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Applying to the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS TO THIS FUND HAVE BEEN PAUSED FOR NOW. PLEASE REFER TO OUR FUNDING NEWS PAGE TO FIND OUT MORE.

What is the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund?

Devon Community Foundation 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.

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:

  • Please tell us what you need for a period of 6-8 weeks only. 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS TO THIS FUND HAVE BEEN PAUSED FOR NOW. PLEASE REFER TO OUR FUNDING NEWS PAGE TO FIND OUT MORE.

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. 

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
  • Our Grants Team are currently very busy. 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. Please tell us what you need for the next 6-8 weeks only. After that, if you are continuing to work in direct response to the crisis, you may be eligible apply again. 

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. We have done our best to address this as best we can with the resources we have available, via our Core Cost Support Fund.

This fund offers groups a one-off grant that aims to mitigate their running costs for four months and enables them to cover expenses like rent, utility bills, insurance, salaries etc whilst they ‘regroup’.

Unfortunately, our limited time and resources have not allowed us to make an open call for applications to this fund. We have however, made careful and deliberate considerations to help as many groups as we possibly can, as fairly as we can, starting with those that already have an established link to us. Groups invited to apply have been contacted by email.

Where can my group go for extra support?

We recommend signing up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter which contains news of our own funding activities as well as opportunities to apply to other external funders.

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