In a challenging time for the sector, we are here to provide advice, information and guidance on the funding landscape for voluntary and community sector organisations in North Tyneside. Please check this page for regular updates, as well as our social media accounts – Facebook and Twitter.
In this section:
Overview of COVID-19 Funding Landscape
COVID-19 has had as drastic effect on the charity sector as it has everywhere else. The future continues to hold a lot of questions about how we continue to provide some kind of service (lockdown restrictions permitting) in the immediate future while planning ahead to the time when we can hopefully open up again for business in whatever the ‘new normal’ happens to be.
We’ve put together the main funding streams available to support charities with their COVID-19 response and recovery and will keep this page updated with all new opportunities as they arise.
So how does it affect us regarding our current live grant agreements?
The good news is that the vast majority of funders feel your pain and want to continue helping you to improve the lives of your beneficiaries as much as you do. They also want to help when you encounter problems by showing a large degree of flexibility in their grant agreements – please check their websites for the latest information on how they are handling their response
Many funders have already approached their existing grant-holders and agreed changes in the conditions of grants already awarded to take the pressure off those charities most heavily affected. Some have even agreed further funding to help their grant holders address increased provision of service due to their COVID-19 response. So if you haven’t already been approached by your existing funders, or haven’t yet been in touch with them yourself, now is the time to talk to them about how the current situation is affecting your ability to deliver previously agreed outcomes and timescales and to agree achievable new ones.
Our advice is for you to tell them what you CAN do and what you CAN’T do and it’s extremely likely they’ll agree to those shifting of resources, accept vastly reduced outcomes and will look very sympathetically on the shifting of previously agreed timescales.
Be prepared for a delay in them getting back to you though – an awful lot of the organisations they’ve made grants to will also be having those conversations and many funders like the rest of us are now working from home, which can further slow things down.
National Lottery has issued a statement assuring flexibility with grant-holders anxious about delivering on agreed outcomes – read full statement from CEO Dawn Austwick here and most other funders are offering the same level of flexibility
What new funding is available for COVID-19 response activities?
After an initial period of uncertainty, a number of funders have made an extremely positive response and are now offering specific COVID-19 response activity funding open to all (not just their existing grant-holders), often with a very quick turnaround time – see our extensive list below for the most useful. These may be equally or more useful if you are providing services to different beneficiaries or have changed your service drastically to support the most vulnerable members of your community, for example by delivering food parcels or setting up helplines or online support for those most isolated.
The longer-term picture
The funds promised by the UK Government are now slowly coming online and further ones from both the Government and the larger trusts and foundations should be announced over the next few weeks as they become live – we will be publicising these and all other funds we hear about as soon as they open for business on our constantly updated COVID-19 Funding page and will send out updates via e-bulletin, Twitter and Facebook pages so please bookmark this page and check back regularly
In the long-term we all need to be aware that funders are going to be looking much more favourably on charities and organisations who managed to stay open and delivering in some way, even as a vastly reduced service, whether online, by telephone or social media to provide some kind of vital support to their most vulnerable beneficiaries or others needing urgent help in their local community, rather than those which have to all intents and purposes shut up shop and ceased services in the hope the situation will look better when they come out of hibernation again sometime further down the line.
VODA Funding Support
VODA continues to offer support on the identification of suitable funders together with support on writing individual bids – if your organisation is based in North Tyneside or needs funding for beneficiaries based in North Tyneside, please contact VODA Funding Adviser Frank Gillender at email@example.com for free advice and support.
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Grants up to £10,000 or between £10,000 & £100,000 (proportional to the size of your organisation) will now be made via the National Lottery Community Fund to allow organisations supporting vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption and will cover proportional running costs, staff salaries, discrete project costs and equipment (among other things) over a six month period. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
The Fund has two key objectives:
- To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
- 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
Groups classed as vulnerable are those most affected by the pandemic and include: Older people, people with disabilities, BAME communities, vulnerable young people and those experiencing domestic abuse, mental health issues, homelessness, economic deprivation, loneliness or isolation. Read more here.
National Lottery Awards For All
Lottery have devoted all their immediate resources over the next 6 months to projects addressing the immediate effects of Covid-19 in your local community – read more here
There’s a lot of money in the pot, you can apply for up to £10,000 (even if you’ve already got another Awards For All grant currently live) and the best news is that the turnaround for this fund can now be as little as an astonishingly quick two weeks – this is going to be an amazing resource for those organisations who’ve come up with new ways to provide direct help to local beneficiaries in most need but require an injection of funding to make sure it continues over the next few months until they can hopefully access something bigger.
Community Foundation coronavirus fund open for applications
The Community Foundation is calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis with grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Read more here.
Some charities now eligible for Coronavirus Small Business Grant Scheme
If you’re a registered charity with premises registered for business rates in North Tyneside and have had your income adversely affected by the current lockdown conditions you may able to apply for a grant up to £10,000 (£25,000 in exceptional circumstances). The Government has now also set up a discretionary fund to accommodate certain small businesses and charities previously outside the scope of the initial scheme and who are in receipt of Charitable Rate Relief. See further information here).
Coronavirus Food Charities Grant
If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. Please note, if you have already received funding from the Resource Action Fund Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant Phase 2 & 3 below this may affect your chances of receiving a grant. Deadline 6 July. Read more here.
Resource Action Fund Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant Phase 2 & 3
This fund is to help existing food distribution organisations (like food banks) beef up their operations, rather than those making/distributing hot or cold meals
Phase 2: £5000 to £10,000 available to small/micro sized organisations, deadline 4 June 2020 – https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-2
Phase 3: Up to £50,000 for medium to large operations, deadline 21 May 2020 – https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-3
This funding is only for new applicants – existing Resource Action Fund grant-holders aren’t eligible to apply
Karbon Homes Community Fund
Karbon Homes has also opened a community fund you can apply to for small covid-support related projects up to £5000 in areas (much of North Tyneside) where they have Karbon homes – https://www.karbonhomes.co.uk/your-community/community-funding/
BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Response Grants
BBC Children in Need is temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new COVID-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus.
- COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants: open to current grant-holders. Up to £5,000 over a six month period. Opens 18 May 2020.
- COVID-19 Large Grants: up to £80,000 over an 18 month period. Opens 8 June 2020.
More details on both of these funds will be made available on their website. Please check regularly for updates.
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund
£500 unrestricted core funding to help groups supporting vulnerable groups in their local communities for example food banks, new telephone services etc. They are making awards on a weekly basis and are still open to applications from groups in the North Tyneside area so get your applications in now while it’s still available! Read more and apply here.
RW Mann Trust
This trust has not announced any specific COVID-related response but is already an excellent, quick response funder providing amounts up to £1000 for smaller Registered Charities. Read more and apply here.
Sport England Community Emergency Fund
£300 to £10K available to groups experiencing short-term financial difficulties due to the effects of coronavirus.
According to information published on the Sport England website, you have a 75% chance of being awarded a grant on applications processed so far but bear in mind they are inundated so it may take a while for them to get back to you. Read more and apply here.
Football Foundation Pitch Preparation Fund
Clubs and organisations can apply for a share of a new £9.6 million fund to help get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when government advice allows football to start being played again. Two levels of funding are available:
- Up to £1,500 for FA National League System Clubs, FA Women’s Pyramid clubs, and Welsh Premier League clubs
- Up to £5,000 for eligible affiliated grassroots clubs and organisations
The deadline is 25 May 2020. Read more and apply here.
Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund
£3000 to £50,000 available to help safeguard existing and previous grant-holders and the heritage supported for essential costs for the next 4 months to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable.
£50,000 to £250,000 to help existing and previous grant-holders that manage a heritage asset that is at risk due to COVID-19 over the next 4 months. This can include immediate costs, as well as costs to help organisations look towards longer-term recovery.
Deadline for both tranches: 30 June 2020. Read more here.
Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
£5M pot with fast-track grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months, with grants panels every 2 weeks and decisions provided 4 weeks after applying. Read more here.
Support for smaller organisations or groups
As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details available on the NSUN website.
Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund
This foundation has just made £500,000 available for Registered Charities providing outreach & support, including provision of essentials, delivery of services in hostels & shelters and information & advice to homeless people. Applications can be made for smaller amounts up to £10,000 with grants awarded on a weekly fast-track basis. Further information available via this link.
Big Society Capital Loan/Social Investment Fund
£100M has been made available (a large proportion by repurposing existing funding) for social enterprises, charities and businesses in economically disadvantaged areas affected by the current pandemic. Larger and smaller loans/social investments are available, with more details available via this link.
Hope for the Young: Emergency Relief Fund
The Emergency Relief Fund will support young refugees or asylum seekers up to the age of 30 who are assessed as vulnerable, to help in the relief of destitution and poverty in general with up to £250 for 12 weeks. Priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications. Read more here.
Magic Little Grants
The fund will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Find out more here.
*Please note, To apply for the grant you must complete the Localgiving membership registration. See eligibility here.
Please note: Please be aware that because many of the above funds are likely to be hugely oversubscribed they may therefore at some point announce temporary or longer-term suspension of their emergency grant programmes, so always check their websites for the most up-to-date situation
This scheme has been extended another five and a half months until 31 October and will remain unchanged until 31 July. Thereafter however the Government will reduce reimbursement from the current 80% level for both salary, National Insurance and pension contributions, with the employer having to pick up the tab for the remainder – further details to be announced end May. See here for Latest furlough continuation information by Sandy Adirondack and her example furlough leave agreement letter.