The Coronavirus Community Fund is open to community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who are supporting isolated older people at this time.
The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.
What can be supported within the fund themes?
• Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries;
• Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund, and is linked to keeping the older person connected to the outside world.
• Examples might include:
o Enabling older people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.
o Enabling older people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready made meals.
o Enabling and encouraging older people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.
o Reaching out to isolated older people by telephone, and befriending if possible.
1. a locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people;
2. community groups working together, particularly in smaller geographical communities;
3. a partnership approach is encouraged, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications;
4. your project must support older people (aged 50 and over) and
• help to to reduce their isolation and vulnerability;
• support ongoing needs of older people;
• help ensure older people remain connected with the outside world during this time.
Utilize This Offer
Locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people are eligible to apply.
Typically the Fund will be able to provide grants of £1,000, however, they will consider applications for up to £2,500, if it is clear within the application that the funds are needed and will provide support for isolated older people.
The Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis, depending on current funding available.
For more information, please visit https://communityfoundationni.org/grants/coronavirus-community-fund/