UK Funding Available to Address the Impact of COVID-19

There have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.  Some of the updates include (this list is not exhaustive):

In response to the coronavirus, BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. From the 18th May 2020 current grant-holders will be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period through the Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme. From the 8th June registered not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply to the Covid-19 Large Grants programme for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month period. Details on both funds will be made available shortly.

Charities, and benevolent and philanthropic frontline organisations in England can apply for a share of £5 million of UK Government funding to help tackle loneliness during the period of social distancing. Through the Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000 are available to help organisations to continue and adapt their work in helping vulnerable people affected by social isolation. Funding is available for services that can provide immediate, targeted relief such as face to face contact in line with social distancing, adapting services for digital delivery, and expansion of helpline or volunteer capacity. This can include costs such as administrative costs, salaries, IT equipment and training. The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29th May 2020.

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has announced £6 million in funding for Armed Forces charities and community interest companies who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families, and others from the Armed Forces community. Through the Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities grants of up to £60,000 are available to help organisations continue to provide much needed support in key areas such as mental and physical health, support to the elderly, domestic violence, bereavement, and employment. This can cover costs such as staff time, costs of delivering services online or remotely, and reasonable overheads. Grants of up to £125,000 or more in exceptional circumstances are available. Applications can be made at any time until the 29th May 2020.

Grants of up to £100,000 are available to frontline food aid charities in England that are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. This includes providing food for people that cannot afford food or who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless. The closing date for applications is the 6th July 2020.

Small charities and constituted community groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. 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. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020.

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