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National Lottery Funding Streams (COVID-19 Response)

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund via the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) is now open for applications.

This new funding stream makes available £200m of the Governments’ previously announced £750M COVID-19 response funding, is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations and will cover costs for the next six month period.

TNLCF will distribute the Government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19.

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 up to £10,000 or between £10,000 & £100,000 (proportional to the size of your organisation) will be made to allow organisations 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.

Groups classed as ‘vulnerable people’ 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

The fund will also support organisations facilitating/supporting volunteering and promoting community organising.

This fund will be highly over-subscribed and applications will be processed in the order they are received so don’t hang about – the sooner you get an application in the better your chances.

Read more and apply here

National Lottery Awards Awards for All – COVID-19 update

CEO Dawn Austwick stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (March to Sept 2020) of up to £300m of National Lottery funding will be devoted to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.

This is restricted to:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

No deadline.

Please note: They are allowing organisations to apply for National Lottery Awards for all if they have a specific Covid-19 project the team will be speeding the assessment process. This means even if you or an organisation, already has a NLAFA grant they can apply for another to help ie volunteers costs, additional staff costs etc.

Find out more here. 


National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) – regional funding update

North East and Cumbria (NE&C) regional team work:

Around £2.7m to award across the NE&C; this is TNLCF emergency / crisis response and must be awarded within the next six months, with the expectation that grant holders need to spend/deliver within six months of the award.  All awards will be COVID-related and align with overall strategic objectives and ways of working. Specifically:

  • The primary focus is to support organisations who are able both to lead an immediate response to Covid-19 in their communities and also which can support communities to thrive in the longer term
  • Support should facilitate the changes which are already happening in civil society, in line with TNLCF’s vision
  • TNLCF want to work flexibly and in partnership
  • Their response will align with their Strategic Framework.

TNLCF will focus on the following organisations:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisation most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations with the potential to support communities responding to COVID-19

Government funding via NE&C team:

In the next few weeks we will also be delivering government funding via the NE&C regional team; this equates to around £8m. This funding also needs to be awarded and delivered in the short-term, details to be confirmed. The government response will only focus on the first two groups of organisations in the three categories above. TNLCF funding, however, can complement government funding and ensure that organisations in the third grouping can also access support.  Their funding will focus on

  • supporting activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

The Awards for All (A4A) programme is also funding COVID-related work and turning around applications very quickly.  Organisations can now have two A4A awards at one time, to enable current award holders to apply for emergency/COVID response funds.

Read more here.