Somerset Coronavirus Recovery Fund for smaller groups

Somerset Coronavirus Recovery Fund for smaller groups - Grants of up to £5,000 to help local groups with a turnover up to £250,000 recover from financial difficulty or build a more resilient organisation for the future.

Introduction

Our local charities, community groups and social enterprises have proven themselves to be crucial to the well-being of our communities as we navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the last seven months we have awarded almost £800,000 in grants so you can help the most vulnerable people in our county.

But we know that many of you are now struggling financially or seeking to build greater resilience into your organisation, so this fund has been created to help you rebuild.

How much is now available?

We expect to award around £75,000 in recovery grants between January and the end of March 2021.

The largest grant you can apply for is £5,000, so please do not ask for more.

We will not have enough money to fund every group that needs help to recover.

What are our current priorities for recovery grants?

Recovery grants will fund the core costs of organisations that support people disproportionally affected by coronavirus, but which face financial difficulty as a direct result of the outbreak. You can use a recovery grant to replenish reserves you have spent down during the last six months.

We will prioritise charities, community groups and social enterprises that:

We will also prioritise groups that:

You must explain in your application:

You will need to support your application with your:

If you don’t have management accounts and a cashflow forecast and are unsure how to prepare these, then please get in touch.

Who has been disproportionately impacted by coronavirus?

Please remember that this Fund continues to offer grants within the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

The outbreak has impacted some groups of people more than others. We want to support those who face the biggest challenges.

Nationally we know the elderly, those living in poverty, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups have faced the greatest impacts.

In Somerset we have identified the following groups specifically:

You must explain to us how the people you support are being disproportionately impacted. 

Who can apply?

The Fund is open to:

We expect applicants to have:

We may still be able to support you if you do not have these things in place. Please contact us first before applying and we will discuss the situation.

Note: we do not cover North Somerset or Bath & North East Somerset. If you work in those areas, then please contact Quartet Community Foundation.

There are also Community Foundations in our neighbouring counties of DevonDorset and Wiltshire. If you work in more than one area and are applying to more than one Community Foundation, then please let us know in your application. 

Who can’t apply?

We cannot support individuals directly. We also cannot award a grant to a group that then distributes it to individuals as financial support. This means we cannot contribute to hardship funds.   

We will not support:

How long are grants for?

Grants are being awarded so local charities, community groups and social enterprises can recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

We expect most of our grants to be spent within three or four months.

How do I make an application?

Applications should be made via an online application form, which can be accessed below.

If you are unable to access the online form, then please contact us and we will support you to make your application in another way.

The form allows you to save draft versions of your application and return to it later (via an email link sent to your inbox).

The form requires you to complete a short series of questions about your group and your work. You will be asked to provide:

If you are unable to provide any of these documents, then please contact us.

Also, if you have letters of support that you think will help us make our decision, then please email these to info@somersetcf.org.uk using the name of your group in the subject line.

How do we make our decisions?

Applications will be considered in mid-January and mid-March. If you are successful, we expect to pay grants within three days.

The panel will consider:

Because of the need to award grants quickly, decisions will be made by staff and trustees from Somerset Community Foundation.

To help us in our decision making we have:

If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us, but be aware that it may take longer than normal to receive a response. You can reach us on info@somersetcf.org.uk or, if that is not possible, 01749 344949. 

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