Northumberland County Council - Members Small Grant Scheme

Northumberland County Council has announced it is taking new steps to help county councillors to provide Covid related support in their communities.  

The council is expanding the remit of the Members Small Grant Scheme and other grants to enable all county councillors to support local Town and Parish Councils, as well as community groups, with specific grants for Covid related financial support.  

The grants will assist recipient organisations to help families who need support. There will be a range of options which may include food parcels and/or food purchases through the use of vouchers. 

The maximum amount of the grant will be £2,000.

Only county councillors will be able to apply for this grant through the Members Small Grant Scheme.

You can find contact details for your County Councillor here.

Community Foundation - National Emergency Trust

The Community Foundation are calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Vulnerable means:

  • The elderly (70+)
  • People with pre-existing health conditions

Organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement can also be supported.

The Community Foundation are keen to help organisations working with BAME communities and others who may be disproportionately affected by the outbreak in other ways e.g. because they are already facing prejudice and discrimination or are being poorly served by ‘mainstream’ services.

In addition to the main fund, there is additional funding available from the Co-op for projects that address food poverty. If you have a food related project you have a better chance of securing funding if you apply by the Co-op's deadline of 13th November. The main fund is a rolling programme with no specific deadline.

Grants are available from £1000 to £10,000

Full details are available on the Community Foundation's website

CAF Resilience Fund

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.

Both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, can apply for the CAF Resilience Fund.

This fund will initially distribute £20 million made up of grants ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19.

The amount of grant awarded to a charitable organisation will be based on the reasons behind the request for help and the organisation’s annual income before the pandemic hit. Charities applying must be based in the UK and deliver their services in England, and must be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021.

The causes and communities that the fund aims to help include:

  • People living in poverty
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • Children and young people
  • People with physical or learning disabilities 
  • People experiencing mental health conditions
  • Older people 
  • Communities facing health inequalities
  • Patient groups with unmet health needs (physical or mental)
  • People facing domestic or other abuse
  • Unemployed people
  • Homeless people
  • People experiencing loneliness and isolation
  • People pushed into crisis because of Covid-19
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Other vulnerable people or communities

The CAF Resilience Fund is supported by DCMS and ABI specifically to reach the most under-represented and vulnerable groups in England.

Deadline 10th November.

Full details on CAF's website.

Sport England - Return to Play

There are three parts to this new fund - Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended - with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

Small Grants
This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Community Asset Fund
This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Active Together
Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m. With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

Crowdfund North of Tyne

Crowdfund North of Tyne gives inspired people in our patch the opportunity to create create and fund projects which celebrate and improve our local areas.

If you missed the launch of the crowdfunding programme on the 1st of Oct, recording of the session is available here, (password yk*^13M7), and the slides from the session here.

The Crowdfund North of Tyne crowdfunding programme is running an Autumn 2020 funding round with a deadline of the 3rd of November to get involved. Along with pledges from your local community, there is an opportunity to get up to £5,000 from the North of Tyne Combined Authority towards your crowdfunding campaign.

Full details are available here.