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Guidance for running your Local Hub

We have produced some template guidance that your community group might find useful in meeting the volunteer response to corona virus. These can be adapted and changed to suit your particular circumstances. If you want to discuss these or are seeking particular advice please contact or telephone 07940 566 905


Protective Equipment (PPE)

The IW Distillery is manufacturing and selling hand sanitiser this cost of this is £10 + VAT per litre and it is sold in 5 litre containers.  Orders can be made by emailing

Bookers and Lake Cleaning both have supplies of gloves.  Gloves cost £3.29 + VAT for 100 gloves at Bookers.  A trade account is required to buy from Bookers if you don’t have one and need gloves then Community Action IW may be able to buy them for you with our trade account – contact

DBS Requirements

Q. I would like to set up a community group where volunteers can offer to provide meals or pick up prescriptions for those unable to leave their homes. Do I need to carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on the volunteers?

A. No, there is no legal requirement for you to carry out DBS checks on volunteers. Some established organisations (such as national charities) may already have this policy in place and DBS is working to process any checks as quickly as possible.

Government Safeguarding Guidance

For further enquiries locally, contact:

Re-opening of Village Halls and Community Buildings

With the Government announcing that village halls and community buildings are able to open from July 4th as part of phase 3, ACRE has published guidance for Village Hall Management Committees with regards to the safe re-opening of halls to ensure that they are Covid-19 secure.

For up to date information see Community Action IW Website


NET Coronavirus Programme

GRANTS of up-to £8,000 are now available to support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The programme has now transitioned from the initial immediate response phase to the longer-term emergency which is directed at helping those who are suffering hardship as a result of the short and long term economic and social consequences caused by Covid-19.

Grants of up to £5,000 can cover core costs and will help towards the financial sustainability of organisations who are directly supporting people that are experiencing hardship as a result of the ongoing crisis. 

Grants will also support groups that can prevent crises escalating within communities, with priority given to those who are reaching the most vulnerable and those at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts.

Projects responding to acute need will still be prioritised and applications are welcomed from organisations where Covid-19 has had a disproportionate negative impact, including BAME communities.

The new NET Coronavirus Programme represents a transition from the initial relief phase dealing with the immediate shock of the crisis, to the longer term resilience and response phrase providing help for those suffering from the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic.

There is currently no closing date for grant applications.

Full details here

Comic Relief Announces Change Makers Programme 

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief will launch its new funding Change Makers funding programme to support changes in the way which community and voluntary sector organisations work. Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 will be available for projects lasting up to 3 to 5 years. The focus will be on work in areas that are of particular interest to Comic Relief. This includes: • Addressing homelessness • Forced migration • Gender justice • Mental health • Early childhood development. Organisations will be able to apply in one of two categories. • Small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led. The organisation must have an annual income of at least £75,000. User-led organisations are considered to be those where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the community(ies) the organisation serves. • Other medium-sized organisations based in the UK. In this case the organisation needs to have a minimum annual income of £250,000. • Comic Relief will not accept applications from larger organisations with annual income greater than £10 million. Applications can be made by single applicants. Organisations can also apply in partnership, with a lead partner holding the funding. 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities.
The fund will open for applications on the 13th July 2020
Application deadline: 12 noon on the 28th August 2020
Further information here

Edward Gosling Foundation Grants

Small Grants – limited to small and medium-sized charities with a gross annual income of £3M or less. Under this programme we aim to fast track applications and make decisions within 1 month of the application date.  This programme is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service.  Any grant awards made under this programme are unrestricted and may be used to meet the cost of any charitable activity, however the grant must be spent within 6 months of receipt.
Further information here

Alpkit Foundation

The Alpkit Foundation offers grants of £500 to help elderly, homeless, or vulnerable; addressing self-isolation, foodbanks, meals on wheels or ‘bringing adventure indoors and overcome the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outside.

Further information here

Charity Bank Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund


The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, offered by Social Investment Business (SIB), has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k)
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

Further details here 

Support For The Heritage Sector – Deadline Extended

In response to the coronavirus, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has created a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund as part of a support package to help safeguard heritage sites and organisations. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to ensure stability and longer-term recovery by covering unavoidable, , essential costs which cannot be met for up to four months. To be eligible, organisations must be a current or previous recipient of a grant from the Heritage Fund, and be an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or have delivered participatory heritage activity. Funding will be prioritised to organisations which have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support.
Further information here
Application deadline: 31st July 2020

Grants to Protect Biodiversity

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has funding of up to $12,000 available for projects that address the root causes of environmental problems. Small, grassroots, activist organisations around the world, working on action orientated and multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants to run projects that protect local habitats. Applicants must be able to produce measurable project results, and Patagonia are particularly keen to support efforts that force the government to abide by laws. Creative methods to engage communities to take action, including film, photography and books will only be supported if they are tightly linked to a direct-action campaign on the issue, with specific goals that go beyond education and awareness.
Further information here
Applications deadline: 31st January 2021

The Good Exchange

Sovereign Housing Association has released more funding for community projects through The Good Exchange, plus we still have some funding available for C19 support.

Further details here
Application deadline: 31st August 2020

Art Fund Launches Respond and Reimagine Grants

Grants available between £10,000-£50,000. Applicants must:

  • Ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history
  • Demonstrate that they usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.

Organisations that are a visual arts agency or festival are eligible to apply providing they can meet the above criteria and have a strong visual arts focus.
The fund will support costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training, or planning for future activities. Applicants are encouraged to let The Art Fund know what support will be most helpful.

There are three funding rounds.
Application deadline for:
Round 1 is 6 July 2020 with a decision by 31 July 2020.

Round 2 is 17 August 2020 with a decision by 21 September 2020.

Round 3 is 12 October 202 with a decision by 9 November 2020.
Applicants must register on the Art Fund website to access the online application form.

Further information here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to December 2020. Funding will include emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis; 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects; and grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work. The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.
Further information here

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Further information here 

Third Sector Lifeline Fund

The IW Council is making this fund available to support third sector organisations to remain a going concern while awaiting Government funding and to deliver community support during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

You can apply for up to £30k

For further information and to apply go to the IW Council website

Community Essential Shopping And Delivery Fund

The IW Council is making this fund available to constituted community groups to enable them to support residents by advancing monies to pay for and deliver essential shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

The fund is part loan and part grant.

For further information and to apply see IW Council website

Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op local community fund is only available  for specific postcodes. Only applications from PO30 *** and PO38 ***

The funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.
To be eligible, projects must address at least one of the following:

  • Bring the community together to help those in need, providing access to life’s essentials such as community spaces, food and bereavement support.
  • Support the mental and physical health of others through community wellbeing activities.

Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes

Further details here
Application deadline:12/07/20

Police and Crime Commissioner Fund

    The Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting organisations to apply for funding up to £10,000 in order to secure the provision of services that will directly address emerging issues and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for victims of crime, those individuals who cause harm and the most vulnerable in our communities.

Please note that the Covid-19 Response Fund is to specifically address the impact of the pandemic for victims of crime, those individuals who cause harm and the most vulnerable in our communities, and not to address more generic gaps in services at this time. Further funding opportunities linked to the Safer Communities Fund will be announced later in the year as our understanding develops.

Further information on how to apply, including the grant criteria, details of the grant process and guidance for completing the form, can be found here on our website or see below
A guide to applying for the Covid-19 Response Fund   
PDF Copy of Application Form – for reference only
Safeguarding checklist 
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Commissioning Team at

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) currently has two grant programmes available to help local groups and organisations tackle the coronavirus crisis in our local communities:

  • HIWCF ‘We’re All Together’ Fund – Emergency support for charities and community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the current crisis
  • National Emergencies Trust (NET) – Emergency support for organisations supporting local communities suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak

For more information and to apply for a grant, please visit the HIWCF website 

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, HIWCF has taken the difficult decision to temporarily halt our regular grant programmes. Please check our website and social media for continued updates.

If you wish to be added to the database to receive HIWCF grants information and updates, opt in here

Funding to Support Community Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Power to Change have launched a £12 million crisis support package to provide immediate and medium-term support for community businesses supporting the vulnerable and isolated in England. The emergency package includes: • £7 million Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme for community businesses, offering grants up to £25,000 to contribute towards trading income losses incurred between April and June 2020. This first pot of funding is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation – all of whom played a key role in designing this response. • £5 million in recovery funding, to be made available later this year, based on learning from the first pot to help community businesses rebuild and recover strongly from the crisis. Round 1 of the Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme opens at 10 am on the 12th May 2020– the round will close when it reaches 150 applications. Around £3 million will be awarded to around 150 community businesses. Round 2 opens at 10 am on the 19th May 2020 – Power to Change will be awarding around £2 million to 100 community businesses.
Further information here

Wight Aid Foundation

Supporting the local response to COVID-19. Please send an email with your needs to Awards have generally been in the range £500-5,000 but this is not a strict criterion and it is best in the first instance to state what you need.Any project that benefits Island people or places
Rachel O’Rourke
Phone: 01983 555915

Morrissons Homeless Support Fund

£500,000 Fund to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak to cover:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.
  • Information and advice

Applications will be considered up to a maximum of £10,000, but the emphasis is on smaller amounts to enable as many charities as possible to benefit. Once the Fund has been depleted, applications from homeless charities will be considered through the established ‘Grant Funding ’process (up to £25,000).
Phone: 0845 611 4449


This is an online system which allows charities and good causes to raise awareness and receive help. It is supported by a number of the major retailers. Set up a page by clicking on the “Get Started” button. A Neighbourly page can help you raise awareness about your charity or community group, and receive donations of money, volunteer time and surplus food and products. The system is free to use
Charities, CICs and other good causes
Phone: 0117 422 0866

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues. Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room. The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million per year.
The next deadline for applications is the 3rd August 2020.
Further information here

Funding For Projects That Address Severe Learning Disabilities

Schools, voluntary organisations and charities can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering severe learning difficulties. The grants can be used to purchase capital equipment, support capital works as well as covering project and core costs such as staff costs, general running and office costs. Previous grants have been used to support capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the
community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms.

Further information here
The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st August 2020. Applications for £10,000 and below can be submitted at any time

Grants of up to £15,000 Available for Projects that Support Women

The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls. Application deadline: 10th September 2020
Further information here

Music Grants for Older People

Concertina makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly  The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.Application deadline: 31st October 2020
Further information here

Newport Grammar School Charity

Newport Grammar School Charity can help Island students, preferably under the age of twenty five years, to take advantage of educational opportunities by assisting with travel expenses, books, equipment, examination fees etc.

If you know of a young person who has lost their student job whilst studying at FE or HE level we may also be able to help.

Grants are also available to groups and organisations that enhance the well-being of young people and expand their horizons.

Further details and an application form can be obtained from:
Mr J Barnikel, 29 Keeps House, Oakfield Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6DS

Sport England

Many of the 120,000 sports clubs and voluntary groups across England are facing financial hardship at this time, with this scheme aimed at continuing their cash flow, diversifying their funding streams and ensuring they’re ready to reopen as soon as it’s safely possible.

Sport England have committed £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.

They are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis – and is in addition to the up to £210m coronavirus support package already announced.
Further details here

Covid-19 Funding for Organisations Working to Support People in Prison

Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic. Clinks is distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community.
Further information here


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Preparing Food for the Community

The Food Standards Agency have published new guidance on food safety for community cooking and foodbanks.

This is to support those preparing or donating meals to those in their community.

Their hygiene and AllergyAware guidance will help to keep your meals safe. 

Guidance for Dog Walking

If your volunteers are walking other people’s dogs, you may like to advise them to use their own lead and to consider some of the other suggestions listed by the Blue Cross such as:

  • Consider each individual situation and how to safeguard the person you are helping
  • Never walk dogs from different households at the same time
  • Wash your hands using soap and water before leaving your home, and as soon as you return after the walk
  • Wear gloves while you walk the dog and throw them away afterwards
  • Use a different lead to the owner’s. Wash the lead with soap and water after the dog has been returned home.
  • Ask someone from the household to open and close the doors for you

Further advice can be found on the Blue Cross website

News & Updates

Bembridge Update

Support with getting out and about Holy Trinity Church is co-ordinating a group of volunteers from the village to help anyone who has been Shielding and would like a bit of extra support going out and about for the first time For more information, call the Support...