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
Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
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
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: 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 https://www.asdafoundation.org/documents/C-19_Grant_Criteria.pdf
Fund: Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)
Launched: June 2020
Rosa supports women’s organisations to make the UK a fairer and safer place for women.
The fund is now open and will provide grants from £1000 to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.
Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that:
- Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, LGBTQ+ women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
- Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
Further Information: Funding will be considered on a rolling programme and you should expect to hear in approximately 2 weeks from submission. http://rosauk.org/funds/rosas-covid-19-response-fund-small-grants/
United Way UK – COVID-19 Give Local
Launched: June 2020
United Way UK is a national charity with the aim of providing support to local communities to ensure every family and every individual can reach their full potential through good education, financial stability, and healthy lives. Applicants should be registered charities and CICs. It is estimated that there will be 20 small grants of £2K, £3K and £5Kand 3 community impact grants of £10K. In all cases, the purpose of the grant is to support local communities who are adversely affected by COVID-19 wider consequences.
The grant can be used to cover core costs including staff salary cost and volunteering expenses, supplies and equipment, travel expenses, training. All expenses to be covered need to be directly related to executing a programme that has a positive impact on the communities served.
Further Information: Closing date 5 June 2020 https://www.unitedway.org.uk/united-way-uk-covid-19-give-local-response
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: https://youthfuturesfoundation.org/infrastructure-grants/
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: 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) https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19
Fund: The Forces Communities Together Programme
Launched: May 2020
Registered charities and CICs, schools and Armed Forces bases and units are invited to apply for small grants of up to £10,000 towards creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Further Information: Closing Date 30 June 2020
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: 4 rounds of funding will take place the first round opens 4 June 2020 closing 19 June 2020
Fund: BBC Children in Need UK
Launched: 18 May 2020
Current grant holders can apply for grants of up to £5K to cover the a six month period. The aim is to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under.
The COVID-19 Response Programmes are as follows:
- The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18 May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
- The COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8 June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.
Further Information: More details on both of these funds will be made available on the website. Please check regularly for updates.
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 with the first deadline being Midday on Thursday 28 May 2020
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: 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.
Further Information: https://lincshalls.wordpress.com/
Fund: Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation
Launched: May 2020
The Foundation recognises that we are living in unprecedented times as we all adjust our lives in order to contain COVID-19. They accept applications from charities who are struggling to survive the resulting funding crises. They fund a broad range of UK registered charities working to support of improve the lives of recipients through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre.
Further Information: https://ernesthechtcharitablefoundation.org/guidelines-and-apply/
Fund: The Will Charitable Trust
Launched: May 2020
Charities who have previously benefitted from funding are invited to apply for emergency funding of up to £5000 to help them respond to or deal with difficulties caused by the current crisis. It is expected that this will be taken up by small local
charities and the funds will be allocated quickly.
Further Information: https://www.willcharitabletrust.org.uk/covid-19.htm
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: 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
Fund: NSUN Covid-19 Fund
Launched: Available end of April 2020
Funding is available to organisations or groups (including those who are not constituted). It will be open to user-led organisations to provide additional support or to sustain existing support using connecting technologies to support their members during the COVID-19 crisis. The focus is on making a difference to people’s lives now, during this period of uncertainty and cutting back of other forms of support. You will need to be a member of NSUN, membership is free for user led organisations and community groups. It is estimated that most grants will be for amounts up to £1000 but larger amounts may be considered.
Further information: https://www.nsun.org.uk/nsun-covid-19-fund
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 email@example.com
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: Heritage Emergency Fund
Launched: 15 April 2020
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has set up the £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding is for organisations that cannot secure funding from other sources and is designed as short-term funding to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available. In addition to the £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund, the support package includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives for those most in need.
The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations, current or previous recipients of a grant directly from the Heritage Lottery and owners, managers or representatives of heritage, or be able to show they have delivered participatory heritage activity.
Closing Date: 30 June 2020
Further information: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding
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
Fund: Anglian Water £1m Positive Difference Fund
Date Announced: 9 April 2020
The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund will be distributed through a locally appointed partner which has expertise in getting money quickly to areas in which it is most needed.
Fifty per cent of the fund will immediately be made available to support community organisations on the front line of the battle against coronavirus, with a further fifty per cent released to meet emerging needs later in the year.
Organisations like food banks, outreach programmes and those helping the most vulnerable will be supported by the Positive Difference Fund.
Closing Date: TBC
Further information: application details will be released shortly
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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your foodbank’s details, charity number, address and representative’s contact details
FUNDS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED NOW CLOSED:
Fund: Martin Lewis Poverty Relief Grant – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Fund: Charities Aid Foundation – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Link to further information: https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
Fund: Crisis – In this together: Emergency Grants Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further information: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/in-this-together/emergency-grants-fund/
Fund: Elton John Aids Foundation (UK), Covid-19 Emergency Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further information: https://london.ejaf.org/covid19/
Fund: Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Early years’ preventative work in England and Wales – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further information: http://sylvia-adams.org.uk/what-we-will-fund/
Fund: Princes Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Fund: The National Arts Council – Emergency Funding Package – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
Further information: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
Fund: Community Radio Fund – Emergency Funding – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Fund: Help Musicians – Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further information: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/help-musicians-launches-5m-coronavirus-financial-hardship-fu?fbclid=IwAR2U6ED9ZZ9MtjfVeHODR4ZEr2SbrK87oScTeF_Gpt-Ktqka5F5jBp7N5uU
Fund: Western Power Distribution In This Together Community Matters Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further Information: www.westernpower.co.uk/in-this-together
Fund: Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further Information: https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/clothworkers-emergency-capital-programme/
Fund: The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further Information: https://julesthorntrust.org.uk/programmes/hospice-fund/
Fund: Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund to Support Local Communities (UK) – FUND NOW CLOSED
Fund: Pitch Preparation Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further Information: https://footballfoundation.org.uk/grant/pitch-preparation-fund
Fund: Power to Change – C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Further information: Applications should be made via the website links;Smaller organisations: https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-2 Medium to large organisations: https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-3
Fund: Barclays 100 x 100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme – GRANT NOW CLOSED
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 https://www.museumsassociation.org/collections/changes-to-esmee-fairbairn-collections-fund
Fund: Youth Endowment Fund – GRANT NOW CLOSED
Other Information: Applications close midday Wednesday 3 June 2020 https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/grants-2/covid-19-round/
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:
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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