Coronavirus: Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund

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Fund to help safely deliver essential services during the COVID-19 crisis and to assist with the safe reopening of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy (VCSE) sector to maintain service delivery

This scheme is now closed to applications.

The second phase of the VCSE Covid Recovery Fund, with grants of up to £5,000, is now open for applications until 4pm on Friday 29 January 2021. Funding will be distributed by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network.

Following the closure of the first phase of the fund in December 2020, a review has identified that funds remain available that would allow for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other sundry items to enable the re-opening and/ or continued delivery of vital community services. With potential for future PPE funding opportunities limited, this provides an opportunity for the VCSE sector to make new or additional applications to help organisations plan ahead and ensure their premises are ready to deliver services as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

This phase of the fund, which is now open until 4pm on Friday 29 January 2021, is to ensure that VCSE organisations have the sufficient PPE required to continue service delivery. Groups can apply for awards up to £5,000 for purchase of PPE. Organisations who were previously successful in applying to this element of the fund can reapply to receive up to £5,000 (e.g. if an organisation was awarded £2,000 from the first phase of applications, they can apply for a further £3,000).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the online application process. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 29 January 2021.

Apply to the VCSE Covid Recovery Fund.

Funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

First published 19 January 2021