For copies of up to date COVID-19 guidance documents
developed in partnership with ACRE please contact admin@communityfutures.org.uk 

The documents include; risk assessments, posters, a user questionnaire and much more.

The Youth Futures Foundation

The Youth Futures Foundation is awarding resilience grants to infrastructure not-for-profit organisations. It is inviting applications from National infrastructure bodies that strengthen the youth and/or employment sector across England for all young people or specifically for people from BAME backgrounds. https://youthfuturesfoundation.org/

New One-off Funding for UK Charities Dealing with Income Loss Due to COVID-19

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have announced a new ‘Charity Survival Fund’. A total of £10 million will be made available to support small and medium size charities in the UK, targeting charities. The aim is to provide core funding to help charities overcome the impact of Covid-19, offsetting lost income. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in the areas prioritised by the Trust: health and wellbeing, welfare and education, arts and culture.Find out more by visiting their website: https://www.juliahansrausingtrust.org/charity-survival-fund

Social & Community Capital is a charity funded and supported by NatWest in order to help social enterprises and community businesses.

In response to the pandemic, Social and Community Capital are launching a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund. They are offering grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs. Applications will be open from Midday on Monday 22nd June 2020.

For further information/how to apply please visit: http://shorturl.at/biozO

Furlonteers available – do you need a hand?

Furlonteer realise the charity sector is being affected by the coronavirus outbreak and needs support. At the same time millions of skilled employees have been furloughed and are looking for ways to help and fill their time. Furlonteer are connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities at charities, aiming to match the experience, skills and available time with the charities needs. With over 5000 Furlonteers, from accountants to graphic designers, already registered and eager to help, we can offer a variety of skills to help make a difference. If you’re a charity that needs support, register your cause at www.furlonteer.com

Furlonteer

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for new applications from 1 June. It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.More information on how to apply can be found on their website http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/

A guide to Rural Community Resilience

Communities Prepared (a Groundwork South programme) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) have published a new guide to help rural communities become more resilient in the face of emergencies. http://shorturl.at/bjnop

COVID-19 digital checklist for charities

The Charity Digital Code of Practice has launched a COVID-19 digital checklist to support charity leaders during this difficult time. The checklist aims to help charity trustees and leaders make the right digital decisions, evaluate key decisions, assess progress so far and create a consistent understanding of their charity’s digital goals. The checklist is split into 7 categories which include remote working, fundraising and governance. http://shorturl.at/euwzN


Updated Guidance for Community Buildings hosting pre-school services:

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 say that community buildings can now open for two reasons (previously only the 1st applied):

• To provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency), or

• For early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006.

ACRE Blog: Why connecting rural communities has never been more important – & how ACRE Network members are promoting mental health at this difficult time http://shorturl.at/dpsxG

Emergency Covid-19 Support

For those charities which would be interested in funding below £30,000, the National Lottery Funding is awarding grants from £300 to £10,000 and is prioritising organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. For further information, please follow this link http://shorturl.at/tuQ12


Independent Age Grants Fund

Independent Age Grants Fund has been launched to help smaller organisations across the UK support older people most affected by COVID-19. They aim to (through collaborative efforts) reach those who are:

  • Living in complex and challenging situations
  • In danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

They are releasing £2 million across four separate funding rounds. In each round they will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.
To find out more visit their website https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund
If you have a query they can be reached through email at: GrantsFund@independentage.org

Food Charities Grant Fund – Covid-19

On Monday 11th May, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food those who need it.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this grant funding. You can apply here: http://shorturl.at/cuGP5

The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous cohorts of economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund

Government Launches Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund for England
Funding for national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections in England so that they can continue and adapt their work. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s £5 million Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund is providing grants of between £500,000 and £1 million.

The scheme will fund:

Frontline services which provide immediate, targeted relief for those at risk of or suffering from loneliness due to Covid-19.
Proportionate costs associated with the activity around increasing the evidence base around loneliness and Covid-19, and sharing best practice.
Proportionate administrative costs associated with the activity.
Costs for delivery of the activity, including salaries and on costs.
Proportionate costs for IT equipment and training to encourage digital inclusion and permit digital delivery of services, up to the limit for capital assets within applicant’s accounts.
Umbrella organisations who wish to give funding to local organisations underneath them.
80% of funding must be spent by 31 October 2020, and all funding must be spent by 31 December 2020.

The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29 May 2020.

Lifting Covid-19 Restrictions in Rural Areas

Lifting Covid-19 restrictions in rural areas – some cursory thoughts. Read the ACRE blog here: http://shorturl.at/jsDMV

If you have any concerns about the revised restrictions on rural communities in Lancashire please contact us via admin@communityfutures.org.uk

Stay Alert, Save Lives

Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund

As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.
Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils can apply.
To find out more or to apply for a grant please visit http://shorturl.at/inDPS

Community Foundation for Lancashire

Sport England – Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply for the fund if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

To find out more information and to read the full criteria please visit their website: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

Local Food Banks

Don’t forget that you can donate to food banks in your area at supermarket collection points – your support makes a real difference to your local community. Food banks are needed now more than ever.

If you know any local food banks in Lancashire please contact admin@communityfutures.org.uk so we can distribute the information to those in need.


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