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New £200m Coronavirus Community Support Emergency 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

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Sir James Knott Trust

Sir James Knott Trust supports charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool.

The Trust is an excellent local funder that makes monthly decisions on applications of up to £1,000 and larger grants three times per year.

Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: Providing opportunities for people to congregate such as youth clubs and projects to help the elderly. Sir James was concerned that people could find work and so they support training. He was keen to ensure that that people have a roof over their heads, where they are safe. Finally, Sir James and Lady Knott, having lost two of their sons in active service in the First World War were drawn to military and maritime good causes. .

The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds. They do not fund research or activity that has already taken place. They do fund faith based organisations as long as the activity is open to those of all faiths and none.

Monthly decisions on grants up to £1,000 and Trustees meet to consider larger grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.8million a year are made, funded from investment income. Read more here.

Please apply to the Trust using the new online facility.

COVID-19: The Trust has made significant donations to the Community Foundation to support both of their Coronavirus Emergency Funds. If your application relates to Coronavirus Emergency Funding then please apply directly to the Community Foundation and not to the Sir James Knott Trust.

Please note: the office is closed under lockdown. If you make an application by post we will not see this until the restrictions are lifted and so we again urge you to use the online application facility. The office telephone will not be answered during this period, but we would encourage you to contact us to discuss your circumstances and your plans at info@knott-trust.co.uk –  Barbara or Jo will call you if you leave a contact number.

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Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund

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.

Organisations are eligible to apply if they

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020

You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

  • unable to afford food
  • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless

This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

You may also need to confirm whether you’re applying for or receiving:

  • other government funding
  • food from FareShare

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.

Deadline: 6 July 2020

Read more and apply here

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National Lottery Awards Awards for All – COVID-19 update

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

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. 

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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.

By vulnerable, they mean the elderly (70+) and those with pre-existing health conditions, heart and circulatory problems, lung conditions, cancer and arthritis). They can also support organisations during the crisis who are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement. The Community Foundation is keen to help organisations working with communities who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways e.g. because they are already facing prejudice and discrimination or are being poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services.

They want to fund organisations that are responding by continuing or adapting their existing activities. This can include:

  • core costs e.g. salaries, volunteering support and overheads.
  • project/capital costs of adapting services, like devices or software to enable remote working.
  • the costs of provisions for people facing hardship (e.g. foodbanks that need to buy more supplies

Please note that they will only fund work covered by the purposes set out in your governing document. For example, if it says that your sole purpose is ‘to provide sporting activities for young people’ they could not fund you to distribute food parcels to the elderly.

No deadline. Please ensure you read all of the criteria before applying.

Read more and apply here.

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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.

Their purpose is to assist you to reach and continue to meet the needs of disadvantaged children and young people, including those young people impacted by hidden risks including poverty and abuse. These grants aim to provide you with the funds to respond effectively and flexibly to the changes caused by the crisis and to continue to meet the needs of children and young people during this time.

The Response Programmes are as follows:

  • 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.

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Magic Little Grants 2020

Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

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.

Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application.

Coronavirus Update: organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and the funders do not require specific dates for projects that you would like them to support; they want funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so. They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.

Deadline: 31 October

Read more and apply here

*Please note, To apply for the grant you must complete the Localgiving membership registration.  See eligibility here.

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Free business support for charities from the Cranfield Trust

Cranfield Trust has been providing free tailored business support to voluntary organisations for nearly 30 years. During this challenging time, all of their services can be accessed remotely, so you can still get the expert business support you need, wherever you are.

Here are some of the ways Cranfield Trust can help you – all these services are free for charities to access:

  • 1:1 telephone support – from experts on topics including finance, communication, and business contingency planning.
  • HRNet – tailored HR and employment advice for charities. (Due to differences in legislation, HRNet is only available to charities in England and Wales).
  • Management Consultancy – longer term support, to help your charity thrive.
  • Mentoring – personal support for leaders in difficult times. A senior level ‘critical friend’, someone who can share their knowledge and experience, whilst supporting you to consider your leadership decisions and impact.

To find out more and get help for your charity, please email admin@cranfieldtrust.org or visit www.cranfieldtrust.org

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GOV.UK COVID-19 guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

The government has created a new webpage which pulls together all information and advice for VCSE organisations on funding, fundraising and volunteer guidance.

The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a key role across the country, positively impacting the life of many.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the sector has been mobilising across the UK providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable groups. Understandably, the financial implications to mobilising and supporting volunteers and the increased demand in services has placed pressure on the sector.

The page contains information and advice on how the VCSE sector can safely and effectively support the country through the coronavirus pandemic.

Areas covered include:

  1. Guidance for those working in these sectors
  2. Guidance about funding and fundraising
  3. The role of volunteers

Read more and access the page here.

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VCSE Supporting Response to COVID-19

VODA is working closely with North Tyneside Council and Health Services to provide a coordinated response to the current situation.

As part of this we are working with North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside CCG to encourage them to provide reassurance that they will continue to fund VCS organisations even if normal services are on pause.

The Local Authority has set up a Coronavirus helpline – 0345 2000 101 – and we are looking to assess current levels of provision across the VCSE to enable us to provide a cross sector response.

We are aware that many services are currently closed or closing or have altered the way they work. Please help us to keep abreast of what levels of services are currently operating. You can send updates via our website contact page. We will then update our COVID-19 pages and inform the Council and Health Services.

If you have any problems please email our Information & Communications Officer Victoria logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk

Please give us as much detail as possible to help us understand potential provision across the borough, to identify gaps and help support your needs. If you have already provided this detail to our Chief Executive Robin Fry this week then you do not need to do this again.

New online resources

We have updated our website to see a series of animated videos covering essential information for volunteers around safeguarding, volunteering advice, supporting volunteers and telephone befriending. Look out for the latest animation about staying safe when shopping.

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