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High Peak CVS Funding Update October 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund
Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund
Sport England Return to Play Fund
Smallwood Trust Women's Sector Resilience Fund
Gamesys Foundation
Landmark Trust
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund  

Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund

A new 'Vulnerability Fund' has been set up by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.  The fund aims to help vulnerable people at risk of harm, to provide  support to solve their problems and increase their safety.  It's part of an effort to tackle the social problems known to increase the risk of crime or victimisation.

The scheme will "unlock the door" to funding worth up to £25,000 for community organisations, charities and non-profit groups who look to "build safer and stronger communities and to reduce the risk of crime". 

It's designed to empower communities to develop practical solutions to the problems occurring in their areas and take fresh approaches to old issues to protect individuals and families.

Micro-grants from £50 to £1,000 will be available from local councils for voluntary services for projects such as target hardening to improve security at the homes of vulnerable people including repeat victims of crime and those who are isolated through age, frailty, poor mental health or mobility issues.

Larger grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 will be available for communities, charities, voluntary and non-profit organisations to make a real and lasting difference in their areas. This may include projects providing support for vulnerable people coming out of lockdown; services, advice or self-help groups offering emotional and practical support to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and those that help and encourage vulnerable people who have lost their jobs or income during the pandemic to get back into work or training to minimise their risk of becoming involved in crime.


Larger grants (£1K - £25K) -  applications for larger grants can be made up until 13 November 2020.  For more information and to download an application form, visit the PCC's website at

Smaller grants - £50 - £1K can be applied for from High Peak CVS – details of the application process and deadlines will be released shortly.   

Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund

This fund of £20 million is aimed at charitable organisations in England supporting those hardest hit by Covid-19.

The CAF Resilience Fund will deliver grants of between £10k and £100k. Both registered and unregistered small and mid-sized charitable organisations, including community interest companies and community education organisations can apply. The grants are also flexible, so organisations can spend them on core costs such as rent and utilities.

The causes and communities the fund aims to help include people living in poverty, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, children and young people, the unemployed, the homeless, people with physical or learning disabilities and those pushed into crisis because of Covid-19.

Due to anticipated high levels of demand, CAF expects to focus on:

• Charities and other organisations whose established charitable activities have been severely reduced or are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups

• Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries within vulnerable or disadvantaged groups

• Organisations that are deeply embedded  with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities

Charities applying must deliver their services in England and be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021

Application deadline no later than midday on 10 November 2020.

Sport England Return to Play Fund

This fund of £16.5m  has 3 parts - Small Grants, Community Asset and Active Together crowdfunding,  - with all three focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. 

The fund is to support the Return to Play during the Autumn and Winter. This is a rolling fund with no specific deadline. Groups that received Emergency Funding or Tackling Inequalities Funding previously from Sport England can still apply.  

The fund will be competitive, with priority given to organisations working in areas classed as 1-3 from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and those working with key beneficiary groups such as BAME and Disability.

Organisations who have a venue outside of areas 1-3 IMD can apply but they MUST have strong evidence of engagement with participants who live in 1-3 IMD areas. 

You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply, however, sport should be an established and significant part of your core offer.

If you have not applied to Sport England before you will need to register with them, visit their website

Deadline – none, this is a rolling programme 

Smallwood Trust Women's Sector Resilience Fund

This £2.1m fund it inviting applications for Grants to English women’s organisations, with a turnover under £1m pa, to safeguard frontline jobs and services as well as help women at risk of poverty and financial hardship. Grants £20k to £30k, can include core costs, with priority to areas hardest hit by COVID and disadvantaged groups, such as BAME, LGBTQI and disability. No deadline, but funds are to be spent by 31 Mar 21. 

Fund now open, applications being assessed on an ongoing basis. You are advised to  apply early.

Deadlines are as follows:

If you apply by 5pm on 23 Oct they aim to get you a decision by 13 Nov 

If you apply by 5pm on 30 Oct they aim to get you a decision by 23 Nov

If you apply by 5pm on 6 Nov they aim to get you a decision by 9 Dec

Completed applications and supporting documents should be emailed to

Gamesys Foundation

The main focus of the Gamesys Foundation is to preserve and protect the wellbeing of individuals suffering from mental health issues through the provision of grants and funding to organisations who care for these individuals directly, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field.

Applications are open to UK-based organisation with a minimum annual income of £50,000.  

To apply visit the Gamesys Foundation website on

Landmark Trust 

Landmark Trust are offering free holidays in historic buildings for charities.  This programme offers fifty midweek (four nights) and weekend (three nights) breaks in March, at selected Landmarks across England, Wales, Scotland and even a trip by helicopter to the island of Lundy.

They are inviting applications for 50 for Free 2021, trusting that Covid-19 conditions will allow the stays to go ahead in March 2021.  Short breaks in March 2021 in some of our most treasured Landmarks across England, Scotland and Wales. Stays must of course be contingent on local and national government guidance in force at the time of the stay.

To apply visit the Landmark Trust website

Deadline midday 3 December 2020.

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF)

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS - see below) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

The fund is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted and the loan size will be £100,000 - £500,000. It has £15m to invest and further £4m in grants is available alongside loans to organisations in England from Access – The Foundation for Social Investment.

 Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis and the closing date of the fund is subject to constant review, at the moment the RRLF closes to new applications at 5pm on Friday 13 November

To apply visit the Social Investment Business website on

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