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Fund Introduction

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation is partnering with the NHS and Action Hampshire to provide a fund of £100,000 to enable the charitable sector to continue to play a vital role in supporting local communities affected by Coronavirus. The aim of this Fund is to effectively offer support for the health needs of people affected by the Covid-19 crisis. This will be additional and different supports as a result of the crisis, and services that are not covered by the new Local Authority Hubs.

Status:   Closed
Opening Date:   8 Apr 2020
Closing Date:  
Minimum Grant:   £ 1000
Maximum Grant:   £ 10000

Location: Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes: Health & Wellbeing, Multiple Issues & Causes, Poverty & Disadvantage


General Eligibility

Projects must be completed in three months.

HIWCF will be administering grants of between £1,000 to £10,000 for a wide range of support – for example, expenses for volunteers to carry out essential shopping or prescription collection trips for those at high risk of catching the virus, or supporting foodbanks to provide essential supplies and toiletry parcels for the most vulnerable. Alternatively, the funds could support voluntary organisations involved in transporting essential items such as parts to build ventilators, or befrienders providing a helpline and listening ear for those self-isolating without support.

Grants will be made available to organisations and groups providing innovative and resourceful services that will support the NHS in its battle against coronavirus, by perhaps providing drop-in centres to enable medical professionals to carry out testing, or groups that can supply suitably qualified staff to enable DBS checks to be carried out on volunteers.

Applications requesting over £3,000 should have up to or close to 9 months’ worth of free reserves.


Target Beneficiaries

Vulnerable people of all ages


Acceptable Projects

  • Support that prevents people needing hospital admission
  • Innovative approaches to delivering care that support people to stay at home/ not travel
  • Approaches that support personalised, person–centred care in the current environment
  • Helping people with long term conditions to self-manage– including those with mental health needs.
  • Support to people in the current crisis which will reduce longer term health impacts


  • Projects that are not purely for additional and different support offerings as a result of Covid 19
  • Projects that can be reasonably carried out in a fully voluntary capacity via the newly established Local Authority Hubs
  • Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Southampton
  • Capital building projects
  • Application from individuals
  • Public bodies: local authorities or schools
  • Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
  • National charities
  • Any party political activity
  • Commercial ventures