It’s good to know you’re not alone

Whatever the sector you’re operating in, we appreciate that the pressure to keep everything functioning right now, is exhausting. But, knowing that you’re not alone and that there’s help available can make a big difference to how you feel about making the next, critical decision. That’s why we’re inviting charities to get in touch and book a free, heads together, online conversation with one of our Directors. It’s an opportunity to share your concerns and seek advice from an experienced friend in the industry, at a time when an objective perspective could be just what you need.

Understandably, UK grant makers have also been keen to reach out to charities and update them on new funding streams. Here’s a round-up of some of the headline statements.

Arts Council England

Last week the Arts Council launched its package of £160 million of emergency funding for individuals and organisations. Full details about who can benefit and what changes have been made to funding requirements, can be found here.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

In addition to pledging its continued support for UK charities, the Heritage Fund has also asking heritage sector organisations to complete a new online survey, to help gather information about the immediate and longer-term impact of Covid-19. You can find out more about the survey and what help is available from the Heritage Fund here.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The Fund has announced that all its decisions over the next six months will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. It has also pledged to accelerate the cash component of this funding as far as possible, so that money can get to where its needed, faster. Full details about how these decisions affect existing and future award holders can be found here.

Sport England

Also digging deep, Sport England has just announced a £195 million package to support the sport and physical activity sector. This includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, a £5 million pot for existing partners and an additional £55 million to support innovative ways of keeping people active during the current restrictions.  To find out whether you’re eligible for funding, click here.

Civil Society

Civil Society News has helpfully collated some of the new funding available from a wide range of grant makers, including the National Emergencies Trust and the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership. Details can be found here.

   

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