Coronavirus funding updates - 24- 28 August

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 28 August

Arts Council England

The second round of funding is now open for Arts Council England‘s £500 million Culture Recovery Fund. Funding is available to both profit and not-for-profit cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before COVID-19 but are now at risk. Grants range from £50,000 up to £3 million. The application deadline is 12 pm, on 4th September. Find out more and apply here.

Thursday 27 August

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new fund to support communities in need during the COVID crisis. Organisations that provide services to vulnerable groups can apply for a grant of £500 to support their emergency response. Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced increased demand, disrupted services or those that are running new services. Applications are invited from a range of organisations including voluntary organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, CICs, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th September 2020. Find out more here.

Wednesday 26 August

Commonwealth Foundation – special grants call

Applications for the foundation’s special grants call open on 1st September 2020. Grants of £10,000 to £30,000 are available to support Commonwealth civil society organisation in their response to Covid-19. The focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. Click here to make an application or find out more information.

Tuesday 25 August

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Infrastructure Fund

The foundation’s new one-off funding programme provides support to local and regional infrastructure organisations in certain geographical areas of England and Wales (details on website). The aim of the funding is to help infrastructure organisations adapt to the new environment and also develop their financial sustainability. The closing date for applications is 9th October 2020. Find out more and apply here.

Monday 24 August

Comic Relief’s Change Maker Programme

Comic Relief’s Change Maker programme is looking to support organisations across the UK addressing issues such as homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health and early childhood development. Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 is available for projects with a duration of 3 to 5 years. Small to medium sized organisations are eligible (see website for definitions). Applications from organisations with an annual income of over £10 million will not be accepted. The closing date for applications is 25th September. More information can be found here.


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