COVID19 Fund

Published: 13 November 2020

Devon County Council has temporarily re-opened the COVID-19 Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of the second national lockdown.

Applications will open on 9 November 2020 and will close on 2 December 2020.

Applications will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how you have assessed the need for that amount. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances we may make offers of up to £1,000. We will require a report on how the money was spent and benefits to the community on completion of your project. 

DCC buildings are currently closed and most staff are working from home so applications must be submitted online.

We aim to process applications as speedily as is possible. We may need to contact you for further information. You will receive an email informing you whether your application has been successful or not, so please try to avoid contacting the team ahead of this.

The money will help voluntary and community groups to tackle the social and economic impacts of this lockdown and help those who are most vulnerable in their communities.
Applications are invited from established and not-for-profit voluntary and community groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together. Please see the detailed guidance for applications from businesses or non-registered groups.

They will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how the need for amount has been assessed. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances offers of up to £1,000 may be made.

The funding is to support community-led schemes that carry out the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of the second national lockdown, including support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

These can include:

  • safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines
  • support for accessing online information and services
  • helping people to stay connected and informed and measures to support mental health and wellbeing
  • transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak
More details, including how to apply, can be found on our website here - https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/covid-19-fund/