Harrow Council successfully bids for grants to help those most at risk from COVID-19

Grants of between £300 and £5,000 available to bid for now.

Harrow Council has been awarded funding to help those most at risk from Covid-19.

The money, from the Community Champions Fund via the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), is being distributed via Harrow Giving with bidding open now. 

Voluntary, community and faith organisations are eligible to apply for the grant, which is intended to support people shown to be most at risk from coronavirus (Covid-19) including those from an ethnic minority background, disabled people and others to follow safer behaviours and reduce the impact of the virus on themselves and those around them.

Grants are available between £300 and £5,000.

Larger grants may be considered, to a maximum of £10,000, where an organisation can demonstrate a need for additional funding for example to communicate with a larger number of people or where engagement is more complex. 

Harrow Covid-19 Awareness Fund Priorities include:

  • Tackling misinformation 
  • Encourage the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Encourage people to follow NHS and Government guidance
  • Encourage behaviours which reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission
  • Reduce the impact on individuals and those around them

Carole Furlong, Director of Public Health, said: "These grants will make a real difference to at-risk groups in the fight against coronavirus.

The Community Champions scheme will help to foster greater engagement and adherence to the kind of safer behaviours that are vital reducing the spread of Covid-19 across communities."

Cllr Krishna Suresh, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, said: "The Community Champions grants will help to reach those most at risk from Covid-19, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds and those with disabilities. They will play a very important part in the battle against the virus as we seek to encourage people to take the vaccine, tackle misinformation and encourage safer behaviours that can help to keep coronavirus under control.

"I would urge voluntary, community and faith organisations to take this opportunity to lead positive change and get bidding for these grants. We can all make a difference in the battle against the virus."

The initial deadline for applications is 10am Wednesday 10th February.


The grants can be applied for by submitting an expression of interest here: https://forms.gle/QDcTSCAesQ5FqLF4A 

The application form and guidance are attached and available to download here: http://harrowgiving.org.uk/harrow-covid-19-awareness-fund/ 

If  people need support with completing the application, they can contact:

Young Harrow Foundation [email protected]

Voluntary Action Harrow: [email protected]

The aim is to engage with people to be most at risk from Covid-19 including:

  • Hard to reach communities
  • Black & Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities
  • Disabled Communities 
  • Where the Covid rates are highest
  • All communities to follow safer behaviours

You need to be applying as:

  • a constituted not-for-profit organisation (company limited by guarantee, community interest company, registered charity, co-operative, unincorporated organisation)
  • with a minimum of 2 unrelated trustees / directors
  • with a bank account in the name of the organisation

The activities which you are applying for funding for need to be legally charitable and benefit Harrow residents.

We will only fund organisations that have a track record of working in Harrow.

Published: 4th February 2021