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Check Your Eligibility for MK Emergency Appeal Fund

Funding Criteria for MK Emergency Appeal Fund


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.

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 or 01908690276 to discuss further.


National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most.

As a Community Foundation we are well placed to support local charities to overcome challenges presented by this ongoing emergency. We will work to make sure the fund reaches the communities that need the most support. 

You can apply for this funding through the same application process as our Covid-19 MK Emergency Appeal Fund by completing the same application. 

The projects that will be considered for funding through this programme will be groups that are longer established and are after applying for larger amounts that are in excess of £3000.



How to apply:


Apply online using our simple Coronavirus Response Form

If you are unable to apply online, please request a Word document form from or phone 01908 690 276 



If you would like to know more about this Appeal or need assistance to complete an application please contact:  The Philanthropy Team on 01908 690276  or email

 The COVID-19 MK Emergency Response is supported by MK Community Foundation, MK Council donations from individual fundholders and businesses.



The criteria are informed and guided by


Decision Making

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.


The Future

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.