County Durham Community Foundation is distributing the COVID-19 funding from National Emergency Trust (NET). This fund aims to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty.

The focus is to offer emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.

This will be to directly support work in the community and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

Up to £5,000 is available to support the following themes:

Theme 1: Proactive

  • Organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community including volunteer costs
  • Activities to support community coordinated resources
  • Initiatives working to combat poverty (e.g. initiatives to tackle food poverty or ‘holiday’ hunger etc.)
  • Advisory services that complement those being put in place by statutory authorities such a directing people to local services or listening on the phone and giving emotional support.
  • Your project may be new or something you currently deliver but it must respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Your activity must also complement the support measures that are being put in place in your communities by the statutory authorities e.g. local authority led community hubs.

Theme 2: Recovery and Resilience

  • A contribution to charities and community organisations whose operations and finances are significantly affected by loss of income due to restrictions in place around COVID-19

It is anticipated that this fund will be heavily subscribed. In this first phase of emergency funding, priority will be given to applications that meet Theme 1. Applications for Theme 2 will be accepted but they will be given lower priority.


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