Wales Respond and Recover Fund

Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham

Applications for this grant are open

Please click here to access the application form. Please make sure that you're completing the correct form for your project.  

When the Coronavirus Pandemic hit in March 2020, Community Foundation Wales quickly established the Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund to distribute funding raised locally and in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust. Since then we have distributed more than £2.8 million to third sector groups across Wales in emergency grant funding.

As lockdown is eased, we recognise that for many organisations funding requirements have changed. Whilst we understand that emergency funding will continue to be required for some months to come the need to move on to find ‘a new normal’ has increased. Groups need to address the challenges of recovering in terms of ensuring they can support their beneficiaries in the right way as well as their trustees, staff teams and volunteers who will all need additional support.

This new fund will therefore cover both elements:

  • RESPOND – Funding will continue to be available for organisations delivering emergency support to those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic
  • RECOVER – Funding will be focused on recovering from the immediate crisis to develop self-sufficiency and resilience, focussing on solutions rather than on symptoms. Work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities.

See criteria for examples and further information.

Grants available

  • Grants of up to £5,000 are available for applications addressing projects under RESPOND
  • Grants of up to £20,000 are available for applications addressing projects under RECOVER

Grants are available to organisations with an income of below £1 million within the last financial year. However due to the limited funding available, groups with an income of below £500,000 will be prioritised. Organisations can apply to both elements of this Fund but NOT for the same project. Please contact us if you are unsure if your organisation fits within this criteria.

Who can apply?

Constituted community groups, charities and social enterprises running projects to support the community to address the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in Wales.

Grants will only be made to groups and organisations that can evidence that they are working safely and adhering to government guidance regarding the virus.

As funding becomes more limited, we will prioritise projects for people living in areas of significant disadvantage and with low income.

What can you apply for?

Project costs and running costs for organisations will be supported, including staff costs, volunteer expenses and transport costs. Small capital costs are also eligible, providing the capital items are directly linked to supporting the above groups.

What the Fund cannot support:

  • individuals
  • businesses

The Government is making provision for support for individuals and businesses.

How to apply?

You should identify to which element of this fund your project best sits and complete the relevant application form.

The RESPOND application form is aimed at groups continuing to address urgent need and the RECOVER application form is aimed at groups that are looking forward by providing activities to bring communities together to ensure future strength and resilience.

Organisations can apply to both elements of this Fund but NOT for the same project. Application forms can be accessed via our website.

We aim to respond to all applications within three weeks and, if you are successful, the grant will be paid within 10 days or sooner of receipt of the signed T&C document, confirmation of bank details and subject to completion of any outstanding conditions.


Contact us

You can contact us on 02920 379 580 or fill out the contact form below for more information.

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