Newham COVID-19 Small Community Grants Programme

What is the Newham Covid-19 Small Community Grants Programme?

Newham Council recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have additional pressures on the voluntary, community and faith sector to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

In order to enable smaller voluntary sector groups  to assist in the response, the Council has created a fund of £60k to offer to appropriate voluntary and community groups and organisations during this time.

This funding will be allocated to groups supporting the most vulnerable and at risk or those who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants will be available up to £4,000 for each organisation. These grants will be available for both registered and constituted groups and other voluntary and faith organisations including those being formed in direct response to the pandemic.

  • The application process will start Monday 16th November. Application Form (Word)
  • Assessments and decisions will be made in 21 days.
  • Applications will be accepted on a weekly basis and will continue until March 2021 or when the fund is exhausted, whichever is sooner.
  • Applications to be submitted to: [email protected]

Who can apply for a grant?

Newham based:

  • Registered charities, constituted community and voluntary groups, faith organisations, mutual aid groups including Tenants and Residents Associations.
  • Social Enterprises including Community Interest Companies.
  • Emerging ‘Grassroots’ groups of local volunteers.

Groups will be asked to work in partnership, where possible and appropriate. In allocating funds, the council will assess applications to ensure that effort is not being duplicated across organisations.

We expect that groups in receipt of these grants will take appropriate referrals from the Newham Food and Social Welfare Alliance.

We will also consider applications from organisations that provide vital and long-standing community services to Newham residents but have lost crucial funding streams or income due to COVID-19.

Applications for small grants can be made for the following:

  • Projects and activities that promote mental health and social inclusion.
  • Providing advice and support regarding employment, and welfare benefits.
  • Support networks and services for those hardest hit by the crisis with particular emphasis on those digitally excluded.
  • Support for an organisation to upgrade premises to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Purchase of small capital items.
  • Purchase of ICT equipment.
  • Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, additional staffing (sessional and casual staff) costs, and transport.
  • Purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE) up to the value of £500.

The COVID-19 Community grants programme will NOT fund:

  • General organisational running costs (including permanent staff)
  • Venue hire.
  • Any additional costs that are NOT in response to COVID-19.
  • Requests for food related costs, fridges, fridge freezers and washing machines.
  • Deep clean of premises.

Please note that:

  • Organisations must first complete the Newham VCS survey in order to be eligible.
  • Only one grant can be approved per organisation.
  • Private businesses are NOT eligible.

You will NOT be eligible for a COVID-19 community grant if your project or activity:

  • Takes place outside Newham.
  • Has already received a Covid-19 community grant for the same project or activity.

As part of the application process organisations need to provide a plan showing:

  • Projected expenditure.
  • Planned numbers of people who will be assisted.
  • How the scheme will be delivered i.e. how you will mobilise and manage volunteers.

What proof will need to be supplied to evidence delivery?

The council are committed to a light touch approach to monitoring. However, the council need to ensure due diligence in the use of public money. We will be asking organisations to submit a monitoring report that provides details of residents who have been assisted and outcomes achieved.

What safeguarding arrangements are necessary?

  • All organisations applying for grant who will be working with vulnerable groups and children must have a safeguarding policy or written statement and process in place. Safeguarding training must be in place for all staff, volunteers, who have face-to-face contact with vulnerable adults and children and young people.
  • All people working on their own with children and / or vulnerable adults are subject to relevant background checks (i.e. Disclosure & Barring Service, Disclosure Scotland or Access NI). This includes all staff, management committee, trustees or volunteers, who have direct access to children.

For more information, please contact: [email protected]