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Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund Launches Soon

The British Film Institute (BFI) has joined forces with the Film and TV Charity to create a new fund to help support the creative community, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has been established with a £1 million donation from Netflix. It will provide emergency short-term relief to active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.

The Fund will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. The Film and TV Charity is currently working on the precise eligibility criteria and level of individual funding.

Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive, said:

‘Freelance professionals are the backbone of our film and television industries, and we hope that everyone will work together to support those who have been hardest hit at this extraordinary time of need.

‘Netflix’s early commitment to this fund is hugely welcomed and we are asking other commercial industry partners to contribute, if they are able, and play their part in helping those most in need get through this crisis.’

To find out when the programme launches, applicants can register online.

National Emergencies Trust
The NET have recently launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during the current crisis, they have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding. To find out more visit the Arts Council site

Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period.

In response to the current pandemic, this funder has changed the application guidelines and processes for its spring application round with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized charities, which may need extra assistance at this time.

For the current round, unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 will be available as one-off payments to assist registered charities in England and Wales:

  • Whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000.
  • That can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the pandemic.

The funder, which aims to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children aged 0-3 in England and Wales, supports early intervention and preventative work that will:

  • Improve the reach to targeted groups of 0–3 year olds.
  • Bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups.

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2020, with grants to be awarded as soon as possible after the closing date.

Click here to find out more.

Help Musicians launches £5 million financial hardship fund

Help Musicians has launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

The impact of the Coronavirus on musicians’ lives and careers is unprecedented, and it’s been recognised that the charity’s normal person-centred approach of Health & Welfare support needs to be boosted in this exceptional period to give as many musicians as possible immediate financial relief. A fund of £5m has therefore been created to help reduce the worry many musicians are experiencing about their mounting household expenses.

Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form. We encourage musicians only to apply if they are indeed suffering significant financial hardship to enable us to provide help quickly to those who need it the most.

John Lewis Partnership announces new measures to support customers and the vulnerable

A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities.

Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Click here to find out more.

Steve Morgan Foundation 

In response to Covid-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies in our remit area (Merseyside, North Wales, North Shropshire and Cheshire west of M6).

The fund, of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

Please note that this fund is not open to individuals.  Any individual seeking help should refer to organisations and charities in their local area which are supported by Steve Morgan Foundation.

PRS for Music Launches Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund

Coronavirus has caused the cessation of the live music industry and creative businesses have closed down, causing a dramatic reduction in the use of original music. Collectively, the livelihoods of creators, many of whom are freelance or small businesses themselves, are at risk during this crisis.

The PRS Emergency Relief Fund has been set up to provide immediate financial support to Performing Right Society (PRS) members during the coronavirus pandemic. Funding is being offered to songwriters and composers from around the world who are facing significant financial pressure as the global battle against the virus continues.

Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and successful applicants will receive support up to a value of £1,000 each.

The Fund is open to all PRS writer members around the world who are suffering genuine hardship from loss of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants must have been members for at least two years and earned over £500 of PRS royalties in the last two years.

Click here to find out more.


£2.9bn Funding to Free Up Hospital Beds During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Department of Health and Social care has announced funding to help patients who no longer need urgent hospital treatment to return home.

The funding, which comes from the £5 billion COVID-19 fund, will make at least 15,000 beds available during the coronavirus outbreak.

Local authorities will receive £1.6 billion to help them respond to other coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This includes increasing support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.

A further £1.3 billion will be used to enhance the NHS discharge process so patients who no longer need urgent treatment can return home safely and quickly.

The funding will cover the follow-on care costs for adults in social care, or people who need additional support, when they are out of hospital and back in their homes, community settings, or care settings.

Enhancing the NHS discharge process will help free up 15,000 hospital beds across England and ensure more staff have capacity to treat people needing urgent care, including those being cared for with coronavirus.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

“Our £5 billion budget response fund is now being used to free up more beds in hospitals and ensure some of our most vulnerable people are getting the care they need. The government will continue to lay out comprehensive and coordinated responses to get this country through this situation.”

Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick said:

“The work of local authorities to deliver social care and other vital public services has never been more important than it is now – and will be – in the days and weeks ahead.

“That’s why we’re giving local councils £1.6 billion of additional funding to spend where it’s needed most, to ensure they can meet the cost of the increased demand for social care, and continue to protect the most vulnerable people in society.”

The government will continue to monitor pressures in the NHS and local government and will keep reviewing future funding.

Facebook to Launch $100m Fund for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Facebook for Business has announced outline details of a new scheme designed to help small businesses under threat of survival owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The Facebook Small Business Grants Programme will endeavour to help businesses that are experiencing disruptions in their cash flow as the global COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Additionally, Facebook’s Business Hub, which was previously a resource limited to Facebook employees and health experts, will now be available for all businesses to access. The company has also pledged to create new ‘virtual training’ to support businesses operating during the coronavirus outbreak.

Facebook is offering US$100 million (approximately £84 million) in cash grants and advertising credits on its ad platform for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. The funding is intended to help firms in the following ways:

Covering operational costs.
Helping with rent costs.
Connecting with more customers.
Maintaining a strong workforce.
Small businesses in over 30 countries where Facebook operates may be eligible to apply. At this stage there are no further details on industry eligibility or confirmation on the countries which will be included.

Facebook’s Chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said:

‘We’ve listened to small businesses to understand how we can best help them. We’ve heard loud and clear that financial support could enable them to keep the lights on and pay people who can’t come to work.

‘Whatever happens next, we will be working to help businesses weather this storm.’

The programme is expected to commence accepting applications in the coming weeks. Further details about eligibility and how to apply will be reported when available.

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