COVID-19 Local Recovery Fund

The COVID-19 Local Recovery Fund is part of our Helping Hands Scheme which uses government grant funding to support residents in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This grant is for organisations and community groups that may have struggled to sustain funding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You can apply for between £300 and £2000 per project.

£486,000 worth of funding will be awarded across Kent in 2021 and 2022. Each county councillor can award £6,000 in grants and they will use their local knowledge to target funding where it is needed most.

To apply for the COVID-19 Local Recovery Fund, you must demonstrate how your project responds to the pandemic.

Eligible projects could include:

  • food banks supporting residents that have suffered financial hardship as a result of the pandemic
  • befriending schemes to tackle loneliness
  • youth groups providing opportunities for young people
  • grassroots sports clubs who need funding to purchase kit and equipment for children to encourage increased fitness and mental wellbeing
  • support schemes targeting residents whose mental health has suffered as a result of the pandemic
  • schemes to support employability schemes for residents that have faced unemployment caused by the pandemic
  • projects designed to improve the local environment, encouraging residents to access nature for exercise and wellbeing.

Any application should support and endorse the objectives of our Interim Strategic Plan.

All groups and organisations who are properly constituted and have a current bank account can apply for funding for projects that benefit local communities.

Check with your local county councillor or Member Hub Service by emailing Members.Desk@kent.gov.uk if you're unsure if your group or organisation would be eligible.

Religious group applications will be considered, but must show that the project will bring wider community benefit.

Who can't apply:

  • individuals
  • political party groups.

The grant is a one-off. There is no funding for any future costs.

You must contact your local county councillor(s) before applying and you must use the grant for the reason stated in your application form.

After you've spoken to your local county councillor contact your local Member Hub Service, email Members.Desk@kent.gov.uk for an application form.

We will respond to your application within 2 weeks to let you know we have received it and it is being processed.

Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis and you can apply throughout the financial year, until the funding is spent.

Tips when filling in your form

  • Complete separate application forms if you are applying for funding for different projects.
  • Give a clear start date for the project.
  • Inform us on your application form if you are applying for another KCC grant or fund.
  • Describe the broad community benefit that your project will bring. This must be for the benefit of the district represented by the local county councillor(s) you are applying to.
  • You do not need to have funding from other sources for your project. If you do, please state this in your application.
  • If your project needs any permissions (including from the landlord or local authority planning permission), you must obtain these before you apply.
  • All questions must be fully completed for us to consider your application.
  • Keep a copy of your application form for your records.
  • Submit your application early, and at least a month before the project is due to start.

Once you have completed your application:

  • the relevant local county councillor(s) and Member Hub Service team member will discuss your application
  • if it is agreed, the application is sent for formal approval.

If the local county councillor is formally involved with your organisation, or the project, we must seek approval from the other local county councillors in that district. This may delay any decision.

Once the application is approved, a formal offer letter or email will be sent to you. This will include:

  • the terms of the grant
  • how to accept the grant and let us know your bank details
  • what you need to do to monitor the progress of your project.

We aim to pay the grant into your account no more than 28 days after receiving your acceptance form.

If you do not return the acceptance form to us by the date given, we may give the money to another organisation.