Coronavirus weekly funding updates - 14 - 18 September

As we receive updates from our research team in Liverpool, we'll post weekly updates to coronavirus funding programmes and more to help you (remember - don't forget to share!)

No time to read 50-page government policy documents? Don’t worry – we’ve done it so you don’t have to. Check out our short summary of the UK Government’s Our Plan to Rebuild policy paper on ending the social lockdown – wherein we summarise the key points, outline current timings, and raise issues for charity staff and trustees to consider (which, let’s face it, you won’t get in the version). View our summary here.

Friday 18 September

Petplan Charitable Trust- Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Petplan Charitable Trust, in partnership with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council, has created a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund for smaller UK equine welfare organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000. Organisations for whom the rescue and rehoming of equines is the primary focus are eligible to apply for grants of up to £5,000, with Petplan expecting the average grant to be around £2,500. The fund is to make up for the loss of income experienced by animal welfare and rehoming charities as their funding and income sources have dried up as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Round 3 of funding is currently open and the deadline for applications is Friday 16 October, with successful applicants being informed a week after the deadline. There will be a final round of funding with applications closing on 15 January. Further information can be found here.

Thursday 17 September

John Lyon’s Charity COVID-19 School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) is designed to enable charities and schools to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays. Grants of up to £4,000 are available for organisations working in the London boroughs of: Barnet; Brent; Camden; Ealing; Hammersmith & Fulham; Harrow; Kensington & Chelsea; Westminster; and City of London.

The next application deadline, for October half-term, is 21 September. More information can be found here.


Wednesday 16 September

The government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open for applications. Grants from £50,000 to £5 million are available to environmental charities and their partners as part of the government’s wider green economic recovery, jobs and skills package. Projects that retain or create jobs will be favoured. It is funded by DEFRA and delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Applicants for over £250,000 must submit expressions of interest by 24 September and if successful full applications by 26 October. The deadline for applications under £250,000 is 2 October. Find out more and apply here.

Tuesday 15 September

Round three of the Social Enterprise Support Fund is now open for applications until 1 pm on 17 September. Grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 are available to social enterprises in England that are supporting people who are at high risk of COVID-19, or who are likely to face increased challenges as a result of COVID-19. To be eligible, social enterprises must have had an annual income of between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19. Find out more and apply here.


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