The voluntary and community sector is vital to the lives of so many local people and we will work together, as we always have, to support them. We all need to play our part in preventing any potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). During these challenging times, we want to make sure that we can help people stay safe and healthy.
Key updates for the sector:
- Complete this short online form to tell us how you are coping with continuing to deliver services and how KVA can best support you and your clients
- If you have changed or ceased your service in response to the current situation and would like to highlight this on Connected Kingston please email email@example.com
- Joint statement from Kingston Council, Kingston Voluntary Action and Volunteering Kingston
- Letter to the voluntary sector from the Leader of the Council Liz Green
- Review of Commissioning and the VCSE is being paused
- All current funding / contract arrangements will be extended by another six months to September 2021
- Recognition of difficulties in complying to current contract performance requirements under the circumstances
KVA is also changing its way of working and re-prioritising efforts to support the community. We will be continuing to send out newsletters and information and to offer our services where we can via email, the website and other means. Sign up to our eNews and follow us on Twitter to stay updated.
We will be adding information on relevant funding sources to support VCSE organisations facing financial pressures and to help develop new services to respond to the Coronavirus below.
Upcoming funding deadlines
Masonic Charitable Foundation
Small grants (from £1,000 up to £15,000 over three years) available for groups working with disadvantaged children and young people, and socially isolated and lonely older people. *The large grants programme, generally between £20,000 – £60,000 opens on 1st February 2021.
Deadline: 4pm on 23 December for small grants
Thriving Communities Fund
This Fund (opens on 23rd November) will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities ie Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities. Grants of between £25,000-£50,000 are available. Projects within the Thriving Communities Fund will run for a year including planning and delivery time. They are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, and end on 31 March 2022. Partnerships MUST include an Arts organisation.
Deadline: 8 January
The Health Foundation: Economies for Healthier Lives
The programme will support three to four partnerships, which are led by a local or regional authority, and can include community organisations, across the UK with funding of £300,000 to £500,000 for up to three years. It aims to create more inclusive economies geared towards reducing inequalities and improving health, supporting local and regional partnerships to implement some of the ideas in their latest report: Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
Deadline: midday on 15 January
Trust for London
Grants are available for work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s poverty and inequality, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. Grants are up to £150,000 over three years.
Deadline: 1pm on 2 February
Rolling funding opportunities
Love Kingston is a project of Kingston Voluntary Action. Funding is available to community groups working under the themes of tackling isolation and encouraging integration. Grants are given to charities once a year to coincide with Love Kingston Day on 14 February.
Kingston Council has two small grant schemes.
Your Kingston Grants - Have an upper limit of £750 and enable smaller organisations to access funding to support local project or activities that will engage communities, benefit the Borough residents and help to deliver at least one of Kingston council’s Community Outcomes.
New Initiatives Grants - Have an upper limit of £3,000 and are annual grants for one-off projects or start up/development activities which can include a contribution to project overheads, but cannot be used for the day-to-day running costs of the organisation.
The Trust currently awards around £20m per year to charitable causes in London. The majority of these grants are made under the Investing in Londoners scheme, which has a number of programmes.
Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation aiming to tackle poverty and inequality in London. This is achieved by: funding voluntary and charity groups – each year they make grants totalling around £7.5 million, and at any one time, we are supporting up to 400 organisations. Funding is aimed at tackling poverty and inequality under 7 themes: Good Homes and Neighbourhoods; Better Work; Decent Living Standards; Shared Wealth; Pathways to Settlement; Stronger Voices and Connected Communities.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants for capital projects that inspire and increase the numbers of people regularly taking part in physical activities.
Supports programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex. Their biggest programme, the Achievement Awards, is a 'peer recognition scheme' operating in grass-roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations. The young award winners choose how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of their club or school.
Phase 1 - applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted starting from 25 November 2020. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. NLHF will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on creating organisational resilience, boosting the local economy, supporting health and wellbeing and inclusion.
Phase 2 – applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted starting from 8 February 2021. This will mark a return to NLHF’s core business, but NLHF will not be returning to pre-Covid-19 “business as usual” in its approach.
The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million in 2016. BLF grants range from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities.
Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a 'just world', free from poverty. Comic Relief allocates funding under four programme areas, investing in children and young people; empowering women and girls; improving health and wellbeing; and building stronger communities.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation fund the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK, focusing on the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change.
The WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK. Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK. There are two annual application rounds.
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag is used to fund local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that customers choose.
Programmes are designed to support charities that help people experiencing multiple disadvantage to make positive and lasting changes to their lives at critical points.
Invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. It offers awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.
Pro Bono support
The Cranfield Trust is a national charity offering free business skills, advice and guidance to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Support includes business consultancy, HR support, masterclasses and training.
Thomas Wall Trust, For work building literacy, numeracy skills aimed at increasing employment prospectsAmount: up to £5,000. Deadline: ongoing - applications to be considered in November 2020.
- Heritage Lottery Fund to help organisations to stabilise services.
- BBC Children in Need is enabling existing funded organisations to adapt services to meet CV-related need
- Comic Relief Funding Covid update some of the money raised through Sport Relief will go towards CV related work
- London Community Response Wave 1 and 2 Covid 19 funding to help VCOs adapt their services
- Update from the National Lottery on Furloughing staff from lottery-funded projects
- Update from National Lottery on their Covid 19 funding priorities. Funding merged with Government £750m. Six months funding. Deadline 1st May.
- Barclays Foundation Coronavirus fund of £1million to community groups and Charities. *Not yet open*
- Tesco Bags of Help Covid 19 Communities Fund Organisations can apply for a £500 single payment and applications will be allocated to each Tesco region in the usual manner.
- Charities Aid Foundation rapid response fund **CLOSED to applications**
- Emergencey £1m Support Fund - GLA, City Bridge Trust and London Funders
- Individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector - Arts Council Covid 19 Fund
- Funding for up to £5k for food and essentials only (Wave 1) - London Community Response
- £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis - Sport England
- £1 million Community Support Fund to help your local community - John Lewis and Waitrose
- Government funding up to £25K for innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 - Tech Force 19
- Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing - Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form.
- Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak - Neighbourly Community Fund
- Sign up to the London Funders ebulletin
- Social Enterprise UK briefing contains information on what support social enterprises can access during COVID-19.
- Asda and Marks & Spencer have launched e-gift shopping cards to enable the elderly, vulnerable and those self-isolating to have their shopping collected by volunteers safely and securely.
- Yapp Covid 19 fund - grants of up to £3,000. Also has larger programme of up to £40,000 – check priority groups on website. Also
- Leathersellers small grants programme up to £3,000. Rolling programme. *CLOSED*
- Morrisons Covid 19 Homeless Support Fund will offer funding up to £10,000
- Government Covid 19 Emergency funding to charities providing childrens services for local authorities: St Johns Ambulance: Victims charities: Citizens Advice.
- Emergency Fund (Covid 19) for Young Women to help young women aged 18-30 who are facing financial crisis
- The Will Charitable Trust Covid 19 fund for registered charities: income must be over £5k
- Standard Life Foundation Covid 19 fund £10 - 200,000k over several years for strategic work to support sustainability of those on low incomes
- Elton John Aids Foundation Covid 19 fund for organisations working on HIV/Aids issues
- Big Society Capital Resilience and Recovery loan fund for Charities and social enterprises
- Department of Health and Social Care Covid 19 £5m fund to VCSEs for work on mental health
- Small Business Grants Fund/Business Rates Relief - to retail sector (includes charites with retail outlets)
- Aviva Covid 19 Community Fund - projects can be pitched which are chosen by Aviva employees
- Youth Endowment Fund - to support young people at risk of serious youth violence
- Love Kingston - currently closed.
- Forces Communities Together programme - to support veterans at risk of isolation or loneliness
- Bright Ideas Covid 19 Support Fund - for those already in receipt of funds
- Tree Council - funding available for tree planting
- Rosa Trust - Covid 19 fund for women's projects
- Hargreaves Foundation - sport/education funding for children/young people disadvantaged/with mental or physical disabilities
- Nationwide Building Society funding up to £50,000 for housing projects/community trusts
- Youth Futures Foundation - funding for infrastructure organisations tackling youth unemployment
- Viridor - funding for community projects in RB Kingston and three other boroughs
- Need help?
If you need support from KVA to access funding at this time - please contact Alison Ewart on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are being contacted by lots of organisations needing some practical support relating to setting up working from home for their staff and volunteers. Superhighways have put together some blog posts sharing some remote working options and tips along with best practice guidance to ensure minimising of risk.
- Remote working best practice tips - information on safeguarding use of personal devices and cyber security top tips for staff
- New to Teams? We'll show you around - a quick overview of the Office 365 Teams app and how it can support you at this time of remote working
- Getting started with Team chats, calls and online meetings - practical guidance on how to use these communication and collaboration features
There are a lot of offers of help during the current and unprecedented crisis. It is both heart-warming and gratifying to see our community coming together to help our more vulnerable neighbours.
We would encourage all new community groups, unused to working with volunteers, to use only those volunteers with enhanced DBS checks to work directly with vulnerable people and children.
Some groups are looking to ensure boredom and isolation are lessened by keeping in phone contact with those isolating, collecting books for a shared library delivery or many other initiatives that have been suggested. Unchecked volunteers will be able to shop, help to co-ordinate deliveries etc.
Volunteer Handbook for Neighbourhood Volunteer Initiatives
If you are running a local mutual aid group or community response to coronavirus in your area, this example handbook can help you manage your activities safely.
Produced by Kingston Voluntary Action and Volunteering Kingston, it includes inductions, risk assessments, role descriptions, safeguarding and more.
Thanks also to www.voda.org.uk for giving us permission to share this video illustrating best practice we should all be following when involving volunteers at this time:
Don't need volunteers right now?
If you don't have a need for volunteers directly at your organisation at this time or for your own local community response - please signpost them to Kingston Stronger Together.
Support for the local VCS sector
We have put together a list of guidance form various sources to help with running your charity/ local group during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information below;
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector from Gov.uk
- NCVO advice for your organisation during coronavirus guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers
- New Procurement advice for charities delivering public services - Gov.uk guidance
Free NCVO webinar on HR, legal, financial etc implications of Covid 19 on charities - This webinar, in association with NCVO will be held on demand so you can access it at any time
- Advice for charity trustees - NCVO have put together this helpful blog about what charity trustees need to think about
- The Charity Excellence Framework (CEF) platform has been updated to include free Coronavirus assessments, toolkits and resources
NHS Covid-19 advice translated in 43 languages from Doctors of the World