National Lottery Community Fund's portal for applications to the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund is now open for applications. 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.
The application process, online forms and the way different sizes of bid have been structured, mirrors the pre-existing ones for applications of under and over £10k. For more details and how to apply: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/covid-19-funding-under-10k and https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/covid-19-funding-over-10k
It's worth noting that the usual funding streams that you might be familiar with, Awards For All for grants of under £10k, and Reaching Communities for grants of over £10k, have been suspended and streamlined into the above processes. Its priority over the next six months is to get funding to groups best placed to support their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak whilst still honouring its current commitments.
Karl Wilding CEO of NCVO said "There is more for the government to do to help support good organisations which we’ll need more than ever for the recovery. We're going to continue these conversations with them" https://twitter.com/NCVO/status/1263145797199302656
Lisa Goodwin, Chief Executive of Connected Voice said "We’re pleased that after a long delay since the initial announcement of this funding, VCS organisations can apply for the NLCF Coronavirus Community Support Fund from Friday. They have released £200m to start with and will release the rest at a later date. If you want some support with your application please give us a call. Because of the immense challenges facing VCS organisations at the moment our team are helping not only to review and advise on applications, but to draft them for you if capacity is an issue for you right now. Contact us to see how we can help."