Please make sure you carefully read the criteria for the grant in the area you are applying.  In Blackpool grants are only available that meet the specific criteria set out in the application paperwork.  In Fylde and Wyre the criteria is broader and funds can be used to provide activities as well as items to support vulnerable people. 

Covid Response Fund Grants – Wyre & Fylde


Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS are working in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Councils to help support the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector (VCFSE) across the two areas by providing grants. 

What we can fund

The maximum we can award is £5,000 per organisation but we would like to encourage a wide range of bids from a minimum of £300 up to a small number to the £5,000 maximum.

We are keen to fund projects that:

  • meet the immediate need of Wyre and Fylde residents who are struggling to afford food, fuel and other essential household items, this could include help paying for bills, help with household running costs, help to purchase or access affordable household essential items such as white goods, help with children’s clothing costs
  • provide emotional and mental health support
  • help address social isolation

We will fund capital and revenue expenses.

Capital expenses may include:

  • buying or replacing essential equipment e.g. if a food bank needs a fridge to expand storage capacity or a group need IT equipment to enable their beneficiaries to access on-line support groups.

Revenue expenses may include:

  • supporting running costs for VCFSE activities
  • food, clothing and essential supplies including sanitary products
  • utility, rental and staffing costs

All successful organisations will need to produce an outcomes summary and funding should be spent or allocated by 31 March 2022.

What we cannot fund

  • Projects outside the district boundaries of Wyre and Fylde
  • Statutory activities/requirements that either the Council or another public-sector organisation is responsible for delivering
  • Alcoholic refreshments
  • Debt advice
  • Projects that specifically benefit private businesses
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning
  • Retrospective requests for activities that have already taken place.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so can be submitted anytime up until 31st January 2022. 

The initial panel assessment will take place after 15th December 2021 so only those applications received by 5pm on 15th December will be considered in this first panel assessment.

If the funds are needed to support provision over the winter it is recommended that applications are sent by 5pm on 15th December 2021.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected]