COVID-19 funding

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Updated 3 November 2020

There are funds and awards available to groups that are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in their communities. Learn more about them and how to apply.

**Updated to reflect changes in application deadlines and award amounts for some of the funds**

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Organisational Support Fund for JRCT Grantees

    Funding to support existing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt their work to the changed context arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Fund award sizes

    Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

    Who Can Apply

    To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • They must be a current JRCT grantee, with a grant for which the final payment is no earlier than July 2020
    • They must have an annual organisational income of no more than £500,000, or free reserves of no more than £100,000 in their most recent financial year
    • Any monies spent from this fund must be in line with the charitable purposes for which their grant has been offered

    How To Apply

    To apply for funds, grantees should get in touch with their designated JRCT contact person and request an application form.

    Decisions will be made within approximately one week of receipt of applications.

    National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fund

    Grants for heritage organisations that have received NLHF funding in the past and are either a current grantee or still under contract following a previous grant and are most in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

    Fund award size

    Maximum value: £50,000

    Eligible Expenditure

    The funding can be used for operational costs in order to mitigate the immediate risks organisations are encountering in response to the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the short term (the next six months).

    The short-term funding is designed to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks.

    This could be through:

    • Mothballing
    • Furloughing
    • Reconfiguring operations
    • Mergers
    • Business planning

    Application deadline

    None specified

    Who Can Apply

    Organisations which have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

    Priority will be given where:

    • There is limited or no access to other sources of support
    • Where heritage is most at risk
    • Where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.

    How to Apply

    The funding guidelines are expected to be published within the next few days. Once these have been published, full details will be provided here.

    ASDA Foundation - Covid-19 Grant

    In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed two new grant streams. Hygiene grants are focused on personal hygiene dignity. Healthy holiday grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

    Fund award sizes

    Maximum: £500

    Who can apply

    Not-for-profit organisations, charities and good causes can apply.

    How to apply

    The application forms are available from your local Asda store. Ask for your local Community Champion and ensure you complete the correct form.

    When to apply

    Apply as soon as possible.

    Contact

    More information on this fund
    asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply

    Funder details

    Charity number 1124268

    Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

    The scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability. The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

    Fund award sizes

    Minimum: £1,000

    Maximum: £10,000

    Average: £4,361

    Annually awarded: £885,240

    Notes on award amounts: One-year grants for core costs, equipment or project funding. Please note that competition for funding is intense and they receive many more applications than they are able to fund. Annual total and average for Scotland for 2018 from their website.

    Who can apply

    The Foundation can only accept applications from organisations with charitable status. This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (SCIOs), excepted charities and exempt charities. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

    Maximum annual income: £150,000

    Exclusions

    At present, it will not a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is an immediate need to carry out these works. Until Spring 2021 they are unlikely to consider activities which involve social gatherings. Will not support retrospective funding.

    How to apply

    Apply online via website. There is revised criteria due to COVID-19. See website for full details.

    When to apply

    At any time, it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees.

    Contact

    foylefoundation.org.uk/small-grants-scheme/

    sgs@foylefoundation.org.uk

    020 7430 9119

    Funder details

    Charity number 1081766

    Rugby Chambers 2 Rugby Street, LONDON, WC1N 3QU

    foylefoundation.org.uk/

    info@foylefoundation.org.uk

    020 7430 9119

    Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund Scotland

    In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The RRR Fund will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.

    Fund award sizes

    Minimum: £1,000 Maximum: £5,000

    Who can apply

    Constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community with an annual income of £125,000 or less. Check the guidelines.

    How to apply

    When to apply

    Apply at any time - they aim to turn around application swiftly.

    Contact

    grants@foundationscotland.org.uk

    0141 341 4960

    All Churches Trust – Hope Beyond

    Our Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. The funding will address three themes: reducing loneliness and isolation, growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and growing technological capability and resilience.

    Fund award sizes

    Maximum: £50,000

    Notes on award amounts: The amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and the level of need in your community, ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%. In addition to funding capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, the programme will also fund project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers.

    Who can apply

    Christian church so long as they are part of Churches Together in England (CTE), Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), Churches Together in Wales (Cytun), or the Irish Council of Churches

    When to apply

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.

    How to apply

    Apply online. Full guidance notes available via the website.

    Contact

    allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/hopebeyond

    atl@allchurches.co.uk

    01452 873189

    The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme

    The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate.

    The programme is now open and has two strands: Adapt & Thrive and Community Recovery Fund.

    In the simplest terms, Adapt & Thrive is capacity building to help organisations adapt, change and thrive post COVID-19. The Communities Recovery Fund is grant funding to deliver support and services in communities.

    Adapt and Thrive

    Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 2 September. Further information on the Communities Recovery Fund strand is available on the SCVO website. The programme forms part of the wider Scottish Government Third Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. The programme will help organisations to make the necessary changes to operate sustainably so they can continue to have a positive impact On people and communities.

    Communities Recovery Fund

    The Communities Recovery Fund is part of the £25m Third Sector Community & Recovery Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 2 September.

    The Communities Recovery Fund aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery and tackle the challenges presented by COVID-19.

    The contribution from small community and mutual aid groups has been an essential part of how communities have responded to the pandemic, the connections and partnerships made will continue to play an important role in recovery. Partnership working is encouraged to enable ineligible organisations to access this funding where their activities meet the fund criteria. Applications from individual organisations and from partnerships such as Community Anchor Organisations will be accepted.

    When to apply

    The programme is now open for applications and run until March 2021.

    How to apply

    Complete an application form on SCVO's website. The form takes approximately an hour to fill out.

    SCVO strongly recommends that you use the relevant word template on the website to plan your draft before completing the online form as there will be no option to save your application and return to complete it later.

Before applying for new funding, you might want to speak to your existing funders as many are flexing grants to support current projects by relaxing targets, timescales and restrictions on funds.

If you are an existing grantee and are yet to hear from your funder, you should reach out to them. They will be understanding and will want to ensure you can continue to access help when needed.

Each funder will be slightly different and have different requirements in terms of reporting and what you can use the grant for, so it is important that you talk to them about your needs. It may be helpful to talk to them about your business continuity plan and how you intend to adapt your usual ways of working to achieve impact despite the external restrictions.

The Scottish Government have also issued a supplier relief policy note, providing guidance to public bodies on options for payment to their suppliers, which will include third sector organisations with contracts.

Please note there are many grants and funds available for specific geographic area and projects. If you would like to find out more about the funding available and how to access them, please contact stewardship@churchofscotland.org.uk