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Coronavirus Support Fund

The Coronavirus Support Fund is for charitable and community organisations supporting local people who are struggling as a result of the pandemic.

The money for this fund is from the remaining National Emergencies Trust Fund, and generous family or company donors. Therefore, the amounts we have to give are less than in the spring and summer of 2020. It may also take longer to match your request to a donor fund and give you a decision, although we will continue to work as quickly as we can.

The fund is still open to constituted charitable and community organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, working with local people facing the most hardship during the pandemic and following the lockdown.


 All grant projects must be delivered and fully spent by March 2021. 

 Grant sizes are between £500 and £5,000 


This fund is for organisations providing direct services prioritising: 

• People disproportionately affected by Covid 19
• Older people (over the age of 70) not otherwise supported
• People of any age, including young people, who are struggling, isolated and lack a support network
• People with medical conditions, including mental health difficulties, not otherwise supported.
• People with low or insecure incomes e.g. having to claim universal credit or use food banks
• People facing domestic violence.


What sort of work will the Fund give money towards? 

We will continue to prioritise projects which directly respond to acute need as a result of the coronavirus, including:

• Running costs to provide help: such as volunteer expenses, staff costs, transport costs.
• Small core costs
• Small capital costs – laptops, phones, internet connections, equipment
• Small additional costs of reopening your service after having been closed or furloughed
• Costs associated with (evidenced) increased demand or urgent new needs
• Training for new volunteers
• Costs associated with (evidenced) increased demand or urgent new needs
• PPE/social distancing equipment so that you can reopen your service safely.

Please read the ** Coronavirus Support Fund – Eligibility and Guidance** before submitting an application.

To apply please click **here**

If you are able to donate please click here

Please contact a member of the Grants Team if you have any queries or need help at any stage of the application process. We are always happy to help in any way we can.

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