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HIWCF National Emergency Trust

The aim of the Fund is to effectively and efficiently support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Details and links to the application process are at HiWCF.

Opening Date: 16th April, 2020

Minimum Grant: £1000

Maximum Grant: £10,000

General Eligibility

Projects must be completed in three months.

Funds available to support charities and community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the current crisis.

Voluntary and community organisations, including but not limited to:

  • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • Community interest companies and community benefit societies
  • Parish and town councils (if the funded activity is not deemed part of their statutory duties)
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)
  • Churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytising)

Target Beneficiaries

Vulnerable people of all ages

Acceptable Projects

  • Organisations that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

Secondarily, and if funds allow:

  • Support for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the pandemic


  • Grants that are solely for the provision of bursaries to individuals or families
  • Applications from individuals
  • Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton, and Isle of Wight
  • Capital building projects
  • Statutory bodies such as schools, city and county councils or health institutions
  • Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
  • Any party-political activity
  • Commercial ventures
  • Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system


Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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