Funding-Covid 19 Community -Led Organisations Recovery Scheme-Short Windows to Apply

What is the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme?

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

For more information about whether your community organisation will be eligible, please

read the guidance notes.

What can you apply for?

Up to £100,000 grant and business support to:

  • help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.


How can I apply?

The recovery scheme is now closed for Stage 1 applications, but will reopen:

  • Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm
  • Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm
If you want to apply, we recommend you

read the Stage 1 guidance notes and prepare your answers ahead of the application round so you can copy and paste them into the application form.

If your organisation is successful at the first stage application, you will be invited to complete the second stage application form, where you will be asked for more details about your organisation and evidence of how you meet the criteria. You can read the

Stage 2 guidance notes here.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more by

watching the recording of the scheme webinar and reading the

Frequently Asked Questions.

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