Funding for Covid-19 Community Response Initiatives

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DfC Community Support Fund - currently closed for applications - keep checking back for updates

Department for Communities made available funding to local Councils to provide additional assistance to vulnerable communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The purpose of the COVID-19 Community Support Fund is to provide small grants to local community and voluntary organisations to deal with emerging issues in local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.  This Fund opened on 08/04/20 at 3pm and Guidance Notes and details of how to apply are available here.  ***This fund closed on Monday 20th April 2020, please check back for regular updates***

Due to the high number of Covid-19 Community Support Fund grant awards already made and the volume of applications still being received Council has temporarily closed the fund. 
It is hoped that additional funds will become available in due course, applicants working on draft applications are advised to continue and when the fund re-opens they will be ready for submission.
Applications already submitted will be awarded funds in order of submission and as funds become available.


Current Grants from Council

Council recognises the exceptional circumstances we are operating in and is prepared to provide support and be flexible with current Council grant recipients in relation to claiming grants and being able to divert existing grants for emergency use. Please contact the Funding Unit directly at with any queries or requests.


Other Funding Available

A number of grants have opened to help fund charitable groups supporting communities in the current crisis.  We have collated the details on a factsheet which will be regularly updated.

Click here for Covid-19 Funding Opportunities factsheet

Please get in touch with us if you need any support to prepare funding applications.