Coronavirus - the latest funding streams available

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Friday, 3 April, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic there are many new funding streams being opened to help support voluntary and community organisations. The following are some of the newest funding opportunities available to apply to:

London Community Response Fund - London’s funders are working together to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

Wave 1 of small grants are now open to fund for urgent needs such as costs to cover the incurring cost right now to support communities affected by the covid-19 outbreak and the move to social distancing, with a focus on food and essentials. There will be a weekly rolling deadline until further notice e.g. applications submitted by Friday 3rd April will be assessed in the following week. 

  • Grants available: up to £5,000.  
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  • Please note: they will release a second wave of funding in early April for larger grants, service transformation costs, and ongoing work to support communities. 

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector - Thomas Pocklington Trust have opened funding for sight loss sector organisations that are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.

The money from the grant can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times. Please check their website for updated information for a deadline. 

Coronavirus Pandemic, Fast Track Applications - Standard Life Foundation are making funds available for those organisations who are doing work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.

The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. At present there is no fixed deadline, please check their website for updates. 

Community Emergency Fund - Sport England have brought out a fund that any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply for.

These funds are to help those organisations experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Applications can be made from now through to 31st July 2020 - unless something changes, please check their website for updates.

Champions for Children - The Childhood Trust have launched their Champions for Children match-funding campaign to raise unrestricted funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic. To find out how to apply and for deadline information please see details on their website .

Grants closing this Monday

The Voctech Now Fund - Ufi VocTech Trust have opened their fund to help support vocational training providers who need to move to digital delivery methods in order to keep their learners engaged, as existing face to face delivery models are restricted as a result of Covid-19. Applications will be open till Monday 6 April at 5.00pm.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund - Charities Aid Foundation have opened an fund to help organisations in the UK with charitable activities to continue providing their day to day activities in the current health emergency or their Covid-19 emergency response activities. 

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.

The fund will stop accepting applications on Monday 6 April at 5.00pm as they are pausing the fund for the time being, for updates please visit their website to see if/when they reopen it.

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