The impact of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown will be with us for a long time. Social and economic inequalities have been exacerbated, preventative systems have been strained and groups that don’t have high visibility have been disproportionately affected.
During this period of crisis, charities across the country have been doing tremendous work to support their beneficiaries. Through adapting, collaborating and overcoming barriers, it is clear that despite the hardship people are facing there exists a genuine spirit of innovation across the charitable sector.
That is why the Postcode Recovery Fund has been launched to support innovative projects that address the many issues affecting people as society recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Projects must take place in Great Britain and charities can apply for up to £1 million.
All projects must aim to tackle a systemic societal issue related to the pandemic and must aim to demonstrate strong and tangible impact after one year.
Areas of interest include:
- Educational inequalities – We are looking for projects that can address the long-term implications that the closing of schools and interruption of education will have for children’s development and life opportunities.
- Homelessness – The pandemic has meant homeless people have been given accommodation for a sustained length of time. As things return to normal, how can we build on the work done to prevent homelessness?
- Domestic Violence – Domestic violence has seen a significant rise during the pandemic. We welcome applications around prevention, intervention and support for trauma.
- Health and wellbeing – We are looking for projects that can demonstrate a clear plan to support the health and wellbeing of groups who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. e.g. refugees, elderly, BAME as well as those who have not been able to access diagnosis or support during lockdown, such as those with existing health conditions.
- Social exclusion and isolation – The pandemic has highlighted the number of people who are isolated, and the negative impact this has on people’s mental and physical health. The pandemic has also affected groups who don’t have high visibility e.g. carers, disabled people, elderly. How can we build sustainable solutions to this problem?
- Poverty – Foodbank use and emergency free meals have seen huge demand during the pandemic. We are looking for projects to help combat this type of poverty at a root level (not just treating the outcome). Please note this list is not exhaustive and we welcome applications beyond these specific areas of interest. We also welcome applications for projects that incorporate environmental solutions.
Please note this list is not exhaustive and we welcome applications beyond these specific areas of interest. We also welcome applications for projects that incorporate environmental solutions.