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Applying to the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Read the full FUND CRITERIA here.

What is the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund?

Devon Community Foundation has set up the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to raise funds for local charitable groups that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.

Find out more here.

Where does the money come from?

We have set aside some of our own funds which we will put together with donations from our existing donors, plus corporates, members of the public and anyone else who wants to donate! We are working hard to publicise this fund to make the pot of money available to help you as big as possible. Please do help us to share these messages if you can.

We will also be adding the funds collected and distributed to us from the National Emergencies Trust national Coronavirus Appeal.

Who can apply to the fund?

Small charities or community organisations based in Devon who are supporting vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

To read more about the types of organisations and activities supported by this fund please read our DCRRF Fund Criteria.

Can individuals apply to the fund?

We understand the impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on individuals and families. Our fund has been set up to support charitable organisations that can help people most affected. We are not providing grants directly to individuals or families. 

If you are worried about money or other issues, you can contact Citizens Advice or there are other sources of help on our Coronavirus Resources page.

Can businesses apply to the fund?

We understand the impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on local business. Our fund has been set up to support charitable organisations that can help people most affected. We are not providing grants directly to businesses.

If you are worried about money or other issues, we recommend you contact the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce for advice.

How much can I apply for?

Unfortunately, there is not an endless supply of funds available and it is unlikely that we will be able to award grants for all applications received. We are not setting a maximum amount that you can apply for but the following guidelines should be considered:

  • During this first phase of the fund, please tell us what you need for the next 6-8 weeks only so we can keep as many groups active as possible for now. This will not prevent you from coming back for more funds later for the same purposes or for new ones.
  • Each application will be considered on an individual basis and in light of what funding is available at the point of receipt.
  • Bear in mind that we will be receiving a high number of applications and we may only be able to part fund your project or not fund it at all.

How do I apply?

Please read our full criteria to ensure you are eligible to apply and then complete the application form, providing supporting documentation if required.

What documents do I need to provide?

It is our aim to keep the application process for this emergency fund as simple as possible. What you will have to provide will depend on whether you have been funded by us before, how recently it was, whether you are an existing group or one that has been established to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Applications are welcomed from all.

In all cases, please read our full fund criteria to find out what documentation is required. 

Will you be accepting applications for groups established to respond to the outbreak?

Yes. Please read our full fund criteria to find out what documentation we will require to process your application. 

I am already in receipt of a grant from you, can I apply?

If you have a current grant with DCF, you should have received a communication from us stating that we are committed to providing flexibility with both the time-scale and purpose of your grant. This will not exclude you from applying for further funds from the Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund.

Please read our Help and Support page for more information regarding your live grant.

If I am successful, how long will it take to receive funds?

Applications will be assessed by our Grants Team and reviewed by our panel on a weekly basis. We will contact you with your outcome by email, and if successful aim to make payment to you within 7 working days, sooner if possible. 

Please note:

  • Working days and weekly mean Monday to Thursday
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting, we would respectfully ask that you do not email us to chase up your application. This will allow us to concentrate resources on processing applications as quickly as possible.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. During this first phase of the fund, please tell us what you need for the next 6-8 weeks only so we can keep as many groups active as possible for now. This will not prevent you from coming back for more funds later for the same purposes or for new ones.

When can I apply to the Recovery phase of your funding?

We are currently only considering Response funding but are reviewing the next phase of funding. Details relating to this next phase will be publicised in due course

Can groups apply for loss of income?

We recognise that many small, local charities and community groups will be worried about the impact of coronavirus on their income and fundraising. Our immediate priority is supporting groups who are providing activities  to those who are most vulnerable. We cannot currently meet the need arising from loss of income. However, should the fund receive sufficient donations, we will consider applications for loss of income in the secondary phase of the fund.

Where can my group go for extra support?

Please visit our Help and Support page for more advice or our Funding Support page for information on other grants outside available.

Questions?

If you have any questions that aren't answered here please contact our Grants Team by email. Please note that working days are Monday-Thursday and that our team are working remotely processing high volumes of applications but will endeavour to respond to any queries as soon as they can.

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