The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is an independent charity that collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money at a time of domestic disaster.

As a trusted local distribution partner of the National Emergencies Trust, Cheshire Community Foundation has been distributing NET funds at a local level to support charities through the current crisis.

Whilst the first phase of NET funding focussed on an emergency response to the immediate need, the next phase, from the government Department for Media Culture and Sport (DCMS), has taken into account the evolving concerns in the voluntary sector, with some additional flexibility added to the criteria for funding.

Whilst grants can still be given to emergency response projects, e.g. food banks and befriending,  this programme will also support the longer term needs of charities struggling to adapt their delivery of services, infrastructure organisation activities, early intervention to prevent problems emerging and groups may apply, as part of their application to deliver services, for support for financial stability.

Grants up to £5000 will be assessed on a rolling basis, with applications going to grants Panels weekly, until the funds are fully spent. For strategic grants of between £5000 and £15,000  (typical grant award c.£10,000)  we will hold a grants panel meeting at the end of August 2020.

Grants will be awarded by mid-September and must be spent by the successful charities by the end of March 2021.

Find out more, here