The Rural Hardship Fund

As part of its response to the Covid-19 crisis, Rural Action Derbyshire launched its own Rural Hardship Fund. The fund has been supported by monies from the Prince’s Trust and Derbyshire County Council and provides one-off small grants of up £250 to people in rural areas who have suffered hardship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The grants are provided to improve the health and well-being of the rural community in cases where circumstances have led or are leading to a significant deterioration in an individual’s health and well-being.

We appreciate that Derbyshire is a large rural county, with lots of small towns and villages with rural peripheries. The Hardship Fund does not exclude partner referrals for residents living in the small and medium sized Derbyshire towns and villages, but does exclude the larger urban areas of Chesterfield and Derby City.  However, we are particularly interested to hear from people who are living and working in isolated rural locations and have little support.

We are happy to take referrals from the following agencies / partners. This list is not exhaustive, so if you are working with someone who needs some financial support please get in touch.

Please be aware, we are not able to accept self-referrals.

  • Citizen’s Advice
  • A Derbyshire Food Bank, Community Café, School Holiday Club or Community Pantry.
  • Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy
  • Farming Life Centre
  • The Farming Community Network
  • Social Prescribers

For more information contact:

Jo Peck, Project Coordinator, Rural Action Derbyshire

Telephone Direct: 01629 592978

Mobile: 07738 107072