Funding, support and information for charities:
UK Government guidance to manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus
NCVO’s Funding Central platform also has information to support finding and applying for grants.
More details have been release for charities in England to apply to the National Lottery Community Fund (information and criteria here). Applications must be received by 12 noon on 17 August 2020.
How to apply for emergency funding in England:
- If you need between £300 and £10,000 – apply for under £10,000
- If you need over £10,000 – apply for over £10,000
- If you’re working in partnership with other organisations and need over £10,000 – apply for over £10,000 as a partnership
A Charity Survival Fund has been set up by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year. The fund is open to UK registered charities that:
- Have a beneficial area within the UK
- Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
- Have annual income below £5m
- Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
- Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust
A new wave of funding has been announced from the London Community Response. Charities can apply for up to £50,000.
Three types of grants are available; crisis, enable and adapt. Through all their funding programmes priority is being given to: Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis; Strong connections – groups who reach and connect with people at high risk of negative impacts from Covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year as well as grassroots and much smaller groups too.
Applications will be considered in the order they are received. They expect to stop taking applications by the end of July – a final deadline will be published on their website with at least one week’s notice before closing.
Resources and guidance for Charities
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector has been produced by HM Government to help charities with governance and funding issues during Covid-19.
NCVO have collated a very broad range of advice and links, including on protecting staff and volunteers, developing a contingency plan, and advice from charities that support people with health conditions that could place them at greater risk of developing more serious symptoms (including Diabetes UK, Asthma UK and The British Heart Foundation).
OSCR, the Scottish Charities Regulartor have published guidance here.
Charity Digital have prepared suggestions for charities’ communications related to coronavirus.
Posters and digital content is available to download from Public Health England.
Bates Wells have prepared some summary information on various legal implications for organisations
Charity Commission Guidance on Risk Management
The Institute of Fundraising also have advice for charities and plan to regular update this page.
As in-person fundraising is not possible at this time, these resources on online crowd funding and digital fundraising may support charities considering finding or expanding alternative ways to raise funds for their work:
- Charity Digital’s guide to the best online fundraising platforms for charities
- The Good Exchange – “Digital technology that brings multiple grants, donations and fundraising activities together and instantly matches the grant makers and donors that have money to give, with the charities and community groups that need money is where it starts.”
- Funraisin are offering free virtual, social and DIY fundraising site-packages to keep your fundraisers fundraising
- Crowdfunder have made their platform 100% free for charities during the coronavirus crisis
- Give as you live – platform that raises funds through online searching and online shopping
- Amazon Smile – “a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.co.uk The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases”
A group of London funders and foundations have issued this joint letter. Even if you don’t receive funding from those featured, there are approaches and assurances here you could seek from your major funders.
About the jlc community portal
The JLC connects and coordinates the Jewish charitable sector, strengthens and supports leadership across our community, and magnifies and amplifies the collective voice of our member organisations. Now is the time for cooperation and collective responsibility.
Working alongside the Board of Deputies at the beginning of the pandemic, the JLC regularly brought together CEOs from over 60 organisations. Our teams have been working with many more parts of the community every day during this crisis.
This portal is a development of that work, collating advice, resources and access to communal life online, in one place, for everyone across the Jewish community.
For more information on the JLC, visit our website at www.thejlc.org