About the Coronavirus Response Programme

The purpose of the Coronavirus Response Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations in Gloucestershire that are in crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and need funding to keep their vital services running.  This programme is designed to enable organisations to apply for small grants without waiting for specific deadlines.

Who can apply?

Quick Response grants are primarily targeted at small not-for-profit organisations and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Gloucestershire.

There are no limits to the size of organisation which may apply for a grant. However, if an applicant organisation is holding unrestricted reserves that could cover more than 12 months of its annual expenditure, the application will be considered a lower priority for funding.

Applicants must be based and working in Gloucestershire.  You do not have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims.

What can you apply for?

A Coronavirus Response grant can support charitable and community activities, projects and services that aim to improve the lives of local people affected by coronavirus, addressing specific needs and disadvantages within their communities. 

Funding can be provided to:

  • Projects that have been established due to an increase in demand as a direct response to the pandemic
  • Projects that have been changed, or adapted, as a direct response to the pandemic and where additional costs are being incurred
  • Organisations who have had their operations impacted by the pandemic
  • Organisations that have experienced a loss of funding as a direct result of the pandemic including, but not limited to, general fundraising, the need to close services or postpone projects which would normally generate an income.

We are prioritising activities supporting work with people and/or communities most vulnerable to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis:

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities
  • Young people
  • Disabled people
  • People in poverty or on low incomes
  • People suffering from physical and/or mental health issues
  • Older people

We want to support action on redressing inequalities through action on diversity, equity and inclusion and will welcome applications for funding that incorporate this work.

What we don’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)
  • General appeals
  • Political groups or activities promoting political beliefs
  • Religious groups who are promoting religious beliefs through their work
  • Animal welfare
  • Activities that are intended to raise funds for other organisations
  • National charities cannot apply unless they have a local branch or specific Gloucestershire-based service

How much do we award?

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support services and activities on a rolling application basis where more urgent financial support is required.

Ideally, grants should be spent by the 31st July 2021.  Please talk to us if you have a project lasting beyond that time.

Repeat Applications

If you have previously had funding from the Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund, and have spent the grant and have submitted an end of grant report, you are eligible to apply again, for the same project or a different project if you can show continued need in your application.  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.


This is a rolling programme with no closing date for applications at the current time. The programme may be closed or paused if funds run out.  We will aim to process grant applications within four weeks but this may take longer if our panel has questions about your application or the volume of applications received is very high. We will keep this page updated with any developments.

Please note that we are currently experiencing a large volume of applications causing some delays to grant processing.

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