GRANTS of up-to £8,000 are now available to support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The programme has now transitioned from the initial immediate response phase to the longer-term emergency which is directed at helping those who are suffering hardship as a result of the short and long term economic and social consequences caused by Covid-19.
Grants of up to £5,000 can cover core costs and will help towards the financial sustainability of organisations who are directly supporting people that are experiencing hardship as a result of the ongoing crisis.
Grants will also support groups that can prevent crises escalating within communities, with priority given to those who are reaching the most vulnerable and those at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts.
Projects responding to acute need will still be prioritised and applications are welcomed from organisations where Covid-19 has had a disproportionate negative impact, including BAME communities.
The new NET Coronavirus Programme represents a transition from the initial relief phase dealing with the immediate shock of the crisis, to the longer term resilience and response phrase providing help for those suffering from the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic.
There is currently no closing date for grant applications.
Full details here
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief will launch its new funding Change Makers funding programme to support changes in the way which community and voluntary sector organisations work. Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 will be available for projects lasting up to 3 to 5 years. The focus will be on work in areas that are of particular interest to Comic Relief. This includes: • Addressing homelessness • Forced migration • Gender justice • Mental health • Early childhood development. Organisations will be able to apply in one of two categories. • Small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led. The organisation must have an annual income of at least £75,000. User-led organisations are considered to be those where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the community(ies) the organisation serves. • Other medium-sized organisations based in the UK. In this case the organisation needs to have a minimum annual income of £250,000. • Comic Relief will not accept applications from larger organisations with annual income greater than £10 million. Applications can be made by single applicants. Organisations can also apply in partnership, with a lead partner holding the funding. 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities.
The fund will open for applications on the 13th July 2020
Application deadline: 12 noon on the 28th August 2020
Further information here