This Week's Funding News wc 6th April 2020 (COVID-19 Special)

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COVID-19 Related Funds (OPEN)

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Coronavirus Community Fund has been continually widening its focus and is now offering grants of up to 10K for the following -  

  • Older people (aged over 50) 
  • Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing
  • Vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas, families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty
  • Children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums.  

Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to Covid-19.  Priority given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within their programme areas during this period.

A rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. Aims to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. 

This new fund has £500,000 to support those most at risk during the Coronavirus crisis.  Immediate micro-grants to community organisations helping those most affected by the outbreak, including the elderly, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.

Offering £100k of emergency funding for farming & rural community groups which are providing support during the COVID 19 crisis. Groups can apply for up to £2,500 of funding.  Applications close Wednesday 15th April.   

A new short-term fund to support local communities with a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.  Provides single payment awards of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups.

Communities across Mid and East Antrim will now be able to access critical financial support during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic situation after Council agreed a funding lifeline of £100,000 for community groups working to mitiigate the crisis for vulnerable groups. To qualify for a grant of up to £1000 under this Scheme, applicants must be formally constituted with a current committee and based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.

Halifax Foundation NI are focusing on their small and medium grants over the coming months in direct response to COVID-19. The Large and Special Initiatives grants will be put on hold for now due to the activity based nature of these programmes, to be awarded at a later date. Now inviting applications from charities and constituted groups that focus on supporting the community at this time, with faster turnaround.


COVID-19 Related Funds (COMING SOON)

Will be making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Guidelines for applications will be coming soon here

The social lender is to release more details about its Emergency Liquidity Facility next week, and has asked the culture secretary for financial support

Details of the fund to be confirmed

Details of scheme to be confirmed, but will support individual artists and institutions to ‘enable them to present work in new and innovative ways in the current climate, helping combat social isolation and wellbeing challenges’, working with Arts Council NI.

Name and details to be confirmed.  See - Communities Minister has asked DfC officials to ‘work with Sport NI to develop a programme launch in early April to provide initial emergency financial relief to ensure that grassroots sports organisations can continue to function and provide the support that they have done to date’

Advance funding of £280,000 to support community led responses to assist the most Local Community Planning, neighbourhood renewal groups, rural networks and the community-based volunteer initiatives that have emerged.

Agreed advance funding of £16,000 to support community led responses to assist the most vulnerable as the Coronavirus pandemic continues   


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