The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP).
Our Trustees recognise the incredible response our coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed us to alter the funding support we offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.
We are still offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs during this difficult time.
Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.
We have experienced a high demand for this funding since its launch. To ensure your best chance of success, please make sure to read through all of the information before applying.
We’re also proud to continue to offer our free Practical Support service remotely for organisations in coalfield areas.
Please see below amendments to the application criteria:
- You will need to demonstrate how your organisation is addressing the current situation and how additional funding will sustain or extend service delivery or enable your organisation to begin operations once again
- If your application is successful, the project must be able to start immediately
- The project must last for a minimum of 2 months (our expectation is that projects will deliver over a six month period rather than our usual twelve month period)
- If you are wishing to apply for Food costs, please refer to FAQ section below
- Up to 100% of core costs are available, if required
- Up to 50% of capital costs are available, if required
Grants are awarded to projects in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas:
Guidance on which wards are eligible for funding is downloadable below.
Examples of the type of organisations/services we would like to support are as follows (please note this list is not exhaustive):
- Organisations providing advice, guidance and support to people in crisis
- Organisations providing food banks, food parcels, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies or direct support to people who are experiencing financial hardship (see FAQ section)
- Organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor mental health
- Organisations supporting vulnerable people who are experiencing health inequalities, loneliness and/or social isolation
- Organisations supporting people experiencing domestic violence/sexual abuse
- Organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services
- October 2020 Committee – The Eligibility survey opens on 24 June 2020 and closes at 5pm on 28 August 2020. The deadline for applications is 11 September 2020 at 5pm.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I apply for food as part of the application?
Not on this occasion. The Trust will be launching the Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund in July which will be a food purchasing programme only. Please keep checking the website for further announcements. We will however continue to support costs around delivery, for example salaries/volunteer expenses to support Food Banks. You will be able to apply to the new fund even if you have an application in for the COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund.
What about geographical eligibility for those organisations where staff are working from home to deliver services?
State either your organisation’s address or a new delivery location’s postcode where you are now delivering services from. Speak to the team if unsure as we need to ensure the majority of our beneficiaries are from former coalfield communities.
What happens if an organisation is overdrawn or in a poor financial position due to the current situation?
Our Eligibility criteria is stated in our Guidance Notes which provides a clear directive on organisations in a poor financial situation.
Can I apply for this fund if I already have a CCIP award?
No, as you can only hold one award from CRT at any one time.
Can I hold two CRT grants in a 12 month period?
No, please refer to criteria in Eligibility Guidance Notes for more information.
Can I apply if the project will not start until later in the year?
No, all projects must have capacity to start straight away, and deliver services that are in line with the government’s legally enforced social distancing measures.
Can I apply for capital only?
No, but you can apply for up to 50% of the CRT request to enable your organisation to make adaptations to premises to ensure the health & safety of the public is catered for or if you require equipment for direct delivery purposes or to support your wider project as listed in the guidance notes.
Can I apply for project support costs only?
Yes, but you will have to be clear how all the other delivery costs can be met, and that it does not duplicate funding received from other sources.
Can I apply for core costs only?
Yes, as long as you can demonstrate that it is supporting activities and services in response to the current climate, and it does not duplicate funding received from other sources.
What is the timescale for spend?
We anticipate an immediate start for grants awarded. Projects must last for a minimum of 2 months with an expected delivery period of 6 months (this would not exclude projects up to 12 months if there is justification, please contact us to discuss).
Will monitoring requirements be the same for all projects regardless of duration?
Yes as detailed in the guidance material, but full support will be provided throughout by our team.