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 gov.uk version). View our summary here.
Thursday 10 September
The National Emergencies Trust’s £1.5 million funding programme for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) is now open for applications. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available for DPOs responding to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people. The Trust is looking to fund COVID-19 related work in three broad areas: supporting independent living, tackling the impacts of isolation, and supporting access to financial income. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. The funding period is eight months from November 2020 to June 2021. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020. Further information on applications and eligibility can be found here.
Tuesday 8 September
The Alpkit Foundation is prioritising its funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the pandemic. The Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant generally supports direct action projects that work towards removing the barriers to getting outdoors. However, their grants of between £50 and £500 are now available for individuals, groups and schools that are responding to the crisis. Examples of community responses to COVID-19 they support include, being active in the local community to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation, supporting food banks or those who are homeless, and bringing adventure indoors. The Foundation’s trustees consider applications every two months. Find out more and apply here.