Covid-19 Response Fund

Grant Size:



Currently Closed


The Covid-19 Response Fund, in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and The Red Cross, was launched in early April 2020 in response to the COVID crisis.

Between April and October, we have distributed £0.6 million in grants to 150+ projects across Worcestershire in the initial ‘response’ phase, supporting thousands of people affected by the virus. Projects funded have ranged from homelessness and foodbanks to volunteer networks and domestic abuse.

A second ‘recovery’ phase has recently closed (with Govt DCMS funding), which is supporting both immediate-response projects and longer-term more strategic grant giving.

A new Covid response funding programme has launched w/c 7.06.21 with details as follows.

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Deadline: 25th June 2021

For Grant Guidelines please see below:


Worcestershire Community Foundation is raising funds through our Covid-19 Appeal, working closely with the national appeal co-ordinated by the National Emergencies Trust.

We are allocating funds in a phased way to ensure we get funds out efficiently and as quickly as possible to where they can have immediate impact.

Please read the following fund guidelines and ensure that your project meets at least some of these before making an application to the fund.

For further information please contact:
[email protected]


  • Organisations that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or complement their response
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support
    For example, projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for vulnerable and older people in their homes, providing food and medicines
  • Funding for community groups that are linked into the hubs being created to coordinate the above
  • 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
  • Non-perishable food and essential living and baby items for distribution to destitute refugees and asylum seekers
  • To reach (with support and information) local residents who don’t have access to the internet/smartphones – via self-care packages, coordinating volunteers and keeping the local ‘hub’ accessible to them.
  • Support for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the pandemic


  • Voluntary and community organisations, including but not limited to:
  • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • Community interest companies and community benefit societies (Community Foundations can use their own policy)
  • 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 deemed to be proselytising).
  • Other voluntary community organisations or those not constituted but deemed appropriate by the Community Foundation under this Programme would be eligible, with appropriate endorsement from the statutory body, charity, parochial church council etc.


  • Grants that are solely for the provision of bursaries to individuals or families cannot be awarded. (However, other provisions such as emergency food parcels or other items can be purchased and distributed to their beneficiaries. For example, foodbanks that are low on supplies of specific items.)
  • Individuals
  • Statutory bodies such as city and county councils or health institutions