Response Fund

Applying for Funding

The Coronavirus Response Fund was launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people.

If your organisation is delivering an emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic, or your group has had to significantly change the way it works as a result this, you can apply for a Phase 1 grant.

If your organisation is now facing the impact of Coronavirus on your day to day operations or you are planning for increased demand, you can apply for a Phase 2 grant.

We have prepared guidance for organisations for each phase of funding, which can be found further down the page. Please read these before contacting us about your activity.

Fund Aim and Priorities

To support community and voluntary groups assisting in the relief effort, in easing the immediate challenges communities are facing and to support their recovery over the coming weeks and months.
Priority will be given to voluntary organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated including:

  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with mental health needs
  • People with low incomes
  • Families with young children
  • BAME communities
  • Victims of crime such as domestic abuse

Fund Criteria - Phase 1

Funds made available for distribution in Surrey from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal will support community and voluntary organisations providing vital support to people and communities in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to support the following:

  • Enabling the delivery of services to vulnerable people – including but not limited to food banks, befriending schemes and other crucial community services and activities to support vulnerable people at this time.
  • Providing information, advice, counselling and other support and community services to help people cope with isolation and the emotional stress caused in the short and medium term.
  • Enabling organisations deliver differently – for example equipment to enable remote working or telephone helplines rather than face-to-face support, and moving to one-to-one outreach rather than group activities.

Applying for a Phase 1 grant

Grants will be made from funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust appeal, including funding provided by The Office for Civil Society, a directorate of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The Criteria and Guidelines for Phase 1 applications have changed!

The source of funding for our Coronavirus Response Fund is now the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which means we have needed to introduce additional requirements around fraud, privacy and data sharing which have been incorporated into our process. The maximum amount for which groups can now apply remains at £5,000 however larger grants may be approved on exception.

The terms and conditions have been amended so please familiarise yourself with the new conditions here. We have also updated the Privacy Policy which can be viewed here.  The fund guidelines can be found here.

Apply Online 

Use this short online form to apply

Fund Criteria - Phase 2

Donations raised through the Community Foundation’s local Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund, will support essential running costs for groups delivering to priority beneficiaries during the coronavirus crisis, and/or the costs of preparing for support to priority beneficiaries as demand increases.

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 may be awarded to support the following:

  • Essential running costs to enable organisations to continue to deliver vital services to priority beneficiaries.
  • Costs incurred to enable organisations to expand delivery of vital services to priority beneficiaries as demand increases.

Applying for a Phase 2 grant

If you are part of a local charity, community group or social enterprise and are seeking funding, you can start your application to the Coronavirus Response Fund by submitting an Expression of Interest form, using the button below.

Important – Please read the Fund’s Eligibility Criteria before applying.

Please note, we are still accepting Expressions of Interest for our main grants programme and are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Visit our Applying for Funding page for more information and how to apply. 


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