Round-up of funding for the coronavirus response

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Funding and Fundraising
A round-up of funding available to support the coronavirus response
Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups. More information and online application available here.

The Leathersellers’ Company

The Leathersellers’ Company have opened a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000. In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, they invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting: the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless; provision of food and essential supplies; victims of domestic violence; nursing care to vulnerable patients. More information on their website.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Applications are invited from registered charities who have been established for a minimum of 3 years, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, who are undertaking work that focuses on one of these priority groups: elderly people; children and young people, aged 5 – 25; people with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental
health challenges; social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending). Find out more and make an application via their website.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Charities Aid Foundation has launched a £5m emergency fund for small charities to reduce the impact of Covid-19. Applications are now open for grants of up to £10,000 to small charities that are directly impacted by the pandemic. They anticipate that there will be a high level of requests for support. More details and online application.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has issued a press release in relation to funding support during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to supporting existing grant holders, they have now decided that funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. They are also intending to accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that the money can get to where it needs to be. Read the full press release here.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund will address immediate pressures over the next three to six months for those organisations most in need. More details and information on who can apply are available here.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Successful organisations will receive a single payment award of £500. Read more and apply here.

Berkshire Community Foundation

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) have launched their Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding to support groups in Berkshire who are working with those most affected by the impact of coronavirus. You can find more information on the BCF website. They are working alongside the National Emergencies Trust, who launched a nation-wide appeal a couple of weeks ago.

Police Property Act – Covid-19 Response Funding

To support voluntary and community organisations during the coronavirus pandemic, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable have opened this round of the Police and Property Act Fund early. Find more information and make an application on the Thames Valley PCC website.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is supporting the organisations that it funds, both in the UK and around the world, as they adapt and respond to the massive challenges around coronavirus. Whether this is through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or rebudgeting remaining funds, they are helping all funded partners as they respond to new needs and vulnerabilities. Find out more on the Comic Relief website.

John Lewis Partnership – Community Support Fund

A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. Read the press release.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period. In response to the current pandemic, this funder has changed the application guidelines and processes for its spring application round (16 March  – 28 April ) with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized charities, which may need extra assistance at this time. Read more on the trust’s website.

Arts Council England Launch £160m Covid-19 Emergency Funding

Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available to support organisations and individuals during the coronavirus pandemic. See more on the Arts Council Website.

Sport England

Sport England are exploring a number of ideas, for example opening up applications to their Small Grants scheme to those that have lost income and extensions of existing grants to those who have a critical funding shortfall. See their website for more information.

Government support

Government guidance for £500 million Hardship Fund

The government has launched a £500 million Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief to help those affected most by coronavirus.

Coronavirus Business Relief Support Schemes now open

Businesses across the UK are now able to access government support to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus.

Guidance Released for Covid-19 Business Support Grants in England

Business grant funding and business rates holidays are being provided for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England. Read more here.