Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The CCSF from the National Lottery Community Fund is changing after 17th August. If you are planning to apply to the Government element of this scheme (e.g. religious reason prohibit your organisation accepting lottery funding) then you must apply before noon on the 17th of August.

Emergency funding will continue after this date through funds raised by the National Lottery to help your community through COVID-19.

NLCF will be focusing on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100K.

Beyond the emergency response, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will be available, we'll keep you informed of any new programmes through the ebulletin.

Full information is available here.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage from the Nttional Lottery Heritage Fund will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

  • grants from £10,000 to £3million
  • for organisations in England only
  • funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021

This programme will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

As a guide, this could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • designed landscapes, such as parks and gardens
  • collections of objects, books or documents in libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Applications are open until noon on 17 August 2020.

For more information visit the Heritage Fund's website.

Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. Projects in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £2,500.

Successful applicants will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.

Company Shop will value match any applications that deliver food provision for families and children. If your project supports these groups and is awarded £2,500 by us, Company Shop will commit an additional £2,500 to give you a project value of £5,000.

The nearest Company Shop is in Washington but bulk orders can be delivered.

This is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all funds have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

More information is availabkle on the Coalfields Regeneration Fund's website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation - COVID Recovery Fund

The Foundation has launched a £7.4 million COVID fund aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

The fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Applications close at 5pm 11th September 2020

A Q&A webinar takes place on 11th August between 2pm – 3.30pm you can register here to learn more and ask questions about the fund.

Full details of the fund can be found here.

People's Postcode Lottery - Funds Open

The People's Postcode Lottery provides funding to a range of trust's to distribute to charities and community groups.

These trust's all have similar criteria but focus on different areas of need.

Preference is given to charities with a turnover of under £1m and may give preference to those below £500,000. The funding is for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects. The projects can be up to 12 months in length.

The deadline for all applications is 19 August 2020.

How much can you apply for?

£500 - £2,000

  • Companies limited by guarantee with an asset lock
  • Constituted voluntary organisations with no charity number
  • Community Interest Companies with an asset lock
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number

£500 - £20,000

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust - new funding to help not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on

  • Supporting an organisation's resilience.
  • Adapting or expanding services to meet new challenges.

Postcode Local Trust projects should relate to the following themes:

  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces.
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.
  • Combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.

Postcode Community Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Improving community health and wellbeing
  • Increasing participation in arts and physical recreation
  • Reducing isolation 

People’s Postcode Trust projects should address the following themes:

  • Promoting human rights
  • Combatting discrimination
  • Preventing poverty

Fat Beehive Foundation

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

Funding priorities over the next year are:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Social justice / Refugees / Housing
  • Education
  • Art & culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

More information is available on the website.

Rural Broadband Upgrade Fund

Rural premises in Northumberland, with broadband speeds of less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps), are eligible.

Funding is only available when used in group projects and groups can be a mix of residents and businesses; just residents or just businesses.

Each resident can have funding worth up to £1,500 and each small and medium-sized business (SME) can have funding worth up to £3,500. The funding goes towards supporting the cost of installing brand new gigabit-capable connections.

To check if you are eligible for the Broadband Upgrade Fund, simply enter your postcode on the home page.