The second round of Ørsted’s 2020 Community Benefit Funds is now open for grant applications. With our latest funding programme, Ørsted CBF: Supporting communities through to recovery, we are making the funds more accessible, removing certain restrictions and delivering financial support to local projects and organisations impacted by the pandemic.
We’re encouraging applications from local groups and organisations, who are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from Covid-19.
Many voluntary and community groups who deliver important services and support within their communities will have lost significant core income over the past few months. We welcome applications that will support eligible organisations to recover quicker financially.
‘Business-as-usual’ grants will also remain available and accessible in order to help groups continue delivering valuable projects and services within their communities.
The judging criteria for all Funds will remain the same, however with pressure on funding expected to be significantly higher in these unprecedented times, applications to support organisations through Covid-19 recovery are likely to be prioritised.
To help make our funding more accessible, groups that have received a grant within the last 2 years or have been unsuccessful in the last round may now re-apply.
There will also be no need for match funding for any applications at this time. All other criteria will remain unchanged.
This change relates to the applications to the current and early 2021 rounds for all our Community Benefit Funds.
We will continue to review the situation and to assess whether further updates to the criteria would be helpful in light of changing needs.
Stakeholder Advisor & CBF Manager, Ørsted