The COVID-19 Relief Fund


Most recent grants given

⭐️ Dingley's Promise Reading

⭐️ Berkshire MS Therapy Centre

⭐️ Thames Valley Positive Support

⭐️ Coley Park Community Association

⭐️ Whitley Amateur Boxing Club

⭐️ No5 Young People for Mental Health

⭐️ Reading Association for the Blind


With the Covid-19 pandemic having made it more difficult for charities and community groups to raise funds, we have created a Covid-19 Relief Fund. Qualifying local organisations can now apply to receive a special grant through 2021 and early 2022. A total of £50,000 has been allocated to this fund, with there being no set limit on each grant amount, however to help as many organisations as possible, we envisage each grant being £1,000, albeit this can be more or less.

Before completing this form

Before applying, please read our separate Guidance Notes in full, and check that your charity / community group is located within the geographical area outlined therein.

Submitting your application

Please complete this form in full and ensure that you submit it by the deadline of 30th April 2022. Please note we are allocating £1,000 per week from 2nd June 2021, so the earlier we receive your application, the higher the chance of success.

The easiest, preferred and quickest way to submit your application is via our online form below. However, if completing our application form offline this can be emailed to, or if this is not possible, please post your application to:

John Sykes Foundation
First Floor
23/24 Market Place

Our response

We aim to issue our decision in respect of your application within 14 days, unless further questions or queries arise.

If you are successful, we aim to remit funds to you within 14 days of the award date.


Type of Organisation:

Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Charitable Company (limited by guarantee)

Unincorporated Association


Brief summary of your organisation

What it does and how it benefits the community of Reading (Max 200 words)


Set out how you would use the grant if you are successful in your application (Max 200 words)

How will it make a difference

Set out how receiving the grant will make a difference to your organisation and the individuals which form part / rely upon it

Case studies

To help bring your application to life please include one case study which demonstrates the work you do.

Bank details

Please supply your organisations bank details, which must include your bank name, account name, account number and sort code.


Please ensure the following items are enclosed with this application:

  • Your organisation's last set of accounts
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement