Help for Charities & Not-for-Profits: COVID-19

In the current situation, some parts of the third sector will be called upon to support people impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This will increase the demand on services at a time when income could be reducing.

Such a vital infrastructure needs support when it is most under pressure and additional funding will provide strength to support communities now to help immediate needs. We have highlighted some of the support which has been outlined so far, but we will resource this with more information as we receive it.

Funding Support

  • £20m will be allocated to a Third Sector Resilience Fund, to help third sector organisations that are playing “a key role” in the national response and which are now affected by cash flow and other problems.
  • The National Emergencies Trust, established last year, launched its Coronavirus Appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross, with backing from the Duke of Cambridge. It will distribute money to charities and grassroots organisations.
  • The John Lewis Partnership has announced a £1m Community Support Fund to help communities across the UK to help those in need.
  • Martin Lewis from MoneySaving Expert has offered £1m in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 for small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK.
  • M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners have partnered with Neighbourly to create the Neighbourly Community Fund to channel microgrants directly to community organisations helping those most at risk. This applies to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland only.
  • Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses (in 30+ countries) that are facing disruption

The Third Sector Resilience Fund for Scotland

The £20m announced is part of a £350m package to support welfare and wellbeing in Scotland. It also includes:

  • a £70m Food Fund to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors address food insecurity.
  • a £50m Wellbeing Fund to help charities and others who require additional capacity to work with at-risk people including homeless people and those experiencing fuel poverty.
  • a £40m Supporting Communities Fund to support local efforts helping people at risk including older people, carers, homeless people or asylum seekers and signposting people to help.
  • £25m kept in reserve “to allow swift and flexible responses to rapidly changing circumstances.”

Useful Links

OSCR COVID-19 Guidance for Charities

Response from funders
Implications of COVID-19 control measures and charity financial reporting
Funding to support museums and galleries critically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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