The Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund went live on 30th March. Applications will be assessed by Ellie Maguire (Grants Manager, DCF) and a small team.
Aim of the Fund:
The aim of the fund is to effectively support local and voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis: easing the immediate difficulties communities are facing and to support their recovery over the coming weeks and months.
What could be funded:
The fund can support any and all service delivery costs including volunteer expenses, perishable and non-perishable goods, and capital equipment such as remote working equipment and protective equipment. Contributions to core organisational costs may also be considered. Retrospective payments MAY be made to cover costs incurred in urgent response to the crisis.
DCF – Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund
It’s an online application process (given the current situation) and applicants are asked to read the funding and eligibility criteria as its quite broad in terms of who can apply, and what can be funded.
New and Emerging Groups:
Normal governance requirements will be relaxed for new and emerging groups. These groups are those with less than 6 months service delivery experience and who do not have the normal governance requirements in place that other more established charities/organisations would ordinarily have. These groups should:
- provide the name and contact details of a referee who can endorse and receive money/manage the money on their behalf
- this person should not be an active member of the applicants group (although they could be working with it) and will ideally be from an established statutory or VCS organization such as a Church, Charity, School or Medical institution
- The fund will NOT fund new and emerging groups to provide 1:1 unsupervised activity with children or vulnerable adults
- Individuals cannot apply
- Statutory bodies such as City and County Councils or health institutions cannot apply