Coronavirus Emergency Grant Fund

The Coronavirus Emergency Grant Fund has been set up to assist voluntary and community sector organisations who are supporting local communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

About the grant fund

We are taking a broad view of the different ways that organisations may want to respond and support people and welcome your ideas. If you are not sure please call. However, it is anticipated that successful projects will be for up to £10,000 and will relate to one or more of these key priorities:

1. Building organisational capacity to respond to COVID-19

I.e. additional staffing and volunteer costs, equipment, transport, training and infrastructure provision in order to provide local support in response to emerging need.

2. Building stronger communities

I.e initiatives to provide practical support to local people, especially the most vulnerable and isolated.

3. Health and wellbeing

I.e. projects that promote the health and wellbeing (physical and mental) of local residents.

Eligibility criteria

We will only fund organisations that are:

  • Providing services or activities that benefit the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and its residents
  • We will consider applications from organisations that have a regional or national remit, but we will only fund services or activities that benefit Richmond borough.
  • Not for profit - we cannot fund organisations that make a profit. However, we can fund social enterprises and other organisations that generate surpluses, as long as the organisation‚Äôs governing documents show that the surplus is reinvested. This must be reflected in the accounts the organisation gives us.
  • Constituted - organisations we fund must have a constitution, governing document or set of rules that is signed and dated and defines how the organisation will operate
  • Financially solvent - organisations funded by us must not have liabilities that are more than their current assets. Organisations can apply in partnership with other non-voluntary sector organisations e.g. statutory agencies, or private companies but the voluntary or community group must be the lead partner and funds will only be paid into their bank account
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two signatories/or written authorisation from another organisation who will manage the funds on their behalf

We will not fund:

  • Schools or Parent Teacher Associations, unless a significant level of match funding has been secured
  • Churches or other organisations where the monies will be used for religious purposes
  • Projects where the monies will be used for political purposes
  • Applications which are fundraising in nature
  • Large capital or revenue fundraising appeals are a low priority for the fund

Applicants who have applied to the Civic Pride Fund in the last six months will not need to provide copies of their constitution, annual accounts and safeguarding policy.

Please also see the list of frequently asked questions (pdf, 138 KB) to find out more about how applications are assessed.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

If you cannot access the online form or if you have any questions about applying, please email: or call 020 8487 5259.

We will try and assess applications as quickly as possible. There is a weekly rolling deadline (5pm every Friday) until further notice. For example, applications submitted by Friday 24 April will be assessed and we will endeavour to make a decision by 8 May (two weeks later).

Further information about coronavirus grant funds and support for voluntary and community sector groups can be found online.

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Updated: 30 April 2020