The criteria are informed and guided by
- “Charity Commission Guidance: Public Benefit: the public requirement”, September 2013,
- “Charity Commission Guidance: Charitable Purposes: the prevention or relief of poverty”, September 2013,
- Guidance given in Charity Commission Booklet: “The Prevention or Relief of Poverty for the Public Benefit”, December 2013
Requests for financial assistance will be assessed by a grant panel specifically set up for this Appeal.
Grant awards to groups to be made weekly initially, to be reviewed regularly to address the volume of applications.
Further, if it appears to the Trustees of the MK Community Foundation that the purpose of the Appeal have been fulfilled as far as practicable, the Trustees may resolve to apply the balance remaining of the Appeal at the time for to general charitable purposes of the MK Community Foundation, so ending the Appeal.
It is still too soon to know what longer-term effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be, nor the extent of its adverse impacts. Therefore, a flexible response is required. The Trustees of the Foundation are determined to do all in their power to meet needs in the fields to which the Fund will be applied. They are ready to increase the Appeal target, and to modify the organisation of the Appeal and the systems of grant making to satisfy emerging needs.
Help for community groups, charities and other not for profit organisations
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship caused directly or indirectly by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Who can apply:
- Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are directly or indirectly affected by COVID 19.
- Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are supporting people directly affected by the virus.
- Parish Councils may also apply at the discretion of the Philanthropy Team
For those affected by COVID-19 we can provide help with (this list is not exhaustive):
- support activities that help vulnerable people
- community response coordination
- volunteer costs
- support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat child hunger and poverty
- support core costs for organisations providing support for vulnerable groups
- support for domestic abuse organisations during self-isolation periods
For those providing services to people or communities affected by COVID-19:
Groups will be supported to provide services which support individuals, families or communities with support during this period and which help build stronger, more resilient communities. Priority will be given to groups who support one or more of the following groups of people: older adults, families with young children, people with physical or learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and people on low incomes. Applicants will be expected to show evidence of collaboration with other service providers, where appropriate, and maximise the use of volunteers
The Trustees will not cover costs covered by community group’s insurance.
Project costs considered:
Running costs, an appropriate contribution towards fixed costs, materials etc.
Additional information will be required, including:
- Copy of constitution or rules etc.
- Copy of latest annual accounts and bank statement.
Supporting documents required:
- Governing document, e.g. constitution and bylaws
- Annual accounts, income and expense report or financial statements
- Bank statement – must be in organisations name, most recent with all information showing
- Names and addresses of all members of management committee (3 minimum)
- Equal Opportunities Policy (referring to the equality act 2010)
- Safeguarding Policy – including details of safeguarding lead locally
How much can you apply for?
Grants up to a maximum of £3000 will normally be considered, subject to funding availability. However larger amounts can be considered, please contact the Philanthropy Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01908690276 to discuss further.
How to apply:
This response appeal is now closed and a new strategice recovery programme will be launching in May. Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media to find out more.
You can still apply through our regular grant programmes on the following page: https://www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk/grants/apply-grant-2020/
The COVID-19 MK Emergency Response is supported by MK Community Foundation, MK Council donations from individual fundholders and businesses.