The Disability Resource Centre has received funding from the National Emergency Trust to distribute amongst grassroot Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) in response to Covid-19 related needs, in one or more of the following three areas:

1. Independent Living – covering any Covid-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over
their lives
2. Isolation – covering work to tackle isolation
3. Income – covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt

Any DPO is able to apply if at least 51% of your governing body or management committee is made up of disabled people and you have a constitution/governing document that shows that the organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion. You do not need to be a registered charity.

DPOs may apply for funding to support projects which fall under the above three areas, meet a Covid-19 related need of disabled people and for which additional funding is needed to deliver.

DPOs may apply for funding between £1,000 and £25,000 with the funding period being 8 months from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. It is worth noting that all the money must be spent by the end of this period, so you should be realistic with the amount you wish to apply for. We expect around:

• 50% of grants will be between £1,000 and £5,000;
• 25% of grants will be between £5,000 and £15,000; and
• 25% of grants will be between £15,000 and £25,000.

The application process is a simple online form with five sections, including a section on the project you are applying to fund and the planned finances related to it. The link for the application form can be found here.

If you wish to receive a detailed document with information for applicants or have any other queries, please email both Neha Parmar ([email protected]) and Steve Moralee ([email protected]).