Covid-19 Funding Opportunities

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Covid-19 Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Many funders (including LLST) are signatories to the London Funders’ statement on sector support. Speak to any funders as soon as you can about your current situation and any expected impact on projects, staffing etc.

London Funders’ Community Response

A collaboration with other organisations has created a pot to help support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many funders and organisations (including LLST) are receiving grant applications through this one portal to try and ensure a joined-up approach to funding.

A new funding wave is available through the London Community Response for urgent needs. Small grants up to £10,000 are available to meet needs for up to 6 months (or for a shorter period if your focus is on the winter months).

You can apply even if you have had funding in an earlier wave if it is for a different set of costs. Please do take a look at the guidance for further information, or get in touch if you have any queries.

Applications are only open for 3 weeks so that funds can be paid out before Christmas. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline on Thursday 3 December 2020.

HMRC Grant Funding

HMRC are looking for organisations that directly provide advice and support to their customers who need extra help interacting with HMRC. Funding is available between 2021-2024, with bids invited for between £20,000 and £750,000 per year (maximum threshold set at 50% of your organisation’s turnover).

The deadline for applications is Friday 27th November.

The National Lottery Community Fund

This £200m fund is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities. Grants are generally for six months, but longer timeframes will be considered. A wide range of funding amounts are available, starting from £300. Funding of £10,000-£100,000 is available, with larger amounts considered, as well as partnership applications being available.

Community Justice Fund – new funding expected soon

A nationwide funding pot for specialist legal advice charities. This is a joint initiative, hosted by the Access to Justice Foundation, to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

The next wave of available funding is expected in early 2021.

Baring Foundation – Strengthening Civil Society

There are three new funding streams to support grant holders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadlines are staggered throughout 2020.

Aviva Community Fund

For new projects or expanding existing services, under one of two key funding areas:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient
    communities

Full eligibility criteria can be seen here. Quarterly funding rounds – the next round closes on January 19th at 23:59.

Crisis – applications paused

Funding for agencies working on homelessness prevention and support. Small (£5,000) and larger (up to £50,000) grants are available.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

Funds are for women’s organisations and services that are supporting women aged 18+ whose poverty has been exacerbated by the pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship. Open to organisations across England, but with priority for some areas including: Hastings, Kent, and London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets. Rolling deadlines; the next one is 5pm, 10th November. 

Area-specific funding:

Community Foundation for Surrey

Coronavirus Response Fund has launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey’s most vulnerable people. Grants of up to £5k.

FSJ Charites – Essex

FSJ incorporates three Trusts, and they are providing Emergency Funding to organisations based in Essex. There is no formal application form, so please contact them for further details.

Sussex Crisis Fund – applications paused

Designed to help fund the emerging needs facing the community, charities and community groups that support them, at this time. Initially, emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available.

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham Community Coronavirus (Covid-19) Fund

Emergency fund for groups working in our local community, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The fund is open for applications for community organisations, with micro-grants available.

Other considerations:

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

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