The Drinks Trust’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund now open for applications

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

06 April 2020

Today, 6 April, marks the first day of applications with those successful being awarded a one-off £250 grant

The charity has fundraised over £400,000 to date to support drinks industry professionals affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Today, 6 April, marks the first day of applications with those successful being awarded a £250 grant.

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund is aimed at two groups of professions: firstly, those who have been made redundant and not reinstated and therefore can’t access the chancellor’s salary grant scheme; and secondly, those on zero-hour contracts who will only receive small levels of money from the salary grant scheme.

Applicants also have to have worked in the on-trade (bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels), off-trade (alcohol retailing businesses) or distribution.

Successful applicants will get a one-off financial grant of £250, paid straight into their bank account, and those with health conditions or who are caring for dependents will be prioritised.

As The Drinks Trust expects a high level of demand, the window for applications will be limited from 6 April to 14 April 2020. If further funds become available, it will look to extend the scheme.

Head to for more information and to apply.

Donators to the fund include Pernod Ricard, Concha y Toro UK, Sipsmith, Whisky Auction, Fox and Fox, and Asterly Bros.

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