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Guidance for running your Local Hub

We have produced some template guidance that your community group might find useful in meeting the volunteer response to corona virus. These can be adapted and changed to suit your particular circumstances. If you want to discuss these or are seeking particular advice please contact or telephone 07940 566 905


Protective Equipment (PPE)

The IW Distillery is manufacturing and selling hand sanitiser this cost of this is £10 + VAT per litre and it is sold in 5 litre containers.  Orders can be made by emailing

Bookers and Lake Cleaning both have supplies of gloves.  Gloves cost £3.29 + VAT for 100 gloves at Bookers.  A trade account is required to buy from Bookers if you don’t have one and need gloves then Community Action IW may be able to buy them for you with our trade account – contact

DBS Requirements

Q. I would like to set up a community group where volunteers can offer to provide meals or pick up prescriptions for those unable to leave their homes. Do I need to carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on the volunteers?

A. No, there is no legal requirement for you to carry out DBS checks on volunteers. Some established organisations (such as national charities) may already have this policy in place and DBS is working to process any checks as quickly as possible.

Government Safeguarding Guidance

For further enquiries locally, contact:

Re-opening of Village Halls and Community Buildings

With the Government announcing that village halls and community buildings are able to open from July 4th as part of phase 3, ACRE has published guidance for Village Hall Management Committees with regards to the safe re-opening of halls to ensure that they are Covid-19 secure.

For up to date information see Community Action IW Website


Charity Bank Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund


The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, offered by Social Investment Business (SIB), has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k)
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

Further details here 

Social and Community Capital – Coronavirus Response Fund

Only a few days to apply!

The Lottery want to find out how to help communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19 and draw on all the creativity we’ve seen in communities and across civil society. So they’re funding organisations to look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the future

Area: UK-wide
Funding size: £20,000 – £50,000
Total available: £1 million over 3 to 6 month

Application deadline:  29 June

Further details here 

Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Christmas Challenge is the largest online match funding campaign, raising over £15m for nearly 600 charities in December 2019. Each year we have millions of pounds of match funding from our Champions on offer to charities, enabling them to double donations to campaigns they support on the Big Give platform. The Christmas Challenge each year opens on #GivingTuesday, which in 2020 will be 1st December, and runs for 7 days. Applications are now open for charities who wish to participate.

We are hosting a webinar on the Christmas Challenge and how it can help your charity – this will include a short presentation by us, followed by a Q&A session – on Friday 19th June at 11am. If you want to find out more about the Christmas Challenge or ask us a question, please visit the Eventbrite page to sign up to attend. (Please note: there are only spaces for 100 attendees, so please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested – if you are unable to attend, we will be recording the webinar and putting it up on our YouTube channel)

See what charities who took part in the 2019 Christmas Challenge have to say about their experience of the campaign and we have also written a guest blog for #GivingTuesday on what makes a successful campaign.

To apply for Christmas Challenge 2020:

1. Log in or sign up for Big Give account
2. Click on Big Give Campaigns
3. Click on Apply now for Christmas Challenge 2020

Deadline for the stage 1 application is 5pm Friday 3rd July. The deadline to collect the pledges is 5pm Friday 28th August. Remember you can start collecting your pledges as soon as you have submitted your stage 1 application, so the sooner that is submitted, the more time you have to collect the pledges.


The Good Exchange

Sovereign Housing Association has released more funding for community projects through The Good Exchange, plus we still have some funding available for C19 support.

Further details here

Art Fund Launches Respond and Reimagine Grants

Grants available between £10,000-£50,000. Applicants must:

  • Ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history
  • Demonstrate that they usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.

Organisations that are a visual arts agency or festival are eligible to apply providing they can meet the above criteria and have a strong visual arts focus.
The fund will support costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training, or planning for future activities. Applicants are encouraged to let The Art Fund know what support will be most helpful.

There are three funding rounds.
Application deadline for:
Round 1 is 6 July 2020 with a decision by 31 July 2020.

Round 2 is 17 August 2020 with a decision by 21 September 2020.

Round 3 is 12 October 202 with a decision by 9 November 2020.
Applicants must register on the Art Fund website to access the online application form.

Further information here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to December 2020. Funding will include emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis; 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects; and grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work. The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.
Further information here

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications today at 10am.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Further information here 

Covid-19 Support Fund from the UK Insurance and Long-term Savings Industry

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched a Covid-19 Support Fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people affected by the crisis. The Fund aims to raise a total of £100 million, with over £80 million already pledged in voluntary donations from firms across the sector. The aim of the fund is to provide immediate support to community based charities which are under strain, as well as longer-term support to enable them to continue providing much needed support to vulnerable people, particularly those living in poverty and older people in isolation, and to support initiatives which promote wellbeing and mental health. The Fund is in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust. Umbrella charity organisations will be used to distribute funding.
Further information here

Third Sector Lifeline Fund

The IW Council is making this fund available to support third sector organisations to remain a going concern while awaiting Government funding and to deliver community support during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

You can apply for up to £30k

For further information and to apply go to the IW Council website

Community Essential Shopping And Delivery Fund

The IW Council is making this fund available to constituted community groups to enable them to support residents by advancing monies to pay for and deliver essential shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

The fund is part loan and part grant.

For further information and to apply see IW Council website

IW Foundation Extend Deadline for Funding Applications

   The Isle of Wight Foundation is extending its deadline for grant applications by two months to give more time for Island groups to apply for funding.

The foundation, funded by the organisations which form the partnership behind Island Roads, is offering grants of up to £16,000 for projects which help to tackle social isolation, build better communities or help people into employment.

Further information here
Application deadline: Monday 6 July 2020.

Police and Crime Commissioner Fund

    The Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting organisations to apply for funding up to £10,000 in order to secure the provision of services that will directly address emerging issues and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for victims of crime, those individuals who cause harm and the most vulnerable in our communities.

Please note that the Covid-19 Response Fund is to specifically address the impact of the pandemic for victims of crime, those individuals who cause harm and the most vulnerable in our communities, and not to address more generic gaps in services at this time. Further funding opportunities linked to the Safer Communities Fund will be announced later in the year as our understanding develops.

Further information on how to apply, including the grant criteria, details of the grant process and guidance for completing the form, can be found here on our website or see below
A guide to applying for the Covid-19 Response Fund   
PDF Copy of Application Form – for reference only
Safeguarding checklist 
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Commissioning Team at

DEFRA  & Other Food Grants Funds

Up to £100,000 is available for front-line food aid charities that are working to provide food to vulnerable people. The funding aims to help charities continue their work. Applications are assessed on first-come-first-served basis, so get your application in as soon as possible.
The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous cohorts of economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000. This is to target funding to those charities who have the capacity to reach the greatest number of people and to provide good value for money for the tax payer.
Further details here

For those charities which would be interested in funding below £30,000, the National Lottery Funding is awarding grants from £300 to £10,000 and is prioritising organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition, WRAP are offering financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. For further information see here

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) currently has two grant programmes available to help local groups and organisations tackle the coronavirus crisis in our local communities:

  • HIWCF ‘We’re All Together’ Fund – Emergency support for charities and community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the current crisis
  • National Emergencies Trust (NET) – Emergency support for organisations supporting local communities suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit the HIWCF website 

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, HIWCF has taken the difficult decision to temporarily halt our regular grant programmes. Please check our website and social media for continued updates.

If you wish to be added to the database to receive HIWCF grants information and updates, opt in here

SSEN Resilient Communities Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 for projects that will specifically support community members in vulnerable situations. Applications are being encouraged for projects that will provide extra help to those who are self-isolating or social shielding, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

Open to community councils, parish councils and town councils

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Financial support for charities in their response to Coronavirus. Also provide Resource Hub on website containing useful information, including how charities can get involved with, and benefit from, the “2.6 Challenge”.
Details of the 2.6 Challenge
Phone: 03000 123 000
Further information here 

Funding to Support Community Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Power to Change have launched a £12 million crisis support package to provide immediate and medium-term support for community businesses supporting the vulnerable and isolated in England. The emergency package includes: • £7 million Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme for community businesses, offering grants up to £25,000 to contribute towards trading income losses incurred between April and June 2020. This first pot of funding is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation – all of whom played a key role in designing this response. • £5 million in recovery funding, to be made available later this year, based on learning from the first pot to help community businesses rebuild and recover strongly from the crisis. Round 1 of the Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme opens at 10 am on the 12th May 2020– the round will close when it reaches 150 applications. Around £3 million will be awarded to around 150 community businesses. Round 2 opens at 10 am on the 19th May 2020 – Power to Change will be awarding around £2 million to 100 community businesses.
Further information here

Wight Aid Foundation

Supporting the local response to COVID-19. Please send an email with your needs to Awards have generally been in the range £500-5,000 but this is not a strict criterion and it is best in the first instance to state what you need.Any project that benefits Island people or places
Rachel O’Rourke
Phone: 01983 555915

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund

Short-term fund for local communities that are supporting vulnerable people during this time of crisis. Single payment of £500 to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Streamlined online application process.

Voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.
Phone: 0121 237 5780
Further information here

Morrissons Homeless Support Fund

£500,000 Fund to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak to cover:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.
  • Information and advice

Applications will be considered up to a maximum of £10,000, but the emphasis is on smaller amounts to enable as many charities as possible to benefit. Once the Fund has been depleted, applications from homeless charities will be considered through the established ‘Grant Funding ’process (up to £25,000).
Phone: 0845 611 4449


This is an online system which allows charities and good causes to raise awareness and receive help. It is supported by a number of the major retailers. Set up a page by clicking on the “Get Started” button. A Neighbourly page can help you raise awareness about your charity or community group, and receive donations of money, volunteer time and surplus food and products. The system is free to use
Charities, CICs and other good causes
Phone: 0117 422 0866

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues. Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room. The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million per year.
The next deadline for applications is the 3rd August 2020.
Further information here

Heritage Emergency Fund

In response to the coronavirus, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has created a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund as part of a support package to help safeguard heritage sites and organisations. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to ensure stability and longer-term recovery by covering unavoidable, essential costs which cannot be met for up to four months. To be eligible, organisations must be a current or previous recipient of a grant from the Heritage Fund, and be an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or have delivered participatory heritage activity. Funding will be prioritised to organisations which have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support.

Now in its second phase, additional funding of between £50,000 and £250,000 will be available to past and current grantees to cover essential costs for up to four months. This might include independent heritage attractions that are highly dependent on visitor income, contributions towards increasing digital activities, and testing new activities to help recovery. The aim of the fund is to provide support for exceptional cases of larger scale and to protect heritage at severe and immediate risk.
Applications can be made at any time from the 21st May until the 30th June 2020.

Further details here 

Sovereign Coronavirus Fund

Sovereign is awarding £50,000 to charities and community groups which are supporting elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable people through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sovereign will fund projects that help people most urgently in need including*:

  • Helping elderly, disadvantaged or vulnerable people; People with chronic underlying health conditions or disease; People in self-isolation or quarantine who need access to food, medicines or social care
  • Providing more support for Foodbanks
  • Increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Providing financial, employment and debt advice
  • Giving counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support to those who have for example, lost their jobs, are grieving or are in crisis
  • Supporting the homeless and rough sleepers

For further information and to apply  The Good Exchange

Funding to Support Artists and Visual Art Freelancers Affected by Covid-19 

Funding of £1.5 million is available to all artists and visual arts freelancers who are experiencing financial difficulty due to the coronavirus crisis. The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund will provide hardship grants of between £1,500 and £2,500 per person to enable individuals, including those on short-term PAYE contracts, to survive financially while they explore other ways of sustaining themselves. Additional costs relating to disability access requirements of up to £500 may also be made. Applications can be made at any time from 2pm on the 7th May 2020 until the , with decisions being made on a weekly basis. Back to Table of Contents Application deadline: 18th June 2020
Further information here

Grants of up to £15,000 Available for Projects that Support Women

The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls. Application deadline: 0th September 2020
Further information here

Music Grants for Older People

Concertina makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly  The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.Application deadline: 31st October 2020
Further information here

Newport Grammar School Charity

Newport Grammar School Charity can help Island students, preferably under the age of twenty five years, to take advantage of educational opportunities by assisting with travel expenses, books, equipment, examination fees etc.

If you know of a young person who has lost their student job whilst studying at FE or HE level we may also be able to help.

Grants are also available to groups and organisations that enhance the well-being of young people and expand their horizons.

Further details and an application form can be obtained from:
Mr J Barnikel, 29 Keeps House, Oakfield Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6DS

Funding to Help Charities Deliver Better Services Through Technology

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have announced a new digital funding strand to their joint Tech for Good programme. The aim is to help charities and not-for-profit organisations deliver better services for their communities through technology. The £230,000 Explore programme will provide grant funding of £5,000 for individual organisations or £7,500 for collaborative projects. A 12-week support programme will also be provided to explore how digital technology could transform the ways they work. Support will include access to an online curriculum, one-to-one support calls, and virtual community meet-ups. Applications should address one of Comic Relief’s core themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; Global Mental Health Matters.

Application deadline: 22nd June 2020
Further details here

Sport England

Many of the 120,000 sports clubs and voluntary groups across England are facing financial hardship at this time, with this scheme aimed at continuing their cash flow, diversifying their funding streams and ensuring they’re ready to reopen as soon as it’s safely possible.

Sport England have committed £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.

They are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis – and is in addition to the up to £210m coronavirus support package already announced.
Further details here

Tree Challenge Fund – Deadline Extended (England)

Community and volunteer groups as well as Town Councils and individuals can apply for a share of £10 million for small scale tree planting projects in cities and towns across England. Launched in May 2019, the Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees in towns and cities. This announcement of round two opening follows the success of round one, which saw thirteen large scale projects from local authorities and large organisations awarded grants to plant more than 50,000 trees in urban areas. Due to the success of large tree planting in round one, round two will open for small tree planting only.

Application deadline has been extended to: 30th June 2020
Further details here

Covid-19 Funding for Organisations Working to Support People in Prison

Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic. Clinks is distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community.
Further information here

Care Home Support Package to Help Reduce Coronavirus Infections 

The UK Government has introduced £600 million of funding to tackle the spread of coronavirus in care homes. The Infection Control Fund will be allocated to local authorities to ensure that care homes can continue to take the necessary measures to prevent and stop the spread of the virus within their sites by restricting permanent and agency staff to working in only one care home wherever possible. Funding will be used to help providers pay for additional staff and/or maintain the normal wages of staff on reduced hours or those self-isolating. Other measures could include recruitment, putting staff up in hotels if they opt to isolate from their own households, and paying for taxis to avoid staff having to use public transport.
Further information here

BBC Children in Need – COVID-19 Next Steps Grant (UK)

BBC Children in Need have launched the Covid-19 Next Steps Grants programme. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £80,000 to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects need to commence in September 2020 and can last for up to 18 months. The programme is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield. To be eligible, organisations must be registered with the appropriate regulatory body, such as your nation’s Charity Commission or companies House (unless the organisation currently holds a BBC Children in Need grant). BBC Children in Need will not be accepting applications from educational institutions (including schools), prisons, hospitals or other statutory bodies.

Further details here
Application deadline: 1st July 2020.

Aviva Community Fund – Grants of up to £50,000

The Aviva Community Fund is a quarterly funding competition which allows registered charities to apply for funding of up to £50,000 through their Crowdfunding platform.

Due to COVID-19, Aviva have broadened their criteria to include applications for covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout COVID-19 – so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

As well as this, they are looking for projects that fall into one of these two categories:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

Application deadline: Sunday 28 July

More information here


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Preparing Food for the Community

The Food Standards Agency have published new guidance on food safety for community cooking and foodbanks.

This is to support those preparing or donating meals to those in their community.

Their hygiene and AllergyAware guidance will help to keep your meals safe. 

Guidance for Dog Walking

If your volunteers are walking other people’s dogs, you may like to advise them to use their own lead and to consider some of the other suggestions listed by the Blue Cross such as:

  • Consider each individual situation and how to safeguard the person you are helping
  • Never walk dogs from different households at the same time
  • Wash your hands using soap and water before leaving your home, and as soon as you return after the walk
  • Wear gloves while you walk the dog and throw them away afterwards
  • Use a different lead to the owner’s. Wash the lead with soap and water after the dog has been returned home.
  • Ask someone from the household to open and close the doors for you

Further advice can be found on the Blue Cross website

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