The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate.
The programme is now open and has two strands: Adapt & Thrive and Community Recovery Fund.
In the simplest terms, Adapt & Thrive is capacity building to help organisations adapt, change, and thrive post COVID-19. The Communities Recovery Fund is grant funding to deliver support and services in communities.
Adapt & Thrive supports organisations to change and recover.
Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19, operate sustainably, and continue to have a positive impact in their communities. This may mean developing new income streams, restructuring the organisation, or changing how services are delivered. Funding to implement the plan is also available.
Communities Recovery supports the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented.
The fund offers grants so organisations can reintroduce the delivery of services and supports the adaptation of existing services or the development of new ones to tackle new community needs resulting from, or existing needs exacerbated by COVID-19.
Accessing both strands
In some cases, applicants may wish to access both strands. For example, an organisation that needs to diversify its income streams to become more sustainable but wants re-open a community service it has been unable to deliver.
The single online form for the Programme covers both Adapt & Thrive and Communities Recovery elements.
Providing they meet all relevant eligibility criteria; applicants can request support from both strands using the same application form. This means that, while an organisation’s request will be assessed separately by each strand, only one form needs to be completed and its requests can be assessed simultaneously. However, it is important to read the additional guidance for each strand and identify what is most relevant to the organisation at this moment in time. This doesn’t stop organisations from applying to the other element of the programme in the future.
Completing the application form takes approximately an hour.