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Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund

This fund is currently closed and the information below is for reference only.
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Heart of Bucks has been operating a coronavirus response fund since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020. However, we are mindful that we must continue to adapt our funding offer to ensure that we reflect the developing needs of our community groups and the changing nature of the pandemic.

The Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund brings together donations generated through our local appeal, alongside funds provided by a number of other funders, including the National Emergencies Trust (NET), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the National Lottery Communities Fund, Barclays Bank, Sport England via local partners LEAP, The Cooperative Society and Anglian Water.

It now appears that local organisations will need to continue to respond to the coronavirus emergency for some time, but we have also seen signs that some are taking the first steps to establish a ‘new normal’ way of working and even launching new projects to help our communities recover. With this in mind, and with ever-increasing competition for the funding available, we have reviewed our Funding Criteria as explained below.


Funding criteria

There are four strands to our funding offer, which are, in order of priority:

Priority One

To support groups who are providing emergency response services to support our local communities – this is likely to include projects providing food supplies, help with accessing medication, etc.

Priority Two

To support groups to adapt their ways of working to be COVID-safe and/or to extend provision in response to increased COVID-related demand, for example, by installing screens or converting to digital delivery.

Priority Three

To support new projects that will help our communities to recover or prevent problems from emerging or getting worse, for example, a new physical activity or employment support project.

Priority Four

To provide funding to help groups to stabilise their financial and operational position where they have experienced serious financial impact as a result of COVID-19.

Groups may apply under one of the above categories.

Our independent grants panel will prioritise awards to projects in the order above.


Grants available

Up to £10,000 dependent on organisation annual income.


Who can apply?

Not-for-profit organisations who work for the benefit of Buckinghamshire residents (excluding Milton Keynes).

Town and Parish Councils or Community Boards may be considered as part of wider strategic initiatives on a case by case basis in discussion with the Grants Team.


Application guidance

This fund is a little different to our other funds, so please take a minute to read through our guidance document for further information about the priorities for this fund.

The terms are set out in full in the application form, but we recommend that you read the terms and conditions and also read our privacy notice to ensure you are able to comply with the conditions of the award.

Decisions made by Heart of Bucks are final and there is no right of appeal. Heart of Bucks reserves the right to refuse applications for any reason, and not to share details with the applicant. Where criminal activity is suspected, Heart of Bucks will co-operate with law enforcement officials to the fullest extent required by law to identify and tackle this.


How to apply

This fund is currently closed. Please keep an eye on the Heart of Bucks social media channels in January 2021 for any changes, or revisit this page around that time.