Funding for community groups


The below short video may be a helpful guide that sets out how to set up a crowdfunding page. It is aimed at people not familiar with the idea of setting up a page of this type. Crowdfunding is one way of creating a small pot of money within a village or town.

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund 

Cambridgeshire County Council is supporting the new Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund. This fast-track emergency fund is offering grants to help local charities, community groups, local authorities and parish councils, to deal with issues affecting older and vulnerable people in our community as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19. Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects that aim to tackle the impact of financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, health issues, loneliness, isolation, etc. 

Find more information about the fund, including eligibility and how to apply 

Please also spread the word about the appeal, which quickly raised by donation £212,750 of the £300,000 target.  

National Lottery’s Awards for All

The National Lottery's Awards for All fund offers up to £10,000 and is open to COVID-19 related projects that:

  • support people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • support communities most likely to face challenges because of the COVID-19 lockdown measures
  • have the resources, connections, expertise or knowledge to be able to help communities through the pandemic.

Additionally, the fund will be awarded to groups or projects that:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

If you are supporting your community and would find a grant useful please consider the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund. The application and payment process has been streamlined to help groups to quickly access up to £500 to support your community. The fund can also support foodbanks, those helping to feed vulnerable groups or supporting children’s activities. 

Redistributing surplus food 

The government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the outbreak. Food redistribution organisations across England will benefit from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs fund and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the outbreak.  

Food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to bid for grants over the coming month, including those whose volunteer programmes have been affected by social distancing measures or those that cannot access their usual commercial support network. The grant scheme will be managed by the sustainability not-for-profit Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which works closely with governments, businesses, and redistribution organisations to minimise food waste. 

Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside the NHS to support anyone who has a mental health problem. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. To help VCS organisations continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant of £20,000 or £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Support for smaller organisations or groups

As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, which might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details will be available on the NSUN website.

Community groups raising funds 

Some community groups are taking local fund raising into their own hands, using a crowd funding approach, for example the DuxCovid Support in Duxford 

Persimmon Homes 

Persimmon Homes is keenly aware that the charity sector is experiencing particular hardship and, as a result, has asked us to draw attention to the following funding streams: 

Community Champions  

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.  

The application can be made online. 

Building Futures  

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. 

Local groups within your area which support children are encouraged to apply online. 

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