Coronavirus Response & Recovery Grants

The programme supports organisations respond to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on people and/or to provide existing or new services during and after the crisis. 

Applications may be for:

  • adapting or setting up services set up to meet peoples needs because of the coronavirus situation (A)
  • keeping an organisation going during and after the crisis (B)
  • new projects or developments of your existing service (C)


Applications for B or C:

  • do not need to address coronavirus-related need
  • do need to benefit disadvantaged people and operate in areas of financial deprivation.


When awarding grants for B or C we prioritise:

  • small voluntary organisations who serve people who are disadvantaged (socially, physically, geographically or financially)
  • those operating in communities and with people who cannot afford to cover the costs themselves
  • those that have modified their services and financial plans in the light of the coronavirus situation


Please note: applications for a grant to replace income lost as a result of coronavirus with no evidence that the organisation has modified its plans are unlikely to be successful.

Which types of project are eligible for funding?

You can apply for a grant if you are a:

  • constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • registered charity
  • not-for-profit company including community interest companies where there are 3 or more directors and the majority receive no payment from the company
  • parish or town council (for activities to meet people’s needs as a result of the coronavirus only)
  • church or other religious organisations (for providing non-religious activity only)
  • branch of national organisations if you have a:
    • local management committee based in Wiltshire or Swindon    
    • local constitution         
    • bank account controlled by the local branch
  • Voluntary organisations with no constitution or bank account are eligible if linked with a constituted organisation or local statutory body. The grant will be paid to that organisation.

Who we don't fund:

  • Individuals
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies such as city and county councils or health institutions

What organisations are eligible for funding?

You can apply for a grant for:

  • any reasonable costs related to meeting needs which people have because of the coronavirus situation
  • costs to help keep your organisation going during and after the crisis, provided you are serving people who are disadvantaged (socially, physically, geographically or financially) in a financially deprived community
  • new projects or developments of your existing service, provided you are serving people who are disadvantaged (socially, physically, geographically or financially) in a financially deprived community
  • note that grants towards capital projects (buildings and equipment) are up to £5,000 only and you must already have most of the rest if the total cost is more than £5,000

What we do not fund:

  • money to individuals or families
  • one-off or sponsored events
  • projects which duplicate an existing service
  • the advancement of religion
  • medical research and equipment
  • animal welfare
  • party political activities

We are open for applications.

Apply here

If you have any queries please contact us on 01380 738985 or email info@wiltshirecf.org.uk