Coronavirus Community Fund


Who can apply:

Constituted organisations based in Northern Ireland.

We want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities.  We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.

Criteria:

The fund will be open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland.

The current focus is to support groups and organisations working with the following communities and issues and that are affected by coronavirus  

  • Older people (aged over 50) 
  • Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing   
  • Vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas, families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty
  • Children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums
  • Black, asian and ethnic minority communities

What can be supported within the fund themes?

With grant sizes of between £1,000 to £10,000, it is the expectation that this funding will support organisations to continue to provide services over the next twelve months enabling both short and longer term impact.  

*We anticipate those organisations who are providing small scale emergency support will require funding of around £1,000 to £2,500.  Those supporting need on a longer term basis, and/or who are significantly enhancing their services at this time, may require grants of up to £10,000.”

 

The Foundation will prioritise:

  • Initiatives that directly support those most at risk as a result of the threat of coronavirus, and clearly evidence the need for support
  • Organisations with income levels of below £1 million per annum
  • Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries 
  • Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund, and is linked to keeping the older person connected to the outside world

 

Examples of projects may include:

  • Enabling older people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready made meals
  • Enabling and encouraging isolated people of all ages to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world
  • Remote befriending schemes for those isolated, and in need of support
  • Social prescribing initiatives, in line with government guidance around isolation and social distancing.  Developing online projects and volunteering opportunities, such as arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of exercise activities
  • Provision of enhanced counselling support services, providing they are offered in line with government advice and guidance around social distancing
  • Projects that build social networks, in line with current guidance around isolation and social distancing, and that may further develop once this period of isolation has ended
  • Projects supporting those at risk, for example those suffering from domestic violence, children at risk; providing the project is supporting those most in need, in line with government advice and guidance
  • Projects encouraging young people to take part in arts and cultural activities at home, which can be showcased when social distancing criteria is relaxed e.g. online tutorial, competitions 
  • Projects supporting the voice of children and young people, giving them an opportunity to share their experiences creatively about living though the coronavirus outbreak during this time

 

SAFEGUARDING:

“Safeguarding of children and adults at risk from harm and exploitation is of paramount importance in the midst of COVID-19. Good practice indicates that organisations working with adults at risk should have a written policy supported by robust procedures and guidelines. CFNI recognise that applicants are wanting to make a fast and effective response to the issues caused by COVID-19 and therefore may not have full policy and procedures in place as yet. As a temporary measure to help you submit your application and get helping quickly, we ask that you submit a signed policy statement (sample here KAS Adult Safeguarding Policy Statement) showing your intention to keep adults and children safe in the activities that you are proposing.

We strongly recommend that you develop full policy and procedures for adult and child safeguarding as soon as possible. For full guidance around Keeping Adults Safe and a checklist for developing a policy see https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/app/uploads/2019/04/Keeping-Adults-Safe-A-Shared-Responsibility.pdf “

We also request a signed copy of the guidelines that you will issue to volunteers to show that they have been informed of good practice around how they will conduct themselves including how they will report concerns.

In order to ensure that you are following best practice we ask that you give thought to how you will recruit and manage your volunteers, and also consider carrying out a risk assessment.  Some simple guidance can be found at https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/information-resources-related-to-covid-19/

The Fund will not support:

  • If groups are based in the Derry City and Strabane District area, wish to access the additional £50k of localised funding, and are funded through other elements of the Council’s Resilience Support Programme evidence of additionality will be required.
  • Applications from individuals
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Holiday schemes
  • Parties and shopping trips
  • We are unable to fund organisations whose purposes include the advancement of religion. However, if your application fully meets all other criteria, we will pass it to the Rural Community Network who may be able to provide you with funding support
  • Party political activity
  • Applications from statutory organisations
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.
  • The Community Foundation will also not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy.  We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

Applying for The Coronavirus Community Fund

The Fund is open from 9am 16th 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.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.

Should you have any further questions around something that is perhaps not available on our website please contact the Grants Team by email of applications@communityfoundationni.org or call on 028 9024 5927.  Please note that due to the high number of enquiries we may not be able to respond to queries immediately.

 

 

In addition to the Coronavirus Community Fund we have a Comic Relief – No Child Goes Hungry Fund supporting families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. More info here. 


Ongoing - No Deadline

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • £1,000 to £10,000

  • Priorities:

  • Isolated older people (aged over 50); as well as those people of all ages who are at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing; vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas; families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment, or where children are living in poverty; children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums

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The Coronavirus Community Fund is open for applications from 9am on 16th 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.

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