RBC small grants to the voluntary sector – next phase of funding open until 30 June 2020

Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising
Reading Borough Council has allocated £100k for small grants to the voluntary sector to assist their response and support to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previous applications have totalled almost 30K and they are now encouraging groups to apply for the remaining £70K. RBC is inviting applications for funding that supports the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed by organisations to expand existing service, deliver services in a different way, or to develop new services and support in response to circumstances being presented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Making an application
  • Applications should be made using the Business Case for a Voluntary Sector Grant to support the Covid-19 Response template available at https://www.reading.gov.uk/voluntaryfund.
  • The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 14 July.

Background information

RBC hope that the worst of the pandemic is over but know that we have a multitude of potential issues to face to recover from the crisis. Information coming through highlights the impact of Covid-19 on:

  • Employment
  • Black and Minority Ethnic communities
  • Homelessness
  • Loneliness/ isolation/mental health
  • Domestic violence
  • Debt
  • Food poverty/ food banks
  • Academic attainment/ inequality
  • Children at risk
Scope of the grants programme

RBC’s post Covid-19 Recovery Plan will focus on protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and to protect the economy. The council welcomes applications from organisations who can assist with this. The grants programme is aimed at community groups based in Reading borough:

  • charitable organisations
  • voluntary organisations
  • community groups
  • sports groups
  • arts groups
  • cultural organisations
  • uniformed groups (scouts, guides etc)
  • and not-for-profit social enterprises.

Grants of up to £5,000 – increased to £10,000 for joint bids proposing a coordinated approach by more than one organisation – are available to support the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed by organisations to expand existing service, deliver services in a different way, or to develop new services and support in response to circumstances being presented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. RBC keen to enable communities to help themselves, to put new ideas into practice or respond to emerging needs within the community. They are particularly interested in projects or activities that contribute to sustainable outcomes in relation to one or more of the areas set out above.

Grants will be awarded for purposes such as:
  • local ‘one off’ and small projects
  • running an event
  • minor start-up costs (get new idea/project ‘off the ground’)
  • purchasing equipment
  • sessional costs.

Funding will only be given to a project or activity that addresses an unmet need of Reading residents and is not funded or able to be funded through other sources. Applicants will be expected to disclose their other funding sources.

Applications will be required to:
  • Show evidence of need (data, research, community feedback, examples).
  • Describe what the grant will be used for and how many people are expected to benefit.
  • State how it will make a difference/how this will address the need.
  • Provide a realistic delivery plan.

The funding will be required to be spent within the financial year of the award.

Further support

Contact advice@rva.org.uk if you would like further support or assistance.