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:
- 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.
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.