COVID-19 Briefing 16/07
Allchurches Trust has just launched a major new grants programme called ‘Hope Beyond’, aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet the changing needs of their communities in response to Covid-19. Grants of up to £50,000 are available and it looks to address three themes:
- Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe.
- Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
- Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
Grants can cover capital and equipment costs, project-related salaries and training for staff and/or volunteers. In all cases, applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is seeking to directly respond to increasing/new need as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.