months they will be paired with a ‘digital champion’ so they can access support and services, and connect with friends and family during the crisis, after which longer term support will be evaluated. Local authorities and the third sector will identify those in need and will distribute equipment, and provide training and support.
Scottish Government (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Business Ventilation Fund
The Scottish Government is making £25 million in funding available to improve ventilation and air quality in business premises and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Small and medium-sized businesses where people come into close proximity, such as in the hospitality and leisure sectors, will be able to claim back costs of up to £2,500 to undertake work. This could include the installation of carbon dioxide monitors and remedial improvement work to windows and vents. Businesses will be able to fill in a self-assessment form to receive advice on improving their current ventilation systems and identify if they are eligible for financial support. The Business Ventilation Fund will open to applications the week beginning the 22nd November 2021.
Scottish Library and Information Council (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Public Libraries Covid Recovery Fund
As part of Scotland’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government has launched a new £1.25 million fund to help libraries re-open. The Public Libraries Covid Recovery Fund will support libraries in re-opening or extending their opening hours, as well as fund targeted plans for issues such as digital exclusion or mental health and wellbeing to help communities continue to rebuild and recover. Local councils will be asked to apply for a share of the funding, with priority given to applications which support deprived areas and communities. Funding will be distributed through the Scottish Library and Information Council.
Visit Scotland (Scotland)
Name of Fund: Days Out Incentive Fund
To support the recovery of the tourism industry in Scotland following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government’s Days Out Incentive Fund – Covid-19 has re-opened to boost visitor attractions during the winter months. The Fund aims to boost regional investment and address challenges of low demand, help businesses remain viable and to rebuild consumer confidence by subsidising the cost of a ticket to visitor attractions, day tour excursions and outdoor wildlife and adventure activities. Successful applicants will be awarded funding to apply promotions of up to 50% off the cost of a ticket, up to the maximum discount value of £20 per ticket. The fund will be administered by VisitScotland. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 30th November 2021.
Community Foundation Wales (Wales)
Name of Fund: Voluntary Services Emergency Fund
The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time. Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000. Initial funding will be for up to six months; however, this may change depending on how the crisis develops.
The Moondance Foundation (Wales)
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Relief Fund
The Covid-19 Relief Fund has been created to help Welsh charities continue with their operations during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is available to registered charities working in Wales to help with any of the following: Staff Retention; Current activities and services in jeopardy; Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis. Moondance encourages only those who are truly in need to apply.
National Lottery Community Fund (Wales)
Name of Fund: Supporting Great Ideas Fund
Community organisations and registered charities in Wales can now apply for a share of £1.5 million. Support is available for innovative projects that encourage positive social change. Grants are awarded for up to five years and can fund project activities, operating costs and organisational development costs. To be eligible, projects must be supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges; supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19; and supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises. The funding is being made available through the National Lottery Community Fund’s - Supporting Great Ideas Fund. Projects must have a minimum value of £10,001 and no maximum grant amount is specified. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Welsh Government (Wales)
Name of Fund: Emergency Business Fund
Emergency funding is available to support businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government over Christmas and the new year, with their immediate cashflow. The Welsh Government’s Emergency Business Fund will be delivered by local authorities to businesses in the leisure, tourism, retail and hospitality sectors and related supply chain businesses, who do not have a property or do not pay business rates, and have a minimum annual turnover of £10,000. Sole traders, freelancers and taxi drivers will be able to apply for £1,000 and businesses that employ people can apply for £2,000. The funding is also available to freelancers in the creative sectors. Businesses can apply for funding through their local authority until 5pm on the 14th February 2022.
Welsh Government (Wales)
Name of Fund: Loneliness and Social Isolation Fund
The Welsh Government is making a total of £1.5 million in funding available to help tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The three-year Loneliness and Social Isolation Fund will help front-line, local, grass-roots organisations kick-start local community projects to re-engage and re-build social connections in and across communities. The funding has been split across Welsh local authorities, working in partnership with County Voluntary Councils, to help organisations scale up existing face-to-face or online activities, promote themselves more widely and help fund the use of suitable venues.
Welsh Government (Wales)
Name of Fund: Wales and Africa Grant Scheme
The Welsh Government’s Wales and Africa Grant Scheme has re-opened for applications from community groups and organisations throughout Wales who work with partnerships in Sub Saharan Africa. This funding round will award small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 for projects which are responding to an identified need in the community such as physical and mental health, financial poverty, and climate change, and large Covid-19 grants of between £30,000 and £200,000 for projects responding to a need caused by the pandemic. This can be a short-term intervention or action to facilitate recovery and aid resilience in the future. The deadline for applications is the 22nd November 2021.
Welsh Government (Wales)
Name of Fund: Economic Resilience Fund
The Welsh Government has announced a further £30 million in funding for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. The latest round of the Economic Resilience Fund will support small, medium and large businesses employing ten or more staff in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors as well as related supply chain businesses. This targeted support has been made available in recognition of the relatively higher level of operating costs that these businesses face. Businesses should access the eligibility checker and calculator on the Business Wales website to help them work out what support they can expect to qualify for and for application details.
Northern Ireland-wide schemes
Sport Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
Name of Fund: Project Re-Boot - Activate
Sport Northern Ireland has announced that the final closing date for applications to its Project Re-Boot: Activate is the 18th March 2022. Delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder UK, Activate is the second strand of Project Reboot, part of Sport NI’s Covid-19 response through ‘Supporting Sport to Build Back Better funding’. The initiative offers 50% of match funding up to £5,000 for sports clubs and organisations looking to deliver new programmes to engage and re-engage people in sport, particularly people from groups who have been especially impacted by Covid-19. Funding is available to constituted sports clubs that are affiliated to a governing body of sport; as well as charities, community and voluntary sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation as their primary activity.
Regional and Local Schemes
Sussex Community Foundation (Sussex)
Name of Fund: Food Security Fund
The Sussex Community Foundation are accepting applications from community and voluntary sector organisations that support people who are struggling to afford to eat. The ESCC Food Security Fund will support initiatives in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) which tackle food security and reduce reliance on foodbanks. Funding could be used for activities which support community allotments and food growing; food pantries, community fridges and community food cooperatives; improve food preparation and cooking skills; give advice and guidance on healthy eating and nutrition; provide equipment for food preparation and access to food shopping, including transport and computer literacy. Applications which support those disproportionately impacted such as Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities and others most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time.
John Lyon’s Charity (London)
Name of Fund: Cultural Capital Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to state schools and arts organisations to create opportunities for young people to engage with Arts that have been curtailed by restrictions due to Covid-19, particularly those from backgrounds that typically do not engage in Arts activities. Through their Cultural Capital Fund, the John Lyon’s Charity will support high quality face-to-face arts activities which can run across Early Years, primary, secondary or special settings in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. Activities could include trips to the theatre, visits to art galleries or museums, and workshops delivered by museums, galleries, theatres etc. Arts organisations that have previously received funding and schools can apply at any time up until at least eight weeks before their planned activity. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Childhood Trust (London)
Name of Fund: Champions for Children Matched-funding Campaign
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Childhood Trust has re-opened its Champions for Children matched-funding campaign to support charities working to alleviate the impacts of poverty for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people across London. Charities with an annual income of over £25,000 can take part in an online fundraising campaign on the Big Give platform that runs for a week in June, with donations doubled using matched funds provided by the Childhood Trust. Charities must be able to raise total campaign funds of between £4,000 and £100,000. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 4th March 2022.
East of England
William A Cadbury Charitable Trust (West Midlands)
The William A Cadbury Charitable Trust exists to support the welfare and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the West Midlands. In response to the coronavirus, for the time being the Trust has cancelled its May meeting and will respond on an ad hoc basis to grant applications from charitable organisations in Birmingham and the surrounding areas which are dealing with the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic. Applications can be submitted online at any time.
Yorkshire and the Humber
Orsted (Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midland, East of England)
Charities, community groups, and local councils on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts can apply for funding from renewable energy company Orsted’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund. Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available, to support organisations who are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery from Covid-19, or who have lost significant core income and require financial assistance to recover quickly. The deadline for applications is the 27th July 2022.
Sheffield City Council (Sheffield)
Name of Fund: Covid Recovery Fund
Sheffield City Council is making grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 available to support the city’s voluntary and community sector which has been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of £1,350,000 in funding is available through the Covid Recovery Fund to support registered charities, CIOs, industrial and provident societies, and limited companies with charitable status who have experienced a reduction in income, increased costs, and increased demand on existing services as a result of the pandemic. Funding can be used for shortfalls in 2021/22 budgets or needs that can be demonstrated in 2022/23. The deadline for applications is midday on the 7th February 2022.
Believe Housing Association (County Durham)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Crisis Fund
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, social enterprises, and town, parish or community councils supporting the most vulnerable affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Believe Housing Association area. The Coronavirus Crisis Fund will support projects in County Durham that are tackling isolation and financial hardship during the crisis. Support could include foodbanks, help with shopping for vulnerable people, providing food packs to the community, wellbeing phone calls, creating online social groups, online activities and workshops, and providing extra equipment to encourage outdoor activities within the community. A minimum of 15% of beneficiaries need to be Believe Housing tenants. Applications can be made at any time.