Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be very serious if passed to vulnerable people. We should minimise the risks by hand-washing regularly, avoid touching your face and coughing or sneezing into your elbow/a tissue then disposing of it. We should also be careful to stay at least 2 metres away from people when in public places, this is social distancing. 

If you have symptoms such as a new and persistent cough or a high temperature then please visit 111-online or call NHS 111. If told to self-isolate you should do so immediately for 7 days, and others in your household for 14 days. 

Bradford Council is teaming up with the NHS, Public Health England and the voluntary sector to find the best way to provide support to communities affected by Coronavirus. Vulnerable people who have a particular need can leave their details which will be passed on to the relevant service and/or volunteer.

Guidance for voluntary sector organisations


Government Guidelines


Funding Opportunities

  • Defra is making available £3.25mn of new funding through the Resource Action Fund.

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund grants between £3,000 and £50,000 for heritage organisations to offset financial impact of COVID-19 – open for applications in next few days. All existing grant applications halted. 

  • Charities Aid Foundation grants up to £10,000 for smaller orgs affected by coronavirus. *ON HOLD*

  • Yorkshire Building Society grants of between £250 and £2,000 to groups helping communities cope with the impact of the epidemic, core, staff and travel costs funded as well as volunteer expenses.  

  • Sport England have released a Community Emergency Fund to enable groups, clubs and charities to apply for funding from £300 - £10,000, to help them meet their financial obligations at the current time.

  • GOV.UK have released guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

  • Bradford 2025 has brought forward the timetable for tenders for the social media, press and PR and graphic design contracts" Deadline 20 April 2020 (12 noon).

  • Bradford Council Community arts and culture grants “Response”. Grants up to £1,000 for artists and community groups to develop digital ideas that connect people at this difficult time. Deadline 20 April 2020.

  • The Fore has suspended new applications.

  • Peace First is offering young people aged 13 to 25 rapid response grants of up to £250 and coaching to address the economic or social impacts of COVID-19.

  • The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust - early years' preventative work grants in England and Wales in response to the current pandemic.

  • Government support for business and how it applies to co-ops and other community businesses.

  • GiveBradford Resilience Fund - relief for core costs, volunteer expenses, staff costs and transport. You can also donate

  • Stronger Communities Grants of up to £500 to help with the cost of delivering VCS services via other channels (telephone / online). Please contact Marion with your idea. This is for Craven based organisations/services only.

Food Bank/Outreach Services

  • An information pack for food bank and outreach services currently available has been put together

  • Age UK are looking to help older people who are self-isolating with shopping, befriending and posting mail

Mental Health Resources

Volunteering Resources

PAUSE on appeal for coronavirus volunteers  after overwhelming response - thank you for all of your interest in volunteering at this unprecedented time. See full media release




Further Information and Resources

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