Newham Covid-19 Small Community Grants Programme

Please note that the Newham Covid-19 Small Community Grants programme will NOT fund any activity that does not adhere to the current Covid-19 regulations. Please refer to the Covid-19 Roadmap before considering making an application.

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.

This is the third round of applications – previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. 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.

If your request is related to any of the following areas, please contact:

Before you apply to the programme, you must complete the Newham Voluntary and Community Sector Survey.

Take the survey

  • The application process will start Monday 12th April. 
  • Applications will be accepted on a weekly basis and will continue until September 2021 or when the fund is exhausted, whichever is sooner.
  • Applications to be submitted to: [email protected]
  • Organisations will be notified of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the grants panel meeting.
  • The Grants Panel may ask for further information before making a decision.
  • The Grants Panel can only approve one grant per organisation
  • The decision of the Grants Panel is final and there is no appeal process.

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 if applicable.

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 (including sports activities).
  • Providing Information, advice and guidance 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 adapt premises to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines (e.g. physical shields etc.).
  • Purchase of small capital items (i.e. any equipment that would need to be purchased for the delivery of a particular project/activity).
  • Additional costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, additional staffing costs (sessional and casual staff only) and transport.

The Covid-19 Community grants programme will NOT fund:

  • General organisational running costs (including permanent staff)
  • 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.
  • Purchase of organisational ICT equipment (laptops, mobiles, software etc.).
  • Purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE)

Please note that:

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

  • Takes place outside Newham.

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.

Application Checklist

  • It is important that you work through this checklist before you start completing the Community Grant application form. This checklist has been designed to help you decide if this Community Grant is right for your organisation, before you submit an application.

If you need some support with completing this application or other grant applications contact the Fitter Finance team [email protected] please note there is a limited capacity for this support so there may be a waiting time before getting a response.

If you have not already done so, you may wish to look at ‘Newham4Community’, the funding search programme, on www.newham.gov.uk/grants for possible alternative sources of additional funding for your project.

Application form (Word)

For more information, please contact: [email protected]