Disabled People's Organisations Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Grants of £1,000 to £25,000 to grassroots DPOs who have found it difficult to access funding to respond to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people.

Further guidelines are attached to the footer of this email.

The funding is for work that responds directly to needs arising from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of:

  • Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation, such as providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

A total of £1 million is available for this programme and will be broken down based on the disability population in each of the four nations of the UK. The Yorkshire & Humber region will receive £83,400.


Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to cover the period of 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Any DPO in the UK can apply if at least 51% of their governing body or management committee are made up of disabled people and they have a constitution/governing document that shows their organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion.

The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020 (18 September for Deaf BSL organisations and Learning Disability organisations who require accessible versions of fund guidance).

The on-line application is simple to complete and available on-line at: https://disabilityaction.flexigrant.com/areadetail.aspx but if you need any help or other information their is support to groups based/working in Leeds (as well as North and West Yorkshire) from Equality Together, contact Joyce Anderson email: janderson@equalitytogether.org.uk telephone: 01274 594173 (press option 4 for the Carers Holiday Scheme). 

Two webinars by Disability Action covering information on how to apply will take place on: Tuesday 22 September (11am – 1pm) - filling out the online application form and Monday 28 September (2pm – 4pm) - Surgery/interactive

For further details of the webinars contact NETgrants@disabilityaction.org

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