COVID-19 support for VCFS groups

Support and advice for groups

NCVO Guidance and Resources (visit website)
Practical guidance with information to help organisations protect staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and handle financial and other impacts on your organisation.

NCVO Coronavirus and Governance (visit website)
What charity trustees need to think about.

NCVO Free Resources (visit website)
Free access to NCVO Knowhow practical guidance for all voluntary organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

NCVO/Bates Wells Webinar (visit website)
Coronavirus and your charity – key legal issues to consider:Free webinar covering governance, contracts, insurance, HR law, and the Coronavirus job retention scheme. Available watch on demand (register to view a recording).

Rehab4Addiction (visit website)
A useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bates Wells Coronavirus guidance pages (visit website)
Regular updates and news.

Charity Commission guidance (visit website)
Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Government information and guidance (visit website)
Covid-19 Support for Businesses

Good finance guide for navigating funding possibilities during Covid-19 (visit website)
Downloadable guide including a breakdown of the key developments regarding government support and how they apply to charities and social enterprise.

Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines (COVID-19) (visit website)
Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Charity Bank COVID-19 Resource Hub (visit website)
Regularly updated bank of news and resources and signposting to guidance on a wide range of issues including: Governance; Risk management; Legal; Data protection; HR; Fraud; Finance; Fundraising

Volunteering Matters (visit website)
Advice on Volunteering Safely including Covid-19 advice sheets on safer volunteering, risk assessments and more.

Guidance from funders for existing for grant holders

National Lottery Community Fund (visit website)
latest updates and FAQ’s for NLCF funded organisations and projects.

Children in Need (visit website)
FAQ’s for existing grant holders.

Comic Relief (visit website)
FAQ’s for existing grant holders.

Arts Council (visit website)
information for organisations and individuals already in receipt of Arts Council funding.

Emergency Funding

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund (visit website)
CAF has launched a rapid response to provide grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller (less than £1million income) registered and unregistered charitable organisations continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. They aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Lancashire Covid-19 Community Support Fund (visit website)
As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire, working with the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) and the National Emergencies Trust (NET), has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.

John Lewis & Waitrose Community Support Fund (visit website)
Launch of a £1m Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities. Keep an eye on their website for more details.

Arts Council (visit website)
emergency funding for organisations working in the cultural sector.

Other funding

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council funding portal (visit website)
You will need to sign up, but, once this simple process is done, you’ll have access to a wide variety of funding opportunities & information tailored to your organisation and the type of work you do.

Community Foundation for Lancashire (visit website)
have a list of other available funds.

Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner (visit website)
also offers grant funding.