On this page we will be providing both information produced in house as well as links to information and analysis produced by partners. This page is updated regularly. If you come across anything which you think could be usefully added to this page do get in touch. The first of our briefings for grantholders is on furloughing/Coronavirus job retention scheme.
Helpful resources for the voluntary sector:
- Free COVID-19 funder database: To access it, register on the Charity Excellence Framework website. This also allows use of a ‘health check’ assessment and access to a huge resource base, including the four charity COVID-19 toolkits.
- Guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic from NCVO. The HR consultancy Croner, an NCVO Trusted Supplier, are specialists in HR and employment law. In response to COVID-19, they are now offering unlimited access to their HR and Employment Law helpline to all voluntary sector organisations, free of charge.
- Spark & Co – an organisation that runs community events for women – has created a resource hub for BAME groups, which have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. In it, you will find curated links to organisations and information designed to help those from BAME backgrounds.
- Social Enterprise UK: Coronavirus Support and Resources
- Take a look at Charity Bank’s resource hub. Resources for both social enterprises and charities.
- The government launched a page which lists all government resources available to the VCSE sector, including grants and other schemes (such as the job retention) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-support-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-vcse-organisations-to-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19
- This toolkit by NPC pulls together all the resources they think will be useful in a charity’s response to COVID-19 right now, and over the coming months.
- Criminal justice voluntary sector organisation CLINKS is providing regular updates on the impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. It is also compiling a fortnightly survey to help track its impact. Find out more.
- Useful updates from Howard League: https://howardleague.org/our-response-to-covid-19-and-prisons/ and from Prison Reform Trust: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/PressPolicy/News/Coronavirus
- http://criminaljusticealliance.org/ for briefings and info on impact of COVID on the CJS.
- Grants between £30,000 and £60,000 are available for specialist voluntary organisations providing gender-specific services for women in the criminal justice system across England and Wales – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-boost-to-steer-more-women-away-from-crime
- Standard Life Foundation launched a coronavirus national financial impact tracker on 8 April which will monitor the economic effects of the pandemic, as well as the support offered from the government, on people’s finances.
- CPAG has launched a weekly briefing which will highlight some of the gaps in income support that exist for children and families affected by COVID-19.
- Good Finance have put together a COVID-19 Resource Hub to support Charities and Social Enterprises.
- This Tortoise Media analysis uses data to examine how the pandemic is affecting spending differently in cities/regions.
- How to talk about human rights during COVID-19
- We Belong has received emergency funding to aid young migrants who face financial difficulties in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is solely for non-EEA young migrants, aged 16-25 currently living in the UK. Applicants do not have to be part of the We Belong network, but must demonstrate a need for funding. More info and to apply.
- Commissioned by Migration Exchange, ‘Taking Stock and Facing the Future’ is “the most comprehensive assessment of the sector ever conducted”. Initially planned for publication in July 2020, it has been released to inform the responses to the changes and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a detailed profile of the sector and the current funding landscape, including an analysis of the sector’s income, resource allocation, capacity, financial resilience, geographical spread and focus of work.
- This Coronavirus Asylum Handbook from Refugee Action contains frontline organisations’ approaches to adapting their services in response to Coronavirus.
Funding and support
- Arts Council England has announced £160 million emergency funding for individuals and organisations. Charity Excellence Framework has listed over 250 sources of emergency funding for charities.
- £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been launched from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust to help small and medium sized charities with the funding crisis as a result of #Covid19. We are welcoming applications from charities across the UK who fulfil the criteria. More information is on juliahansrausingtrust.org
- National Emergencies Trust has launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who are supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. This funding is being distributed through local community foundations.
- The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to eligible charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are now open.
- The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.
- Clinks are distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time. Organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 can apply for an average grant of £3,000 – £5,000. Find out more and apply here.
- Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund will provide grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. There’s no deadline: we’re considering applications on a rolling basis from 5pm on 5th June. Apply here: http://rosauk.org/funds/rosas-covid-19-response-fund-small-grants/
- The Digital Freedom Fund has announced the launch of the COVID-19 Litigation Fund. The Fund supports “rapid response” strategic cases challenging digital rights violations committed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline 30 Sept.
- We Belong has received emergency funding to aid young migrants who face financial difficulties in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is solely for non-EEA young migrants, aged 16-25 currently living in the UK. Applicants do not have to be part of the We Belong network, but must demonstrate a need for funding. Funding now closed more info on when new round will open.
Communications help and guidance:
- Tech firms offering free remote working tools
- Charity Digital Code provide a range of guides on digital working, including resources for delivering services digitally.
- Digital Candle are offering charities a free one hour call with a digital expert to help people navigate remote working, locate tools to support communities, and consider other tech solutions.
- Collection of COVID-19/ crisis communications best practices
- Suggestions on framing