Latest North East Derbyshire community news - COVID-19

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Building Futures Scheme Re-launched

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has relaunched its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. They are calling on local groups within our area which support children to apply. It can all be done online.

Community Champions

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000 to fund good causes. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK.

Over the years this fund has supported thousands of community groups and charities, but from 1st April 2020 they want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s - a vulnerable group in our society that needs support at this time. Apply online.

South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF)

SYCF and community foundations across the country are working with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to make sure resources reach the community groups and charities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The fund’s aims and priorities are to support community organisations that are working to ease the immediate difficulties communities are facing and to support their recovery in the coming weeks and months. This includes charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

Priority will be given to voluntary organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated including:

  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with mental health needs
  • People on low income
  • Families with young children

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to support the following:

  • Enabling the delivery of services to vulnerable people – including but not limited to food banks, befriending schemes and other crucial community services and activities to support vulnerable people at this time
  • Providing information, advice, counselling and other support and community services to help people cope with isolation and the emotional stress caused in the short and medium term
  • Coordination of the community response to COVID-19
  • Supporting essential running costs to enable community organisations to continue to deliver vital services

Enabling community organisations to deliver differently – for example equipment to enable remote working or telephone helplines rather than face-to-face support, and moving to one-to-one outreach rather than group activities. Online applications are now being accepted.

Barclays Launches £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays has announced the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, to provide a Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. Find out more on the Barclays website.

Chancellor sets out extra £750 million Coronavirus Funding for Frontline Charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak;

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grants Announced

Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Fund will operate over three phases, with applications invited under phases 2 and 3, which are set to open on 9th April., 2020. More information is provided on the WRAP website.

Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations

Arts Council England has launched an emergency response fund for organisations outside of the National Portfolio. Arts Council England has launched an emergency response fund for organisations outside of the National Portfolio. This funding has come from reallocation of National Lottery Project Grants, Developing your Creative Practice and Development Funds, for the 2020-21 period, and uses up almost all of their reserves.

There will be two rounds of this fund. Applicants can apply to only one of these rounds. There will be two rounds of this fund. Applicants can apply to only one of these rounds. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Round one opens on 9th April 2020, with a deadline of 16th April 2020
  • Round two opens on 16th April 2020, with a deadline of 30th April 2020

Applicants will need to register for Grantium before submitting an online application form.

Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Individuals

The Arts Council is making £20 million of financial support available to individuals. £16 million can be applied for through this fund. The other £4 million will go to benevolent funds targeted at other cultural workers.

Individual grants of up to £2,500 are available (£3,000 for those with extra costs relating to a disability).

The money can be used to fund:

  • Lost wages or living costs, like rent, bills or food.
  • IT equipment or software to help the applicant do their job from home.
  • Time to work on a creative practice. This might include practice, research or making new work.

The scheme is open to freelance creative practitioners whose main work is focused on combined arts, dance, libraries, literature, museums, music, theatre and visual arts.

Sole traders may apply. At least 50% of the applicant's normal income must come from their creative freelance work.

There will be two funding rounds and applicants can apply to only one of these.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Round one opens on 9th April 2020, with a deadline for applications of 16th April 2020
  • Round two opens on 16th April 2020, with a deadline for applications of 30th April 2020

To apply, applicants must first register on ACE’s Grantium application portal.

£20 million of Government Funding to enable ambitious technologies to build UK resilience following Coronavirus outbreak

Grants of up to £50k will be available to technology and research-focused businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.

Extra School Funding and Support to Help Manage Coronavirus

Government has announced that it will make extra funding available for schools to cover unforeseen additional costs incurred, including cleaning and keeping schools open over Easter.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund Accepting UK Applications

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund to support local communities across the UK in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It will support organisational need rather than fund specific projects.

Applications will be accepted from organisations such as women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, charities supporting the elderly, and charities supporting children’s activities. This list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be considered.

£5 Million COVID-19 Relief Grants for Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Chancellor Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Loan Support for UK Businesses

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking further action to support businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies. Since launching, loans of more than £90 million have already been approved under the Government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) - which provides access to finance of up to £5 million - for nearly 1,000 small and medium-sized firms.