The Earley Charity has set up a new small grants programme to help organisations transition to new ways of working and support post-lockdown relaunch or other Covid-19 linked expenditure. A fund of £40,000 is available for grants of up to a maximum £2,000.
Who can apply?
The Covid-19 Support Fund is aimed at local charities and community groups who work and/or predominately serve the Charity’s area of benefit. In practice this means all of Earley, the northern part of Shinfield, Winnersh, south Reading (including Whitley), east Reading (including Newtown), central Reading (as far west as the Reading West railway line), Sonning and lower Caversham. See their map here.
What can you apply for/use the grant for?
The aim of the fund is to help organisations respond to the immediate needs of relaunching or adapting their service and activities following lockdown. Grants can be used to offset costs including:
- Implementing preventative measures such as physical barriers and screens, personal protective equipment (PPE) and bulk purchases of cleaning and disinfection products.
- Buying equipment.
- Consultancies to assist with relaunch activities.
- Training of trustees, volunteers or staff.
- Developing marketing materials to promote or relaunch changes to service or activity.
Is there a deadline?
No – applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all the funds have been awarded. Applications must be made using the Covid-19 Support Fund Grant Application Form, which can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Trustees will meet regularly to consider applications. Read more on the Earley Charity website.