Sport Wales – Sport Freelancer Fund reopened

The fund is for freelancers whose work directly delivers activity to participants (e.g. personal trainers, instructor/practitioners and paid coaches) who have lost at least £2,500 of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freelancers who meet eligibility criteria will receive £2,500 to recuperate their losses. Applicants will need to provide evidence to prove their eligibility, as detailed below.

You ARE eligible if you’ve received Self-Employment Income Support.

If you’ve received support through round 1 of the Freelancer Fund, you ARE NOT eligible for support in this second round.

Further information about the Sport Wales – Sport Freelancer Fund reopened is available here.

Carers Support Fund increased

A further £250k has been announced to help unpaid carers in Wales cope with the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

Open to carers across Wales, the Carers Support Fund will see grants of up to £300 being made available for a range of essentials, including; food, household items such as furniture or white goods, or electronics such as a laptop for access to support and services.

The Carers Support Fund will be available up to 31 March 2021.

Further information about the Carers Support Fund increased is available here.

Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers

The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can now apply for funding through the Energy Redress Scheme. The scheme which distributes payments from energy companies who may have breached rules, funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

The scheme offers charities the opportunity to apply for grants of differing amounts to deliver a range of new and innovative energy related projects designed to help vulnerable energy consumers and address households that may have been impacted by COVID-19.

There are three funds open in Round 10 of the scheme. These are:

Round 10 Small Project Fund

Grant size: Minimum grant amount £20,000 - Maximum grant amount £49,999

Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations

Round 10 Main Fund

Grant size: Minimum grant amount £50,000 - Maximum grant amount £2 million

Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations

Round 10 Innovation Fund

Grant size: Minimum grant amount £50,000 – Maximum grant amount £750,000.

Priority: The development of products and/or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers

Only charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to the open funding rounds.

A total of £10 million is available in this funding round.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the11th February 2021.

Further information about the Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers is available here.

Expansion of Dormant Assets Scheme to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

The Government has announced a major expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme to support the UK as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheme, which allows banks and building societies to donate funds to good causes and charities from dormant accounts, will now include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment, wealth management, and securities sectors. More than £800 million will be made available to continue supporting urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.

For more details on the Dormant Accounts Scheme please visit - www.gov.uk

£180m fund for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism businesses opens tomorrow

The Welsh Government’s latest £180m Economic Resilience Fund package to support tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions will open for applications at 12pm on Wednesday 13 January.

The funding, announced in December, is part of a live £450m package of support that the, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors as well as their supply chain can access and will provide vital support to thousands of firms impacted by alert level 3 and 4 restrictions. The £180m is in addition to a £270m support package for businesses that pay non domestic rates, which includes non-essential retail businesses, and is being delivered via Local Authorities.

The amount a company can claim from the £180m sector specific fund will be calculated based on staff count and turnover.

Further information about the £180m fund for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism businesses opens tomorrow is available here.

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Sector Specific Fund

The ERF Sector Specific Fund should be open for applications by 12pm on 13 January and it will remain open for 2 weeks or until funds are fully committed. Please look out for an announcement from Welsh Government on when the online forms will become available and applications can be submitted.

The ERF Sector Specific Support Fund is targeted at Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure (HTL) businesses and associated supply chain businesses that will be materially impacted by a greater than 60% impact of turnover as a result of the restrictions introduced on 4 December 2020 until the 22 January 2021.

The funds seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

Further information about the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Sector Specific Fund is available here.

Covid-19 Emergency Loan Fund for UK Social Enterprises

Social Investment Business has announced that their Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will close to new applications on the 31st March 2021.

The £25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 with no fees or interest for the first twelve months to social enterprises and charities which are facing financial difficulty and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are improving people’s lives across the UK. Loans, which are backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand.

Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis.

Further information about the Covid-19 Emergency Loan Fund for UK Social Enterprises is available here.

Volant Trust - Covid-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust has announced that it will open its Covid-19 Response Fund. The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.

The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2021.

Further information about the Volant Trust - Covid-19 Response Fund is available here.

Funding to Showcase how the Arts Have Supported Communities During the Pandemic

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to communities, community organisations, researchers, creatives, artists, charities and arts organisations in the UK to premiere or showcase their work at DISRUPT 2021. DISRUPT 2021 is a digital festival that aims to explore how the performing arts have supported communities during the pandemic and how a year of uncertainty and change has encouraged new and radical ways of working. This could be new and experimental performance-based projects created with, by and for communities during the pandemic; tools and tactics to build skills on new or different ways of working in the performing arts, including practical steps on how communities, artists and organisations can collaborate; and / or projects that explore alternative and more democratic futures for the performing arts. Applications must be co-written by a community partner and a creative partner.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 30th January 2021.

Further information about Funding to Showcase how the Arts Have Supported Communities During the Pandemic is available here.

Funding for Not for Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services (UK)

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK will be able to apply for grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis. Over £1 million will be available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with. Applications that aim to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding. The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development, and will support a range of digital interventions.

The funding is being made available through the Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ programme which is being supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief and the fund will open for applications on the 7th January 2021

Further information about Funding for Not for Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services (UK) is available here.

Restrictions Business Fund

The Welsh Government has launched the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place on the 4th December to control the spread of Covid-19. The purpose of the grant is to provide businesses with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions introduced. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

Find out more and appply for the Restrictions Business Fund here.

Government Announces £16.5 Million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism businesses impacted by latest coronavirus restrictions can now find out how much they can expect to receive from the latest round of Welsh Government’s business support package.

Welsh Government recently announced £340 million to assist businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions which came into force on 4 December. The latest package includes a £160 million Restrictions Business Fund predominantly for businesses paying non domestic rates, and a £180 million grant fund specifically for impacted businesses in the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors.

A new eligibility checker and calculator will be live on the Business Wales website from 10am on Friday 11 December to help businesses work out what support they can expect to qualify for. Guidance will also be available for firms to help them through the application process for the Sector Specific Fund which will open during the week of 11 January.

Further information about Eligibility checker for hospitality, leisure and tourism fund goes live is available here.

Government Announces £16.5 Million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced an emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations.

£16.5 million will be available through the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund for grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations across the UK.

Further details, including eligibility and how to apply, are due to be announced soon.

Further information about Government Announces £16.5 Million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund is available here.

Carers Support Fund

Carers Trust South East Wales is running a winter emergency grants scheme for unpaid carers affected by the Coronavirus crisis. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Carers can now apply for a grant of up to £300 to address immediate winter pressures and emergency needs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This fund has been established to provide support for unpaid carers supporting someone living in one of the following Local Authority areas: Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Bridgend, Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan, RCT or Merthyr.

Examples of eligible items and activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of household items e.g. washing machine, bed or fridge etc.
  • Assistance with the purchase of food
  • Purchase of technology e.g. laptop, mobile phones, tablets or data
  • Entertainment subscriptions e.g. Audible, Amazon Prime, gaming, Netflix etc.

All goods and services must be able to be purchased via a voucher or store credit scheme. Carers Trust South East Wales and Welsh Government reserve the right to request receipts for the item that has been purchased.

The grant scheme will run from 9:00am Friday 27 November 2020 until 5:00pm 19 March 2021.

Further information about Carers Support Fund is available here.

Funding to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19

The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities has announced that due to an overwhelming demand, the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland. The aim of the grant is to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Eligible organisations can apply through two funding programmes:

  • Small grants programme for grants up to £5,000
  • Main grants programme for grants of between £5,001 and £15,00

The grants are likely to be awarded towards ongoing work, core costs and additional work which strengthens the position of organisations and their ability to respond to community needs at this challenging time.

There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

Further information about Funding to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 is available here.

National Lottery Community Fund’s - Supporting Great Ideas Fund

Community organisations and registered charities in Wales can apply for a share of £1.5 million. Support is available for innovative and strategically important projects that encourage positive social change. Grants are awarded for up to five years and can fund project activities, operating costs and organisational development costs.

To be eligible, projects must be:

  • Supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges
  • Supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19
  • Supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises.

Organisations that can apply include:

  • Voluntary/community organisation
  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • statutory body (including local authority, town, parish or community council)
  • not for profit company including companies limited by guarantee and Community Interest Companies with two or more directors (see below for ineligible CICs)
  • group of organisations, as long as the lead applicant is either a voluntary/ community organisation or statutory body.

Projects must have a minimum value of £10,001 and maximum grant amount is specified. Before submitting an application, please speak to The National Lottery Community Fund first so that they can establish whether their idea is suitable for funding. Please contact us on 029 2168 0214 or wales@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk  

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Further information about National Lottery Community Fund’s - Supporting Great Ideas Fund is available here.

£340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced

A set of new targeted restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, together with a £340m support package, has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

The new measures are being introduced as cases of coronavirus accelerate in Wales once again, eroding the gains achieved during the recent firebreak period.

From Friday, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. After 6pm they will only be able to provide takeaway services.

Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions must also close.

The new Welsh Government support is split into two funds:

  • a £160m Restrictions Business Fund
  • a £180m sector-specific Economic Resilience Fund grant scheme

More information about the funding and how it can be accessed will be published on the Business Wales website in the coming days.

Further information about £340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced is available here.

New Project Funding & Loans to Support the Heritage Sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot. The aim is to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phase one will see the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme reopen to applications for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 for heritage not-for-profit and public sector organisations, and local authorities to build their resilience. Applications can be made at any time.

Heritage Recovery and Resilience Loans will also be available, providing sums of between £50,000 and £250,000 to not-for-profit organisations currently or previously in receipt of National Lottery Heritage funding looking to restart and develop their income generating potential.

Phase 2 will start in February 2021 and heritage organisations will be able to apply for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million.

The deadline for applications is the 14th February 2021.

Further information about New Project Funding & Loans to Support the Heritage Sector is available here.

Covid-19 Fund to Support Black and Minoritised Women’s Organisations

Rosa, a grant making charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations, has announced plans to build a Covid-19 response fund that gives multi-year grants to specialist not-for-profit organisations led by and for Black and minoritised (BME) women across the UK.

Rosa aims to raise a minimum of £1 million for this fund to meet the holistic needs of disadvantaged BME women and girls who have been hardest hit by the pandemic such as those with disabilities, older women, LGBTQ+, homeless women, and survivors of gender violence.

The Fund will provide a tailored and responsive support package including the opportunity to join an online platform, access online training, take part in smaller discussion groups, and more.

Further information about Covid-19 Fund to Support Black and Minoritised Women’s Organisations is available here.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for Charities & Social Enterprises

In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The £25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months.

The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand.

The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st January 2021.

Further information about Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for Charities & Social Enterprises is available here.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund deadline extended

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) closes to new applications at 11.59pm on Sunday 31 January 2021.

The RRLF is a £25m emergency fund for social enterprise and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK. The fund is for those experiencing disruption to their normal business as a result of COVID-19.

To find out more about RRLF, how to apply and eligibility criteria for the grants blend, please visit the Fund page. Organisations in Wales can get in touch with WCVA’s Social Investment Cymru team by emailing sic@wcva.cymru to talk about how it could work for you.

Further information about Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund deadline extended is available here.

Cultural Freelancers Grant Phase 3

Phase 3 of the Freelancer Fund will open for applications at 10am on Monday 23 November 2020.

The fund will support freelancers who work in the following sectors:

  • The Arts
  • Arts and Heritage Events
  • Non Sport related events that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic
  • Creative Industries
  • Culture and Heritage

In this phase we will also look to support freelancers who work in events that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, including those working in weddings and corporate events, but not sport events.

Further information about Cultural Freelancers Grant Phase 3 is available here.

Rank Foundation - Covid-19 Response Programme

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rank Foundation has launched a new DCMS Covid-19 Response Programme to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector. In partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, the Foundation will provide funding in two strands: the Covid-19 Recovery Fund and the Covid-19 Time to Shine Leadership Programme.

The Covid-19 Recovery Fund will provide grants of up to £25,000 for RankNet member organisations with urgent and immediate financial needs as a result of the pandemic.

In addition, organisations can take part in the match funded Covid-19 Time to Shine Leadership Programme which expands on the Time to Shine programme to create new jobs within the social sector and to help build resilience.

Further information about Rank Foundation - Covid-19 Response Programme is available here.

Food for Life

Not for profit groups and settings such as local community groups, nurseries, schools, care homes, community health and social care settings, housing associations, and charities can apply for grants of up to £150 to use good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

The funding is being made available through Food for Life Get Together initiative and the aim is to get more people eating healthily, strengthen communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.

The funding is available in specific areas of the UK:

  • England: Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Walsall, Leicester City, Leicestershire, Nottingham City, Hull, Calderdale, Kirklees, Sheffield, Rochdale, Salford, Wigan
  • Wales: Cardiff and Vale, Aneurin Bevan Health Board area, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board area
  • Northern Ireland: Belfast, Fermanagh & Omagh, Newry, Mourne & Down Council
  • Scotland: Glasgow, Inverclyde, Edinburgh

There will be three funding rounds during 2021 and the closing date for the next round is the 12th February 2021.

Further information about Food for Life is available here.

Welsh Government announce major new employer incentives announced to help recruit apprentices

Following high demand for funding support across the arts and cultural sectors a further £10.7 million will be made available to support organisations and individuals during the pandemic, taking the total funding package available through the Cultural Recovery Fund to £63.7 million. This is in addition to an £18 million portfolio package provided in April, which was delivered by Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Wales and Sport Wales.

This additional funding will be targeted towards the large number of applications, which have already been received by the Welsh Government – supporting organisations in the cultural, creative, events and heritage sectors – to ensure this money reaches more parts of the sector as quickly as possible.

The funding will be used to open a third phase of the successful Freelancer Fund which will see a further £3.5 million being made available nationwide across all local authority areas from 10am on Monday 23 November to freelancers in the creative sector.

Further information about the Welsh Government announce major new employer incentives announced to help recruit apprentices is available here.

Additional £10 million is made available for arts and culture in Wales

Economy Minister Ken Skates has announced that businesses in Wales will be able to claim up to £3,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25.

The £3,000 incentive, aimed at helping Wales to recover from impact of COVID-19, will be available to businesses that are employing a young apprentice for at least 30 hours per week.

Welsh businesses could also receive £1,500 for each new under 25 year old apprentice they employ for less than 30 hours a week.

For workers aged 25 and over, businesses can access £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire on a 30 hour or more contract, and a £1,000 incentive for apprentices working less than 30 hours. Payments will be restricted to ten learners per business.

Welsh Government is also launching a bespoke Apprenticeship Vacancy Service so people can easily access details about the apprenticeship opportunities available to them. The service will be available to all employers and learners and is aimed at enhancing and strengthening Wales’ Apprenticeship Programme.

Welsh Government is also making dedicated funding available for disabled people and for workers who lost a previous apprenticeship position because of coronavirus.

For more information visit Business Wales

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to small and medium sized charities, CICs and registered societies in the UK which are struggling to manage the financial impact of Covid-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income.

The fund will provide support to organisations which are in a critical position, and operating in one of the following categories:

  • Education relating to non-domestic animals (this includes animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery, and organic farming). Applications concerning domestic animals like dogs and cats are not accepted
  • Visual and performing arts · Medical research · The relief of disability or severe illness · The accommodation of those in need

Funding can be used to cover costs such as staff costs and other overheads, and changes to working practices e.g. laptop purchase and protective equipment.

To be eligible for funding, the organisation’s income must be no more than £500,000 and have free reserves of no more than £100,000.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information about the The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - Covid-19 Emergency Fund is available here.

Sport Wales Progress Grant

The Progress grant is intended to help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.

Grants of £300 to £50,000 are intended to help clubs and organisations work towards three principles:

  • Tackling inequality
  • Creating long-term solutions to be more sustainable
  • Taking innovative approaches

Applicants will need to demonstrate how the funding they are requesting will develop their sport or activity and impact on at least one these principles.

Further information about the Sport Wales Progress Grant is available here.

Emergency Funding to be launched for Unpaid Carers

The Welsh Government, in partnership with Carers Trust Wales, has announced a new fund of over £1 million to help unpaid carers cope with the financial pressures of Covid-19.

The fund will become available in the coming weeks and will provide grants of up to £300 to carers whose health, wellbeing and financial security has been significantly and negatively impacted by the pandemic. Funding can be used for a range of essentials, including food, household items such as furniture or white goods, or electronics such as a laptop for access to support and services.

Further details on the application process will be made available soon.

Further information about the Emergency Funding to be launched for Unpaid Carers is available here.

Extra £10 million package to help protect jobs and those struggling financially

The Welsh Government has called on employers to use extra Welsh Government funding to protect workers at risk of falling through a gap in UK government wage support schemes.

With the all-Wales firebreak starting this evening, the Welsh Government is now stepping in to increase by £5million the £20 million discretionary fund provided to local authorities to support businesses retain those workers at risk of falling through the gaps in support. This fund is on top of the £300 million package of grants announced last week.

In addition, an extra £5 million will also be provided to the Discretionary Assistance Fund, which provides grants to people in need of urgent help during the crisis, including those waiting for benefit payments and those in employment who are facing hardship.

Further information about the Extra £10 million package to help protect jobs and those struggling financially is available here.

Economic Resilience Fund update (Wales)

The Welsh Government is doubling the third phase of its Economic Resilience Fund, making nearly £300m available to support businesses that continue to be affected by Covid-19.

In September, the Economy Minister Ken Skates announced £140m would be made available under the third phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund.

However as a result of the “fire-break”, which will begin on Friday 23 October and continue until Monday 9 November and will require a range of businesses to temporarily close their doors or reduce their operations, the latest round of the fund will be more than doubled to ensure further help for businesses across Wales.

The Economic Resilience Fund, which complements support schemes available from the UK Government, is part of the Welsh Government’s £1.7bn support package for businesses to help deal with the economic impacts of Coronavirus.

The new and bolstered economic package will see:

  • Payments of £1,000 for businesses that are eligible for Small Business Rates relief and occupy a property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less
  • Payments of up to £5,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close and which occupy a property with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £50,000
  • A discretionary £2,000 top-up grant for businesses closed or materially affected by the firebreak lockdown
  • A further discretionary £1,000 grant for businesses that were materially affected by local lockdown measures for 21 days or more prior to the start of the firebreak lockdown period

The Welsh Government is also providing a further £20m towards Business Grants meaning £100m will be available for this purpose. Previously, companies were required to provide a percentage of the funding to access these grants, but the Welsh Government has now confirmed it will provide 100% funding for businesses forced to close during the firebreak.

Further information about the Economic Resilience Fund update (Wales) is available here.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy (UK)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims:

  • Improving the natural world
  • Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future
  • Creative, confident communities

Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,000 and £2 million to charities or initiatives with ideas working towards these aims. The new strategy is supported by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change.

Funding can be used to cover core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. Collaborative approaches are encouraged.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

Further information about the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy (UK) is available here.

VAT reverse charge on construction services (UK)

The reverse charge measures for construction services will come into effect on 1 March 2021, in order to help the construction sector deal with the impacts of COVID-19; this will allow businesses more time to prepare.

Further information on the scope of the reverse charge and how it will operate can be found on the GOV.UK website.

HMRC will be running a series of webinars for businesses and Talking Points webinars for agents.

Further information about the VAT reverse charge on construction services (UK) is available here.

Helping End Homelessness, £10m grant scheme relaunches (Wales)

The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales is relaunching its £10m grant scheme ahead of World Homeless Day - which draws attention to the plight of people suffering homelessness globally on 10 October each year.

The scheme will fund voluntary or community organisations, public sector organisations and private sector organisations working in partnerships to redesign and improve services for people experiencing, or at risk of Homelessness.

Expression of Interest by 12:00pm on 21 January 2021.

Further information about the Helping End Homelessness, £10m grant scheme relaunches (Wales) is available here.

Funding for Financial Capability Projects to Support the Under-25’s (UK)

The MSE Charity has announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the February 2021 round of grant funding will be for financial capability projects which support young people under 25 years of age.

Charities, voluntary groups and other not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for funding for projects which will target and support the younger generation who need help to develop and learn personal financial life skills, particularly during the current difficult economic climate.

The ‘Raising the Next Generation’ funding round opens on the 1st February 2021, and closes at 5pm on the 26th February 2021. Each grant round is limited to the first forty accepted applications and applicants are encouraged to apply early in the month.

Further information about the Funding for Financial Capability Projects to Support the Under-25’s (UK) is available here.

Funding to Help Build Resilience Within the Social Sector (UK)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new £10 million Grants Programme will be launched to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector.

The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme will offer immediate, short-term and urgent grant funding to organisations primarily within their network, RankNet, that are facing unprecedented demand for services, or those who have suffered a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic.

In addition, organisations will take part in the Time to Shine Leadership Programme to create new jobs within the social sector and to help build resilience.

Further information about the Funding to Help Build Resilience Within the Social Sector (UK) is available here.

COVID-19 UK Government support packages for businesses update

The UK Government have announced additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.

A package of measures has been announced that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead. The package includes a new Jobs Support Scheme, which will be introduced from 1 November 2020, extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans.

Further information about the COVID-19 UK Government support packages for businesses update is available here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension (UK)

The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed. The grant will be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the SEISS and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to COVID-19.

The extension will provide two grants and will last for six months from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period.

Further information about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension (UK) is available here.

Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund Third Phase (Wales)

The Welsh Government is making an additional £140 million available to businesses to help them deal with the economic challenges of Covid-19 and the UK’s impending exit from the EU.

The funding from the third phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) will see wider support being provided to secure jobs and help businesses develop, as well as additional help for firms affected by local lockdowns.

This new phase of the ERF will see £80 million being made available to support businesses with projects that can help them transition to the economy of tomorrow. It will require co-investment from companies and a clear plan about how they will adjust to the post-covid economy. Of this, £20 million will be ring fenced to support tourism and hospitality businesses who are facing particular challenges as they enter the winter months. Meanwhile an additional £60 million will be allocated to support businesses impacted by local lockdown restrictions.

Companies that received grant funding through phases one and two of the ERF, or Non-Domestic Rate linked support, could also be eligible for phase three of the ERF.

The Eligibility Checker for companies to find out if they can access funding from the third phase of the ERF will be live during week commencing 5 October 2020.

Further information about the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund Third Phase (Wales) is available here.

Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme (Torfaen)

The Welsh Government Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme will provide eligible applicants with a grant of £2,500 each. Each local authority area has been allocated a set proportion of the budget – Torfaen County Borough Council has been allocated £222,500 to support 89 applications.

Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, and who work in the four key sub sectors:

  • The Arts;
  • Creative Industries;
  • Arts and Heritage Events;
  • Culture and Heritage.

Applicants will also be eligible if employed part-time and also have a freelance professional creative practice.

Freelancers that received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme and are experiencing financial challenges are still eligible for this fund.

The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme will open on Monday 5 October.

Further information about the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme (Torfaen) is available here.

Circular Economy Fund to Support a Green Recovery Re-Opens for Applications (Wales)

The Welsh Government has launched the second round of their £6.5 million Circular Economy fund for local authorities and publicly funded bodies, including town and community councils, which has been expanded to support the post-Covid response and green recovery in Wales.

Funding will support actions which encourage companies to recycle more plastic and thereby avoid waste. The Fund is an important part of a green recovery from the impacts of the pandemic which has brought an increasing awareness of the importance of resources and aims to help to shorten supply chains. Among the sustainable goods the fund will help produce are items to fight the coronavirus, such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

Organisations of any size, which are operating in Wales, may apply for a capital grant to invest in infrastructure and equipment for eligible circular activities. Small Scale grants are now available from £6,000 to £200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold) and Large Scale grants are available from £200,000 to £750,000.

The deadline for applying to the Small Scale grants programme is the 18th December 2020. The deadline for completing and Online Questionnaire for the Large Scale grants programme is the 18th December 2020.

Applicants successful at this stage will have until the 1st March 2021 to submit a full application.

Further information about the Circular Economy Fund to Support a Green Recovery Re-Opens for Applications (Wales) is available here.

£14m funding package for Wales’ sport and leisure sector

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas has today announced a funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector.

The Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund will support the sector with the ongoing challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and provide longer-term sustainability.

The fund is intended to provide essential support to sports clubs and organisations, independent providers and sporting events who have all faced significant challenges during the crisis and continue to be severely impacted. The fund will help in driving innovation for local authority leisure centres and Leisure Trusts to complement the Hardship Fund for local government

The funding package will be allocated to Sport Wales and managed by them on the Welsh Government’s behalf.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: For clubs and groups looking for immediate support I would urge them to consider the Be Active Wales Fund which has already protected hundreds of clubs and is helping them to prepare for a safe and responsible return to sport. We will now work at pace with partners and the Welsh Government to ensure the funding is distributed efficiently and effectively to reach those that have the greatest need.

Further information about the £14m funding package for Wales’ sport and leisure sector is available here.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 (UK)

A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is available to any UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people. The funding is being made available through the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme and is financially supported by the National Emergencies Trust. There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

Further information about the New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 (UK) is available here.

Funding to Reduce Inequalities Emerging from the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales)

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has launched a new fund to focus on reducing inequalities across society which have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure a fair and just recovery.

Charities and other voluntary sector organisations in Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 from the Voluntary Services Recovery Fund to enable them to continue to deliver essential services to communities, to adapt to meet new needs and respond to new challenges, for example relating to mental health and social well-being. Funding is being made available by the Welsh Government and is primarily focused on revenue funding, however, requests can be made for purchases of smaller capital equipment such as PPE, screens etc.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information about the Funding to Reduce Inequalities Emerging from the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales) is available here.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (UK)

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust has re-opened for applications until the 19th August 2020. The Trust aims to provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Constituted community organisations and groups can apply for awards of up to £2,000. Both core funding and project funding will be available to help organisations increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are particularly welcomed from smaller charities and community groups, with preference given to charities with a turnover of under £1 million. In addition, depending on the volume of high impact applications received, the Trust may further prioritise smaller organisations, giving particular preference to those with a turnover of less than £500,000. Funding can deliver activities up to 12 months in duration.

Further information about the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (UK) is available here.

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs – supporting out of school childcare businesses

Following the announcement that childcare settings will be able to increase the number of children they care for, they are now supporting childcare settings with their plans to re-open including the following:

  • network webinars – 8 free network webinars to be delivered in August to support the Childcare Sector which will run over a series of mornings, afternoons and evenings on the following topics preparing to re-open your childcare setting after Covid-19 and play work post Covid-19
  • resources and guidance – Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has also developed a range of resources and guidance to support Out of School Childcare Clubs during the Covid-19 crisis including re-opening guidance and templates and financial planning and funding resources
  • training – the training team have developed online delivery methods for qualifications and CPD training following ‘lockdown’, currently delivering work apprenticeships in Level 2, 3 and 5 and are able to offer online deliver of the CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Play work (from early years) and online safeguarding training

Further information about the Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs – supporting out of school childcare businesses is available here.

£40 million to support employment and training in Wales

The Welsh Government have pledged to support everyone to find work, education or training or help to start their own business as it launched a £40 million skills and jobs fund.

The package will provide:

  • more than £20 million to incentivise employers to recruit and retain 5,000 apprentices, increase the capacity of traineeship programmes and support more graduates to access work experience, work tasters and paid work placements
  • almost £9 million to help workers access retraining and find new employment, including in areas of skills demand, through ReACT and the Union Learning Fund
  • funding for traineeships, Working Wales and Communities for Work Plus will be increased to help match people to job opportunities and promote self-employment and new ways of working
  • support for a new Barriers Fund, offering up to £2,000 to support people who may not have previously considered self-employment, in particular women, young people, people from BAME communities and disabled people

Further information about the £40 million to support employment and training in Wales is available here.

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales

WCVA is still accepting applications from the Third Sector Resilience Fund - Welsh Government funding to provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The fund is part of the £24m of support announced by Welsh Government and will involve a blend of 75% grant and 25% initially interest free loan to be available to incorporated voluntary sector organisations towards the costs of ongoing revenue expenditure, including salaries. Organisations can apply for up to £75,000.

This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income. We realise that many organisations will have a mix of fundraising/donation income and trading income. If your financial situation is predominately because of a loss in trading income, your first port of call should be the grant support made available by Welsh Government rather than this funding.

Further information about the Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales is available here.

Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making grants of up to £50,000 available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need within communities across the UK & Republic of Ireland.

The Hope Beyond Programme will look to address three themes:

  • Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities, including making buildings COVID-19 safe for access – as long this is to enable new and/or enhanced support to be offered.
  • Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
  • Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.

Grants are available to help fund:

  • Capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment
  • Project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities

The amount awarded will depend upon the cost of the project and (where applicable) the level of need in the community (which will be assessed based on applicable deprivation indices), ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.

Further information about the Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

METRO Charity in partnership with Umbrella Cymru in Wales will be cascading the fund from Comic Relief, with money raised from ‘The Big Night In’.

Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

Further information about the Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund is available here.

Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK)

The Foyle Foundation has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning.

Within the Arts programme, the Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. The Foundations seeks to support organisations to stabilize and recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

Within the Learning programme, the Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and learning and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are libraries, museums and archives; special educational needs; projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated; projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.

In light of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application. In addition, more grants will be available to cover core costs, favouring those charities with no, or without significant, public funding.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines.

Further information about the Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK) is available here.

Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations can apply for grants of between £25,000 - £75,000 through the new Community Justice Fund. The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative 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.

To be eligible for funding an organisation must be registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK; and able to demonstrate a track record of delivering specialist legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits.

The fund is not able to support generalist advice agencies, private sector legal aid practices or individuals.

Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.

Further information about the Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications (UK) is available here.

Sustainable Management Scheme - Natura 2000 Restoration Grant

A grant scheme of at least £4m has been launched to help improve sites of natural significance around Wales, supporting land managers, charities and communities to take forward their vital work and contribute to the nation’s recovery from Covid-19.

The Welsh Government, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, has opened a new round of grant funding for large-scale capital projects to maintain and improve Natura 2000 sites.

Organisations and individuals who can demonstrate action to improve Natura 2000 sites by March 2021 are encouraged to apply. The grant window will be open for five weeks.

Further information about the Sustainable Management Scheme - Natura 2000 Restoration Grant) is available here.

Sport Wales Be Active Fund launched

A new fund of up to £4m has been launched by Sport Wales to help grassroots sports clubs and community organisations.

The new ‘Be Active Wales Fund’ will provide a major source of support to protect community clubs and organisations that have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and help them prepare to re-start activities safely. Grassroots sports clubs and organisations at risk of folding because of the Covid-19 crisis can apply for a grant of between £300 and £50,000 to help pay rent, utility costs, insurances or any fixed costs they may have for facility or equipment hire.

Further information about the Sport Wales Be Active Fund launched is available here.

£1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus.

The funding package includes:

  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

Decisions on awards will be made working alongside expert independent figures from the sector including the Arts Council England and other specialist bodies such as Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Further information about the £1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK) is available here.

UK Government Support Packages to Protect UK University Research (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has launched two support packages to give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities. Around £280 million will be made immediately available to enable universities to continue their cutting-edge work, such as research into antibiotics resistance and the effects of coronavirus on society. £80 million of this funding will be redistributed by UK Research & Innovation to support research and development. From the autumn, a new research funding scheme will cover up to 80% of universities income losses from a decline in international students through long term, low interest loans, supplemented by a small amount of government grants. Further details will be available in due course.

Further information about the UK Government Support Packages to Protect UK University Research (UK) is available here.

7 Stars Foundation (UK)

From July 2020, UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation. To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation.

Further information about the 7 Stars Foundation (UK) is available here.

Welsh Government Nature Funds

Applications are now open for two funds to help communities and organisations fulfil their role in responding to the climate emergency.

National Forest Community Woodland Grant Fund - will allow not-for-profit organisations to apply for funds for woodland projects, which help meet the needs of local communities and help boost ecosystems. This could include the creation of new woodland on derelict sites; the planting of trees on streets in urban neighbourhoods, or creating new corridors of trees to link existing woodlands.

Local Places for Nature Capital Fund - will and give people the chance to create nature on their doorsteps. The scheme is aimed at community organisations to restore and enhance nature in their local areas, particularly in Wales’ most disadvantaged communities, and those with little access to nature.

Further information about the Welsh Government nature funds is available here.

Economic Resilience Fund (Wales)

Businesses can now find out if they are eligible to apply for financial support from the next phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). The online eligibility checker has reopened and businesses will be able to make applications for support from this phase of the fund by the end of the month.

The ERF is designed to support businesses, social enterprises and charities, which are not eligible for other Welsh Government and UK Government support schemes.

The next phase of the fund will enable businesses to access a further £100m of financial support. It is being targeted at microbusinesses, SMEs and large businesses of critical economic importance, which have yet to receive financial assistance from the ERF.

This latest phase will operate in broadly the same way as the first phase but with an update to the eligibility of the micro scheme. This will enable some limited companies which are not VAT registered to access the fund, subject to other criteria being met.

Large businesses, which have suffered more than a 60% reduction of turnover since 1 March 2020 may also qualify for funding if they meet other conditions.

Work is continuing to develop further options to support those businesses, which have not yet been able to access help, such as start-up firms not eligible for the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Check if you are eligible for the COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund - please note that if you received support under the first phase you will not be eligible to apply a second time.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Changes to it Grant Making in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic (England and Wales)

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced changes to their grant making programmes in response to the Covid-19 crisis. These changes include fast tracking those organisations that have already made significant progress with their application. However, the Foundation will only fund projects for 12 months. These charities have also been able to access organisational development support as they made their applications. The foundation has also set aside £2 million to support its current grantees that are facing difficulties. Current grantees can apply for grants of up to £15,000 to fund unanticipated costs incurred as a result COVID-19. The Foundation will also launch a new grants programme in the summer including organisational development support.

Further information about the Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Changes to it Grant Making in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic (England and Wales) is available here.

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Hygiene Grant (UK)

In response to Covid-19 the Asda Foundation has stopped its usual grant making activities and launched its Covid-19 Grants. The Hygiene grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters. The maximum grant available is £500.

Further information about the Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Hygiene Grant (UK) is available here.

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Healthy Holiday Grant (UK)

This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply. If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

Further information about the Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Healthy Holiday Grant (UK) is available here.

Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million (UK)

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the UK Government Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).

The maximum loan size available under the scheme will be increased from £50 million to £200 million to help ensure those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during the outbreak.

The expanded loans, which have been introduced following discussions with lenders and business groups, will be available from 26 May 2020.

Further information about the Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million (UK) is available here.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for JRCT grantees.

A Covid-19 Initiatives Fund will be launched over the summer which is open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives which build support for systemic change. Full details will be published on the website.

Further information about the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Clinks Covid-19 Response Fund (UK)

Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic. Clinks is pleased to be distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time. The funding is available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community.

Further information about the Clinks Covid-19 Response Fund (UK) is available here.

The UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK)

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100 million, with £82.6 million already having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector. The Fund will work in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust. The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need.

Further information about the UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK) is available here.

Funding to Increase Mental Health Support in Schools (Wales)

The Welsh Government have announced £3.75 million of funding for mental health in schools that will include new support for children under the age of 11 (year 6). An increase in demand for mental health support among younger people is anticipated as a result of social restrictions and school closures due to the coronavirus.

Further information about the Funding to Increase Mental Health Support in Schools (Wales) is available here.

The Edward Gostling Foundation (UK)

Up to £10,000 is available to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis it is clear that a number of smaller community charity partners will struggle to deliver their vital services to the most vulnerable in society. With immediate effect therefore the Foundation have taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M and to focus on helping smaller charities providing front line community services.

Further information about The Edward Gostling Foundation (UK) is available here.

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust Grants for Single Parent Families (UK)

Grants to help single parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Or those who were struggling financially before the outbreak. If you're finding it difficult to make ends meet, our grants can fund items for your children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items.

Further information about the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust Grants for Single Parent Families (UK) is available here.

Association of Independent Music Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors (UK)

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that AIM and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

Further information about the Association of Independent Music Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors (UK) is available here.

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund (UK)

In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Musicians Union have set up a £1 million hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to. Grants of £200 are available.

Further information about the Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund (UK) is available here.

The Will Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK)

The Will Charitable Trust is currently focussing on providing grants of up to £5,000 to charities in urgent financial need that have previously received support, so that they can concentrate on their response to the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further funds will be made available next month for potentially larger awards.

Further information about The Will Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK) is available here.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation (UK)

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from:

  • charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and
  • charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities

Further information about the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors. Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.

Further information about Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Pet Rescue Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus

Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.

Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Further information about Funding to Support Pet Rescue Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus is available here.

Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, Hope for the Young have launched a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support vulnerable young refugees or asylum seekers up to 30 years of age who are in need of immediate financial support. Grants of up to £250 will be available for up to twelve weeks and will be allocated on a case by case basis to help relieve social isolation and financial hardship. Funding is available to help with costs such as purchasing food, medication and toiletries, and essential utilities. The fund is open to external applications, however, in the first instance, priority will be given to young people receiving support from the Hope for the Young who meet the fund criteria. Hope for the Young aims to respond to all applications within one week of receipt to discuss the application further.

Applications can be submitted at any time. For further details about the Emergency Relief Fund please contact the Grants and Advocacy Coordinator at pamela@hopefortheyoung.org.uk or on: 074481 55126.

Further information about Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Coronavirus Funding (UK)

Organisations that are already in receipt of funding from the Esmee Fairbairn foundation may be eligible to receive a share of £16million of additional funding which has been made available in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Further information about the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Coronavirus Funding (UK) is available here.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund

A package of programmes is being finalised to delivering emergency funding quickly to support veterans who are particularly vulnerable. Grants will be available for projects supporting vulnerable veterans, particularly those who are isolated and unable to access services or who have limited social contact during the pandemic.

Anyone interested in applying to the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten programme should contact Armed Force Liaison Officers, Stephen Townley, or Ian Pritchard the first instance: Tel: 01978 292267, email: stephen.townley@wrexham.gov.uk or Ian.Pritchard@wrexham.gov.uk 

Further information about the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund is available here.

Young Women’s Trust - The Young Women’s Emergency Fund

The Young Women’s Trust is providing an emergency fund to help young women struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund can provide relief payments of £150 to young women aged 18-30 struggling to afford essentials such as food, utilities and rent for themselves and their families.

Applications will be via Women’s Aid, Women’s Resource Centre and Women for Refugee Women, who are referral partners, and will refer women who are economically vulnerable, experiencing domestic violence and those who are living in insecure housing to the fund.

Further information about the Young Women’s Trust - The Young Women’s Emergency Fund is available here.

Wavelength – Free DAB radios for vulnerable over 70’s

The scheme will see thousands of free DAB radios offered to vulnerable people aged over 70 to help them stay connected during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Vulnerable people aged over 70 who can be nominated through an online application form at www.wavelength.org.uk

£100 million Programme of Loans and Investment for Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus (UK)

Charities and, social enterprises in disadvantaged areas facing financial hardship and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus will be able to apply for emergency funding from a £100 million programme of loans and investment. The emergency package is made up of a £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide emergency loans with no fees or interest for the first twelve months; £29 million for smaller, emergency loans to small businesses in more deprived areas; and up to a further £50 million over the coming months for existing and future investments as needed. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are expected to open in mid-April, with the first loans completed by the start of May.

Further information about the £100 million Programme of Loans and Investment for Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK)

The Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to support registered charities that ate helping local communities affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support groups and activities that:

  • Help vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
  • Ensure supplies for foodbanks and organisations, in particular to alleviate the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.
  • Help community response coordination, including volunteer costs.
  • Cover additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Cover the loss of income for charities providing support for vulnerable groups

The £100,000 fund will make donations of between £250 and £2,000 to help with costs such as running costs, staff and travel costs, and volunteer expenses. Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

Further information about the Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

Further information about the COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund is available here.

The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants (Wales)

The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.

Grants will be made available to independent heritage attractions and museums in Wales. These are small independent historic attractions that are themselves historic buildings or sites and Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation museums. The grants enable these organisations to survive this difficult period of closure and income loss.

Further information about The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants (Wales) is available here.

In This Together – Community Matters Fund (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales)

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations. Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.

Further information about In This Together – Community Matters Fund (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales) is available here.

Social Investment Business Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (UK)

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities 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. This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.

Further information about the Social Investment Business Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (UK) is available here.

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance COVID-19 support grant

In collaboration with Torfaen County Borough Council we are able to offer funds for organisations. If yours is providing COVID-19 support for communities in Torfaen you can apply for a grant of up to £500.

Further information about the Torfaen Voluntary Alliance COVID-19 support grant is available here.

New Government Funds to Provide Support for Charities Affected by Coronavirus (Wales)

The Welsh Government has announced two new funds to help charities, community groups and social enterprises affected by the Coronavirus. Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available through the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund to help organisations maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable and disadvantaged in their communities. The second fund, the Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales, will involve a blend of 75% grant and 25% initially interest free loan to organisations who have been affected financially due to a fall in fundraising and donation income. Organisations can apply for up to £75,000 to help with ongoing revenue expenditure. In addition, this fund offers a bridging loan for the equivalent of two months’ furloughed wages (up to £25,000) whilst waiting for reimbursements from the Government. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information about the New Government Funds to Provide Support for Charities Affected by Coronavirus (Wales) is available here.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Emergency Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides funding to organisations in the arts world which aim to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, enabling them to realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In response to the coronavirus, the Foundation has created a £20 million Emergency Fund to provide additional support to some organisations already funded by the Foundation. The aim of the funding is to support immediate and longer-term concerns which may include help with adapting activities and existing services or setting up new ones, channelling funds to front line groups or providing financial support and flexibility. The Foundation will contact organisations they currently fund.

Further information about the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Emergency Fund is available here.

Awards for All

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

We will be prioritising applications that are COVID-19 related over the next six months.

This means we will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19, as highlighted through our stakeholder engagement and external analysis
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Further information about Awards for All is available here.

The Barclays Foundation COVID-19 Community Aid Package (UK)

The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package - The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees' personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.

Further information about the The Barclays Foundation COVID-19 Community Aid Package (UK) is available here.

The Cwmbran Trust

The Cwmbran Trust aims to benefit the community of Cwmbran Town in the NP44 area by providing funding to schools, communities and individuals. The goal of the charity is to provide the advancement of education, the provision of social amenities and the relief of poverty, distress or sickness.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis the Trust has developed a swifter process to assess applications and enable those most in need to receive support as quickly as possible. This applies to individuals, families and organisations (e.g. foodbanks, community groups, etc.)

Further information about the Cwmbran Trust is available here.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Further information about the John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund is available here.

Community Foundation Wales

Community Foundation Wales is launching the fund with an initial £200,000. Funding for charities, community groups and not for profit organisations working in Wales, who provide activities to vulnerable groups. It will also support organisations who are adapting the way they work to respond to the rapidly changing needs in their communities.

Further information about Community Foundation Wales is available here.

Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Further information about the Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK) is available here.

£100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced funding to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Scheme will be available from the Development Bank of Wales for a limited period. It is intended to provide support to businesses who are experiencing cash flow difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

The loan scheme will work alongside the UK wide Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, other Welsh Government and UK Government support offers, providing more vital options for Welsh businesses.

Key features:

  • Loans between £5,000 to £250,000, maximum loan levels apply
  • 12-month capital and interest repayment holiday
  • No arrangement or monitoring fees
  • 2% interest fixed for 6 years (includes the 12 month holiday)
  • Partially secured lending depending on the size of the loan, see below for details

Who can apply?

All Wales based SMEs who have been trading 2 years or longer including sole traders and partnerships.

If you need to contact us please email info@developmentbank.wales

Further information about the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme is available here.

Sports Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales. The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.

Further information about the Sports Wales scheme is available here.

The Moondance Foundation (Wales)

The Covid-19 Relief Fund has been created to help Welsh charities continue with their operations during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is available to registered charities working in Wales to help with any of the following: Staff Retention; Current activities and services in jeopardy; Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis. Moondance encourages only those who are truly in need to apply.

Further information about The Moondance Foundation (Wales) is available here.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Fund (UK)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. Priority will be given where there is limited or no access to other sources of support; where heritage is most at risk; and where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.

Further information about The National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Fund (UK) is available here.

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (UK)

Grants are available to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead. These can include essential clothing; baby clothing, equipment or bedding; children's bedroom furniture; essential White Goods; specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g. sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers.

Further information about the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (UK) is available here.

The Leathersellers’ Company

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000. In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients

Further information about the The Leathersellers’ Company is available here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants

Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.

Further information about the The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants is available here.

UK Government announces £750 million emergency support package

The Government has announced a £750 million emergency support package for charities across the UK to ensure they can continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak.  The funding package consists of £360 million direct from government departments to charities such as hospices and victim support charities that are providing vital services and helping vulnerable people through the current crisis;

These will include:

  • hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
  • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
  • victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
  • vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
  • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time

£370 million will also be available to smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund is currently discussing with Government on how best to distribute the funding.

Government departments will identify priority recipients, with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational within a similar period of time.

The Government also announced they will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

Further information about the UK Government announces £750 million emergency support package is available here.

Free business support is available for charities from the Cranfield Trust

During the coronavirus outbreak we are keen to do everything we can to help frontline charities keep going. Managing through a crisis is challenging, and although the demands of maintaining services and meeting need are growing, managing your organisation is critical too. Contact us: We’re keen to see how we can help you.

Further information about the free business support available for charities from the Cranfield Trust is available here.