National Lottery Awards

Deadline 19th August 2020

Annual awards scheme celebrating the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and the difference they have made to people’s lives. The awards recognise the dedication and commitment of people across the UK who use Lottery funding to improve the environment around them.

The winner in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a National Lottery Awards trophy.

Award categories:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Heritage
  • Community/Charity
  • Young Hero (under 18s)

Click here for more information.

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NELC: Rolling out new recycling bins

The release has been published on the 8th July and NELC want to let people know what is happening as it will be a change for the communities a lot of the local groups work with.

They’re encouraging people to sign up for email updates at:

Anyone who currently has an assisted collection will see it continue as normal with the new service. People can request an assisted collection at

At the end of the release is a downloadable copy of the letter they’re sending to all households next week and the instruction booklet that will be delivered with the new bins.

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£1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions

Government press release on cultural and heritage organisations to be protected with £1.57 billion support package.

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed. Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Click here for the full press release.

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Spring Impact – Scale Accelerator

Deadline 12th August 2020

Scale Accelerator is a fully funded 6-month Accelerator Programme for UK based charities and social enterprises who are ambitious about impact.

The programme aims to helps organisations to maximise their impact on people’s lives by offering £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, organisations get access to a dedicated team of expert consultants and join a small group of other organisations on a similar journey. 

To find out more, click here.

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Sport England – Workforce

Sport England has published some new guidance to help sport and recreation volunteers feel supported and able to volunteer safely as and when coronavirus restrictions are eased.

The following guidance sets out what organisations need to do to support their activities, how they will benefit from thinking differently and the reasonable steps they should take to protect the health and safety of all those involved in their activity.

Click here for the Sport England guidance.

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The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Charity Survival Fund

Deadline 27th July 2020

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have set up a fund ‘The Charity Survival Fund’ in response to ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. The £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

to find out more, please click here.

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CivilSociety: Culture sector gets £1.5bn rescue package after charities warn of closure

Article by CivilSociety:

Britain’s arts, culture, and heritage industries will receive a £1.57bn rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government has announced.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said: “This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.”

This package includes a £1.15bn support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270m of repayable finance and £880m grants.

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Lincolnshire Better Business for All

Trading Standards in Lincolnshire has produced this toolkit.

Lincolnshire Better Business for All Toolkit of resources is to help businesses become COVID-secure, resume trading safely and protect staff and customers as lockdown is eased.  

This toolkit aims to provide businesses with the information needed about their regulatory and legal responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will make it quicker and easier for you to locate the information needed to restart business safely, rather than having to visit lots of different websites and organisations in order to locate the advice and guidance relevant to a particular question.

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Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts

Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations call for more charities to join programme to release charity money, as future funding announced by DCMS

Future funding is today (3rd July 2020) announced for a programme that takes funds lying dormant in the accounts of inactive or ineffective charities and puts them to good use. The programme is managed by the Charity Commission and the charity UKCF, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Click here for the full press release.

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