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COVID-19 – Funding opportunities

Posted on May 21, 2020

Government’s charity support package available this week

Yesterday, the government announced that small and medium-size charities will be able to apply for the £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund on the National Lottery Community Fund website from Friday morning.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Please see our funding pages for further details and to apply – these will be on our website from 10am on Friday 22nd May.

The fund will open for applications at 10 am on Friday 22 May and NCVO are holding a webinar with the NLCF about how to apply. If you’re not already signed up to NCVO’s updates, you can do so here to be emailed the webinar information when it becomes available.

(Posted 21 May)

 JLC Social Care Assistance Fund

Purpose
The purpose of this initiative is to maintain direct services and support for vulnerable people and meet the increased demand for social care services across the Jewish community. This fund will assist organisations delivering these services experiencing financial and operational challenges resulting from Covid-19.  This is to support organisations across our community that provide essential support people including cancer patients; children with life-limiting illnesses; vulnerable children; people with physical and learning disabilities; young people with significant emotional needs; victims of domestic abuse; and adults experiencing mental health problems.

Eligibility
In addition to aligning with the purpose of this initiative as described above, charities will need to meet the following criteria to apply for grants* from this social care assistance fund:

  • Provide frontline health and welfare services to vulnerable people which directs specific, practical, and specialised support based on the group’s particular and identified need (e.g. abuse, cancer or physical or learning disability)9
  • Have an annual revenue of at least £250,000* and be working with at least 100* people (unless this is an application from a regional community providing vital welfare services locally that have a smaller revenue or reach fewer people.)
  • Have enacted or plan to enact one or more mitigation measures. These could include but are not be limited to steps to reduce costs; access to affordable credit; and designation of a significant proportion of available reserves.
  • Demonstrate medium and longer-term viability beyond an initial three-to-six months of additional assistance
  • Agree to consider medium and longer-term consolidation where and when appropriate (with support from the JLC if requested)

*Organisations that do not meet the minimum revenue or reach stated here may not be eligible for grants. However, the JLC would welcome a conversation with these organisations to identify whether there is other practical support the JLC and/or our member organisations may be able to provide. Additionally, if a number of smaller organisations working in the same sector were to make a joint application, on the basis of significant cooperation and consolidation, the Review Committee would consider such an application.

For applications go to https://jlcportal.info/home/charities/social-care-assistance-fund

(Posted 14 May)

Hackney Community Partnerships Team

Grants now available through London Community Response Fund.

Apply now for crisis response grants.

In light of Covid-19, we’ve repurposed £50,000 of Small and Community Chest grants to better respond to the support needs of Hackney residents. We’ve aligned with the London Community Response Fund to allocate grants of up to £5,000 to local organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less in Hackney.

Applications for wave two ‘Crisis Response’ grants are open now. We will assess any eligible application submitted to the fund before 12:00pm on Monday 18th May. Please note we are not considering applications for the ‘Delivering Differently’ programme.

Please read our webpage and FAQ’s section before applying, or if you have already applied, to understand key information about this funding approach.

Aligning with Wave Two, the grants will focus on urgent needs, as well as supporting organisations to deliver services in new ways to support communities, and to ensure that their longer-term needs are considered by the funding community.

This might include moving existing services online, purchasing equipment to work remotely, responding to new needs as they emerge, meeting increased costs of providing services (including deep cleaning of accommodation); and ensuring all groups can access services (including changes to make these fully accessible).

Mutual aid groups who have been self-coordinating community responses to coronavirus can also apply for funding when they are partnering with an eligible host organisation which would hold the grant.

While decisions about the allocation of Hackney’s £50,000 grant will be taken locally, by aligning this with the London Community Response Fund, the Council is also ensuring that organisations in Hackney have a better chance of being supported by other London Funders.

To read more about this announcement, visit Hackney News.

Contact information:

For enquiries about eligibility, guidelines and application issues contact info@londonfuders.org.uk.

For all other enquiries, contact communitypartnerships@hackney.gov.uk.

(Posted 5 May)

Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund

Due to COVID-19, Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund have made modifications to their applications process  to enable more people to access funding during this time.

They have now introduced a rolling deadline for projects aimed at supporting young people during this difficult time. Collectives and organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for projects that can take place immediately!

Upon receipt of your application, they aim to give an outcome within 2 weeks and monies will be released quickly after this. Please include an invoice for your expenditure with your application so they can speed up the payment process if your application is approved. Please click here to download an application form.

(Posted 29 April)

Database of COVID19-related funding resources from over 500 funders:

https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/

(Posted 27 April)

Sylvia Adams Charity

As a response to the current pandemic, the trust has changed its application guidelines and processes. Changes will apply for the spring application period march 16th March– April 28th 2020, in the first instance.

These changes are intended to assist small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding during this difficult period. The Charity will be able to make more grants than usual but do not expect to be able to fund all applicants.

Please read the new guidelines carefully before deciding whether or not you are eligible to apply.

The Trust will make grant to organisations working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work. They support organisations whose work is with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales which will specifically improve the lives of these targeted groups and bring about improved defined outcomes for them.

Who can apply?

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000
    And
  • Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic.
    For further information and eligibility please follow: sylvia adams
(Posted 27 April)

Alpkit Foundation

Grants are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. Applications should be submitted online, using Alpkit Foundation’s online application form. This can be found on THEIR website. For further information and eligibility please follow: Alpkit Foundation

(Posted 27 April)

Arts Council

Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the COVID-19 crisis. It has also changed its funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.
Deadline: 30th April 2020
For further information please follow: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

(Posted 27 April)

Charities Aid Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation have set up an Emergency Fund to support charities at this time, although their current round of funding has now closed. We would strongly suggest that groups monitor their website, for when further funding will be available.
For further information and eligibility please follow: CAF Emergency Fund

(Posted 27 April)

Fashion & Textile Childrens Trust

The Fashion & Textile Childrens Trust (FTCT) can help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, their grants can fund items for your children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items.
For further information and eligibility please follow: ffct_corona

(Posted 27 April)

Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The £50m fund is available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000.
It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature. Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.
Priority will be given where:

  • there is limited or no access to other sources of support
  • where heritage is most at risk
  • where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to coronavirus (COVID19)

Further information is available on the website with guidance on how to apply.
Deadline: 30th June 2020
For further information and eligibility please follow: Heritage Emergency Fund

(Posted 27 April)

Leathersellers’ Company

This fund was made available due to Coronavirus, but has since closed. We ask members to please follow their websites, as it is anticipated that further funds will be made available within the next few weeks. This funding would be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.
For further information and eligibility please follow: Small Grants Programme

(Posted 27 April)

Loan Fund for Charities and Social Enterprises

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders, including Charity Bank, to provide emergency loans to affected charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital.
Applications are expected to open in the second half of April. Those interested are encouraged to email loanenquiries@charitybank.org or to complete a loan form.

(Posted 27 April)

London Community Response

London’s funders are working together to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. This collaboration will offer one single application point for charities and community groups to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way.
The funding process is being designed based on insights from groups working with Londoners, to ensure that it is flexible and responds to these needs as they emerge over the coming weeks and months.

Details of what funding is available will be posted on this website, together with information about who is eligible and the process for applying.
If you wish to apply you need to complete the single application form on the website before the deadline for the round you are applying for.
Wave 1 Small Grants: the first wave of funding from the collaboration of funders was for grants of up to £5,000 for urgent needs with a focus on food and essentials. Over 700 applications were received within 8 days. Wave 1 is now closed to applications. Wave 2 has two funding programmes that are taking applications:
Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable groups to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.
Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable charities to change the way they deliver their work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances they may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in applications for this.
For further information and eligibility please follow: londoncommunityresponse

(Posted 27 April)

Mental Health Response to COVID19

The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund is being provided by the Department of Health and Social Care and has been awarded for distribution to the Mental Health Consortia (MHC), a group of voluntary sector mental health organisations that is led by the Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP). The mental health charity Mind is administering the Fund on behalf of the consortia.
The aim of the Fund is to enable increased availability of mental health support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, delivered to people experiencing, or at risk of developing, mental health problems.
The funding is intended to:

  • Mobilise rapid support as the demand grows, by funding expert organisations across
    England, getting support to people with and at risk of developing mental health
    problems, as soon as possible.
  • Provide an increase in effective services, preventing escalation of need, reducing
    waiting lists, enabling providers to flex their services for the current situation and
    increasing reach to vulnerable groups.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the funding pot is allocated (which is anticipated to be within eight to ten weeks).
There are cut-off dates for applications to be considered at specific panel meetings.
Applications submitted by:

  • 8 May 2020 will receive a decision by 28 May 2020.
  • 22 May 2020 will receive a decision by 11 June 2020.
  • 5 June 2020 will receive a decision 25 June 2020.

For further information and eligibility please follow: Mental Health Response Fund

(Posted 27 April)

Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund

The Covid-19 Community Fund is administered by Neighbourly, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform operating in locations across the UK and Ireland. The Fund is supported by Neighbourly’s partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners.
The Fund was launched to support existing member organisations of the platform whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
For further information and eligibility please follow: Neighbourly Fund

(Posted 27 April)

Persimmon Homes

Persimmon Community Champions exists to fund good causes across the UK. They have supported thousands of community groups and charities over the years, but from 1st April for the foreseeable future, they want to focus on organisations that support the over70s – a vulnerable group in our society that they feel need our support at this time.

It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling them why your group or charity, which works with or supports the over 70s, deserves a donation. Included in your application you need to state how much you want them to donate.
Remember, we need the name and location of the initiative so that we can ensure the right business receives your request.
For further information and eligibility please follow: community champions

(Posted 27 April)

Funding for Schools incurring Additional Costs due to COVID19

The Government has announced extra funding and support to cover the exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) for the period March to July 2020.
Funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. This can relate to additional costs associated with keeping schools open during the Easter and/or summer half term holidays, for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers; support; the provision of free school meals (FSM) for eligible children who are not attending school; and additional cleaning – required due to confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) cases; etc.
Funding will be available to schools that are unable to meet such additional costs from their existing resources, or which they could only meet by drawing down on reserves and undermining their long-term financial sustainability.
For further information and eligibility please follow: gov-covid19

(Posted 27 April)

The Fore

The Fore believes any charitable organisation with the talent and drive to create social change should be able to access the support it needs to fulfil its potential.
The Fore’s RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore and Trusts) will provide emergency grants during the coronavirus pandemic for the best-managed small charities and social enterprises doing vital work in their communities. RAFT is specifically looking to shore up and build resilience in the best small charities, giving them a better chance to continue their services and navigate through the Covid19 crisis.
Currently this grant is only open to existing grantees. The Fore are currently fundraising in order to extend RAFT funding to other organisations.
For further information and eligibility please follow: TheFore_RAFT

(Posted 27 April)

Tesco Bags of Help 

Tesco Bags of Help have had an overwhelming response to their call for applications and although they understand that the need is great at this time, they have limited resources and cannot fund all applications. They presently have closed the application process. However it is advised that members should please check their website for future updates.
Follow: Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 help

(Posted 27 April)

Yapp Charitable Trust
The Yapp Charitable Trust offer grants only for core funding to registered charities with an annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work that focuses on one of their priority groups:
• Elderly people
• Children and young people aged 5 – 25
• People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
• Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
• Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

They define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. They cannot fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free.
They only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.
For further information and eligibility please follow: Yapp Charitable Trust

(Posted 27 April)

Young Barnet Foundation

Community and Charity Groups working within the London Borough of Barnet can apply for up to £500 to support their work that is assisting those affected by COVID-19.
For further information and eligibility please follow: youngbarnetfoundation

(Posted 27 April)

London fund 

New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today pledged £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus.

The Mayor has joined City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, and London Funders, a network of investors of London’s civil society, to launch the new fund – with an initial £1 million provided by City Hall and £1 million from City Bridge Trust. Read more

(Posted 1 April)

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has started reaching out to grantees, partners, and other vital civil society organisations to understand how it can support communities and the sector during Covid-19. The Fund aims to share what it learns over the coming period. Read more

An updated statement from the National Lottery Community Fund outlining how they will keep funds flowing to support people, communities and the organisations. Read more

(Posted 1 April)

Waitrose Community Support Fund

Waitrose is creating a £1 million Community Support Fund to help your local community in:

  • Creating additional local delivery services
  • Delivering essential items to care homes and community groups
  • Donating products for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Further information to be released soon.

(Posted 1 April)

UFI Charitable Trust

The UFI Charitable Trust, a grant-funding body, focussed on delivering an increase in vocational learning, is making grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 available to help training providers move towards remote learning.  Applications close on the 6th April 2020. Read more

(Posted 1 April)