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Funding Update

Covid-19 has changed the voluntary sector funding landscape just as it has all other aspects of life.  

Existing Funds

For those groups who have refocused their activities in order to provide a service under lockdown conditions, the advice is to speak to your funders, make them aware of the change so you have made and confirm they are happy to continue to fund your activity. 

Government Funds

Some voluntary sector agencies are eligible for some elements of the general Covid 19 related Government funding, most noticeably the coronavirus job retention scheme, coronavirus business interruption loan scheme and the deferment of VAT bills and business rates discounts for some types of charity.  Groups should check out www.GOV.UK to see if they qualify .

The Government also announced £750M of funding specifically aimed at the voluntary sector, it is made up of two parts;

- £370m for smaller organisations delivering essential frontline COVID-19 related services for vulnerable people, to be delivered via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). More details about the application system is expected to be up and running within the coming week. Keep an eye on their website for updates www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

- £360m from Government departments to support their existing voluntary sector partners, ie CAB, St Johns Ambulance etc. 

For both pots the emphasis will be on working with 'vulnerable people' although, as yet, we do not have a definitive list of who is deemed to be vulnerable. The common definition of small will remain any organisation with a turnover under £1 million. Applications will be for up to £100k and consortia applications are allowed.

Lottery Funding 

The Lottery will prioritise all new funding for the next six months for those who are directly working on a COVID-19 response with decisions within weeks.  

For those organisations that have already applied to the Lottery and are at Stage 2 of a Reaching Communities Grant the advice is to contact your Funding Officer.  You will be allowed to reshape your application to respond to COVID-19.

New Funding 

In addition a number of new funding pots have been announced, some with very tight deadlines and some are already having to pause the application process because of overwhelming demand.  National voluntary sector support agencies are pulling together a constantly updated database of all Covid 19 related funding opportunities and are offering free database access / newsletters.  Given how quickly the situation is evolving we are suggesting groups consider signing up for nationally updated information via well respected national agencies;

Charity Excellence (it is easy, quick and free) produce a regularly updated Covid 19 funding database and a newsletter www.charityexcellence.co.uk

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is free to those with a gross annual income below £30K.  In addition to funding information they also offer an email query service for specific voluntary sector Covid 19 related questions 
www.NCVO.org.uk

GRANTfinder has developed a public page to keep organisations up to date on new Covid-19 Grants - www.grantfinder.co.uk/coronavirus

If you need more advice or guidance regarding your groupís funding during the COVID-19 pandemic or to discuss the ongoing opportunities please do not hesitate High Peak CVS at sylvia@highpeakcvs.org.uk 

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