The National Emergencies Trust
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is helping charities and groups support some of society’s most vulnerable people in the UK throughout the outbreak. Support is available for charities working for a range of crisis response causes including (but not exclusive to) groups who provide:
- Emergency food supplies
- Medicine supplies
- Mental health support
- Help for the homeless
- Support for victims of domestic abuse
The areas of support are constantly changing as the needs of the community change. Grants sizes range between £1,000 and £10,000.
You do not need to be a registered charity to apply for the funding.
The NET is working with UK Community Foundations (UKCF) who will distribute the money. UKCF are a national network of community foundations who invest in local charities and groups. There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England.
This funding is available for local and national organisations.
The application process is very simple and designed to support organisations as fast as possible.
- Find your nearest community foundation here: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network
- Contact your local community foundation by phone to check you are eligible and apply
Government Funding via the National Lottery
Funding support has been made available from the Government for groups supporting communities during this pandemic. The money is being distributed by the National Lottery.
It is aimed at small and medium-sized organisations, and they are prioritising the following groups:
- Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. BAME communities)
- Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. homeless support, domestic abuse support)
- Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.
Despite the lottery offering some of their own money, you can specifically state that you are only able to accept government funding.
There is high demand so please apply as soon as possible. Funding is allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Click the link to find out more and apply: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england
Other COVID-19 funding sources can be found here:
NCVO: a comprehensive list of opportunities https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/coronavirus/contingency-planning-and-financial-implications#section-5
Charity Bank: a regularly updated list
https://charitybank.org/news/covid-19-emergency-funding-for-charities-and-social-sector-organisations London Funders: grants of up to £50k available https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/
MIND: grants of £20k or £50k available or groups to continue providing mental health services during COVID-19
Neighbourly Community Fund: grants of up to £400 available to support causes that are helping communities affected by COVID-19