Government announce cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak

The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut food waste during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The Defra-funded grant scheme will be managed by sustainability not-for-profit WRAP, which works closely with governments, businesses, and redistribution organisations to minimise food waste.”

To find out more, please visit the GOV website here.

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Indigo Trust – Emergency grants

Indigo Trust is taking immediate action to more than double its annual expenditure to alleviate suffering from the COVID19 crisis.

They’re making three grants, totalling £2,500,000, to help alleviate immediate need at both a local and national level:

  • £1,000,000 to the Trussell Trust to support running foodbanks nationwide. Disruptions to supply chains, the impact of Covid-19 on volunteers and an anticipated rise in demand for their services as a result of economic hardship make these very difficult times for foodbanks up and down the country.
  • £1,000,000 to National Emergencies Trust to support their Coronavirus Appeal.The trust will disburse money through community foundations across the UK.
  • £500,000 to the Oxfordshire Community Foundation to re-grant to organisations most in need in the local area.

You can found out more at the Indigo Trust website here.

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The Leathersellers Company: Small Grants Programne

Deadline 11th May 2020

The Leahersellers Company have a small grant which is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. This fund can be useful for small projects or to cover unexpected costs.

The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

The fund is open to UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • Provision of food and essential supplies
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Nursing care to vulnerable patients

Click here for The Leathersellers Company Website.

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Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation: Coronavirus Response Fund

Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation aims to help alleviative poverty, improve health and save lives. The Coronavirus Response Fund will make donations between £250 – £2,000 to charities helping local communities to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

eligible organisations are:

  • Registered with the Charity Commission, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or the Scottish Charity Regulator
  • Beneficiaries in the UK

Click here for the website to find out more.

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Help Musicians: Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Help Musicians have launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund. This fund is specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

Eligible musicians can apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form.

This fund is for those musicians who are suffering significant financial hardship.

To find out more, visit the Help Musicians website here.

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New Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix, to help support the creative community, which has been devastated by the pandemic.

This fund will provide emergency short-term relief to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.

You can find out more on the BFI website here.

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Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support communities in need. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds to people in need quickly.

Applicants who are successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

The fund is to support organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. The fund will support organisations;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service to the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

For the website click here.

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Sport England: Community Emergency Fund

Sport England have released a new fund which will to deliver immediate funding to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Eligible organisations include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

To find out more, visit the Sport England website here

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Charitable Aid Foundation: Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Charitable Aid Foundation (CAF) have released a Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others 
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

To find out more visit the CAF website here.

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