Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

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Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

25 Mar 2020

Adapting to what we’ve been hearing from groups on the ground, other funders in NI and the changing daily challenges presented by Covid19, the Community Foundation will now broaden the focus of the Coronavirus Community Fund.  Groups working with people of all ages and at increased risk as a result of the virus, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing and vulnerable isolated people, particularly in rural areas will now be eligible to apply for funding. The fund will also continue to support older people and will seek applications for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000. 


This is in response to increased support from funding partners and the emerging need for crisis and recovery funding needed by voluntary and community groups in these challenging times. 


Orla Black, Grants Director at the Foundation said “For those organisations who are providing small scale emergency support, funding of between £1,000 to £2,500 will be available which organisations  supporting need on a longer-term basis, and/or who are significantly enhancing their services at this time, can apply for grants of up to £10,000” 


As a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, the need for self-isolation and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness the Coronavirus Community Fund will offer funding to organisations delivering support around emerging issues. 


Andrew McCracken, CEO Community Foundation “We are delighted that we can be responsive and provide further support to communities who are already taking a proactive approach. Coronavirus presents a range of challenges for everyone, those of which are continually changing and we will work to adapt our fund accordingly” 

“We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to various funders including – Department for Communities, Ulster Garden Villages Limited, the ARN Foundation, The VSB Foundation, National Emergencies Trust and Derry City & Strabane City Council have all contributed to this fund.”   


Groups wishing to apply for funding please click here. 


If you would like to contribute to this fund and support the people and organisations that are dealing with those most critically affected by the virus,  contact  





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