Minister reopens Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund

Date published: 18 January 2021

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today announced the opening of a second phase, worth £1m of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund.

Reopening of VCSE Covid recovery fund
Reopening of VCSE Covid recovery fund

The aim of the Recovery Fund is to help to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis and to assist with the safe reopening of the VCSE sector to maintain service delivery.

The Minister explained: 

“I want to provide the sector with whatever support I can to ensure it can deliver services to the most vulnerable in our communities.  This phase of the £1m Fund, is to ensure that VCSE organisations have the sufficient PPE required to continue service delivery. Groups can apply for awards up to £5,000 for the purchase of PPE and I would urge VCSE organisations to apply.”

Organisations who were previously successful in applying to this element of the fund can reapply to receive up to £5,000 (e.g. if an organisation was awarded £2,000 from the 1st phase of applications, they can apply for a further £3,000).

Funding will be distributed by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network. Further information is available at Cooperationireland

Peter Sheridan, Co-operation Ireland Chief Executive said:

“Following the success of the first phase of the Covid Recovery Fund, Co-operation Ireland is pleased to be involved in the roll-out of phase two.

“With our partners in both the Department for Communities and Rural Community Network, we will ensure that voluntary, community and social economy sectors receive the support they need to address the impact Covid-19 has had on the services they deliver to communities across the whole of Northern Ireland.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The programme will be delivered through an external provider. A partnership of Co-operation Ireland and Rural Community Network has been appointed by DfC. Co-operation Ireland will be the lead partner within the partnership.
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