Funding Opportunities

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round

The Youth Endowment Fund launches new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable children at risk of youth violence.

Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have seen access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services dramatically reduced. The result is that some of our most vulnerable children have both lost the support they relied on and become increasingly invisible.

Many organisations who are passionate about young people are working hard to find creative ways to address this at a time when their own financial security hangs in the balance. Whilst some continue with their face-to-face work, an increasing number of organisations are adapting services using digital and virtual activities to deliver their support.

With little evidence existing on the effectiveness of digital and virtual support activities in reaching vulnerable children and preventing youth crime, we urgently need to learn more about the best ways to reach and support vulnerable young people.
The dual aims of this grant round are to help reach and support vulnerable children at risk of youth violence, and to learn the best ways to provide support under the current social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
How much funding can organisations apply for?
The average grant is expected to be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. There is no maximum, however grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.

Click here to find out more.

Funding for Voluntary Organisations Working in the Criminal Justice System

Voluntary organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 can apply now for a grant of up to £5,000. The funding is to be used for activities and resources which help organisations deliver support to people in the criminal justice system during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. For example, this could be additional equipment or a contribution towards a salary.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary organisations operating in England and Wales, supporting persons in prison, leaving prison or under licence in the community or serving a community sentence in the context of Covid-19.

Organisations are also welcome to apply if they have previously offered support to HMPPS through the sector support mobilisation process to adapt their service or deliver more support during the pandemic, whether they have been accepted, declined or are currently being considered.

All funding must be spent by 30 November 2020.

The £275,000 fund is intended to be open for six months dependent on funds remaining.

Click here for more details and how to apply.

UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Sector Set Up New COVID-19 Support Fund

Working in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust, the UK insurance and long-term savings industry have launched a new fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

About £82.6 million has already been pledged with another £17.4 million yet to be raised to meet the goal of £100 million.

The funding is intended to provide immediate relief to charities affected by COVID-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:

  • Community based charities that are under unprecedented strain.
  • Charities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in greatest poverty and older people in isolation.
  • Initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across society.

Click here to find out more.

Healthy Communities Together Programme

This is the latest update on the Healthy Communities Together programme – the new partnership between The King’s Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund to support local areas to work better across the public and voluntary sectors.

The coronavirus crisis makes it more important than ever that local organisations develop ways to work together to meet the health and wellbeing needs of their communities. This email gives a brief update and reminder of the process if you intend to apply for Healthy Communities Together support, as the first deadline is now just two weeks away.

Expressions of interest must reach us by 27 May 2020. They should be submitted via the National Lottery Community Fund website here.

An expression of interest is not a full application but a light-touch outline of your plans so far and who is involved. We do not expect you to have all the detail worked up at this stage: we mainly want to understand what your vision is, your ability to work in partnership to take it forward, and your early thoughts on how you would use the funding and support on offer.

You must be able to assure us that the expression of interest has the support of your local director of public health plus director-level leaders in the local NHS and VCS. At this stage, they only need to give a verbal statement of their support (we will contact these leaders if you progress to the next stage). However, remember that local leaders may only support one expression of interest per place.

If you have any questions, the National Lottery Community Fund’s advice team are on 03454 102 030.

Eligible areas will be notified in June and will be given a deadline for full applications in August. Following site visits, we will announce programme participants at the end of September.

Click here to find out more and to submit an expression of interest.

National Lottery Community Foundation launches Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The National Lottery Community Foundation has launched a £200m fund for organisations in England who are supporting people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenges and difficulty during the pandemic, and those that provide services and support for vulnerable people and have seen an increase in demand or have lost income. This funding has been made available through the £750m support package for the sector announced by the Chancellor on 8 April.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund will start to reach frontline organisations within a few weeks. Applications to the Fund will be handled through The National Lottery Community Fund’s well-established funding infrastructure, which they use to deliver around £500 million of grants to local organisations each year. A joint panel set up by DCMS and NLCF will advise on distribution of funding.

Further funding will be committed and informed by emerging priorities, as the impact of the crisis on vulnerable groups and charities is understood.

Applications will open on Friday 22 May. Find out more and apply for funding on National Lottery Community Fund

Armed Forces Covid-19 Impact Programme

The Covid-19 Impact Programme is a £6m Ministry of Defence fund to ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be administered by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The £6 million fund is available as grants of up to £60,000. In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £125,000 or more may be awarded. To apply, charities must be working in one of nine key areas: Support to the elderly (including care homes); Mental and physical health; Welfare; Domestic violence; Housing; Criminal Justice System; Service families (including childcare); Bereavement; Employment

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.

Government unlocks £150m from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

The Culture Secretary has announced today that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.

The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.

  • £10 million will be brought forward for the Youth Futures Foundation to help organisations who support unemployed, disadvantaged young people across the country into jobs.
  • £45 million will be deployed by Big Society Capital to allow better access to investment including emergency loans for charities, social enterprises and some small businesses facing cash-flow problems and disruption to their trading following the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Fair4All Finance will use £65 million to support affordable credit providers to increase access to fair, appropriate products and services for those struggling financially, providing them with an alternative to high cost loans.
  • £30 million will go to Access – The Foundation for Social Investment who will support social enterprises helping people in vulnerable circumstances.

Read the full announcement here.

Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund

As part of the Government’s plan to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus lockdown, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £5 million to fund national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections.

The objectives of this fund are to:

  • provide effective, targeted relief for those most at risk of loneliness as a result of Covid-19.
  • contribute to the evidence base on Covid-19 and loneliness.

This fund will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 29 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.

Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has received £6 million for emergency funding to homelessness charities. This fund will be delivered through Homeless Link.

The Fund aims to provide financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, at a time when many are at risk of having to cut services and staff or close altogether due to increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income caused by the pandemic.

Homeless Link will offer grants to frontline organisations where more than half of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £5 million.

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here

Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food to those who need it.

The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000, up to a maximum of £100,000. If you receive food from the FareShare network, you are still eligible to apply for this grant. Your grant application should be for the additional food you need to support the increase in demand to your services as a result of Covid-19.

The deadline for applications is 6 July 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.

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