Coronavirus (COVID-19) grant

In the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Government has given us funding to support the mitigation and management of outbreaks.

We developed this grant fund to provide support to local communities with proactive containment, intervention measures and innovative reintegration schemes.

The application window is now closed, but for more information read the grant prospectus (PDF, 206.1 KB).

The pandemic has had a large impact across a variety of areas and population groups, and it is important initiatives that support the mitigation of outbreaks, prevent the spread of the disease or minimise negative health outcomes and associated demand on health services are supported.

It is also critical that groups or sectors who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic are effectively supported to help the county recover.

The grant fund will support initiatives that prevent or mitigate outbreaks in Kent County Council's geographical area, or that support the safe reintegration of groups that have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

We welcomed bids from new or existing services that are able to meet the requirements of the bid rounds, while incorporating additional coronavirus (COVID-19) safe messaging in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

Organisations must be able to meet the aims of the grant which include:

  • encouraging regular testing twice a week
  • clearly meeting the bid round requirements
  • being linked to expenditure for immediate need
  • spending within the timeframes previously stated
  • encouraging vaccine uptake and dispelling myths
  • promoting COVID safe messaging (for example, 'hands, face, space')
  • encouraging the use of face masks (appropriate to age and national guidance)
  • providing mental health and wellbeing support that can help support people to comply with COVID-19 guidance and legislation.

Please note, the fund cannot be used to support any activity which:

  • has already taken place
  • is funded via other sources
  • are higher education courses
  • which conflict with our policies
  • fund the costs of attending training courses
  • take place in schools and are not open to the public
  • are delivered by organisations that are not a legal entity
  • are organised for party political, religious or charity fundraising purposes
  • promote unhealthy behaviours or illegal activity (such as smoking, drinking, gambling)
  • come from applicants who previously failed to comply with the grant scheme conditions
  • are capital schemes (though we may fund equipment purchase as part of a wider project).

Applications closed at 6pm, 13 September 2021: We will notify applicants by 27 September 2021 to confirm whether they have been successful or not.

Those successful are expected to start their projects in 6 weeks of approval.