About the Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.

Subject to available funds, our initial focus is on providing emergency grants to coordinated volunteer programmes, and those picking up extra demand such as foodbanks, counselling services, advice organisations and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping the most vulnerable people in our communities who have been impacted as a result of the virus.

At the current time, most grants awarded will be in the region of £1,000 to £5,000 though we may occasionally decide to award some larger grants to strategic projects where groups of organisations are working collaboratively or in partnership.

Who can apply?

This programme is for charities and small voluntary and community groups with charitable aims.

To be eligible to apply, your work in response to Coronavirus must support one or more of the following groups:

  • Elderly (aged 65 and over)
  • Vulnerable or disadvantaged people
  • People with a weakened immune system or a long-term health condition
  • Homeless people
  • Low income families
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • People experiencing food poverty

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.

There is no limit to the size of organisation that may apply. However, applicants with more than eight 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.

What can you apply for?

Emergency Response Grants

The work that a grant will support must directly relate to challenges emerging from the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Emergency Grants are available for the following activities:

  • Direct and immediate practical support for vulnerable groups
  • Volunteer capacity to organisations delivering support to the above groups
  • Providing the above groups with access to necessary resources
  • Initiatives to reduce isolation and vulnerability

Running costs for organisations will be supported, including staff costs, volunteer expenses and transport costs. Small capital costs are also eligible, providing the capital items are directly linked to supporting the above groups.

Recovery and Resilience Grants

The fund is now open to recovery and resilience grants to help Gloucestershire charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, supporting them to recover and continue their activities once the outbreak eases. Grants will be available for the following:

  • Projects that have been established due to an increase in demand as a 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 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
  • Organisations who have had their operations impacted by the pandemic

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.

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.


There is no closing date for applications at the current time and we will keep this page updated with any developments.

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 donors.