Covid-19 continues to present challenges for our local charities and voluntary groups as they struggle to meet the needs of the vulnerable people they help.  As the impacts of the pandemic continue to unfold, many more people may face particular hardship over the winter months due to health, low income or isolation.

The Norfolk Winter Resilience Fund can support, for example, activities that help to reduce isolation for older and vulnerable people, provide food supplies, a hot meal or warm clothing, or help vulnerable people to access local services and information that may prevent a crisis situation arising.

This funding can also assist community action where a local outbreak of Covid-19 is identified and restrictions imposed, where urgent help is needed to support those at risk and/ or self-isolating.

Funding available

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that help those in the community facing very real challenges as the weather gets colder; including the frail elderly, disabled, people with chronic medical conditions and the homeless.

In exceptional circumstances a larger grant may be considered for strategic projects able to deliver significant targeted impact and/ or broad geographical reach. Please contact the Grants Team before applying.

Funding is available for activity taking place during the winter months, and grants must be spent in full by 31 March 2021.  You will be contacted to provide a brief online report on funded activity and full grant expenditure shortly after 31 March – please note grant extensions will not be possible.


  • Funding cannot be used to support private or publicly funded/statutory health services.
  • Funding cannot be used to meet the personal needs of individuals through hardship payments or other direct financial support offered on an individual basis.
  • Funding cannot cover costs that will extend beyond 31 March 2021.

When to apply

Applications can be accepted on a rolling basis while the Fund is open, and the Fund will be closed when all monies are fully allocated.