Government Covid-19 Funding

Community Match Challenge – closes 31 August

£90m of the government’s £750m VCSE sector support package is being made available to launch the Community Match Challenge. Funds raised through selected coronavirus charity campaigns will be matched pound-for-pound. Minimum bid £1m, target £5m – £20m. Joint applications accepted.

Get the details from the .gov website.

£105 million to keep rough sleepers safe and off the streets during coronavirus pandemic

Interim housing is to be provided for thousands of rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic. The additional £105 million will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation. Read the full press release.

COVID Summer Food Fund

Established to support children, over the summer holiday period, who usually receive free school meals. Schools can offer £90 voucher to cover the six-week holiday period, or £105 if the holiday lasts seven full weeks.

Read the full guidance for schools and local authorities on the government website.


The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) package for debt advice providers

An extra £37.8 million support package will be available to debt advice providers this year (20-21) so they can continue to provide essential services to help more people who are struggling with their finances due to coronavirus, minsters have announced.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), will oversee the allocation of the funds, including to charities, for debt advice and other money guidance services.

MaPS will set out the process for allocating funds in the coming weeks. When they do, details will be available on the Money and Pensions Service website.


Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. Maximum loan £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.

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Discretionary Business Grants

Liverpool’s Covid-19 Discretionary Business Grants Scheme uses a fund given to Liverpool City Council (LCC) by government.

LCC will use it to award grants to small or ‘micro’ businesses and charities that do not already qualify for any of the following:

  • Small Business Grant
  • Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

For details of the grant criteria and to apply, visit the Liverpool City Council website.


Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.

This comprises:

  • £360 million from individual government departments to charities in England based on evidence of service need. Of this £200 million is to directly support hospices
  • £310 million for smaller, local VCSEs working with vulnerable people in England, including £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund will be distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund
  • £60 million in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support thousands of charities on the frontline helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19
  • £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and individuals
  • Match funding the generous public donations to the BBC Big Night In. The latest fundraising total is over £35 million. The first £20 million of match funding went to the National Emergencies Trust appeal for smaller, local VCSEs. The 47 local Community Foundations across the UK, including Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland will then grant funding to eligible organisations within their community. Match funding above the first £20 million is split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.

Available funds and how to apply for them:

  • Coronavirus Community Support Fund – £200 million for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund
  • Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme – £3.45 million to provide immediate support to keep food charities and front-line food aid charities open and supporting the vulnerable. Part of a £16 million Provide Meals for those in Need package. Closes 6 July
  • Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund – closed 21 May
  • Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund – £5 million for national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections – closes 29 May
  • Zoos Support Fund – £14 million Covid-19 support fund for zoos and aquariums – closes 19 July

Details of all of the above are available on this page of the Government’s website.


Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic

In addition to the above, the Communities Secretary has announced £76 million extra funding to support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and vulnerable children and their families and victims of modern slavery.

This comprises:

  • Vulnerable children: A total of £34.15 million will support work to safeguard vulnerable children including children with disabilities, those who are critically ill, care leavers and children in the early years. Funding will also allow charities to offer support services in new ways, using remote working and technology solutions, for example, to help tackle criminal threats and mitigate the risks to vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Domestic abuse survivors: The announcement includes £28 million to help survivors of domestic abuse and their children by providing more safe spaces, accommodation and access to support services during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Survivors of sexual violence: £10 million has been announced to support victims of sexual violence access advice and support, through the funding of technology to enable charities to offer services remotely. A further £3 million per annum until 2022 will also be invested in the recruitment of more Independent Sexual Violence Advisors across the country.
  • Survivors of modern slavery: £ 1.73 million will provide emergency support to modern slavery charities who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding will go towards individuals supported through the Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract and will allow victims to stay in government-funded safe accommodation for the next 3 months, access financial assistance, access support services remotely, and ensure we can manage additional demand on the services during this period.

Read the full press release on the Government website.

Available funds and how to apply for them:

Covid-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services

The Ministry of Justice has issued guidance on how it is distributing £25 million funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence charities. The funding will be distributed through two separate funds, one through Police and Crime Commissioners and one through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund. This is part of the government’s £76 million emergency charities package to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full details on the Government’s website.

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