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.

As the situation develops and we understand more fully where the pressures and challenges are, we aim to respond to the needs of community and voluntary groups more widely and will also review the size of grants that we are able to award.  At the moment the maximum grant size will be £5,000 though many will be in the region of £1,000.

Who can apply?

This programme is for charitable organisations and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Gloucestershire.

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 disabilities and/or underlying health difficulties
  • Homeless people
  • Low income families
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • People experiencing food poverty

You do not have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims.

What can you apply for?

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

The following activities will be a priority for this grant programme:

  • 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.

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 Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, the Hayward Waite Charitable Fund, the National Emergencies Trust, Gloucestershire Disability Fund, CHK Foundation and other generous donors.