Somerset Coronavirus Recovery Fund

Apply for money to help your charity or community group get ready for life after coronavirus.

This is a quick way to apply for £500 to £5,000.

You can apply for money from here if:

Before you start to apply

It doesn’t cost anything to apply for money from us and we pay the money to your group as a grant. You don't need to pay a grant back to us, as long as you use it for what you said you would.

You don’t have to be good at writing applications to get a grant from us. If we’re not sure about something, then we’ll ask you. We can also support you if English isn’t your first language, or if you have other access needs.

Remember that many people apply to us for money. We won't have enough to award everyone a grant.

How long does it take to get the money?

You must apply by 5pm, Thursday 29 April 2021.

We'll let you know if we can help you by the end of May 2021.

You must spend the money by the end of September 2021.

You must write a short report for us by the end of October 2021. We’ll send you an email about this nearer the time.

How much money do we have to give out?

We have about £100,000 to give out.

This comes from the Somerset Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund. The Fund has given out over £1 million in the last year, but this is all the coronavirus money we have left now. There will be more chances to ask for money for other activities in the Spring.

What sort of things do we want to give money for?

Because this is the last coronavirus money that we have, we want you to use it to start looking ahead and getting ready for life beyond coronavirus.

That means you might want to ask us for money to:

We’re more likely to give you money if your charity or community group:

If you’re not working in one of these places or with one of these groups of people, then we’re less likely to fund you.

Finally, we want to give more money to groups led by and for people who haven’t had much from us before. This includes groups led by and for people who are:

Who can apply for money?

You can apply if you work or volunteer for a:

Your group must have a:

While we can give money to a statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school, we can’t support statutory duties. This means we will not support educational activities for pupils that take place during the school day. We will also not give money for money for school facilities, classroom equipment or to train teachers. We would prefer Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to ask us for money, rather than schools.

Who can’t apply for money?

We will not give money to:

How do I apply for money?

You can apply for money by clicking on the button below.

You’ll need to provide an email address and then we’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.

You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.

You must provide the following information in the form:

You must then answer some questions. To make this easier, you can download this word document which has all the questions listed and some advice for answering them.

You must then attach the following documents:

Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.

Please contact us if you can't use the online form, or attach any of these documents. We'll support you to make your application in another way.

What do we do with your application?

We’ll email you within one week to confirm that we have received your application. If you don’t hear from us in that time, then please contact us.

A member of our Grants Team will look at your application. If we have a question, then we’ll email you. If preferred, we can arrange a phone call or video call.

The Grants Team will then look at your website and social media, if you have them. We’ll also check with the Charity Commission and Companies House. All this information will then be used to make a recommendation.

To help us make recommendations we’re also working with:

Recommendations are considered by our Grants Panel. The Panel is a group of volunteers who have a wide range of skills and experiences. They’ll consider:

If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us. It's usually best to email us on but you can also call on 01749 344949.





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