COVID-19 Funding Information for Halton and St Helens

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making £5m available for its second phase of funding for May to December 2020.

Funding will include

  • Emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis
  • 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects
  • Grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work.

The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees, to support new initiatives rooted in the values of equity, rights, peace, climate justice and power and accountability that either a) challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or b) build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

Click here to find out more.


 

National Emergencies Trust encourages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations to apply for funding

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds.  Research shows that people of BAME background are at significantly increased risk of coronavirus.  The central aim of the NET is to distribute funds as quickly as possible to help those in urgent need, which is why it wants to encourage applications from charities that are supporting hard hit BAME communities.  The NET has partnered with UK Community Foundations to distribute the funds from its Coronavirus Appeal. Already the NET has supported thousands of charities and it knows that through identifying where the need is most and providing support, the funding can transform lives.  If you are part of a BAME organisation based anywhere in the United Kingdom and are looking for funding to provide relief for those in need, please find your local Community Foundation here.


 

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

Commuity Fund have released a press release about the Coronavirus Community Suport Fund that will open Friday 22nd May at 10 am. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

The full statement and details of how to apply to the fund, can be found by clicking the link below:

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund


 

Smallwood Trust

Smallwood Trust are looking to fund a range of specialist women’s organisations and services to become Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partners.

Organisations will be able to use the funds to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives. They will also fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme.

In this funding round they are accepting applications from: 

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Liverpool/Merseyside
  • Middlesbrough/Teesside
  • Rural communities in Staffordshire and the Tees Valley

They are also particularly interested in applications from services led by and/or supporting BAME women. The fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have existing projects that support women to become financially resilient and could offer grants to individual women linked to the following aims:

• Employment stability
• Financial stability
• Housing stability
• Mental health and well-being

Organisations can apply for up to £25,000 each year for three years (£75,000 total). They expect to award c.£450,000 in this funding round.

The deadline is the 19th June 2020.

Successful applicants are expected to be notified in late July 2020.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please visit https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/organisations.


 

St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

Community of Practice Programme – Funding 

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk applications must be submitted by 22nd May 2020.

Please note that all funds must be spent and your programme completed by 31 March 2021

Groups should also be aware that there are two key dates for monitoring information. These will be in September 2020 and February 2021 and groups must be able to commit to supplying their monitoring information by these dates.

Funding Criteria. We want to:

  1. fund projects that will support the reduction of the number of suicides in middle-aged men in St Helens Borough
  2. enhance men’s awareness and their ability to improve their own mental health: including help seeking skills
  3. support programmes that mean men are better able to manage in a crisis
  4. support projects that are co-produced with those with lived experience.

 

Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Opening on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm (midday). 

One donation, twice the impact.

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.

For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, the Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched on the Big Give in 2008.

How does the Christmas Challenge Work?

The Christmas Challenge is a match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled. The match funds come from two sources - charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer. These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund. This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign is live.

To fnd out more, and to register, please click the link below:

https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge


 

Government funding to tackle loneliness

#LetsTalkAboutLoneliness

The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.  As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding.  There is also a toolkit, resources and advice page on their website which you can delve into.


 

Sport England emergency funding 

Some good news! @Sport_England have announced emergency funding for community sports clubs & physical activity organisations who are experiencing financial hardship due to #COVIDー19  

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund


 

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round

Youth Endowment Fund click here for summary.  Can you send a copy of any bids to the Violence Reduction Unit as it may be that if funding is not successful via the YEF that in the event of an underspend from their funding they could consider supporting some that are relevant to their aims.

Contact Mark Wiggins at the Violence Reduction Unit by Email: Mark.Wiggins@merseyside.police.uk


 

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is open for enquiries.

Coalfields Trustees have recognised the importance of supporting the response to the COVID-19 crisis in former coalfield communities and have revised some of the criteria to support the delivery and sustainability of key services. There will now be an additional committee meeting in mid June 2020 and the planned committee meeting in July will consider all applications that can continue to address local needs.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people. Awards of up to £10,000 are available.

To ensure your best chance of success please make sure to read through all of the information before you apply.

Next deadline is 22 May. Click here for details are on their website. 

COVID 19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - Capital Funding Revision

Organisations can now apply for capital costs up to 50% of the CRT request to enable the organisation to make adaptations to premises to ensure the health & safety of the public is catered for or if you require equipment for direct delivery purposes or to support your wider project as listed in the guidance notes.

 
Please keep updated with any further revisions here - https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/

 


UK Community Foundations

UK Community Foundations  Enter your postcode to find your local Community Foundation to view funding opportunities during COVID-19.


 

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund  Overview of all National Lottery funding opportunities and the changes to their programmes due to COVID-19.


 

Wargrave Big Local

Wargrave Big Local is a volunteer-led Partnership of residents that has been tasked with making Wargrave a better place to live and work using £1m awarded by the National Lottery.  In response to the Covid 19 pandemic a fund has been set up specifically to help groups that are supporting local people during the crisis. Are you helping the community in Wargrave or in the wider area that includes Wargrave? If so they may be able to help you. Contact them at wgbiglocal@outlook.com to apply for up to £1k of funding


 

St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice Funding (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.  The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk applications must be submitted by 18 May 2020.  Click here for more detail


 

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing.  To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website
Support for smaller organisations or groups

As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details are available from the NSUN website.


 

Grants Online

There is also quite a lot of information about emerging funds to specifically support the voluntary sector at this time and grants online have just made available the following link in relation to this: https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html so will be worth checking out.


 

Princes Trust Relief Fund 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund is a £5million Enterprise Relief Fund which offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Please click on link below for more details  
 
www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund

The Princes Trust also have a Coronavirus Support Hub click here 


 

COVID19 Funder List 

The Charity Excellence Framework has developed a comprehensive list of resources including funding available to organisations, charities and individuals.


 

LCR CARES COVID-19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

Deadline: The fund will be rolling and decisions made on a weekly basis.

Details: As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, Metro Mayor in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside has launched the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. Phase 1- Funding will be initially awarded under the following priorities:

•    Foodbanks
•    Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating
•    Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such as older people e.g. a telephone support/friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation
•    Emotional and mental health wellbeing
•    Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice

These priorities will be reviewed regularly and changed/additions made as fundraising and the outbreak develops. Who can apply? Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils. We also welcome applications from newly established groups though please note the requirements below on documentation required. How much is available? Grants of up to £5,000 will be available initially. This may change in further phases of the fund. If you receive a grant, we can accept subsequent applications to further phases of the fund or when additional funding is received though please note we will have to take into account previous grants to ensure we are able to support as many community organisations as possible.

How to apply: https://cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/lcr-cares-covid-19-community-support-fund

  


 

Emergency Funding Available To Respond To Coronavirus from the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane has launched a new fund to help community organisations, voluntary groups and those in the non-for-profit sector support communities through the Coronavirus crisis.  The fund is part of PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund and will be funded by money taken from Cheshire criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects which are working alongside Cheshire police and local authorities to support vulnerable people in the community. As an example, this could be projects which deliver emergency food parcels, provide care to those self-isolating or host virtual activities to relieve the pressures of social distancing on our mental and physical health. The grants will be processed as quickly as possible to get funds to communities at this critical time.

PCC David Keane said: “I am committed to ensuring that money taken from criminals is re-invested into our communities for the benefit of Cheshire residents.

“This is a particularly challenging time for people throughout Cheshire and I am doing everything I can to work with key partners to ensure there is support in place through Cheshire police, victims services and other support groups.

“But I also recognise that there are many people in our communities who want to help support their neighbours through this crisis and I want to empower them by giving them access to a fund which supports them to take action.

“At this difficult time when many of us are feeling isolated, have financial worries or are maybe even dealing with bereavement of a loved one we all need to work together to keep our communities motivated.”

The express funding is part of a wider review of the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund which will be launched in the coming weeks to support larger scale projects during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

For more information about how you can apply for the express grant click here for details 


 

Steve Morgan Foundation

In response to Covid-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency hardship fund to support charities and not for profit companies in our remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6).
 
The fund, of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fund raising revenue to stay in business.
 
Please note that this fund is not open to individuals.  Any individual seeking help should refer to organisations and charities in their local area which are supported by Steve Morgan Foundation.
 
For the duration of this grant all other new applications will be on hold.
 
In order to ensure the team is free to process, applications will only be accepted on line.
 
Click here for details 


 

Tesco Bags of Help

Community groups and local organisations that are currently supporting vulnerable residents.
 
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Click here for information 


 

Halton Borough Council 

Latest funding bulletins from our colleagues at Halton Borough Council, click here for general funding update and a Coronavirus specific funding update


 

Statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: Our funding approach in response to COVID-19

At this extraordinarily difficult time, we are all being challenged and moved in ways that seemed unimaginable just weeks ago.

Here at The National Lottery Community Fund, our first priority is to support people and communities through our funding in the best way we can, recognising that we cannot help everyone.

As many of you know, we have been talking to grant holders and partners to understand the nature of their response to COVID-19 and to see what we can do to support them.

So far, we have of course honoured our existing commitments to grant holders and offered them flexibility so that they can focus on supporting their communities.

We have now made two additional decisions. Firstly, all the funding decisions we make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, we will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as we can, so that we can get money to where it needs to be. This is not new money, but it will be faster money and we know that we must act quickly and with confidence.

In deciding how to implement this approach we have to make some tough choices about how we get that money out quickly to those communities and organisations that need it most. We will do our best to be fair and true to our principles and to you.

To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, we will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

We are doing this because we know it is critical right now to work harder as a funder to get cash out of the door and hope that by acting quickly we can help organisations at the fore-front of the current crisis, when support is needed most.

Should we get through this initial tranche of support with some funding left or circumstances change, we will move to set new priorities. We know that this means some groups will not be able to access our funding over the coming months and we will endeavour to return to our broader support as soon as we can.

Things are moving at pace and we will keep our approach under constant review. We are also going to continue our exploration of how this crisis is changing how we live as communities and how civil society itself is changed.

Keep talking to us, keep sharing your stories, and keep telling us what we can do differently to help. If we can, we will.

Yours

Dawn Austwick
CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund

For all the latest updates, please visit their dedicated COVID-19 page.


 

CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. 

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.   

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

They anticipate high numbers of applicants and unfortunately it is likely that they will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.

To find out more about how to apply and the criteria  click here 


 

Charity Bank have launched an Emergency Funding and Resource HUb for Charities and Social Enterprises.  

COVID-19 Reource Hub 

Their  COVID-19 Resource Hub is updated daily and outlines the measures announced by the Government that will help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including:

  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Legal
  • Data protection
  • HR
  • Fraud
  • Finance

COVID-19 Emergency Funding 

They have compiled an extensive list of emergency funding opportunities for social sector organisations experiencing difficulties. This includes funding available from the National Emergencies Trust, John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund, and many more local and national initiatives.

Social Investors Respond to COVID-19

They are committed to helping customers through this current period of uncertainty.

Along with other social investors we issued a joint statement on the COVID-19 outbreak: "We want to reassure all of the organisations we invest in that we will support you and be as flexible as possible in the coming months. We are actively working together on how we can adapt existing schemes and funds. We are also working with government and other funders to establish new programmes that may provide additional help."

 

 

 

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DB

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

About

Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.