CORONA VIRUS CHARITY BRIEFING: EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR CHARITIES
As a result of the Coronavirus, many charities are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members, while simultaneously cancelling fundraising activities.
Below is a list of emergency funds (compiled by Charity Bank) for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties:
UK wide funds • Government funding On 8 April the government announced a £750 million package of funding to support the work of charities during the coronavirus outbreak, this includes: • £370 million for small and medium-sized charities (including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England) to support local organisations including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice. • £360 million to be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include: o hospices to help increase capacity; o St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS; o victims’ charities, to help with potential increase in demand; o vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities; and o Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during the crisis. • The government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month and is pledging a minimum of £20 million. • National Emergencies Trust The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by Coronavirus. The trust is planning to distribute grants through a network of local community foundations. Organisations in need of funding will need to apply directly to a community foundation, not to the NET. • National Lottery Community Fund All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19. • Emergency loan fund for charities and social enterprises The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders, including Charity Bank, to provide emergency loans to affected charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees will be required, and no fees or interest will be payable for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital. Applications are expected to open in the second half of April. Those interested are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or to complete the standard loan form here.
• CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £5m Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused. • Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund The Leathersellers’ Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities who support: o provision of food and essential supplies; o the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless; o victims of domestic violence; and o nursing care to vulnerable patients. • The Yapp Charitable Trust The Yapp Charitable Trust is making grants of up to £3,000 available to small charities affected by COVID-19. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing. • Heritage Emergency Fund The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage. Organisations which are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply. • John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund The John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1m Community Support Fund. Individual Waitrose shops will decide how to use their share to support their local community. • 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 COVID-19. Visit their website for details on eligibility and key features of the fund. • Cadent Foundation The Cadent Foundation was recently launched by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000. • Standard Life Foundation The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount. • Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package The newly launched Barclays Foundation will initially provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. • Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund This is a new short-term fund to support local organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Successful applications will receive a single payment award of £500. Visit the Tesco website for eligibility details.
Funds for England • Sports England Sports England will make up to £195m of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. This includes the following: • A £20m Community Emergency Fund, available immediately for clubs and community organisations. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available; • A £5m fund for existing partners if they are facing specific financial difficulty; • A £55m fund to provide support to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active during lock-down and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust. • A £115m rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to established partners.
• Arts Council England Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the COVID-19 crisis. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.