The aim of the Fund is to effectively and efficiently support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

The aim for these larger Grants is around the following themes:

  • Financial inclusion
  • Digital inclusion
  • BAME Infrastructure

Programme Overview

Status Closed
Opening Date 06/04/2021
Closing Date 04/05/2021
Minimum Grant £5,000
Maximum Grant £15,000
Location Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes Multiple Issues & Causes

Applications are now closed.


  • General Eligibility

    Funds available to support charities and community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the current crisis.


    Voluntary and community organisations, including but not limited to:

    • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
    • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
    • Community interest companies and community benefit societies
    • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) that are independent of schools
    • Churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytising).
  • Target Beneficiaries

    Vulnerable people of all ages

  • Acceptable Projects

    We are looking to fund sustainable projects that clearly evidence outputs and outcomes to:

    • enable people to become more savvy about how they manage money and more confident about addressing their financial hardship advice and assistance on employment, debt relief, financial management and Universal Credit
    • enable people and communities who are digitally excluded to access services and social contact to able to access and be more confident in using digital technology through e.g. development of digital, data and technology capabilities and encouraging changing practices
    • support BAME led and supporting groups to develop their own voice and ideas, and to help build their capacity and infrastructure to ensure that they able to effectively respond to future community needs and apply for grant based funding.

    Note: applications can request funding for core costs including salaries, volunteer expenses, management costs and 10% overhead costs.

  • Exclusions

    Grants that are solely for the provision of bursaries to individuals or families

    Applications from individuals

    Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton, and Isle of Wight

    Capital building projects

    Statutory bodies such as schools, city and county councils or health institutions

    Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants

    National charities

    Any party-political activity

    Commercial ventures

    Proselytising activities, i.e. active promotion of a specific religion or belief system

    Parish and Town Councils

  • Assessment of applications

    When applying you will need to demonstrate within your application the following:

    • Explain why you feel you are best placed to receive funding and demonstrate examples of previously supported needs with the communities you serve
    • Depending on what you are applying for, clearly show how your work will help charities and community groups develop the skills and capacity to:

    -help those individuals and families who are worst affected by the financial crisis created by Covid-19 in the longer-term, including examples of previously supported needs with the communities you serve.

    -fully engage with the digital realm. This may include the more widespread promotion of training and development opportunities, particularly to smaller charities with limited experience of digital engagement.

    -reach and engage with BAME communities and how you will work with them to develop their own voice and their own ideas so they can start to build local BAME social action infrastructure and stronger networks and communities

    • Comprehensive and robust budget which will shows value for money.
  • Application Guidance
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