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COVID-19 Support for the Sector

Keep up to date with the latest public information and advice regarding the virus at the Gov.uk website

Support for North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector

While we have temporarily suspended face-to-face meetings, we can still offer advice and support to charities and voluntary and community sector organisations in North Tyneside. We have lots of valuable information on our website, so please explore this and see below for resources around COVID-19. If you need specific advice, please contact our Development Manager (but please be aware that this is an incredibly busy time for VODA and responses may take longer than usual).

Funding Advice

We have produced a COVID-19 Funding section of our website for general advice and the latest opportunities. Again, while face-to-face funding advice is currently suspended, we can still offer email and telephone support to North Tyneside voluntary and community groups and organisations. Please contact our Funding Adviser for more information (but please be aware that this is an incredibly busy time for VODA and responses may take longer than usual).


VODA is working to support the North Tyneside VCS through its recovery from the pandemic. Part of this will involve online training such as PPE, Zoom Clinics, Risk Assessment and Making Your Community Building COVID Secure. Available videos and slides from past sessions will be shown below. Find out about our upcoming courses here. 

‘Stay at home’ order for millions in UK 5 January 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown from 5 January 2021 and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

PM Boris Johnson warned the coming weeks will be the “hardest yet” as he announced another national lockdown for England.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.

Financial Support Available

The Government has announced a number of measures to support businesses and their employees during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

To support businesses with paying employees’ wages, it had been announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended from 5 November until Spring 2021. More information about this scheme can be found here

From 10 November, participating lenders in the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) are able to offer smaller businesses across the UK a ‘top-up’ to their existing Bounce Back Loan if they originally borrowed less than the maximum amount available to them. Find out more here

Grant Support

North Tyneside Council are currently delivering 7 grant schemes on behalf of Government. These are for the periods:

  • 18 Sept – 04 Nov 2020
  • 05 Nov – 01 Dec 2020
  • 02 Dec – 29 Dec 2020
  • 30 Dec 2020 – 04 Jan 2021
  • 5 Jan onwards

Businesses should, if they haven’t already done so refer to the eligibility document on the North Tyneside Council website here and if you haven’t already done so please apply using the application form (Tier 2 and National Lockdown #2). Businesses which have already received payments should not make an application for future payments, this will be automatically applied for eligible periods.

Please note the Additional Restrictions Support Grant is being used, in line with the 7 North East Councils, to support businesses which are not ratepayers and those in the supply chain to Hospitality, Leisure & Accommodation occupying commercial premises.

Businesses which are not forced to close under law, but have chosen to close are not eligible for the current grant scheme. Businesses without commercial premises are also not eligible.

National Lockdown Top Up Grants

As announced on Tuesday 5 January 2021, businesses in Retail, Hospitality & Leisure are to receive one-off top-ups which will be granted to closed businesses as follows:
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Funding is also being made available for businesses which are not eligible for the above grants, and further guidance is being released by Government in the coming weeks.

Information about eligibility for this support can be found on the Government website here

VCS Eligibility

Charities which applied successfully for the National Lockdown#2 funding will automatically qualify for the eligible periods indicated in this round.

The level of grant support available depends on the rateable value of your premises and the Leisure businesses/charities  indicates the following as being eligible so far: cinemas, theatres, adventure playgrounds, heritage sites, sports courts, indoor play areas and cafes

View all of the funding on the North Tyneside Council website.

Enquiries: business@northtyneside.gov.uk

Read more here and keep up to date with the latest information from the North Tyneside Business Forum.

Government Guidance

Resources to support COVID-19 safe reopening and operation

  • North Tyneside Faith Communities COVID-19 Briefing 27 August 2020: VODA and North Tyneside Council hosted a Zoom event aimed at local faith communities to make sure they have access to the latest COVID-19 information and guidance so that they can operate safely, protecting their staff, worshippers and community, and remain within the law. You can view a video of the event here. Please note, due to a small issue with the recording, the slides do not display correctly on the video. You can view the full presentation slides here. Also available is the Guidance for Faith Communities. 

  • Managing Staff As They Return To Work 12 August 2020: Peter Earley from Ethical Human Resources talked through some things to consider when managing staff as they return from furlough. You can download the slides here.

  • PPE and managing Covid risk 26 June 2020: VODA recently hosted an online workshop on PPE and managing Covid risk in the workplace with North Tyneside Council. Watch the video of the session below and download the slides here.

Useful COVID-19 Links and Resources

Advice and guidance for non English speakers

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