Support for community and voluntary organisations

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We are working closely with charity and community groups, through our voluntary sector partners Barnet Together to offer a co-ordinated response. This will help us all make sure that people who are vulnerable can easily request help when needed.

If you are a voluntary or charity organisation who would like to collaborate with our Community Help Hub response or would like further support please contact Inclusion Barnet, a key partner of Barnet Together.

We also recognise every charity and community group will have different needs and challenges at this time and may require additional support with recruiting volunteers or funding:


  • Help with recruiting volunteers and advice

If you are recruiting volunteers, or have any specific needs to carry out your response efforts, please let us know by filling in the volunteering needs form.


  • Support to start a Crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding offers a way to raise funds rapidly by connecting people with local causes. Anyone can back a campaign with as little as £2, and can do so safely online. If you have a project idea that enables people to take a more active role in supporting their local area, and develops resilience within Barnet’s communities, Crowdfund Barnet offers a route to mobilise the funding you need to make it happen. The Crowdfund Barnet fund supports your project ideas that support your communities.


  • Funding updates:


  • Barnet Community Innovation Fund - New funding round October 2021

Following the success of the pilot scheme, the joint initiative with local NHS partners and Barnet's volunteer and community sectors represented by Barnet Together, a second round of funding with a pot of £320,000 will open for applications from 1 October 2021 and will close on 5pm on Monday 1 November. The decision panel will prioritise innovative projects that are focused on:

  • mental health and wellbeing support particularly focusing on pandemic related crisis support and interventions
  • initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in relation to health inequalities
  • sustainable green spaces for healthy leisure projects
  • projects supporting families, children and young people, with a particular focus on family health promotion.

The fund aims to improve health and wellbeing in the borough as a joint initiative with the Barnet Integrated Care Partnership, the NHS and the volunteer and community sectors represented by Barnet Together. We want to build on the strengths of voluntary and community organisations in the area.

Please contact Marta Montague to register your interest, ask questions, and find out how you can apply.


  • Barnet Community Response Fund

The Barnet Community Response Fund, set up in partnership with Barnet Together, has been running since the outset of the Coronavirus in the UK and has to date distributed £106,249 worth of aid to Barnet based community groups supporting our communities across Barnet. The fund will remain open and distribute funding in 'waves', each wave of funding open for between one and two weeks, with funding distributed within a week of the closing date.

Wave 12 will be opening in late 2021 for applications for small grants of up to £500. For funding strand and more information on how to apply for funding please visit Barnet Community Response Fund.

The fund continues to exist due to contributions from the council as well as generous donations from Barnet residents. Every penny donated goes directly back into your community, ensuring local organisations can support some of our most vulnerable residents through the recovery period and beyond. Click to donate #BarnetTogether.

In addition, the council had also committed up to £25,000 to match pound-for-pound public donations. The Barnet Together Partnership has now announced that their total public donations to the Community Response Fund has exceeded £25,000. As promised the council has now match funded this on top of the of £50,000 it previously donated.


  • Barnet COVID-19 Sustainability Impact Fund

In addition, the council has worked with the trustees of the Edward Harvist Trust to make available a further £50,000 of their allocation to Barnet as a COVID-19 Sustainability Impact Fund. This is aimed at supporting voluntary and community organisations facing threats to their survival from loss of income as a result of COVID-19. The application process has now closed and grants have now been awarded.

You can find further funding opportunities at Grantfinder and Inclusion Barnet.



Click here to return to the Community Help Hub homepage.

We are working closely with charity and community groups, through our voluntary sector partners Barnet Together to offer a co-ordinated response. This will help us all make sure that people who are vulnerable can easily request help when needed.

If you are a voluntary or charity organisation who would like to collaborate with our Community Help Hub response or would like further support please contact Inclusion Barnet, a key partner of Barnet Together.

We also recognise every charity and community group will have different needs and challenges at this time and may require additional support with recruiting volunteers or funding:


  • Help with recruiting volunteers and advice

If you are recruiting volunteers, or have any specific needs to carry out your response efforts, please let us know by filling in the volunteering needs form.


  • Support to start a Crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding offers a way to raise funds rapidly by connecting people with local causes. Anyone can back a campaign with as little as £2, and can do so safely online. If you have a project idea that enables people to take a more active role in supporting their local area, and develops resilience within Barnet’s communities, Crowdfund Barnet offers a route to mobilise the funding you need to make it happen. The Crowdfund Barnet fund supports your project ideas that support your communities.


  • Funding updates:


  • Barnet Community Innovation Fund - New funding round October 2021

Following the success of the pilot scheme, the joint initiative with local NHS partners and Barnet's volunteer and community sectors represented by Barnet Together, a second round of funding with a pot of £320,000 will open for applications from 1 October 2021 and will close on 5pm on Monday 1 November. The decision panel will prioritise innovative projects that are focused on:

  • mental health and wellbeing support particularly focusing on pandemic related crisis support and interventions
  • initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in relation to health inequalities
  • sustainable green spaces for healthy leisure projects
  • projects supporting families, children and young people, with a particular focus on family health promotion.

The fund aims to improve health and wellbeing in the borough as a joint initiative with the Barnet Integrated Care Partnership, the NHS and the volunteer and community sectors represented by Barnet Together. We want to build on the strengths of voluntary and community organisations in the area.

Please contact Marta Montague to register your interest, ask questions, and find out how you can apply.


  • Barnet Community Response Fund

The Barnet Community Response Fund, set up in partnership with Barnet Together, has been running since the outset of the Coronavirus in the UK and has to date distributed £106,249 worth of aid to Barnet based community groups supporting our communities across Barnet. The fund will remain open and distribute funding in 'waves', each wave of funding open for between one and two weeks, with funding distributed within a week of the closing date.

Wave 12 will be opening in late 2021 for applications for small grants of up to £500. For funding strand and more information on how to apply for funding please visit Barnet Community Response Fund.

The fund continues to exist due to contributions from the council as well as generous donations from Barnet residents. Every penny donated goes directly back into your community, ensuring local organisations can support some of our most vulnerable residents through the recovery period and beyond. Click to donate #BarnetTogether.

In addition, the council had also committed up to £25,000 to match pound-for-pound public donations. The Barnet Together Partnership has now announced that their total public donations to the Community Response Fund has exceeded £25,000. As promised the council has now match funded this on top of the of £50,000 it previously donated.


  • Barnet COVID-19 Sustainability Impact Fund

In addition, the council has worked with the trustees of the Edward Harvist Trust to make available a further £50,000 of their allocation to Barnet as a COVID-19 Sustainability Impact Fund. This is aimed at supporting voluntary and community organisations facing threats to their survival from loss of income as a result of COVID-19. The application process has now closed and grants have now been awarded.

You can find further funding opportunities at Grantfinder and Inclusion Barnet.



Click here to return to the Community Help Hub homepage.