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Charities are able to apply from this week for £4m in government and National Lottery funding to combat loneliness.
The first round of applications for the Local Connections Fund opened on January 5 and close on 26 January. The fund is backed by £2m each from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).
The funding is being distributed in the form of ‘microgrants’ of between £300 and £2,500 and is available to small charities, with an annual income of £50,000 or less.
Successful applications must have spent the money and finished their project to tackle loneliness by the end of March 2021. A second round of funding will launch in summer.
Read the full article from Charity Times here.
BHIB Insurance works directly with charities and not-for-profits supporting and signposting information. Please see below guidance which may be helpful during this time;
- Temporary Unoccupied Buildings Guidance for Charities – https://www.bhibcharities.co.uk/coronavirus/temporary-unoccupied-buildings-guidance/
- Display Screen Equipment (DSE) – Self Assessment Form for Charities – https://www.bhibcharities.co.uk/news/display-screen-equipment-dse-self-assessment-form-for-charities/
- Reopening your Community Centre after COVID-19 – Risk Assessment Templates – https://www.bhibcharities.co.uk/advice/reopening-your-community-centre-after-covid-19-risk-assessment-templates/
Heritage organisations are being invited to apply for grants of up to £3m in the latest round of funding from the government’s £1.6bn Culture Recovery Fund.
Up to £300m is available in the second tranche of funds, which can be used to help organisations recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is open to heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction, private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction, and organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections.
The aim of this phase of funding is to help organisations transition from the current lockdown into spring and early summer, when the government expects heritage organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions.
Read more about the recovery grant here.
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Essex Gov has financial and funding support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find out more here.
For information and round-up on 2020 funding opportunities. Read more on Essex 2020.
This could be the year that changed charity fundraising forever from analogue to digital, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
So, which charities are fundraising online successfully – and what can we learn from them?
These are three of my favourite stories of charities that found new fundraising approaches and creative ways to engage donors in 2020.
Read more from Zoe Amar at Third Sector.
Is there anything better than ticking off a to-do list? During times of stress and anxiety, being able to mark a little ‘tick’ next to a ‘to-do’ is extremely satisfying.
But often, in the midst of a crisis, the simple act of writing the list in the first place – especially when it appears to be infinite – can be far too daunting. After all, where do you even begin when the list is longer than the piece of paper you’re writing on?
Read more at Charity Times.
Businesses in Maldon, Essex have been reassured by the council that those eligible for government grants will receive them, but that there may be delays.
The Leader of Maldon District Council, Councillor Wendy Stamp, apologised for any delays in an open letter to businesses in the district, saying the council could “never have anticipated” the level of demand at the beginning of the year.
Read more here.
The amount donated to charities on Giving Tuesday was up by almost half this year, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on in-person events, new figures indicate.
The payments company Visa said that £20.2m was donated using its platform on 1 December this year, a 42 per cent increase on the equivalent figures last year.
This year’s figure equates to £14,000 a minute being raised for UK good causes. This is a significant rise on the £6,250 raised per minute on the same day in 2015.
Covid-19 restrictions across the UK meant it was much harder for participants to conduct in-person fundraising activities this year.
Read the full article, here.
Consultation on Thurrock’s new Economic Development Strategy, Backing Thurrock. Strategy attached. Read and have a say on this document, parts of which are relevant to the community/ social enterprise sector, as well as the wider economic picture.
If you would like to respond to the consultation then you can find the strategy and the consultation response survey on the Council’s portal here: https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/ .
The consultation questions are a follows:
1) Do you have any comments on the immediate actions identified in the strategy?
2) Do you have any comments on the vision and approach?
3) Do you have any comments on the themes identified in the strategy?
4) Any other thoughts or comments you may have.
5) What do you think the top three actions to be included in the action plan should be?
The consultation is open until early January. To read the Consultation – Backing Thurrock please click here.