Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – deadline 10 May 2021

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) will be allocating funds to local charities, community and voluntary groups impacted by and working to help people affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in Berkshire. Their aims are:

-To help organisations respond to immediate needs, for instance, supporting those suffering hardship as a result of restrictions to normal activity and their short and long-term economic and social consequences.
-To help stabilise organisations supporting those in need, i.e. short term core cost funds to keep groups and charities afloat.
-To help organisations adapt to the crisis, i.e. through service enhancement and development, the purchase of equipment, enhancement of skills and capacity, or organisational development.

Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

Who can apply?
-Charities, community groups or other not-for-profit organisations who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
-Charities, community groups or other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
-Small and new groups that are not constituted may apply if they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority. A letter of support or other evidence will need to be provided.

What are the funding priorities?
When reviewing applications, the following is taken into consideration:
-Whether the project matches the fund’s criteria
-The amount of funding received in the previous 12 months
-Project timelines
-Any outstanding monitoring reports for previous grants made.

You will need to check that you are eligible to apply by following this link: If your organisation is eligible you can then complete the Eligibility Quiz (link below). If you meet the criteria of the fund, you will be sent a link to an application form.

Further information, how to apply and eligibility quiz:

This is one of a number of funding opportunities currently offered by BCF – for more details please visit

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