Published on 27th March 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has published a list of funding grants available to community organisations in Cheshire to help them to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Below you will find information about emergency funds which have been made available across Cheshire.

Cheshire Community Foundation:

Funding available: Up to £10,000

Deadline: None given

Details: A wide range of organisations who are supporting the ongoing needs of disadvantaged people affect by Covid-19 outbreak to ensure health and wellbeing is maintained. Activities which may be considered are:
• Community response to outbreak
• Additional volunteer costs
• Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services for disadvantaged and vulnerable people
• Support for the vulnerable and lonely people self-isolating
• Support for the wider community for foodbanks, families and vulnerable people and those working to combat food poverty and child hunger.

More information can be found here

Steve Morgan Foundation:

Funding available: discretionary

Deadline: Friday 12 June 2020

Details: Supporting charities and not for profit groups in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire West of the M6. The fund will be £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks. The fund is to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus and support charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

More information can be found here

Cheshire West and Chester Council:

Funding available: Funding available is £250,000. Any grants over £500 will be considered, but it is expected most grants will be around £2,000.

Deadline: Now open.

Details: The Community Response Fund will help new community initiatives when they are setting up as well as those more established groups that will continue to provide valuable services during the fight against Covid-19.  It will help fund things like:

  • Training volunteers
  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Fuel
  • Supplies and other consumables

Applications will be considered from groups that show they are providing a service or initiative that benefits others in their community in response to this emergency. The Council is unlikely to support individuals, businesses and sporting organisations and all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To access an application form, community initiatives will need to email: chesterlocality@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. They will then be able to complete the application form and return it to the same email address.

More information can be found here

Sport England:

Funding available: Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances they will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Details: The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

More information can be found here

Grantsonline:

Grantsonline has created a separate website that lists all the resources available to charities and voluntary organisations to help with the impact of COVID-19.

As the situation is changing all the time, this will be updated with any new information as and when it is made available.

More information can be found here