Community Chest - VCS Skills and Employability Fund

The fund has been established to support VCS organisations delivering support to the skills and employability sector to adapt their services to new digital delivery demands, and address digital exclusion on service users. 

This following list identifies examples but is not exclusive, and innovative proposals which meet the specification are invited. 

  • Digital conversion of existing learning and support packages
  • New, or development of, software packages
  • Webinar packages
  • Online support platforms delivering guided and advice
  • Consultancy or advice for design of products
  • Costs of increasing social media communications. 
  • Cost of IT equipment to enable digital learning and support delivery packages
  • Delivery costs of IT skills training and support
  • Cost of equipment for participants to access services (e.g. tablets, laptops, iphones etc.)
  • Data or broadband costs (This may include an increase of data allowance for participants to access services through smart phones or other devices).

Minimum Grant £2,000, Maximum Grant £10,000 with no match funding required.

Closing date 30th June 2020

Visit the NCC website for more details.

Discretionary Grant Fund

In order to benefit the maximum number of eligible small businesses, applications have reopened for a second phase, with applications invited from the following categories of business:

  • Serviced B&Bs with 3 bed spaces and above and which pay Council Tax instead of business rates (not self-catering properties or Airbnb);
  • Small charities in receipt of charitable rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief;
  • Hotels and pubs with a rateable value which is more than £51,000.

Applications for these categories will open on Friday 19 June and close at midnight on Sunday 28 June 2020.

Visit the NCC website to apply.


The Great Get Together are looking for projects that build virtual connections in local communities in creative and innovative ways. Organisations can apply for up to £1000. Facebook will also offer a package of digital support, including mentoring help to enable organisations to fully optimise their use of the platform. 

Grants will be awarded to projects that take place virtually, and applications can be for technology costs (either hardware or software), for project costs (including staff time and other resources) or for training costs (including those that support those who are not currently digitally engaged). 

Organisations applying must have a formally recognised structure, and have previously been engaged with the Great Get Together, the Jo Cox Foundation or the More in Common network. The activities detailed in the application can take place at any point between July – December 2020. 

Application deadline: Applications must be received by midnight on Sunday 12 July. 

Timeline: Application can be made for projects that will take place between July and December 2020.

More information is available on the Great Get Together website.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Donations are made to registered charities which support children, those seriously ill, as well as elderly, homeless and disabled people.

The Charitable Foundation has two priority areas:

  1. Alleviating poverty
  2. Improving health / saving lives

The Charitable Foundation supports these priorities by making donations of up to £2,000 to UK registered charities, recommended by the Society’s members and colleagues.

Deadlines for applications are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December annually. Applications are currently being accepted and you can nominate a charity here


Government COVID-19 Funds for the VCSE

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding is being distributed via different bodies and this information has been pulled together on one webpage which can be viewed here.