The Community Re-Start Fund aims to help the county’s VCSE organisations meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Re-Start Fund has two strands:

The funding is open to VCSE organisations whose regular activities ceased or were reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions and can now resume, or who face exceptional demand for support as a direct result of the pandemic.

Grants cannot be awarded to organisations that are currently inactive / not delivering services and activities, unless a grant will enable the immediate re-start.

Grants cannot be used towards general operating costs – proposals should be directly informed by an understanding of needs arising from the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from established VCSE organisations which already have a clear track record in delivering effective services in relevant field/s in the county, and have the capacity to adapt/ enhance their services in response to the current and longer term impacts of Covid-19.

Funding available

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support VCSE organisations to resume or adapt their services which have either:

  • Been reduced or withdrawn due to Covid-19
  • Have moved to digital (or similar remote) delivery and now wish to safely re-introduce face to face support, or adopt a hybrid model based on understanding of client needs.
  • Need to adapt to meet exceptional demand in the level and/ or complexity of support needs presenting as a result of Covid-19.

Proposals should be shaped by learning from the pandemic, and a clear understanding of current/ emerging support needs. Applicants will have appropriate systems and procedures in place to protect and care for the vulnerable people they help

The Fund cannot support general operating costs – proposals should be in direct response to Covid-19 impacts.

Priority will be given to applications able to show that funded activities will primarily benefit the most vulnerable communities impacted by Covid-19.

Priority will be given to organisations that have not yet benefitted from any NCF Covid-19 response funding.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 16 August 2021.  We will aim to confirm all decisions by the end of September.