Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service

Covid 19


LCVS is working hard to keep you up to date with the latest information to help keep you safe during the outbreak.

Advice for volunteers

Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Stay Safe

First and foremost volunteers must ensure that they are following the latest government guidelines for staying safe and preventing further spread of the virus.  For the latest government guidelines follow this link:

Look out for your neighbours

Not just the elderly in our community but also those who are key workers, in one of the at-risk groups, without transport to get to shops or pharmacies and those who are caring for dependents.  Most people will feel more comfortable asking for or receiving support from somebody who lives in their street or local community.

For further guidance on staying safe while supporting others, visit:

Volunteer for local charity or COVID- 19 support group

Your local Lincolnshire councils, community groups and volunteers are working together.

LCVS Area Officers are working with organisations recruiting volunteers in your area and feeding information to the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.  They can signpost you to reputable volunteer involving organisations in your local area.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering opportunities available in your area.

Support the NHS

You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. This is to support the 1.5m people in England at most risk from the virus to stay well. Once you’ve registered and checks are complete – you’ll be provided with a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’ and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby. If you have no transport there may also be options available to provide telephone support.

For further details and to apply  visit

Give support through the Red Cross

By becoming a Red Cross community reserve volunteer, you can help your community get back on track. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene. You must be 18 or above, understand you can be called upon in a crisis and understand you will only be asked to help in your local community.

For further information and to apply visit:

Advice for groups

Our role at LCVS is to provide you with ongoing support during these unprecedented times helping you remain as active as possible and keeping you up to date with advice and information from your local and wider support networks.

Please find below information and actions you may need to take listed by subject area to help you find the information relevant to you. Remember you can also contact your local LCVS area officer via


Providing, or planning to provide, services and support to vulnerable people

LCVS are supporting the co-ordination of activities through the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF) They are matching volunteers to community groups as part of the Covid-19 Community Response Process.

Possible Actions:

Setting up Good Neighbour Schemes for working with people who are self-isolating

Community Lincs, part of YMCA Lincolnshire, Good Neighbour Scheme Team has developed a toolkit based on their work with Good Neighbour Schemes to help you during this time. This toolkit provides information regarding volunteering, staying safe and signposting to advice.

Possible Action:

Recruiting local volunteers to support your short-term service

LCVS are registering details of volunteers willing to help, they can be referred to registered charities, constituted groups, Town & Parish Councils and recognized COVID-19 support groups.

Possible Actions:

  • Let your area officer know if we can make referrals to you during this time. Email
  • Visit the NCVO and Pages on involving volunteers:

Looking for funding support

LCVS will be circulating information on any funds that become available via email as we are made aware of them. (See funding updates section below) Updates will also be listed on our website:

Lincolnshire Community Foundation have launched an appeal for a Lincolnshire COVID-19 Crisis Fund and The National Emergencies Trust has also launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship that will be distributed through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations.

The Charity Finance Group is providing a practical guide for charity finance professionals, which will be updated with new information and advice as the crisis unfolds, follow the link to their website page:

Campaigning for the sector

Lobbying is taking place to make a case to policymakers for more support for the sector and every charity professional is being asked to get involved by sharing stories and showcasing the difference their charity makes to their beneficiaries and communities. We are all being asked to use the hashtag #NeverMoreNeeded to help us show the world the difference that we are making.

The #EveryDayCounts campaign initiated by NCVO aims to get a swift, substantial and simple emergency government funding package for charities and voluntary organisations. The campaign continues, find out how you can get involved by visiting the ACEVO blog post:

#SaveOurCharities and #NeverMoreNeeded are also raising awareness of the plight of the sector. The Small Charities Coalition give information on all the campaigns you can get involved with:

 Finding further advice and guidance

Guidance for charities and community groups is now available and is continually being updated. The NCVO pages are providing initial guidance and links to further support which is being regularly updated.

They are also providing all their Know How Non-Profit services free of charge to non-member organisations.

Possible Actions:

Staff and volunteers:

  • What do we need to do to protect staff, volunteers and visitors?
  • Should our employees take sick leave?
  • How do we support our staff and volunteers to work from home?


  • What immediate actions do we need to take to manage our finances?
  • How will we develop a contingency plan and how will our insurance be impacted?
  • What other financial implications should we think about?
  • What should I expect from funders?
  • How will our investments be impacted?

Service Provision:

  • How do we support our beneficiaries/service users?
  • How are charities helping to deal with covid-19?
  • How do we support members of communities facing discrimination?

How charities are helping:

Coronavirus guidance and resources produced by national charities and organisations in the voluntary sector.

Involving Volunteers:

For updated advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • How volunteers can make a difference
  • Redirecting volunteers if you cannot take on any more
  • How volunteers are affected by the lockdown
  • Volunteers in key worker roles
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Paying for goods or services
  • Data protection
  • Recognising and reporting scams


  • What should we do about events, board meetings or AGMs?
  • Key up-to-date information from the government:
  • Risk management

Charity Commission advice

Advice is available via the website

Possible Action:

Use this link  for advice on the following:

Charity statement of recommended practice (SORP) guidance

Find ways to communicate

If you are new to remote working and are looking for advice on the tools available to help you and your team work remotely, here are links to just some of the online resources and organisations offering support to help you go digital:

Review of tools currently being used by other charities:

The Media Trust support charities and underrepresented communities across the UK to build their communications skills:

For the latest trends, research and advice on tech for good: Reason Digital

Charity Digital help other charities to accelerate their missions using digital technology: Charity Digital.

For free digital marketing skills training: Google Digital Garage


COVID-19 Response Funding Updates

We will keep this page updated as soon as information is received and add eligibility details where possible.  As you will appreciate, there will be a huge demand for financial support in the current circumstances, so we advise you to follow the links and ensure you meet the criteria before applying.  Remember to contact your local councillors for details of available council funding too. 

For help with preparing and completing applications take a look at the following guidance, and you can also contact your LCVS Area Officer for further support:  Checklist for Covid-19 Funding Success 

Fund: Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund

Launched: August 2020

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.
Grants of up to £40,000 will be distributed quickly through a simplified application process and weekly grants panels from August 2020.
This is a short-term response and recovery Fund and it will only be open for applications until the end of 2020. Applications may close earlier if all funds have been awarded.

Objectives of Fund
The funding is intended for local grassroots organisations in England to enable them to:

  • Respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
  • Recover from the impact that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis has had on their services.

Further Information:

Fund: COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund

Launched: August 2020

There are two application deadlines for the National Lottery Community Fund funding stream (for organisations based in England):

  • 3rd August 2020 (1pm) for decisions made in early September.
  • 14th September 2020 (1pm) for decisions made in mid-October.

Emergency funding up to £100K (depending on the turnover of the organisation) is available for frontline homelessness charitable organisations in the UK who are directly affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

The Fund has the following aims:

  • To provide financial relief to small and medium sized homelessness organisations meeting the eligibility criteria to ensure they can stay open and survive the crisis caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To help those organisations adapt their service delivery to respond to the crisis and what they have learnt over the last few months about how to deliver services better to people experiencing homelessness during period of increased demand and challenges.

Further Information:

Fund: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (England) – Next Steps Accommodation Programme

Launched: August 2020

Closing Date: 20th August 2020 11.59pm

Funding is available to local Councils and their partners to help break the cycle of homelessness. The fund is aimed to ensure that rough sleepers and vulnerable people helped off the streets and into emergency accommodation do not return to sleeping rough. Funding has been allocated to cover property costs and support new tenancies to ensure they have a safe place to stay. £161 million has been allocated to help people into long term accommodation by delivering 3,300 units of longer-term, move-on accommodation.

Further Information:


Fund: Comic Relief Community Fund (England) – Capacity Building Grants

Launched: August 2020

This is a rolling programme and applications will be accepted at any time.

Capacity Building Grants of up to £1,000 will support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change. The grant will also support organisations who have been impacted by COVID-19 to help begin a process to rebuild and be ready and better able to meet community need within the Comic Relief four strategic themes. Your organisation should be able to provide evidence on why developing your capacity will enable you to more effectively deliver projects on the four strategic themes.

  • Children Survive and Thrive
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • A Safe Place to Be
  • Mental Health Matters

Not for profit organisations with an annual income level of £250,000 or below are invited to apply. Organisations should be based in and deliver services in a local area and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.

Further Information:


Fund: Lincolnshire Community Foundation & National Emergencies Trust Appeal

Launched: August 2020

Closing Date: 21st August 2020

Lincolnshire Community Foundation is making funds available from the National Emergencies Trust Appeal to enable charities, community groups and organisations to recruit, train and/or retain volunteers. There is £50,000 worth of funding available.

Not for profit groups, including those non constituted groups (provided they have a sponsor such as a Parish or Town Council) can apply for up to £2,500 to cover recruitment, overheads, volunteer expenses, training costs, IT management systems etc. that will make it easier to manage new volunteers and/or retain existing ones. The intention may be for volunteers to continue offering local support, or to ensure they are in place in the event of a second wave of COVID-19, or another crisis.

Eligibility: Not for profit volunteer led groups, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Non constituted groups can apply, provided they have a sponsor (another local established organisation that will purse hold on their behalf). Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required.

The fund is targeted at smaller, grassroots not for profit groups. Infrastructure organisations can apply, but should be able to demonstrate additionality, rather than it being a request to undertake core work.

Further Information: To obtain an Application Form, or to chat about your project and more information, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825, or email


Fund: BAME Infrastructure Support Fund

Launched: July 2020

The UK Community Foundations has launched this fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.  The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups and organisations that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.  An initial £250,000 is being made available with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.  Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available.  Up to 20% of core costs can be funded.

The funding is to be used for the following (not an exhaustive list):

  • Awareness-raising via marketing and communications.
  • Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process.
  • Support with monitoring and reporting.
  • Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations.
  • Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities.

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Fund: Community Justice Fund

Launched: July 2020

The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.  The fund will focus on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. The aim is to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19. Support will be flexible so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but for which they do not currently have the funds. This could be about ‘keeping the doors open’, making the necessary shifts to home working, maintaining services, adapting services to reach people in new ways and at greater scale, supporting the wellbeing of staff, or a combination of these and other responses.

Wave one is open now and will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria and priorities which you can find by clicking on the link below.

Wave two will, subject to fundraising, open in autumn this year.
The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of the support needed.  It is anticipated that grants will be in the range £25,000 – £75,000, but larger grants may be available in certain circumstances.   It is envisaged that wave one will be running for six months. Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK.  For full details of criteria and eligibility please click on the link below:

Further Information:


Fund: COVID-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

Launched: July 2020

This £9.5 million scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund.  Grants of up to £100K and business support are offered to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by COVID-19.  It is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from COVIF-19, with an emphasis on BAME-led or BAME-supporting businesses.  Funding is aimed at organisations who:

  • help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Information: There is a Webinar on Thursday 23 July 2020 from 3.30pm to 5pm where you will be able to find out more about the fund and application process.

Please note limited windows for applications:
Round 1: Tuesday 28 July 2020 from 10am to 1pm.
Round 2: Tuesday 4 August from 10am to 1pm
Round 3: Tuesday 11th August from 10am to 1pm

Fund: The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Launched: July 2020

The National Lottery Heritage fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak.   The funding aims to address immediate pressures over the next few months for those organisations most in need.    Organisations across the full breadth of heritage may apply, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks, gardens, landscapes and nature.  Grants will be between £3K and £50K.

Priority will be given where- there is limited or no access to other sources of support, where heritage is most at risk and where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further Information: Closing Date for applications: 31 July 2020


Fund: Football Foundation – Club Preparation Fund

Launched: July 2020

Following recent investment into preparing the country’s pitches, the Premier League, The FA and government through Sport England are providing a further £2.19 million to help clubs get their buildings ready for football’s return.  Eligible clubs and organisations will be able to apply for a fixed £500 grant to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow them to re-open. Successful applicants will need to spend Club Preparation funding on the three key areas:

  • Keeping your clubhouse and equipment clean
  • Maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion
  • Promoting good hygiene.

The type of work that this may include would be to provide hand sanitiser dispensers, waste bins, paper towel dispensers, signage and floor marking, building repairs and modifications,  carrying professional inspections or testing on water quality or gas and electric, repairing hand basins and providing hot water, installing safety screening and contactless payment systems.
Further information


Fund: The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund
July 2020
The charity survival fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about the economic impact of Covid -19 on charities.  The £10 million fund will provide core funding to help charities especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year due to the pandemic.  Charities can apply for grants from £5K to £250K depending on their income.

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Further Information: Application deadline 5pm Monday 27 July 2020


Fund: Comic Relief – Change Makers

Launched: 13 July 2020

This fund is about looking to the future and making a bigger change.  They are looking to fund organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector eg. whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work. They are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to their social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.  Organisations can apply in one of two categories:

  • Small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led. Your organisation must have an annual income of at least £75,000. User-led organisations are considered to be those where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the community(ies) the organisation serves.
  • Other medium-sized organisations based in the UK.  In this case your organisation needs to have a minimum annual income of £250,000.
  • We will not accept applications from larger organisations with annual income greater than £10 million.

20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities, applications can be made by single applicants. Organisations can also apply in partnership, with a lead partner holding the funding.

Further Information: Fund closes 12 noon on Friday 28 August 2020


Fund: Social and Community Capital – Coronavirus Response Fund

Launched: 22 June 2020

S&CC aim to support social enterprises, charities and community business who have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19.  Funding will support these organisations to survive and continue to have a positive impact on the communities they serve.  There is £1 million worth of funding and grants will range from £5K – £50K and will support organisations who employ people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  There is a simple application form and there will be a quick decision process and grant disbursement.  Applicants must not be a current S&CC customer.

Other Information: Will be open for at least one week, but once funds allocated will close


Fund: COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Launched: June 2020

Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create this fund.  The purpose is to help smaller equine welfare organisations in the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current pandemic.  The maximum grant will be £5000 with the expectation that most grants will be in the region of £2500.  Applicants do not need to be members of NEWC but rescue and rehoming of equines should be their primary focus.  If more applications are received then priority will be given to NEWC members and smaller organisations which have not received other emergency funding.

Further Information: Now open for Round 2 – Deadline 24 July 2020, Round 3 – Deadline 23 October 2020


Fund: The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Launched: June 2020

Due to the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on many communities and the challenges so many charities are facing the Trust is currently reviewing policies to ensure that grants are targeted in the most effective ways possible. Applications are invited from registered charities in the UK who support people aged 60 and over.  Projects should focus on the many complex issues arising from the pandemic.  Priority will be given to those charities working with BAME communities.

Other Information: Round 3 – Application Period 1 – 31 July 2020 Grants of £1000 for charities with an operating income/expenditure of £100K to £1M
Round 4 – Application Period 1 – 30 September 2020, Grants of £5000 for charities with operating income/expenditure in excess of £1M


Fund: Orsted East Coast Community Fund

Launched: June 2020

In response to COVID-19 small grants of £1k to £5K and larger grants of £5001 to £50K are available to support charities, community groups and local councils to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery from COVID-19 or those organisations who have lost significant income and require financial assistance to recover quickly.

Other Information: Closing Date 29 July 2020


Fund: Art Fund – Respond and Reimagine Fund

Launched: June 2020

Funding aims to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations to respond to the immediate challenges connected with COVID-19, supporting them to adapt am reimagine ways of working in the longer term.  Priority areas will be:

  • Audiences
  • Collections
  • Digital
  • Workforce

Grants are offered from £10K to £50K and 100% funding will be considered.

Other Information: Next Deadline Round 2 – Monday 17 August 2020, Round 3 – Monday 12 October 2020,for%20the%20lo


Fund: The 7 Stars Foundation: Young People in England – Shine Bright Fund
June 2020
The 7 Stars foundation, in partnership with regional charities and their legal partner Coram Chambers are administering grant funding to vulnerable young people across the UK.  These may be young people who often seek in school, a refuge from home.  Grants aim to provide relief, respite, happiness and fun at a time of anxiety and worry.  Funding will aim to provide educational and art materials, toys, books and emotional support items.

Other Information:


Fund: The Yapp Charitable Trust
June 2020
Applications are invited from small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19.  Registered charities in England and Wales with a total expenditure of less than £40K can apply for grants of up to £3K for core costs and staffing.

Other Information


Fund: Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

Launched: 8 June 2020

This is a one-off fund with up to £250,000 of grant funding available.  To address the educational challenges which have arisen as a result of COVId-19.  Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to institutions and not for profit organisations working in education to support the developments an initiatives to revive education and to support the sector to build back better.   Funding will support medium to long term projects which address a post COVID-19 education scenario.
Other Information: Projects must support at least one of Edge’s strategic priorities which can be found by following the link below. Closing Date: Midday Thursday 9 July 2020


Fund: Sea Farers UK COVID 19 Emergency Fund

Launched: June 2020

Seafarers UK signed up to the London1 Funders’ pledge to support organisations with an existing Seafarers UK grant who are affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The pledge means that if you currently have a grant from Seafarers UK we will consider a degree of flexibility around the agreed terms and conditions.  In addition Seafarers UK’s Trustees have released an extra £2m from their reserves to provide grants from a Covid-19 Emergency Fund.  This extra funding aims to help organisations and thus seafarers in need to withstand the current crisis.  It is a new grant programme that organisations can apply to for reasons directly arising from COVID-19.  More information and eligibility criteria is available by following the link below:

Other Information:


Fund: UK Government Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

Launched: Reopened

MHCLG secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.  So far the fund has supported 147 service providers.  The remaining £1.85 million will be allocated on a rolling first come first served basis.  The fund will help ensure that Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.  Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.

Other Information: Re-opened 5 June and will close 20 July or sooner if funds are exhausted.


Fund: Asda Foundation COVID-19 Grants

Launched: June 2020

Each store has a Community Champion, their role is to support projects within the community and support bringing people together. They manage all applications for Asda Foundation grants. The Asda Foundation do not accept applications direct from community groups.

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams:

  • Hygiene Grant: This grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. We would expect applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.
  • Healthy Holiday Grant: This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply (Option 1). If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, we would provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home (Option 2).

To apply for an Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grant, you must fill in an application form. There are two different application forms, one for groups who are Government Entity organisations and another for groups who are Non-Government Entity. The application forms are available from your local Asda store. Ask for your local Community Champion and ensure you complete the correct form. We cannot accept applications made on the wrong form.  Applications will only be accepted through your local store Community Champion.  Only 1 grant allowed per group across the entire estate. • Maximum £500 per group.  • Maximum £1,125 per store.
Further Information:


Fund: Youth Futures Foundation

Launched: 1 June 2020

Grants to support infrastruction organisations are now available.  We are inviting applications from key infrastructure organisations that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment.  We are seeking to fund and evaluate infrastructure organisations that support the needs of frontline organisations across England delivering effective solutions to youth unemployment.   Our funding aims to build resilience given significant income shortfalls due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to support future planning and delivery.

Other Information: Deadline 31 July 2020


Fund: Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme

Launched: May 2020

This is a rolling programme and ip to £10K of funding is available for organisations who rescue and rehome pets or who provide support to enable pets to remain with their owners.  They fund projects which have direct impact on animal welfare.  In light of the current pandemic grants will only be considered for vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries, utilities and consumables.  For full information please follow the link below:

Further Information:


Fund: Clinks Covid-19 Response Grants

Launched: May 2020

Clinks is distributing £275K on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges being faced by voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Voluntary organisations with an annual income below £500K can apply for funding to support.  Most grants are expected to be for £3k-£5K bur applications will be considered up to a maximum of £20K.  Funding should be to provide activities and resources which help organisations to deliver support in the criminal justice system during the current crisis.

Further Information: The programme will remain open until all funding has been allocated (anticipated to be within 6 months)


Fund: Aviva Community Fund

Launched: May 2020

Aviva has announced that it has expanded the Aviva Community Fund application criteria to include projects that allow causes to adapt or continue their vital services, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas.  Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Further information: Deadline 28 July 2020

Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.


Fund: Independent Age Grants Fund

Launched: May 2020

Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. But right now, our focus must be directed towards the current crisis. We can’t do this alone which is why our trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

Our Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round we will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.

Further information: There will be 4 rounds (2 have passed) round 3 opens 27 July and closes at 9am on 21 August 2020 and round 4 opens 24 August and closes at 9am on 18 September 2020


Fund: The Baring Foundation

Launched: May 2020

The Baring Foundation have recently announced three new funding streams to support their grant holders and broader  civil society undertake legal action related to COVID-19.

  • Supporting legal action related to Covid-19 Open to all registered Charities, including current grant holders.  Grants of up to £40K are available to support legal action in all it’s forms.  The aim is to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of COVID-19.

The following grants are for existing and previous (since 2016) grantees only

  • Operational impacts Small grants of up to £5000 to assist organisations whose operations have been severely affected by the pandemic.
  • Increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations grants of up to £30,000 for hub organisations. These are vital organisations which provide expert legal advice to other civil society organisations to drive social change.

Further Information: Deadlines will be staggered during 2020 – the next deadlines are 11th August and 17th November


Fund: Cadent Foundation
Launched: May 2020
Funding available for COVID-19 related projects of up to £5000 to support local community groups, community Interest Groups (CICs), UK registered charities, not-for-profit organisations responding to the pandemic and delivering for their local communities.  These grants will not need a Cadent employee sponsor.  They are looking to fund projects that focus on people, environment and communities, with the expectation that most applications will fall within people and communities.  They are particularly looking for organisations who a delivering to the most vulnerable in society and are suffering because of the pandemic.

Further Information: Your organisation must have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application.


Fund: COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Launched: May 2020

Most village and community halls should be eligible for two forms of support: 100% business rate relief, (the Expanded Retail Discount or ERD), which is available to places of public assembly and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG). Facilities run directly by a town or parish council are not eligible.  These grants will help with financial security over the coming months and into the future when lockdown measures are reduced for places of assembly.  Forms should be received from your local rating authority, however if you have not received them you should contact your local authority. – Please note as at 30 June, East Lindsey and South Kesteven are now closed.

Further Information


Fund: The Childs Charitable Trust
Launched: April 2020

The Childs Charitable Trust is a Grant making trust, supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations.  They are keen to support projects that demonstrate a Christian approach.  The trustees are aware that the current pandemic is causing financial difficulty for a number of charities and have therefore put together an Emergency Funding Application.  The trustees aim to meet every month to discuss any emergency requests received.
Further Information:


Fund: Mind – Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Launched: 16 April 2020 – CURRENTLY PAUSED FOR NEW APPLICANTS 26.5.20

Funding is available for registered charities who are in the mental health voluntary sector based in England.   The funding will support mental health providers to respond to an anticipated increase in need as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Funding may be used for the following:

  • Scale up existing activity – for example, your organisation may manage a helpline or a forum that is experiencing an unprecedented amount of requests
  • Adapt existing activity – for example, you may have traditionally delivered all of your services in-person and now want to adapt them in order to continue meeting the needs of existing, or new, service users
  • Introduce new activity – You may want to introduce a new service that will meet the specific needs of your service users that arise due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis
  • Small Grants: £5,000 – £20,000
    Large Grants:  up to £50,000

Further information:


Fund: John Lewis and Waitrose £1m Fund

Launched: April 2020

Teams in each store are working with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include:

  • setting up additional local delivery services to support self-isolating vulnerable people and those looking after them
  • delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups
  • donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Further information:


Fund: Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

Launched: 10 April 2020

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation.   In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. Maximum application is for £10,000 but the focus will be on smaller amounts so that they can support as many organisations as possible.The fund is open to registered charities who care for the homeless and covers the following areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

Further information:


Fund: East Lindsey Councillors’ Community Grant Scheme

Launched: 20 April 2020

ELDC’s Councillors’ Community Grants Scheme 2020/21 is now open. The Scheme provides grant funding to community projects run by not for profit organisations in East Lindsey. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council is making an additional £1,000 available to each District Councillor to specifically support community resilience projects delivered by not for profit groups in their communities that tackle issues caused by Covid-19 (for example local food banks and support for volunteer expenses). The existing £1,000 allocation to Councillors can also be used to fund Covid-19 community resilience projects. In recognition of the emergency faced by communities grant funding for Covid-19 community resilience projects can be funded retrospectively were there is a demonstrable need for this.

Eligible projects should be discussed with the appropriate District Councillor. All applications are to be made on the electronic application form which can be obtained from your local District Councillor.

Closing date: Covid-19 Community Resilience project: 30 September 2020, standard projects  26 February 2021

Further information: or contact Daisy Fitzgerald on 01507 613442 or email


Fund: LCC Covid-19 Community Fund Scheme

Date Launched: 10 April 2020

Lincolnshire County Council is offering its councillors £3,000 to support initiatives which benefit the community during or after the pandemic. Lincolnshire charities, voluntary, community or social enterprise groups working hard to support residents impacted by COVID-19 are being encouraged to get in touch with their local county councillor to apply for grant funding of up to £3,000. This would be to help meet running costs and deliver local support to those affected by this public health emergency. This new fund is part of the council’s community response to the emergency, helping community groups who are providing an essential life-line to residents who are self isolating and vulnerable members of the community who can’t leave their homes.

Find your county councillor

Closing Date: TBC

To apply, visit


Fund: Barclays £100m Covid-19 Community Aid Package

Date Launched: 8 April 2020

Barclays have launched The Barclays Foundation to help deal with the medical and economic crisis caused by coronavirus (Covid-19) and in preparing for the recovery in its aftermath.

It 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. The package is made up of two components.

Component 1 – Charity Partners Programme to help disadvantaged people (those suffering from social and economic deprivation as a consequence of Covid-19), the elderly and vulnerable communities most at risk from Covid-19, and to support NHS staff and other keyworker communities.

Component 2 – Employee Matched Donations Programme for colleagues to select a charity of his or her choice for their donation and matching programme, provided the charity is officially registered, and is engaged in supporting communities impacted by Covid-19.

Closing Date: Ongoing

Further information:


Fund: Anglian Water £1m Positive Difference Fund

Date Announced: 9 April 2020

Funding is now available through local Community Foundations for grants from £1K to £5K to organisations who are supporting those who are vulnerable or high risk during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Applications are welcome from projects which:

  • Support their ongoing needs, ensuring their health and mental well-being is maintained,
  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of coronavirus,
  • Help to make sure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time.

Any community organisation from our region, which is served by Anglian Water, can apply.

More funding will be released later in the year to meet emerging needs from the fallout from the pandemic.

Further information:


Fund: The National Lottery (Awards for All & Reaching Communities)

Announced: 27 March 2020

All the funding decisions made for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, the cash part of this funding will be accelerated so that they can get money to where it needs to be. This is not new money, but it will be faster money. Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from Covid-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of Covid-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

Further information:


Fund: Sports England

Launched: 31 March 2020 – TEMPORARILY PAUSED AS AT 18 MAY 2020

£20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into.  Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available. £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty.

An additional £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.

A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, they are have alsoo agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.   The package follows their recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.

Closing date: The expectation is that organisations will only apply once for this fund for the immediate period March to 31 July 2020 for Community Emergency Fund

Further information:


Fund: Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund & National Emergencies Trust

Launched: 18 March 2020

Lincolnshire Community Foundation have launched a local appeal and The National Emergencies Trust has also launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship that will be distributed through a number Lincolnshire Community Foundations.

The fund will have three priorities:

  • To offer aid for the most vulnerable people in our communities: offering practical aid like establishing Good Neighbour Schemes, supporting Food Banks, Community Hubs and equipping the members of our communities to continue to assist one another.
  • To help local community organisations prepare themselves to appropriately respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, and to tailor their specialist services to give help to the people who need it most.
  • To develop advice and support Initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services.

Further information:


Fund: B & M Foodbank donations

Launched: 20 March 2020

Fund Summary: B&M are donating £1 Million to foodbanks across the country, to help those who are the most vulnerable in the current times. All their 670 stores will be providing a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation so they’re able to purchase much needed essentials.

Link to further information: Email  with your foodbank’s details, charity number, address and representative’s contact details




Fund: Martin Lewis Poverty Relief Grant – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Charities Aid Foundation – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Crisis –  In this together: Emergency Grants Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Elton John Aids Foundation (UK), Covid-19 Emergency Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Early years’ preventative work in England and Wales – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Princes Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: The National Arts Council – Emergency Funding Package – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

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Fund:  Community Radio Fund – Emergency Funding – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Help Musicians – Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund:  Western Power Distribution In This Together Community Matters Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund to Support Local Communities (UK) – FUND NOW CLOSED

Further information: Frequently Asked Questions, Application Guidance,


Fund: Pitch Preparation Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Power to Change – C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further information: Applications should be made via the website links;Smaller organisations: Medium to large organisations:


Fund: Barclays 100 x 100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Swimathon Foundation – COVID-19 Relief Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Other Information
: Closes 22 May 2020


Fund: Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Closes 12pm 29 May 2020


Fund: Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities Grants – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Closes 29 May 2020


Fund: The Esmee Fairbairn Sustaining Engagement with Collections Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Closing Date 26 May 2020


Fund: Youth Endowment Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Other Information: Applications close midday Wednesday 3 June 2020


United Way UK – COVID-19 Give Local – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Closing date 5 June 2020


Fund: Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: The Will Charitable Trust – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

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Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Other information:


Fund: BBC Children in Need:Covid 19 Next Steps Grant – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Deadline for applications 1 July 2020


Fund: Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Funding will be considered on a rolling programme and you should expect to hear in approximately 2 weeks from submission.


Fund: The National Lottery: Emerging Futures Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Other Information:  Closing Date – Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5pm


Fund: UK Government Food Charities Grant Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED

Other Information: Closing Date 6 July 2020


Fund: NSUN Covid-19 Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
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Fund: The Forces Communities Together ProgrammeGRANT NOW CLOSED

Further Information: Closing Date 30 June 2020


Health & Wellbeing

The following website links support our agenda to aide in the health and wellbeing of individuals, the sites below offer various levels of information for not only ourselves but also in support of others during the Covid 19 pandemic:  


Covid 19 Advice:

NHS Covid advice and guidance

NHS Covid 19 conditions.

NHS Self Isolation guidance.

Doctors of the World in association with the Red Cross have been translating guidance and audio information in to 60 different languages in relation to COVID-19.  This information is regularly updated but may not always reflect the most immediate guidance, but is amended on an on-going basis to reflect changes as they happen.  You can view all of the individual files here:-

Mental Health:

There are various mental health support websites and those offering advice on stress, anxiety, working from home guidance the following is just a selection:


Staying Active:

The following is just a few examples of activities that are available on line, there is a wide range of choices for those that are new to working out to hint and tips on how to make the best of the indoors and being outside.


Fitness Studio exercise videos on NHS – Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories. These workouts have been created by fitness experts InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.


Joe Wicks, otherwise known as “The Body Coach”, is a British fitness coach, TV presenter and author. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training workouts. The Body Coach TV has a goal to offer free home workouts to everyone, no matter what their fitness levels. Joe Wicks is holding online P.E. from Monday to Friday 9am Live On Youtube.


Active Lincolnshire remain committed to helping people get and stay active.  They have compiled a list of online resources and videos to give you ideas for exercise in and around the house.


Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.   Sports England Staying in working out.

The new Psycle London YouTube and Instagram channel provides a good range of strength, barre and yoga-based workouts, including “Glide & Sculpt”, “Yoga Revival 45” and “Fit in 30 (Upper Body)”. Psycle London Instagram.


Try the Peloton App free for 30 days, giving you access to thousands of live and on-demand classes anywhere, anytime, with or without equipment – a diverse selection of indoor cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, strength and outdoor classes.


The TV presenter Davina McCall has made her online fitness platform, Own Your Goals, free to access for 14 days. The Own Your Goals website lets you workout alongside Davina and her favourite trainers with online classes. HIIT, boxing, dance and more are on offer, alongside access to workout plans and nutritionist-approved recipes.


London-based Annie Clarke, who runs online yoga studio The Practice, shares yoga flows, meditation and breathwork practices, and healthy recipes on her YouTube channel.



Healthy eating and food budgeting:

The following are just a couple of sites that look at healthy eating and cooking on a budget:


While many parents are understandably looking to ready meals and processed foods as a quick and low-cost way to feed the family, there are convenient, affordable and healthy alternatives. Here are five ways to help feed your children a varied, nutritious diet that will support their growth and development, all while building healthy eating habits.

Easy affordable healthy eating-tips during coronavirus disease covid 19outbreak


Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.


Children and Young People

The following sites are primarily aimed at children and young adults for mental, personal support and advice.


Young Minds is a site that offers mental health support to children and young adults also offering professionals and parents advice


Supportline offers confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by phone, email and post. They work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self-esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life.


Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, The Mix are here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. They give you the information and support young people need to deal with it all.


The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their life goals.


Kooth is a safe, confidential and anonymous mental health and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through any connected device. Available free at the point of use.


Childrens guide to Corona Virus. written by the Children Commission this guide offer a helpful guide in supporting children understand what Corona Virus is and the implications.



Advice and Guidance:

Legal advice on housing and homelessness from Advice Now.

Turn2us support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-Sickness Benefits and guidance: Turn2Us.

Domestic abuse and Covid-19  Advice from Safe Lives.

Silent Solution. What to do if you call 999 and are afraid to speak.  (Dial 55)

Distancing with dementia a pop up, interactive website, with ideas, information and tips for people with dementia and their families from the Dementia Change Action Network (DCAN).   




The following are a few sites to have a look at different ways to get your creativity going:


Interested in sewing, fashion and style? Check the Stitch Sisters for online sewing classes anywhere, anytime. Learn new skills at your own pace – choose from fast and fun projects or improve your techniques


Visit 500 museums or galleries with Google’s arts and culture collection – virtual tours of 500 top attractions around the world, including national galleries from around the world, individual artist museums, and even the Eiffel Tower


Get Creative, a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations and celebrates. They’re building an actively creative UK catering for people of every age, background and ability; aiming to inspire people to try something new at home and to share their own examples of everyday creativity


Heart & Soul is a creative project led by people with learning disabilities and autism, exploring the value of difference. Heart & Soul is uploading activity packs every fortnight, with audio instructions available. The first focuses on feelings and concerns, the people in your life, and finding structure in the day. They’d love you to share the results.


Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester. They were quick to invite some of Britain’s best-known artists to contribute activities to their “Art is Where the Home is” project. Gillian Wearing, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger, Idris Khan and others take a refreshingly open approach to family art activities in a downloadable pack.


The Artful Parent – here you can find many varied and free art activities.


Creative Bug offers thousands of craft lessons, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami taught by top designers and arts.


Algoriddim has developed an app for beginners to learn how to DJ, which provides everything you need to get started with DJing.


Bread Ahead bakery and baking school located in Borough Market, London is hosting live home baking at 2pm daily on Instagram.



Love to sing? Join Storyhouse’s Quarantine Karaoke – don’t worry; nobody will be able to hear you but you! Quarantine Karaoke is every Wednesday at 7pm. Their web page will be updated with the Zoom link and lyrics each Wednesday morning.


Learn something new via Coursera. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.


Dan Snow’s History Hit is the UK’s most successful history podcast. Dan travels the length and breadth of the country to keep up to date on our history – ad-free on History Hit TV.


Take the opportunity to try cooking together as a family with Jamie Oliver.


Scholastic Learn at Home provides day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.


Join Youtubers Natasha Lamb and Kelly-Ann for a brand new series teaching beginners British Sign Language (BSL).


Tynker is the #1 Kids Coding Platform, where millions learn to code. Learn to code and mod Minecraft with Tynker’s easy-to-learn, visual programming courses.


Siemen’s DIY Science Challenges shows you how to conduct at-home science experiments using common items found in kitchen cupboards. n/students/diy-videos.html


Duolingo is provides a language-learning website and mobile app, as well as a digital language-proficiency assessment exam. Join 300 million learners and learn a new language.


Learn how to use the internet. A great resource for people with no/low digital skills, from Learn My Way

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