About the Community Recovery and Resilience Programme

This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities and organisations to become stronger and more resilient. It will offer charitable and community organisations funding to support challenges faced by communities as a result of Covid-19 and the impacts of lockdown restrictions.

We conducted research towards the end of 2020 which identified various challenges faced by people in our communities:

- Isolation and loneliness

- Increased mental health issues

- Unemployment and loss of income

- Digital exclusion and barriers to accessing online facilities

 Organisations in our county were affected by:

- Loss of income

- Increase in costs as a result of the need to invest in PPE and digital equipment

- Increase in demand for services

- Restrictions limiting face-to-face work

- Barriers to the uptake and success of digital services including lack of skills/equipment/connectivity

- Limited availability of ‘non-emergency’ funding

We also found that organisations struggled to find funding for core costs, regular service delivery and non-project-based work.

Now we want to feed this understanding into our grantmaking, awarding grants that respond to the needs of the communities we are working in, being flexible and trusting in the experience and expertise of organisations who are truly embedded within communities in our county.

We understand that in the current climate needs and priorities change and evolve and new opportunities present themselves to create positive change. Therefore, this programme aims to give organisations flexibility about how they spend the grants awarded to achieve the greatest impact as well as encouraging sustainability.

Who can apply?

This programme is for voluntary and community groups with charitable aims, registered charities, Community Interest Companies, town and parish councils. Applicants must be based and working in GloucestershireWe are particularly keen to hear from groups based in the rural Cotswolds and Tewkesbury area as these have been less well supported by our programmes to date.

Priority will be given to organisations particularly supporting one or more of the following groups of people who have been most severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis:

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities
  • LGBTQ+ Communities
  • Young people
  • Disabled people
  • Women
  • People affected by domestic violence
  • People living in poverty, who are unemployed or on low incomes
  • People suffering from physical and/or mental health issues
  • Older people

To enable our funds to have the greatest impact, this programme will now prioritise groups with annual income less than £500,000.

Eligible organisations include:

  • constituted voluntary or community organisations with a management committee of at least three unrelated members
  • registered charities
  • not-for-profit companies including community interest companies where there are 3 or more directors
  • parish and town councils
  • churches and other religious organisations (for providing non-religious activity only)
  • branches of national organisations if there is:
    • a local management committee based in Gloucestershire
    • a local constitution
    • a bank account controlled by the local branch

Applicants with more than 12 months of annual expenditure in unrestricted reserves will be considered a lower priority for funding. Therefore, if your organisation is holding significant reserves you will need to make it clear why these reserves cannot be used to cover the cost of the intended project or activity.  As financial circumstances may have changed significantly since your accounts were prepared, we may also ask you to provide more up to date financial information such as current level of reserves and a forecast for income/expenditure.

What can you apply for?

Recovery and Resilience grants are available to help Gloucestershire charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting them to recover and continue their activities or develop their resilience to survive the economic impact of lockdown or potential future waves of the virus. You can apply for a grant towards costs for activities that will help your organisation stabilise and/or recover from a period of lockdown restrictions or strengthen your resilience for the future.

You can apply for a grant towards help with:

  • Core costs
  • Building the capacity of your organisation, including staffing and/or infrastructure
  • Developing collaborative work with other organisations
  • Services set up or adapted to meet needs which people have because of the coronavirus situation
  • Strengthening your organisation’s governance and key staff and/or volunteer skills
  • Providing time and resources for organisation planning and development
  • Projects that have been changed, or adapted, as a direct response to the pandemic and where additional costs are being incurred
  • Projects that have been established due to an increase in demand as a direct response to the pandemic or developments of your existing service

We want to support action on redressing inequalities through action on diversity, equity and inclusion. We will take into consideration the action a group is taking on these issues and we welcome applications for funding that incorporate this work.

What we won’t fund

  • Individuals or grants for the provision of cash bursaries to individuals or families (programmes to provide food or other essential items may be considered)
  • Organisations with an annual income over £500,000 (for this particular grant programme)
  • General appeals
  • Political groups or activities promoting political beliefs
  • Religious groups who are promoting religious beliefs through the project being funded
  • Animal welfare
  • Activities that are intended to raise funds for other organisations
  • National charities should not apply unless they have a local branch or specific Gloucestershire-based service

How much do we award?

The maximum grant awarded will be £5,000 per year for up to two years though the amounts awarded will depend upon demand for the funds available. We will be prioritising smaller organisations where a grant of this size will have the biggest impact.

Repeat Applications

If you have previously had funding from the Coronavirus  Response Fund, and have spent the grant and have submitted an end of grant report, you are eligible to apply again.  However, we are keen to spread the remaining funds available as widely as possible so will prioritise applications from organisations who have not yet received a gran through our Coronavirus programmes.

The maximum total value of grants that can be awarded to one organisation in one year through our Coronavirus funds is £15,000.

Grant Guidelines

Please see the full grants guidelines HERE

How to Apply

Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application.


Application deadlines

30th of June for July meeting

31st July for August meeting

31st August for September meeting

31st October for November meeting

This programme is kindly supported by the National Emergencies Trust, Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, Thirty Percy, the Hayward Waite Charitable Fund, CHK Charities, the Gloucestershire Disability Fund and many other generous individual donors.