Contain Outbreak Management Fund

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Successful projects

Thank you to everyone who submitted bids in our first call for applications, we can now announce the winning bidders.

COMF fund successful projects

We have had an overwhelming number of applications for the funding, and this will mean there will not be a need to run a second round of bids. We are sorry to any organisations who were planning to apply during the second round.

Round 1

Our Wellbeing and Public Health Team are looking for projects to submit proposals for funding to help keep Covid-19 cases low in Cornwall. The Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) is a Government funding stream to help us suppress the virus. It also supports work which increases engagement with control measures. It can also fund work in the recovery from the pandemic, including reducing the impacts of lockdown on businesses and communities.

There is £11 million in the Contain Outbreak Management Fund, available to bid for. We're asking our partners across Cornwall to think about needs that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and apply for funds. The Contain Outbreak Management Funding should be used to address and mitigate impacts. The funding must be spent by recipients by the end of March 2022.

There is no minimum or maximum funding limit. However, proposals must be aligned to the following COMF criteria, which allows funding of the following activities:

a. Targeted testing for hard-to-reach groups out of scope of other testing programmes

b. Additional contact tracing

c. Enhanced communication and marketing e.g. towards hard-to-reach groups and other localised messaging

d. Delivery of essentials for those in self-isolation

e. Targeted interventions for specific sections of the local community and workplaces

f. Harnessing capacity within local sectors (voluntary, academic, commercial)

g. Extension/introduction of specialist support (behavioural science, bespoke communications)

h. Additional resource for compliance with, and enforcement of, restrictions and guidance

i. Measures to support the continued functioning of commercial areas and their compliance with public health guidance

j. Funding Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (marginal costs only)

k. Targeted support for school/university outbreaks

l. Community-based support for those disproportionately impacted such as the BAME population

m. Support for engagement and analysis of regional areas to assess and learn from local initiatives

n. Providing initial support, as needed, to vulnerable people classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable who are following tier 3 guidance

o. Support for rough sleepers.

If you have any questions please email phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk and write COMF application in the subject title.

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