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Funding Opportunities for Groups and Businesses

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Funding Opportunities for Groups and Businesses

Some  available crisis funding.

Open Emergency Funds

Emergency Fund

The Princes Countryside Fund have announced £100,000 of emergency funding for farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.
These groups can apply for up to £2,500 of funding.

Applications deadline: Wednesday 15th April.

Funding available for groups in NI-Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations;
-whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
-require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
-Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. Businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.

This is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding at any time during the next few months; Tesco expect to be making weekly awards to eligible groups across the UK.

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Coronavirus Community Fund

The Community Foundation of Northern Ireland is offering grants to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland. Partnership approach encouraged.

The current focus is to support groups and organisations working with the following communities and issues and that are affected by coronavirus
Application deadline: none specified

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
Application deadline: none specified

Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland. This year given the current situation, they are open to any creative application that can help tackle any of the issues of social isolation and improving peoples mental and physical well-being where possible. This is certainly a different year but we are working to update our guidance documents and will be here as support throughout the application process as always!

Application deadline: 18th May 2020

Heritage Emergency Fund launches to help the sector

National Lottery for Heritage have put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund – money raised by the National Lottery – will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. It will be open for applications within the next few days. They will continue to support more than 2,500 projects that we have already committed to – an investment of more than £1billion. Plus, there’s additional support and resources, including accelerating the provision of our £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative to help the sector through the crisis and beyond.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years.

The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.
Application deadline: none specified

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses that are facing disruptions due to the virus.
Application deadline: none specified.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland – Small and Medium Grants Programmes

Halifax Foundation has explicitly recommended groups to apply for small and medium grants during this time. Any Covid related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible. Includes funding for core costs.

  • Small Community Grants (Up to £2,500/12 month grant/rolling programme)
  • Medium Community Grants (£2,500 – £10,000/12 month grant/rolling programme)

Application deadline: rolling

Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund

Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  The funding is for activities that support members of the community who are suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. (max. £400)
Application deadline: none specified

National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland (New COVID-19 restriction)

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. In a statement, CEO Dawn Austwick stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

Application deadline: rolling

Upcoming Emergency Funds

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
Application deadline: none specified.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’. HMRC will reimburse 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month. This is to safeguard workers from being made redundant.
Application deadline: none specified (expected to open end of April 2020)

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