Update from the Office for Civil Society

Update from the Office for Civil Society
21st May 2020 c360admin

As part of keeping civil society stakeholders informed of the Government’s response to Covid-19 and support to the sector, the Office for Civil Society will continue to update on relevant key issues for the sector. Below are 5 updates.

1. Update on Government Covid-19 funding for civil society organisations

The funding opportunities set out in this section are part of the £750m civil society support package announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8 April. As part of this package, £360m is being directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. This includes £200m which was designated for hospices.

Departments are taking a range of approaches to getting funding to charities to meet the community needs they have identified as quickly as possible. Some funding will be provided directly to organisations departments already work in partnership with, and several departments are running grants processes themselves or with partners.

The section below sets out all the new funds that are available through this support package so far. It is not an exhaustive list of all Government funding opportunities, nor does it include funding available through partners such as the National Lottery Community Fund, Comic Relief, Children in Need, the National Emergencies Trust. There will be a further newsletter update at the end of next week.

2. Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

The Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government has received £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

The fund will help ensure that:

  • Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bed spaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
  • Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.

They are inviting domestic abuse safe accommodation providers within England to apply and encourage applications from consortiums of service provider partners.

The deadline for applications is 21 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.
3. Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food to those who need it.

The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000, up to a maximum of £100,000. If you receive food from the FareShare network, you are still eligible to apply for this grant. Your grant application should be for the additional food you need to support the increase in demand to your services as a result of Covid-19.

The deadline for applications is 6 July 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.


4. Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund

As part of the Government’s plan to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus lockdown, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £5 million to fund national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections.

The objectives of this fund are to:

  • provide effective, targeted relief for those most at risk of loneliness because of Covid-19.
  • contribute to the evidence base on Covid-19 and loneliness.

This fund will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 29 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.

5. Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has received £6 million for emergency funding to homelessness charities. This fund will be delivered through Homeless Link.

The Fund aims to provide financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, at a time when many are at risk of having to cut services and staff or close altogether due to increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income caused by the pandemic.

Homeless Link will offer grants to frontline organisations where more than half of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £5 million.

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.
Further information and details of how to apply are available here.