Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – COVID Recovery Fund

Grants are available for small and local charities that are working to help people overcome complex social issues so that they can recover beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis.

The funding is aimed at small and medium sized charities that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

The Fund will provide 140 charities with a two-year unrestricted grant alongside the support of a Development Partner to help identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing.

To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 are being available.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities in England and Wales with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year.

Applications will be accepted from 10 am on 3 August to 5pm on 11 September 2020.

A Q&A webinar will be held on 11 August between 2pm – 3.30pm. Registration is required and can be done through the Foundation’s website.


Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Deadline: 17th August

Heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year can apply now for grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to cover any reasonable costs that helps them recover and become viable.

The funding aims to help organisations adapt and recover; re-open and follow public health guidelines; or temporarily scale back.

Organisations should only apply for this funding if they are able to meet all of the essential criteria:

  • They must have been financially viable before COVID-19 (March 2020)
  • They are at risk of no longer trading viably by the end of this financial year
  • They can demonstrate that they have exhausted all other financing options. For example, applying for other emergency funds, reducing costs, diversifying income streams or taking advantage of government easements
  • They have a clear plan towards future financial viability.

The funding must be spent by 31 March 2021 and there will be one application round.


New grant launched for holiday food support

Deadline: 3rd August

Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have launched the School Holiday Food Support Grant programme to help local organisations who are providing healthy meals and food parcels during the school holidays.

Grants will be awarded to help support vulnerable people in the immediate emergency caused by coronavirus (COVID 19) to reduce hunger and/or food poverty over the summer and beyond; and to have a lasting positive impact on families.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for charities and not for profit organisations in Calderdale and partnership projects are particularly welcomed.

The needs of families over summer have recently been highlighted nationally. The joint fund in Calderdale will help build on the national scheme and support families through the summer and help build their resilience for the future.

Nationally, the Trussell Trust reported an 81% increase for emergency food parcels from food banks during the last two weeks of March 2020, compared to the same period in 2019 – including a 122% rise in parcels given to children. Locally, child poverty rates are increasing and are as high as 50% in some parts of Calderdale.

CEO Steve Duncan DL explained, “Organisations have already been innovative in their applications by including tried and trusted techniques as well as creative ways to promote a healthy balanced diet and exercise for the whole family to deliver projects over the school summer holidays.”

Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, said:

“We know it’s a tough time for local families, and how important it is for them to get the food they need to stay healthy. We continue to work with Calderdale’s community sector to support the most vulnerable, and urge these organisations to apply for a grant to help provide food support during the summer holidays.”

To apply, visit www.cffc.co.uk. Contact the Grants team, grants@cffc.co.uk for any queries.

Flood grant opportunity to better protect properties

Residents and businesses affected by the flooding in February 2020 are encouraged to check if they could be eligible for resilience support.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Council has continued to progress plans to enable applications to be opened for the government’s flood resilience grant scheme.

The Property Flood Resilience (PFR) grant pays up to £5,000 to help homes and businesses install measures to help protect them from future flooding. The work should reduce the risk of potential damage in future and make properties easier and cheaper to clean up if they do flood again. The funding can also be used to cover additional costs not covered by insurance claims for flood damage (excluding insurance excess).

There is a strict government-set eligibility criteria attached to the funding and owners of properties that have previously received a flood resilience grant are unlikely to be eligible for further funding.

However, in certain circumstances depending on the results of a further flood survey, there could be funding levels available for properties which have had funding before. The owners are advised to check the criteria and register if they think they’re eligible. All such requests will be considered on a case by case basis, and will be authorised by the funder not the local authority. The owner will need to pay for the additional survey with an understanding there is no guarantee of getting any funding.

The Council is now requesting that home-owners and businesses that think they could be eligible for support, register their interest in the scheme at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/environment-planning-and-building/flooding/advice-and-support/property-flood-resilience. This will enable eligibility checks to commence and relevant application forms to be distributed. All ‘expression of interest’ forms must be received by Monday 31 August 2020.

Where possible, property owners are encouraged to submit joint applications. This will help them get better value for money from the awarded grants by using the same independent flood risk assessor, surveyor and contractor to carry out the recommended works. However, property owners are reminded not to commission any surveys or works until the process for successful grant applications can be agreed. For more details about this, please email pfrassistance@calderdale.gov.uk or business@calderdale.gov.uk

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, Cllr Scott Patient, said:

“In February this year, Storm Ciara brought devastation across Calderdale, with around 1200 homes and businesses flooded. Although an awful lot has changed since then, it’s important that we don’t forget about the continued risk of flooding and do all we can to increase our resilience –especially as climate change unfortunately makes extreme weather events more likely.

“Properties which flooded in February should check to see if they could be eligible for government resilience grants. Up to £5000 can be claimed to install measures such as door barriers or air-brick covers to help protect against future flooding. It’s a good idea to check with neighbours and consider submitting a joint application to really make the most of the available funds.

“Although COVID restrictions have delayed the process of carrying out the necessary survey work, it’s important that people register their interest in the scheme as soon as possible. This will allow checks to take place so work can go ahead when it’s safe to do so.”

Discretionary Grant Fund is now open to a second round of applications

There are still eligible charities who haven’t yet claimed. If you are unsure if you qualify and want to find out more email steve.martin@calderdale.gov.uk.

The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund is to support small businesses and registered charities who cannot get support funding.

As with previous applications, Calderdale will especially welcome applications from:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.
  • Charities and traders with fixed building costs like rent who do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Bed and Breakfasts with under nine rooms.
  • Charity properties that get Charitable Business Rates Relief. (Those that would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.)

Important note: You will not qualify if you have had help via: COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund. or Retail Hospitality Leisure Grant.

To apply, you must give evidence for:

  • Property related costs throughout the period from 11 March 2020 onwards.
  • Lost income (order books showing cancelled orders/bookings or a cashflow forecast).
  • Financial information relating to a similar period last year for comparison.
  • Your previous year’s Turnover and/or a complete Balance Sheet.

Please make sure you have all your evidence prepared before you apply.

To apply, please complete the online form: Discretionary Grant Fund application

For more details or help with your application, email: Covid19.Business@calderdale.gov.uk.

COVID-19 Inspiring Futures Programme

Deadline: 31st July

The Inspiring Futures programme will support children and young people between the ages 10 – 24* and the grants will run for a duration of up to 18 months, with awards being made up to £80,000.

Evidence suggests that the economic impact of COVID-19 will affect children and young people who face disadvantage and discrimination the most, diminishing opportunities to develop skills, access  training or work in the short term and blighting their long-term career progression. Inspiring Futures will award funding to organisations which support children and young people facing the greatest challenges, to support them as they move through adolescence to adulthood with the aim of guiding them towards successful employment.

More information: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social Enterprise Support Fund has now launched, providing grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19.

Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver a new fund: Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, UnLtd and SSE will jointly deliver £18.7m in grants, with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.

This has been made possible thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund is aimed at social enterprises supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19.

Click here for more information.

Can You Help More BAME-Led Organisations to Access Coronavirus Crisis Funds?

Applications open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds.

A growing body of data, including from ONS and Public Health England shows that people who are Black, Asian and from minority ethnic (BAME) groups have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Funding to support VCS organisations to survive

Deadline: 27th July

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities.

The £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

Business grant support scheme extended

Closing date: 24th July

Further business sectors in Calderdale are now invited to apply for funding of up to £10,000 from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund.

The grant scheme is available for small and micro businesses facing major impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, which aren’t eligible for the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund.

Since its initial launch on the 5 June, nearly 300 Calderdale businesses have applied for this funding. Calderdale Council is now in a position to widen the eligibility criteria to include additional business sectors.

Applications are now invited from childcare providers who are not eligible for other grants; suppliers of products for the hospitality, retail and leisure sector; and manufacturing or engineering businesses which have a rateable property between £15,000 and £51,000.

Eligible businesses in these sectors are able to apply for £5,000 for companies with up to 10 staff and £10,000 for those with 11-50 staff.

The deadline has also been extended for businesses in existing eligible sectors. This includes:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks and science parks which do not have their own Business Rates assessment.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own Business Rates assessment.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates.
  • Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

The online application form can be accessed at www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-business-support