Coronavirus: Help for voluntary and community organisations

National Lockdown restrictions will next be eased on Monday 19 July

Some changes to weddings, civil partnerships, commemorative events after a funeral, care home visits and out-of-school overnight visits begin on Monday 21 June.

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across Kirklees are vital for our local economy and for people's wellbeing. They create jobs, deliver services, connect people in our neighbourhoods and provide activities that people and communities really value. COVID-19 has made this even clearer. Community organisations have been vital for keeping people healthy and helping to reduce loneliness and isolation at this difficult time.

We also know that this is a difficult time for our voluntary and community organisations, particularly those who run vital community buildings and facilities. Many are facing increasing challenges with funding, capacity and sustainability.

Other funding

Ward Project Budgets - your councillors can help

Kirklees Council have made more money available for councillors to help organisations and groups support people in our local places during the COVID-19 pandemic. £30,000 of extra funding is now available for each ward in Kirklees (which is a local place that 3 councillors represent) through their Ward Project Budgets.


No set amount

How to apply

Organisations, groups, schools, Town and Parish Councils and local businesses supporting charitable causes can get in touch with local councillors to discuss ideas. Find out more:

Ward Project Budgets

Supporting Communities fund

Kirklees Council have provided Third Sector Leaders Kirklees with a grant of £16,000 that can be accessed by local groups who are supporting people in our communities. This is from the Local Welfare Provision budget. It can be used to support people who are in financial hardship, provide food and essential supplies, set up a food share scheme or build financial resilience.


No set amount.

How to apply

The application process is very simple and grants can be approved and given very quickly. Please contact Bridget Hughes, Supporting Communities Lead:


Supporting people in crisis - TSL Kirklees

NET Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Kirklees

This fund from One Community (in partnership with National Emergencies Trust) is to help those most affected get the support that they need by providing emergency funding for local organisations who are helping people during the Coronavirus outbreak.


Up to £5,000 for organisations and up to £10,000 for Anchor organisations and Hubs.

How to apply

Organisations, groups, Community Interest Companies, Parent and Teacher Associations and Town and Parish Councils can apply at:

One Community Foundation: The NET Coronavirus Emergency Fund

For support: Email

Growing Great Places - community crowdfunding

Extra help is available from Kirklees Council for citizens and organisations who want to crowdfund to get great ideas off the ground in our local places.


Pledges of up to £5,000 are available from Kirklees Council for successful crowdfunding campaigns from local organisations, or up to £2,500 for projects from individuals - you decide the total amount to crowdfund.

How to crowdfund

Citizens, groups and organisations can start a campaign at any time.

Find out more: Growing Great Places - community crowdfunding during COVID-19

Start your campaign at: Growing Great Places

National Lotteries Community Fund

Who is eligible

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Awards For All


Between £300 and £10,000


National Lotteries Awards for All England

Reaching Communities


Over £10,000

About the support

Reaching Communities will support organisations who fit the eligibility criteria with funding for activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis.

It will also consider how to support those organisations to respond to any acute financial difficulties they might face as a result of the crisis.


Reaching Communities England



Over £10,000

About the support

This programme offers a larger amount of funding for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive - whether that's a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.


Partnerships England

Funding updates

We are also sharing funding updates via the Kirklees Community Response blog:

Funding for citizens and organisations during COVID-19

Local support

We are with you - Community Response blog

The Kirklees Community Response blog includes lots of useful information for citizens, mutual aid groups and local organisations of any kind who are supporting others during COVID-19. The blog was created by Kirklees Council in partnership with Volunteering Kirklees and Third Sector Leaders. Together we're here to support anyone who is helping others.

On the blog you'll find:

  • Advice and information including learning opportunities, ways to connect with other local groups, funding, safeguarding and how to look after your wellbeing.
  • Useful information to share with members of your group and with other citizens.
  • Opportunities to tell your story, promote your work and find out what others are doing to help.

We are with you

Stay connected - email updates

Sign up for email updates from Kirklees Council, including:

  • Getting involved - with updates for active citizens and local organisations
  • Staying healthy - with useful advice for looking after your wellbeing
  • Kirklees news - a weekly update of the latest news from Kirklees Council

Stay connected - sign up for email updates.

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees

Our local voluntary organisations are going to be more important than ever in the months to come. Third Sector Leaders Kirklees want you to know that they are here to do everything they can to help. This includes supporting mutual aid groups and community organisations through their Volunteering Kirklees team.

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees

Volunteering Kirklees

Government support

If you run a community centre, community building or faith-based venue you could be eligible for a business support grant.

You can apply for support if:

  • You have been required to close your community venue due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • Your organisation has been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions
  • You have lost income due to the restrictions, such as losing out on hall hire fees or not being able to operate a cafe or other community facility

This is business funding, which is also available for community organisations who generate a significant part of their income through activity that has been legally forced to close (or has been significantly impacted) due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying. If you're not eligible for a business support grant, there may be other ways that we can help.

Help for businesses and self-employed includes more information and online application forms.


Charitable Rate Relief and Small Business Rate Relief grants

Charities and amateur sports clubs usually aren't eligible for Small Business Rate Relief. This means that they can't apply for the Government's Small Business Grant Scheme.

Instead you should apply for Charitable Rates Relief for an 80% reduction on your rates bill.

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