Many people in rural areas are struggling at this difficult time. Covid-19 has significantly reduced household income for many families and individuals.  We want to make sure that people don’t go hungry and can cover essential household bills or critical household expenses.

The Rural Hardship Fund 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 or similar food project
  • Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy
  • Farming Life Centre
  • The Farming Community Network
  • Social Prescribers

Qualifying Criteria

Applications to the Rural Hardship Fund are by partner referral only. Please see below the list of referral organisations. Individuals will also need to meet the following criteria to qualify for support. 

  • Applicants must be over 18 years and living or working in a rural area within the county of Derbyshire (excluding Derby City and Chesterfield).
  • Applicants must be in severe financial hardship - unable to pay for necessities such as food, household bills, utilities, rent etc.
  • Applicants must first apply to the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund (DDF) before making an application to the Rural Hardship Fund. You can apply to the DDF by phone, call: 01629 533399

 And/or applicants may be 

  • In severe emotional distress or poor mental health (anxious, lonely, depressed) and not currently receiving treatment or mental health support.
  • In financial difficulties despite having already accessed government support
  • Ineligible for government support, including benefits and credits
  • Waiting for benefit checks and payments to be processed and paid

Referral Partners

Feeding Derbyshire Partnership Projects, including Foodbanks, Community Cafés, Community Pantries, School Holiday Clubs, Batch Cook Projects

Citizen’s Advice

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy Team

Farming Community Network

Farming Life Centre

Social Prescribers

Partners can download a Rural Hardship Fund Procedures and Referral form by clicking on the button below.

Procedures and Referral Form

If you would like to make a donation to support the Rural Hardship Fund, please click on the orange donate button at the top of this page or follow this link.