Find out below about changes funders are making in relation to Coronavirus, including extended application deadlines and relaxed reporting requirements. Further information will be added here as we hear about it.
National Lottery Guidance
The National Lottery Community Fund have published a list of Frequently Asked Questions for current grant holders packed full of information on how the coronavirus may impact their ability to carry out projects and report on outcomes. For more information see National Lottery Support
Statement from Dawn Austwick CEO National Lottery Community Fund
Emergency Fund for Rough Sleepers
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding will be available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them to self-isolate. It is in addition to the £492 million committed in 2020 to 2021 to support the government’s ambition to end rough sleeping. This initial emergency response funding will ensure rapid support is offered to people who are unable to self-isolate, such as those staying in night shelters or assessment hubs, as well as people who are currently sleeping rough. Local authorities will claim costs incurred from government. Each local authority will be notified as to the provisional maximum amount it is entitled to claim back, which is calculated based on the number of rough sleepers reported in the Autumn 2019 snapshot.
Humber Learning Consortium Community Grant
In light of the Coronavirus threat, Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) have reluctantly decided to postpone their current Humber and East Riding Community Grants launch round until further notice. They have also given guidance to current recipients of funding from them on how to manage their outcomes and reporting during this time. HLC further guidance
The National Emergencies Trust
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) are launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. The fundraising appeal administration will be run by The British Red Cross on behalf of the NET. The National Emergencies Trust will work with community foundations to ensure the money reaches local charities which will be able to help most people. More information on how to apply will be released from 23rd March 2020. For further information click here
Advice from the Fundraising Regulator
The Funding Regulator has given the following advice for groups around fundraising during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that charities and fundraising organisations will be working in a challenging and changing environment. We know that many organisations will be making complex decisions, not only about their fundraising activity but what that means for future income generation and the important work they do. As is often the case, there may not always be a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ decision. We therefore encourage fundraising organisations to weigh up the benefits and risks of their ongoing fundraising activities and exercise judgement when deciding what is in the best interests of their beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and the public. You should keep up-to-date with official information provided by the government that may affect your fundraising activity and prepare to review or stop your activity at short notice. You should ensure that any fundraising you continue to carry out (or decide to begin as a result of the changing situation) is legal, respectful, open and honest.
Following the government’s advice on social distancing, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Fundraising Regulator advise all charities to reflect seriously on whether to continue public, house-to-house or private-site fundraising for collections of cash or goods, due to the increased health risk to the population at large, as well as to fundraisers and volunteers. A thorough risk assessment should be carried out, and any decision to continue public fundraising should be documented and made at the most senior level. Brief your fundraising team on what you want them to do in the event that their work is halted at short notice. For example, if a location is closed while they are present, they will need to keep cash secure until it can be banked. Check that your fundraising plans remain legal and in line with the fundraising standards. For example, if you have a licence for a lottery draw on a particular date, will the licencing authority allow a postponement?
You might need to adjust your organisation’s fundraising practices to be able to continue fundraising operations, for example if fundraisers are home working. If you intend to carry out direct marketing by telephone, email, text message or post, you must consider the following:
Remind all fundraisers to keep to the principles set out in Section 1 of the Code of Fundraising Practice. In particular, fundraisers should be mindful that their behaviour is respectful and does not apply undue pressure, as people may be feeling unusually anxious at this time.
Make sure you meet all standards in the Code of Fundraising Practice which relate to processing personal data. These can be found in Section 3. Other relevant sections of the code include:
- Section 9: Fundraising communications and advertisments
- Section 10: Digital
- Section 4: Processing donations (if you need to adjust any payment processes)
The ICO has released new data protection guidance to help organisations remain compliant with data requirements. Ensure your data protection officers are also up-to-date with this guidance.
Observe any communication preferences that the individual has indicated to your organisation directly or via the Fundraising Preference Service.
You should make decisions to cancel or postpone your event on a case-by-case basis, and factor this advice in to the decisions you make. Decisions will depend on your personal circumstances, for example if your event includes people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 or if the event involves international travel.
Make sure you have a way of contacting participants, volunteers and spectators to be certain they are aware of any changes to your event. Keep your databases and communications channels up-to-date so that you can contact people, and broadcast more widely, such as through social media, as appropriate.
If your event is cancelled you may need to refund donations made to it. Whether or not you need to will depend on the conditions under which the donation was made. For example, if money was donated on the condition that the fundraiser completes a marathon, donors should be asked if they are happy for funds to go to your organisation anyway, or if they want a refund. If there was no condition attached, for example the fundraising was carried out alongside someone’s marathon effort but without a condition of completion, then refunds may not need to be made.
If the donations have already reached your charity, you may need permission from either the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or OSCR in Scotland, to issue a refund. You can find out more in Section 2.3 of the code.
Section 11 (Events) of the code includes a section on event cancellation and contingency plans, including the possibility of refunding donations.
If your event is postponed instead of cancelled, you should be clear with participants about the new arrangements. You’ll need to have things in place to work with people who can’t attend the new date, including refunding entry fees or offering alternative event entries as necessary.
If your charity receives donations via online fundraising platforms, you should review their terms and conditions to establish what donors were told about refunds at the time of donating and what expectations they have set.
If events do go ahead, it is essential that you put in measures that meet current government advice for organisations on preventing the spread of the virus. There is further advice from NCVO and the Institute of Fundraising.
If you need to cancel overseas events, you’ll need to know where you stand if you have paid up front for trips. Section 11.11 of the code sets out the key considerations, and make sure you keep in touch with the company organising challenge events on your behalf.
You should also review insurance policies you have for your events to make sure that, aside from the appropriate levels of insurance on the day, you have cover in the event of cancellation or postponement. Full fundraising code
SUSPENDED: Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants:
Community groups will now have to wait until the situation with the coronavirus/COVID-19 improves to apply for funding to support community projects that actively promote a healthy heart or help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities in the UK. Due to the current situation with coronavirus/COVID-19 the Subway and Heart Research Healthy Heart Grants are postponed, and no further grant applications will be accepted until further notice. The funder hopes to reschedule these grants later in the year.
SUSPENDED: More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme:
Community groups that were planning to apply for funding to take on the ownership of their local pub will now have to wait until the situation with the coronavirus improves. The programme has been paused in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, and it is anticipated that it will remain closed until ‘after the virus’ has passed. Power to Change advises that when the programme opens again, it will be with new guidance. Any applicant part way through the application process will be considered for Power to Change support and should get in touch with the Plunkett Foundation to discuss their application.
Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities:
On Wednesday 8th April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that frontline charities will receive £750 million emergency funding. This will support charities of all sizes to support vulnerable people in the communities worst hit by the pandemic. This additional funding is broken down into three groups:
£360 million direct from government departments
- hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
- St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
- victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
- vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
- Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time
Tracey Bleakley, CEO from national charity Hospice UK, said:
Hospice UK is delighted that the Government is providing up to £200 million of funding per quarter to hospices to help support the NHS.
£370 million for smaller charities through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England.
This funding will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice
Dawn Austwick, CEO of The National Lottery Community Fund, responded to the new announcement:
We are now urgently discussing with government details of how the funding will be made available and will provide further information as soon as we are able to do so.
A minimum £20 million contribution to the National Emergencies Trust
This is part of the ‘BBC’s Big Night In’ fundraiser which will be televised on the 23rd April 2020. The Government will match fund the amount donated by the public. The National Emergencies Trust have collaborated with the British Red Cross in order to support local charities that are supporting individuals in communities that are worst hit by this pandemic and are in desperate need. This can be claimed by tens of thousands of charities by completing a simple application (((LINK)))) and will ensure that the increased demand of vital services is maintained from the direct cash grants in the coming weeks. No date has been specified but Hull CVS will update this information as soon as this it is released.
This builds on previous announcements by the Chancellor to support charities and businesses, including deferring their VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders:
The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders are charities, community organisations and social enterprises which receive public funding to deliver policy outcomes, which are set out by each grant holder in their application. The government has confirmed that The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant holders are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) so long as:
- They are not primarily funded by the government, and their staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response
- They do not already receive public funding that is explicitly designed to cover the staff costs for which they are now claiming*, and
- The combined total of their grants and Job Retention Scheme payments should not represent more than 100% of the level of total income they would have expected to receive for salaries and associated salary costs during this period in a non-COVID scenario (for the avoidance of doubt, this includes earned and contributed income).
The National Lottery Community Fund will allow grant holders to vary their grants which had been allocated to paying for staff who are eligible for the CJRS, in order to enable them to allocate funding to other essential activities in order to support communities and ensure continued liquidity. We will ask all organisations who have applied to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and who are existing grant holders, to confirm that:
They are not primarily funded by the government, and the staff being considered for the CJRS cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, and
They are not using this and government funds to double fund the salaries of furloughed employees, and
That the payments they receive as a result of the Job Retention Scheme do not combine with their existing and anticipated public funding to mean that they are now receiving total public funding that exceeds their anticipated level of income to cover salaries and associated salary costs for this period
written confirmation will be added as a condition for their next grant payment.
The National Lottery Community Fund encourages all charities, community organisations and social enterprises, whether or not they are grant holders, to consider whether an application to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be a way to mitigate some of the challenges posed by the current situation. Organisations should refer to the government’s published guidance
Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown:
A new public campaign launched by Culture Secretary to get people talking openly about loneliness. Oliver Dowden has announced that loneliness is to be a priority category of a £750 million charity funding package. Plans include:
- A guaranteed £5 million boost for national loneliness organisations leading the charge
- Government published guidance on supporting yourself and others safely
- Loneliness charities including Age UK will be supported to work with NHS Volunteer Responders in their communities
- A network of high-profile charities, businesses and public figures to join ‘Tackling Loneliness Network’ formed by Government to help connect groups at risk of isolation.
For more information go to the Government webpage
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments:
This guidance sets out the main messages for individuals and organisations that can support planning, and help slow the transmission of the coronavirus as the outbreak progresses across the country. It’s accompanied by a Q&A, mostly aimed at direct payment holders, that directly responds to questions and concerns previously raised by direct payment holders, personal assistants, and charities and organisations that support them. For more information click here.
Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic:
An unprecedented £76?million package of support to ensure the most vulnerable in society get the support they need during the pandemic was announced by Communities Secretary Robert?Jenrick?on 2nd May. This funding will support survivors of?domestic abuse, sexual violence and modern slavery?as well as ensuring vulnerable children and young people continue to get the help they need. A change to the rules will also mean that those fleeing domestic abuse and facing homelessness as a result will be automatically considered as priority by their council for housing – ensuring more survivors of domestic abuse have access to a safe home. They recognise that front line charities have struggled to continue some of their work during the pandemic and at the same time, there may be increased risks?for people trapped in abusive or exploitative situations It is right that these vulnerable people get access to the help they need, which will include additional support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and more safe spaces and accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. This funding will also help front line charities to be able to offer different ways of supporting those in need, including through virtual or telephone-based services, as well as providing direct support to families of disabled children through the provision of goods including household appliances and sensory toys. For more information click here.
The Scurrah Wainwright Charity:
The Scurrah Wainwright Charity have released the following statement about their funding changes because of the coronavirus outbreak:
Owing to the situation created by Covid-19, trustees are cancelling their July meeting. The May application deadline is therefore also cancelled. A contribution has been made to Yorkshire-wide support for charities during the crisis. Trustees hope to meet again in late September and again in November. Further details will be posted here when they are known.
BBC Children in Need:
In response to the coronavirus, BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. From the 18th May 2020 current grant-holders will be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period through the Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme. From the 8th June registered not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply to the Covid-19 Large Grants programme for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month period. Details on both funds will be made available shortly.
Hull City Council launches new Business Grant Fund:
Hull City Council is launching a new business grant fund to help businesses that may have missed out on previous support during the coronavirus pandemic. The Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund is to help small businesses and charities not eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund. An online application form will go live on Thursday 21 May at 10am. The fund will allow small businesses and charities that have suffered loss of income due to Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £10,000. The discretionary fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. It will prioritise businesses including those in shared or flexible workspaces without their own business rates assessment, such as those in units in industrial parks and business centres. Regular market traders with fixed building costs are also eligible, as are small charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief.
Bed and breakfasts eligible to pay council tax rather than business rates can also apply for the grants. Other small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and which missed out on the earlier schemes can also apply. This scheme is limited to one grant per business. Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “The council has already distributed more than £40 million to support thousands of businesses in Hull. The two earlier rates-related grants were based on having a business rates assessment, which unfortunately excluded a number of businesses from accessing grant support. “Although the top-up funding provided for this new scheme is more modest, it could provide a lifeline for those businesses that are not eligible for the existing schemes. “The council has chosen to award the grant at a maximum level of £10,000 per grant to maximise the number of businesses which can be supported. In many cases, the grant, if awarded, will be under £10,000. “The level of the award will be determined in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with national and local criteria.” Apply for the Hull Business Discretionary Grant and find more details here.
Government releases £150m from dormant assets to support charity coronavirus response:
The Government is unlocking £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts to support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery. The funding will support work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help provide fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances. For more information click here.
*We cannot advise organisations on eligibility for the government’s scheme. We provide project funding for organisations which would normally include a proportion of salary costs.
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