Other sources of funding available to charities

Cornwall Council Emergency Food Assistance Fund

On Tuesday 3rd November 2020 Cornwall Council opened the Emergency Food Assistance Fund to give financial help to community food groups supporting people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.
Existing and new community food organisations across Cornwall can now apply for funding from our Emergency Food Assistance Fund to pay for food, equipment, storage, transport costs or any other items which can build their capacity, infrastructure and resilience so they are in a stronger position to help their communities access emergency food and essential supplies.

This fund is available for existing and new community food organisations who can demonstrate that they are able to support individuals and families to access food that is nutritious in a socially acceptable way It is not intended to make cash payments to individuals.

Key points of the scheme are:
• Individual grants for organisations of up to £25,000.
• An organisation can apply for a maximum of two applications per organisation.
• Grants can be spent on Revenue and Capital to enable support for infrastructure costs.

To apply or find out more about the criteria please go to https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/foodgrant

Support from the government

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, announced 8 April.  The fund will target frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims.

For full details see www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-sets-out-extra-750-million-coronavirus-funding-for-frontline-charities

Support and information from Cornwall Council

The Council has a comprehensive range of information, advice and support available.

For full details see https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/

Support and information about volunteers/volunteering during Coronavirus in Cornwall

Volunteers Cornwall has information about volunteering, in addition to offering volunteer services eg prescription services, befriending service.For full details see https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/

National Lottery Community Fund
Reaching Communities England programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Charity Excellence Framework have launched a free Covid-19 Funders list and Free Funder Database.

A searchable list that includes over 300 funders for both community groups and individuals. For full details see https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/

Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

WRAP have funding available to support registered charities and non profit organisations involved in the distribution of food. There are two funding pots available depending on the size of organisation:

Micro to small

The aim of the grant is to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

This £1 million grant scheme is open to micro-to-small sized NFP operations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. The grant may be used to fund eligible capital and revenue costs.

The grant can provide funding support to help deal with any increased demand and capacity issues, additional resource, or costs for transporting the surplus food from the food business to a charity or end beneficiary. It is unable to fund kitchens/facilities for meal preparations, cooking, or onward giving of food through the likes of community stores, breakfast clubs, and soup kitchens.

Grants are being awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. The deadline of 4 June 2020, 1pm is for guidance and the fund may close sooner if it is fully allocated.

Medium to large scale

Applicants may apply for a grant of up to £50,000.  The primary focus of the grant is to overcome barriers to the use of surplus food by supporting key redistribution activities, such as:

Access to and distribution of surplus food through logistical collections;
Storage, sorting, labelling and repackaging of food; and
Onward distribution activities to charities or end beneficiaries.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 21 May 2020, 1pm.

For full details of both programmes see https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances awards of more than £10,000 will be considered.

For full details see www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation
We partner with small and local charities across England and Wales, helping people overcome complex social issues.

BBC Children in Need
The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

*Applications currently suspended for Norwich

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.  The fund will provide a single payment of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Demand for funding is high and as a result the programme has been closed to some areas of the UK.  For programme updates and further details see https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/grant-schemes/tesco-cv-fund/

Crisis ‘In This Together’ emergency grants fund to support homelessness

*Applications currently suspended

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Awards up to £5,000 are available for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency, with awards up to £50,000 available to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery.

This programme has been paused due to high demand – for programme updates and further details see www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/in-this-together/emergency-grants-fund/

Arts Council England emergency funding package

ACE will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million, re-purposing all existing investment strands.

£50m for organisations outside the National Portfolio; round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.
£20m for individuals working in the cultural sector; round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.
£90m for National Portfolio Organisations; eligible organisations will be contacted with details of how to apply.

For full details see www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) coronavirus emergency fund

*Applications currently suspended

CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK.

This programme has been paused due to high demand – for programme updates and further details see www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund?dm_i=1OSC,6T84V,CFOW2C,R9VLL,1

Barclays launches £100 million Covid-19 Community Aid Package

The Barclays Foundation has been launched initially to 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.  Find out more at https://home.barclays/news/press-releases/2020/04/barclays-launches-p100-million-covid-19-community-aid-package/

Big Society Capital launches £25m Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Big Society Capital has announced a £100 million emergency response, with measures including a new £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund.  The new Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to social enterprises and charities facing cash-flow problems and disruption to their trading without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months. Find out more at https://bigsocietycapital.com/portfolio/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund/

Coronavirus Mental Health Fund

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Support for smaller organisations or groups As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details will be available from Monday 20 April on the NSUN website.  Find out more at https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/coronavirus-mental-health-response-fund/

Standard Life Foundation  

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for and at present there is no set deadline. Find out more at www.standardlifefoundation.org.uk/funding/coronavirus_funding

New technology challenge fund to support people who are isolating

The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus outbreak. The ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who need mental health support or who have social care needs. Funding of up to £25,00 is available.  Find out more at https://techforce19.uk/

Heritage Emergency Fund

We are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. Find out more at: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fund