Grants of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) are being made available to support not-for-profit organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland if they are:
- Providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals.
- Providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The grants will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). This many include but is not limited to:
- Fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs.
- Costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups.
- Rural foodbanks and food delivery.
The funding is intended to cover additional costs generated as a result of the response to the coronavirus. Grants could be used for core costs when current income has been lost as a result of the coronavirus, or additional wage costs, or petrol/delivery costs, etc.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon 15 April 2020.