Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service
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
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: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer/volunteering-coronavirus
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 https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhsvolunteerresponders
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: https://reserves.redcross.org.uk/
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 email@example.com
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.
- You can register with the LRF directly to receive updates and let them know about your services CEC_CVC@lincoln.fire-uk.org
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.
- Contact LCVS or the GNS team at Community Lincs: GNS@communitylincs.com
- Register your activities with the LRF: CEC_CVC@lincoln.fire-uk.org
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.
- Let your Area Officer know if we can make referrals to you during this time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the NCVO and Gov.uk 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. https://lincolnshirecf.co.uk/
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: https://www.cfg.org.uk/coronavirus_guide
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: https://www.acevo.org.uk/2020/03/everydaycounts/.
#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: https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/everydaycounts-and-saveourcharities/, https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/nevermoreneeded-campaign/
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. https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/
- Visit the NCVO Your organisation and Coronavirus pages https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirusfor advice and further links on the following:
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?
- 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.
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 gov.uk website
Use this link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector for advice on the following:
- Charity objects: understand if you can help with coronavirus efforts
- Using reserves and restricted funds
- Further advice on managing financial difficulties
- AGMs and other meetings: postponing or cancelling meetings
- Holding meetings online or by telephone
- Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission
- Keeping people safe
- Working with a company or business to help with coronavirus
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: https://www.charitycomms.org.uk/digital-remote-working-tools-sector-tips
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
FunWe 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
Lincolnshire Emergency Assistance Scheme: Grants for Food and Essential Services
Invitation to apply for Grants:
We would like to invite groups and organisations in Lincolnshire who support people in food need to apply for grants of up to £5000 to support them in their work. The aim of this Grant Programme is to ensure that vulnerable people within Lincolnshire have improved access to food and are not adversely affected by isolating from the broader community due to health-related vulnerabilities during the 2020 Covid-19 global pandemic. We appreciate that there may be some groups who have a responsibility for more than one food bank or larder, in these circumstances we are happy to accept applications on behalf of each of the food banks/larders in the group. We recognise that each food bank or larder will be serving a slightly different community and so may well have different requirements which would be served by this grant funding in helping them in their work with their communities.
You can complete your application at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJRKBT2. For further information please see our website: www.bishopg.ac.uk/foodgrants where you can access the application and the guidance for making your application.
Further to our invitation to apply to the above grants programme, we would like to remind you that we will be holding some virtual events we would be delighted to discuss this grant fund with you and answer any questions you may have.
Virtual Information Events:
11am Friday 4th December
You can register for these events at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lincolnshire-emergency-assistance-scheme-food-grants-information-event-tickets-126248305079
Zoo Animals Fund Application Deadline Extended (England)
The deadline for applications to the UK Government’s £100 million Zoo Animals Fund has been extended until the 29th January 2021. The fund will provide grants of up to £730,0000 to zoos and aquariums which need additional support in caring for their animals and essential maintenance following a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding will also support rehoming costs in the event that zoos need to downsize or potentially close, and is open to those zoos which have already received support through the £14 million Zoo Support Fund. The scheme will run until the end of March 2021.
Funding for Community Based Projects (UK and Overseas)
Grants of an average of £5,000 are available to charities working at community level in the UK and developing countries on causes which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions. Grant making activity is directed largely at supporting work at community level; in the UK, this is concentrated on work that addresses issues around: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25. Charities working in developing countries on community development, education and health can also apply. Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for applications to be considered at the next meeting of Trustees is the 15th January 2021.
“I’ve got an Idea” Fund Opens for Applications (UK)
Individuals or small groups or organisations in the UK who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000. The fund has been set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family. Peter spent his life generating a diversity of technical ideas and experimenting to see if they might work. Some of his ideas worked and some of them didn’t but they all left our world a better and more interesting place. The fund is looking for ideas that are based on a technical idea or innovation; that could deliver a social or environmental benefit; and that are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun. Once the fund’s allocation for the year has been used, it will be closed for applications until the following year.
Asda Foundation: Feeding Communities Grant
Closing Date: Sunday 6th December 2020
Grants of up to £1K to help provide meals to anyone in need in the lead up to Christmas.
ASDA welcome applications from groups which:
• Benefits their local community
• Are local to an Asda store
• Unites communities with activities and support
• Ensures everyone has an equal opportunity to become involved
The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK COVID–19 Emergency Fund
No Deadline for applications
Grants of up to £1K are available to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position. Funding may be used for the following:
- Staff costs and other overheads (except where staff are not required and/or staff could have been furloughed) where income has been affected by COVID-19 or the lockdown;
- Increased demand for services linked directly to COVID-19 or the lockdown;
- Changes to working practices, such as the purchase of laptops or remote access technology, protective equipment to work safely with beneficiaries;
- Deep cleaning of premises because of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Thriving Communities Fund
Opens: 12pm Monday 23rd November 2020
Closing Date: 12pm Friday 8th January 2021
Decision date: 15 March 2021
Grants of £25K-£50K are available to promote Health, Wellbeing and Connection in communities. Projects will run for a year including planning and delivery time and are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, ending on 31 March 2022. Projects should deliver activities that are meaningful and relevant to people in their communities, particularly those hardest hit by COVID. The Fund will support projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities and will help to:
Strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
Enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
Enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.
UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief
Closing Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020
Grants of up to £50K are available for small organisations in England that support young people and have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is intended to prevent closures of youth organisations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to support the adaptations needed to ensure high quality essential services to young people can continue in both the short and long term. Organisations are advised to apply for the funding they need to survive for the next 15 months.
Applications will be assessed focusing on the following four key areas:
- The impact of the organisation’s work for the young people they serve.
- The impact of COVID-19 on the organisation’s ability to meet the needs of the young people.
- The impact of the funding if the organisation’s application would be successful.
- If the organisation supports young people who are most affected by systemic oppression and discrimination. This includes Black, Asian and other groups who experience racism; deaf/disabled people; those who identify as sitting at the intersections of several minoritized identities; those who identify as LGBT+; those who have not had financial support growing up.
Sport England – Crowdfunding
Sport England are offering up to 50% in match funding for Sports clubs, charity, community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community. They are offering to match crowd funds of up to £10K for clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.
About the Grant Funding:
Grant funding is available in two phases:
Phase 1: 14th October 2020 – 9th December 2020
Phase 2: 10th December 2020 – 10th February 2021
Groups and organisations who successfully apply in Phase 1 are not excluded from making an application for funding in Phase 2.
Getting in touch:
We are here to support you with your application and work with you during the course of your project. If you need any assistance or guidance with your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com, we will be very happy to help.
Rolling Programme meeting every 2 months to consider applications
Alpkit are a charity that helps people Go Nice Places, Do Good Things. However, in response to recent global events they have shifted focus over the coming months. They are now prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. They are interested in funding Pandemic Projects that are a community response to Covid 19 such as food access, health, well-being and recovery issues such as:
- Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people
- Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care
- Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
- Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
- Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outdoors.
If possible, please apply at least 3 months before the start of a project so that the trustees have time to consider it at their next meeting.
Newby Trust – COVID-19 Fund
Grants will be awarded within 1 month of submission
The Trust has designated a Special Fund for smaller charities to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to existing and recent grant recipients and to charities working in the areas of homelessness, food supplies, domestic violence, mental health, young people and older people.
Grants of up to £5,000 may be made to cover core costs or to fund operational changes made in response to the crisis.
UK Theatres Grants Scheme – Theatre Reopening Fund
The scheme will run on a rolling basis throughout 2020. They aim to make decisions on applications within four weeks.
In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. The Theatre Reopening Fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely. It will not cover revenue costs.
Works that support a risk-assessed approach to reopening could include:
- alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing
- changes to ventilation systems
- purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations
- any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening
Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made from theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fund: Lincolnshire County Council Covid-19 Community
Launched: 13th November 2020
Closing date: N/A This is a rolling program with decisions notified within 4 weeks
The Foundation is working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council to distribute DEFRA funds to local groups, charities and organisations working across Lincolnshire that are combating hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Eligible groups can apply for up to £5,000 to support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people and successful projects might include those that address: loneliness and isolation, mental health support, financial hardship, digital exclusion, telephone befriending etc. Applicants are able include a request for a contribution towards goods and equipment, digital resources, volunteer costs, counselling support, travel costs staff salaries to name but a few.
We are particularly keen to hear from new and emerging mutual aid groups that came together to help their neighbours during lockdown and continue to offer community support. Advice, support and funding is available to enable transition into a Good Neighbour Scheme. Please get in touch to find out more.
Eligibility: Not for profit community groups, PTAs, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Parish and town councils can also apply, provided the funded activity is not part of their statutory duty. New groups can ask a trusted partner to hold funds, should they be successful. Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required.
This is a rolling program with decisions notified within 4 weeks. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune or Helen Cater on 01529 305825 or download details from the Grants Page @ lincolnshirecf.co.uk
Sue Fortune, Foundation CEO says:
“Staff and Trustees at the Lincolnshire Community Foundation remain committed to delivering funding into those communities where residents are in need of help, advice and support. This fund will make a huge difference and ensure people remain safe, well and connected. The process is straight forward and help is available at every stage”.
Further information: contact Sue Fortune or Helen Cater on 01529 305825 or download details from https://lincolnshirecf.co.uk/grants/
Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund
Closing date for panel 2 is 1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020
Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for transformation funding to provide support for people experiencing homelessness this winter. Grants of between £10K and £100K will be distributed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice, offering much needed support to the sector at a time when many services are at risk due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The Fund aims to ensure that faith and community groups who provide winter accommodation can this year provide single room COVID-19 secure accommodation, and will also support services that prevent rough sleeping and work with people sleeping rough in innovative ways. These will build on proven approaches such as hosting, shared houses, support working and accessing the private rented sector. The funding cannot be used to support traditional, dormitory-style night shelter provision and will seek to produce a legacy for the future of winter homelessness support.
Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund
Round 1 closes: 31st December 2020
Round 2 closes: 31st July 2021
The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding may cover running or core costs in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered
Fund: Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme
Launched: August 2020
Grants of up to £20K are available to support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19. Projects which last up to one year, which support Armed Forces communities to move to a “new normal” following the pandemic and continue to support local needs and reduce isolation will be eligible to apply for funding.
Projects must fit under one of two main themes:
- Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area
- Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing
Other Information: Deadlines for Applications: Round 2 noon on 30 November 2020 https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/
Fund: Hope Beyond Grants Programme
Launched: August 2020
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline whilst funds for the programme are still available.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available to Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The fund aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. Funding themes are:
- Projects responding too the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are Covid-19 safe.
- Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
- Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
In addition to funding capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, the Hope Beyond programme will also fund project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers.
Further Information: https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/hopebeyond/
Fund: Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Launched: August 2020
Grants available until April 2021
The aim of the grants programme is to achieve the mission of “Great art and culture for everyone”. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, funding will aim to support individuals and organisations to get activities up and running again and to help people take their first steps in re-engaging with culture and creativity. Grants will be between £1K and £10K and match funding will not be required for this period. Individuals and organisations must be based in the UK. The grants programme supports a broad range of creative and cultural projects that benefit people living in England. Projects can range from directly creating and delivering creative and cultural activity to projects which have a longer term positive impact, such as organisational development, research and development and sector support and development.
Because of the circumstances during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the programme will be particularly keen to support:
- Applications from individual creative practitioners (including time to think and plan).
- Research and development activity.
- Organisational development activity.
- Live activity that can be safely delivered within this period (rather than activity with a start date far in the future).
- Activity that closely aligns with the Arts Council’s Equality Objectives.
Further Information: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants
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: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/comic-relief-apply-for-a-covid-19-community-grant/
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.
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.
Applications invited for 2021/2022.
Fund: The 7 Stars Foundation: Young People in England – Shine Bright Fund
Launched: 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: https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/
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: https://www.seafarers.uk/helping-you/grant-funding/
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: https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply
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:
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. https://cadentgas.com/nggdwsdev/media/foundation/COVID-19-2020-and-Our-Support.pdf
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: https://childscharitabletrust.org/emergency-funding/
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: https://waitrose.pressarea.com/pressrelease/details/78/NEWS_13/12169
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: https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/covid-19
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: https://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/article/8563/Councillors-Community-Grants-Scheme or contact Daisy Fitzgerald on 01507 613442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/findyourcouncillor
Closing Date: TBC
To apply, visit https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/communityfund
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
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
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: https://lincolnshirecf.co.uk
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 email@example.com with your foodbank’s details, charity number, address and representative’s contact details
Health & Wellbeing
The following website links support our agenda to aid 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:
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:- https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
There are various mental health support websites and those offering advice on stress, anxiety, working from home guidance the following is just a selection:
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.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/
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. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/
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. www.activelincolnshire.co.uk
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)”.
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.
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. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better/
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. https://www.supportline.org.uk/
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. https://www.themix.org.uk/
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. https://www.kooth.com/
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 https://www.thestitchsisters.co.uk/
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 https://getcreativeuk.com/
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. https://www.instagram.com/breadaheadbakery/?hl=en
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.
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. https://www.duolingo.com/courses
Learn how to use the internet. A great resource for people with no/low digital skills, from Learn My Way
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