Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Please note that this fund is now closed.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd ring-fenced funding for charities/community groups supporting residents during the initial stages of the coronavirus crisis.

The Commissioner’s funding enabled Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) to award grants of up to £2,000.  The money was be distributed alongside the HCF’s Coronavirus Disaster Relief Fund, with an OPCC staff member overseeing the awards.

HCF emergency funding was targeted at local charities supporting people facing a range of social issues including social isolation, food poverty, poverty and poor mental health.

Applicants needed to demonstrate financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19 and that they can’t meet the funding gap by other means, such as use of their reserves.

The fund was open to voluntary/community groups and charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

The Commissioner prioritised bids with a community safety/safeguarding focus or where organisations have been supporting police officers in delivering a response to the crisis.

When to Apply
The fund is now closed.

Please check the Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s website for details of possible grant schemes relating to Coronavirus.

Funds Awarded
Organisation Name Amount awarded Brief project summary
South Hill Centre £2,000 The Centre is looking for funding to support the new role of a 'SHC COVID-19 Support Coordinator’.  The grant will help fund the role for 12 weeks at 2 days per week.  The role will:
1) Coordinate all staff/volunteers to proactively engage with clients/service users of existing services and offer support.
2) Coordinate a food bank delivery service as part of DENS Dacorum food bank operation. Working with Sunnyside Rural Trust to deliver food parcels to those most in need.
3) Provide ongoing advocacy/support to clients, signposting to other agencies being established to help with this crisis, like Herts Help.
Belong: Making Justice Happen £2,000 This group has been providing a mentoring service at HMP The Mount since 2017 focusing on those ready for release and resettlement who have increased stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic.  They have asked for a grant to provide 48 hours of additional staff time in the next twelve weeks to train mentors in additional telephone support - particularly those who are currently not allowed into the prison - and also towards resource packs to help those released to resettle in the very challenging time of COVID-19 by giving information about how to manage and sources of support.
Future Living Hertford £2,000 The grant would support provision of telephone counselling to a range of vulnerable people not able to attend face to face sessions including those who had been on the domestic abuse programme and those in addiction recovery.  Demand has increased with some needing more than one call a day.  New counsellors are being trained and this will facilitate 20 counsellors for 10 weeks.