Grants Online: Latest Information on COVID-19 Funding

Some of this week’s updates include (this list is not exhaustive):

Emergency grants of up to £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in former coalfield communities which are affected by the coronavirus. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has temporarily replaced their existing investment programme with the Coalfields Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund to support organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis. Funding can be used to help with 100% core costs to provide activities that help vulnerable people self-isolating or those experiencing poor mental health, co-ordinate community response, help food banks, and give advice, guidance and support to people in crisis etc. The next deadline for applications is 5pm on the 22nd May 2020, and further committees will be scheduled for later in the year.

Charities and organisations with charitable purposes from across the UK can now apply for funding of £1 million or more from the latest round of the UK government’s Tampon Tax Fund. The Fund allocates monies generated from the VAT on sanitary projects to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. Applications should focus on one of four categories: violence against women and girls, young women’s mental health, or the general programme. Applications for this round of funding which include activities that seek to address the consequences of Covid-19 for disadvantaged women and girls. Grants may be for one- or two-year projects, and separate applications for more than one project may be submitted. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st May 2020.

Community radio stations that are facing severe financial difficulty and are at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 crisis can bid for grants to meet their urgent needs. The £400,000 Community Radio Fund administered by Ofcom will be redirected to provide emergency support for relevant stations to help meet their core costs. There is no limit to how much can be applied for but those who request smaller amounts are more likely to be awarded the full amount requested. Applicants must be community radio licensees in the UK, and be on air by the time applications are considered. Guidance will be provided from Ofcom on how radio stations can bid for funding. Applications until 5pm on the 11th May 2020.

Power to Change which supports community business in England has launched the C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme. This is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation. The C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme provides emergency finance in the form of small grants to community businesses in England, as a contribution towards trading income lost as a result of COVID-19. Round 1 will open at 10am on the 12th May 2020 and the round will close when it reaches 150 applications. Around £3 million will be awarded to around 150 community businesses.

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide support for young refugees or asylum seekers up to the age of 30 who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support to help in the relief of social isolation and financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications. The maximum grant available is £250.

To access the list of funds available please go to https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html

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