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Grants Online – Funding to Address the Impact of COVID-19 August update

4th August update

Firstly, the Grants Online team hope you are all well and bearing up in these difficult times. 

Since our last email there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people. 

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Some of the updates include (this list is not exhaustive):

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the deadline for applying to Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) is 12 noon on the 17th August 2020. Until then, the CCSF can fund activities supporting people and communities in England affected by COVID-19 as well as supporting organisations to overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic. After this date organisations can still apply for National Lottery element of the fund to help user-led equality groups supporting black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + communities; and disabled people. This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100,000. Other National Lottery funding will be available again later this year.

The British Gas Energy Trust has launched its £800,000 Covid Response Fund. Nine grants of between £40,000 – £180,000 will be available to money advice and support charities in Scotland and England where the pandemic has had a severe impact on household incomes and where the demand for money, debt and energy advice services is likely to be high. The British Gas Energy Trust has worked with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to identify areas facing the highest need. As a result the funding will be available in specific areas in England and Scotland. The closing date for applications is noon on the 19th August 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by email on Monday 14th of September 2020 , with project funding commencing no earlier than the 1st of October 2020.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has joined forces with Company Shop to launch a new £100,000 fund to tackle food poverty within the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas in England. The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund will provide grants to food banks; food parcels schemes; and meal delivery services; etc to support families that are going hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500. There is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all of the funds have been allocated. Eligible organisatiosn are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Small and medium sized charities in England and Wales with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year can now apply for unrestricted grants of £50,000 to support them adapt their organisational, income generation and service delivery models which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The focus will be on supporting charities that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. The funding is being made available through the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Covid Recovery Fund and the closing date for applications is the 11th September 2020. A total of 140 charities will be supported. In addition to the funding, each successful applicant will have access to a Development Partners to help them adapt to their new operational models.

Arts Council England has announced that it will open its new Culture Recovery Fund on the 10th August 2020. The fund will make grants of between £50,000 to £3 million to cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure. The type of organisations that can apply include Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit); local authorities; universities and public sector bodies based in England. The closing date for applications for round one is 12 midday on the 21st August 2020 and for round two 12 midday on the 4th September 2020.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects supporting Armed Forces communities in the UK to become less isolated and engage more in their local area and the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school. The funding is being made available through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme. There will be two funding rounds between now and noon on the 30th November 2020. The first closing date will be noon on the 11th September 2020. To be considered in Round 2, applications need to be submitted by noon on Monday the 30th November 2020.

The Scottish Government is making funding of £11.2 million available to support the childcare sector with the cost of safely reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. All private and third sector childcare providers can apply for funding from the Transitional Support Fund to help meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance such as increased cleaning, investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space to enable outdoor learning, and adaptations to support social distancing such as changes to entrance and exit areas and additional signage. Grant amounts will vary according to the size of the childcare setting and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity. More information as to how providers can access the Fund will be available shortly.

Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is open to heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction; private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction; organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections; businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers; organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections; and non-accredited museums are eligible.- (accredited museums and those working towards accreditation should apply to the Culture Recovery Fund through Arts Council England). Organisations are urged to apply swiftly before the deadline of midday on Monday 17 August 2020.

The Volant Trust has announced that it will open its Covid-19 Response Fund on the 1st August 2020. The Trust will be accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding will be available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees. The closing date for applications will be the 31st December 2020.

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