Covid-19 Volunteering and Charities

Volunteering in Hart

Hart District Council, Hart Voluntary Action and Hampshire County Council are working together to co-ordinate efforts across our area to organise volunteers for those who need help.

Thank you to the 900 amazing people who have volunteered to support the local efforts. Hart Voluntary Action has already matched a number of volunteers with volunteering opportunities, and are continuing to process existing applications. If you have submitted an expression of interest to volunteer, please be patient. 

Emergency Response Community Grant

Hart District Council, in collaboration with Hampshire County Council, has launched a new grant scheme for those providing community support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Existing voluntary groups, informal groups established in response to the pandemic, parish and town councils and schools can all apply for a grant of up to £500.

Please email covid19help@hartvolaction.org.uk with details before submitting your application to ensure you meet the criteria.

Eligibility criteria

Who can apply?

  • Voluntary groups/not-for-profit organisations/incorporated clubs and societies
  • Informal groups established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (we can help you to find a third party to receive the payment)
  • Parish or town councils
  • Schools, in relation to their wider community role.

What can I apply for?

  • Maximum grant of £500
  • Funding is intended to help groups/organisations support members of the community experiencing practical difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This may include but not be limited to those self-shielding, the elderly, those on low incomes, children and young people. 
  • Grants can be used for practical support such as purchasing IT or other equipment, transport, printing, volunteer and travel expenses etc. The grant can be used to support the local provision of emergency supplies to the community but should not be used to provide goods or services for a specific individual.

What information must be provided?

What conditions must be satisfied?

  • Discuss any application for funding with the Grant Administration team prior to completing the form. Please email covid19help@hartvolaction.org.uk and someone will get back to you.
  • The grant is solely for work involved in supporting the community through the COVID-19 outbreak not furthering the work of an organisation. 
  • You must retain all receipts - will follow up with all grant award holders to understand how the grant has been spent and the impact.

County Councillor grants 

Each county councillor has a total of £10,000 for use in their division, and grants are available from £100. Funding can be applied for to help local groups and projects through the Coronavirus outbreak. Further information can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.

Coronavirus - Grants online

This webpage lists national, regional and county level funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Keeping safe

It is vital that if you are giving, or receiving help, you take precautions to ensure your safety and those of others.

We urge all volunteers to adhere to Government’s guidance on how to volunteer safely.

Your local Council for Voluntary Service will also be able to provide information and support.

If you are receiving help, you should follow the Government’s social distancing and hygiene guidance. Do not let anyone into your home, unless you have confirmation that they are a registered professional or representative of a recognised Voluntary / Community sector organisation. Be cautious and curious and ask volunteers for proof of ID.

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