Covid-19 Response


This Fund is now oversubscribed and closed at 5pm on Friday 3 July.

Anglian Water operates at the heart of the community, and its employees live locally too, so they’re committed to making this region a great place to live and work.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown that community has never been more important, and that’s why Anglian Water has created the Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund. It will provide grants to support projects which have a positive impact on the people and communities they serve, allowing them to provide help and connect people with the practical and essential support they need.

The Fund is now open to constituted community organisations based and/or clearly operating in Norfolk, who are supporting vulnerable, isolated and older people at this time.

It will provide charitable organisations with funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will include; the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, your project must support people who are considered high risk (including those with pre-existing medical conditions and older people over 60) or those in vulnerable circumstances, and help to:

  • Support their ongoing needs, ensuring their health and mental well-being is maintained,
  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of coronavirus,
  • Help to make sure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time.

Example projects might include:

  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger.
  • Services to address domestic abuse and violence in the home.
  • Support for groups that provide services to those who are homeless.
  • Enabling people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready-made meals.
  • Enabling and encouraging people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.
  • Reaching out to isolated people by telephone, and befriending.
  • Enabling home education for children and young people.

Who can apply:

Funding is available to registered charities, and constituted voluntary and community organisations taking an active role to respond to emerging needs in our communities resulting from Covid-19.

Applications from charitable organisations working collaboratively or in partnership are welcomed.

The fund will not support:

  • Applications from or on behalf of individuals
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Holiday schemes
  • Events, parties, trips and initiatives based upon mass gatherings
  • Work normally funded from statutory sources
  • Activities or projects which have already taken place (i.e. retrospective funding)
  • Sponsored events, fundraising activities, or grant-making activities or bodies.

Payment of grants

We will aim to make funding decisions as quickly as possible on a rolling basis while the fund is open.  We aim for the process to take between 5-10 working days.  All grants will be paid by BACS so please help us to process grants without delay by providing the correct bank details for payments, and providing a copy of a recent bank statement for your organisation when you apply.

You will receive an email notification of your award if your application is successful, and you will be asked to display the Fund logo on any materials relevant to your funded activity – this will be supplied.


If your group is awarded a grant, we will ask you to complete a brief form to tell us how your funded activity went, and where possible, to share case studies, photos or video from your work.

Please direct any queries to to help us respond quickly while working remotely.