For copies of up to date COVID-19 guidance documents
developed in partnership with ACRE please contact 

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

Latest Village Hall update from ACRE:

Smallwood Trust – COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund

Grants are available for women’s organisations and services in England that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisations will be able to apply if:

• They are supporting women who experience disproportionate challenges and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; and

• They are providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

To find out more please visit the Smallwood Trust website

Deadline is 16th November 2020

COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund

Chances for Children Buttle

This fund has been established in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young people.

useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are Buttle UK Chances for Children grants?

-Individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life.

-They can fund items and activities to help improve social and emotional wellbeing and increase capacity to engage in education and learning

For more information please visit

Village Hall COVID-19 Update:

For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering (something which safely covers the nose and mouth, including a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering), that securely fit round the side of the face, has been extended to include community centres.

For more information, please use this link

Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to provide emergency relief in their communities during the COVID-19 crisis and also recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services.

-Approximately 150 grants will be awarded in total.

-Grants of up to £4,000 are available.

-The grants must be spent by the end of February 2021.

Applications are accepted from grassroots, not-for-profit voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies) that include members with lived experience.Organisations must be based in and deliver services in a local area and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.
This is a short-term response and recovery Fund and it will only be open for applications until the end of 2020. Applications may close earlier if all funds have been awarded.
Guidance notes and an online application form are available on the Groundwork website:

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:

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:

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

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.

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.

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

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

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
If you have a query they can be reached through email at:

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:

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.

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

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:

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 so we can distribute the information to those in need.

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