PACT

COVID-19 funding over £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund

PACT

Awarding emergency funding to organisations in England
We're distributing government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. We can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic.

Read about the types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising.

The COVID-19 emergency fund is changing
If you’re planning to apply for the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), you must apply by 12 noon on 17 August 2020, when this fund will close. After that date, other funding options will be available but eligibility is changing.

The amount of funding and length of funding
We’re looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure. We expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000. But we will consider larger awards or longer timeframes, particularly for organisations working across more than one area of England, on a case-by-case basis.

Beyond this response, we'll have National Lottery funding available for longer-term rebuild and recovery. We are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will keep you up-to-date as our plans develop.

Area
England
Funding size
£10,000 to £100,000
Application deadline

Ongoing, although eligibility is changing after 17 August 2020

Apply

You can find this information in British Sign Language (BSL) at the bottom of this page.

We only have a limited amount of funding to award

There will be high demand for this funding, and we will have to make some tough choices. We expect the fund to be heavily oversubscribed and anticipate only being able to support a proportion of applications.

So please only ask for what you need to support communities for up to 6 months and please bear with us as our funding teams respond to this demand. Make sure you also check who can and cannot apply before filling out the application form.

We will assess applications in the order they’re submitted. We know you need funding quickly.

We’ll monitor demand closely and update you on any steps we might need to take to help manage the number of applications we get. So that we can get funding out to communities as quickly as possible.

Find out more about the types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising.

The application below is the same for both government and our funding
The application you need to fill in is the same whether your funding comes from the Government or from us. So you don't need to tell us which pot of funding you want to go for.

The National Lottery Community Fund and HM Government logos

If you can't apply for National Lottery funding, so specifically need the government funding
If you're a group that's looking for government funding, because you can't accept funding from The National Lottery, please tell us in your application.

If your proposal is eligible, we might ask for extra information after you send your proposal to us

After you send your COVID-19 project proposal, we might get in touch to ask about who will benefit from your project and how COVID-19 has affected your financial position and whether you will run out of money. Don’t worry, it’s okay to tell us if you’re struggling financially during the crisis – we’re only asking for this information so we can work out how best to support you.

  1. How do you expect COVID-19 to affect your plans for the next 6 months? For example:
    1. What difference is it making to your income and spending?
    2. Do you expect to be able to generate enough income to cover your costs?
    3. If not, how much additional income do you think you’ll need to cover costs?
    4. Are you worried that you might run out of cash? If so, when might that happen?
    5. How much cash or unrestricted reserves do you have that you could draw on if needed? How many months operating costs should that cover?
  2. What actions are you taking to mitigate the effect of COVID-19? For example, applying to furlough any staff through the Government Job Retention Scheme.

To help you answer these questions, we’ll provide you with a simple table for you to complete with some key financial information.

If you're requesting more than £50,000, we'll ask you to submit an up to date cashflow forecast or budget.

There are two ways to tell us about your proposal

1. You can tell us about your COVID-19 proposal online

Our online form makes it easier for you to tell us about your funding proposals.

Start your proposal Continue your proposal

If you have any communication needs
Please contact us for help if completing a form is difficult or impossible for you. We’re happy to talk about other ways for you to tell us about your funding proposal.

2. If you don’t want to use our online form - you can email or send us a video instead

Here's what to tell us in your email or video:

  • the name of your project
  • where it'll take place
  • what you'd like to do - how has demand for your services changed?
  • how your work will involve your community
  • how your project fits with local activities
  • who will benefit from your project - how have they been affected by COVID-19?
  • what difference your project will make - how will it mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
  • how much money you need
  • how long you need the money for.

Here's where to send your email or video:

Region Email
North East & Cumbria

Covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and Cumbria

NEandCumbriateam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
North West

Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside

Northwestteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
Yorkshire and the Humber

Covering North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire

YorksandHumberteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
South West

Covering Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Southwestteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
London, South East and East of England
Covering Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Peterbrough, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
Londonandsoutheastteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
East and West Midlands
Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire

Midlandsteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

If you’re not sure how to tell us about your funding proposal
Contact us.

You can look at our Data Protection Statement to see how we use the personal data you give us, and look at this privacy notice to see how we use this data if you apply for emergency Government funding.

We ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
If your funding comes from the Government, you can read the terms and conditions here. Or you can watch this video to get the terms and conditions in British Sign Language (BSL).

If your funding comes from us, here are the terms and conditions you need to read.

You can find out where your funding will come from by looking that the types of projects and organisations we're prioritising. If you're a group that's looking for government funding, because you can't accept funding from The National Lottery, please tell us in your application.

We'll also get in touch with you near the end of your funding and ask you about your progress, including:

  • how many people you reached
  • how many volunteers you worked with
  • what you did
  • what difference the funding has made.

You can also watch this video to get the above information in British Sign Language (BSL) for those who are hard of hearing:

Who can and cannot apply

You can find this information in British Sign Language (BSL) at the bottom of this page.

You can only apply once for COVID-19 emergency funding in England, either for less than £10,000, over £10,000 or over £10,000 for partnerships. So please make sure that you’re applying for what you need.

You can apply if you already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund. If you've already got COVID-19 funding through Reaching Communities, you'll need to tell us how the funding you're applying for now is different from that.

We know that small and medium-sized charities are likely to be more vulnerable right now. So we encourage applications from those organisations, including micro charities, though we can consider applications from larger organisations on a case-by-case basis.

We also encourage organisations to apply who are led by people with lived experience.

We can also fund a partnership (both new partnerships, and one that’s already been set up) if the applying organisation is one of the eligible organisations listed below. They can be made up of the types of organisations we’ve listed below. Find out more about applying for funding as a partnership.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re an 'incorporated organisation' that serves communities within England and is one of the following:

  • a registered, exempt or excepted charity
  • a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • a community interest company (by guarantee or shares)
  • a community benefit society.

If you are a company limited by shares, a company limited by guarantee (which is not charitable), or a co-operative society, to apply you would need to meet the following criteria:

  1. have a clear social mission which, in the reasonable opinion of the Fund Administrator, is analogous to a recognised charitable purpose
  2. distribute less than 50% of post-tax profits and reinvests at least 51% surpluses into pursuing its social mission
  3. have a constitutional or contractual lock on its social mission, its dividend and surplus distribution policy and “asset-lock”
  4. carry out, or have ambitions to carry out, trading activities in support of and which are causally linked to its social mission
  5. offer its products and services for general public benefit without restrictions and barriers, such as affordability
  6. be open to undertaking an independent social impact audit
  7. have remuneration and benefits policy which it is willing to make publicly accessible, and which is reasonable and proportionate relative to the market practice for VCSEs
  8. in the case of a sale of the organisation, the directors make best efforts to preserve the social mission under new ownership
  9. can demonstrate that no private benefit will arise from the Grant
  10. no state aid issues have been identified.

Who cannot apply

We cannot accept applications from:

  • unincorporated organisations
  • organisations that have already applied to us for COVID-19 funding, including the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, since 22 May 2020
  • organisations that have already applied to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund and been told they were unsuccessful
  • organisations that already agreed to transfer their Reaching Communities application to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund
  • statutory bodies (including town, parish and community councils)
  • schools
  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • anyone who’s applying for another organisation
  • organisations that look to make profits and share these profits out privately. This includes organisations without the right asset locks. Or organisations that can pay profits to directors or shareholders
  • organisations that don’t have at least two people on their board or committee who aren’t married, in a civil partnership, in a long-term relationship, living together at the same address, or related by blood.

If you’re not sure if you can apply

Contact us.

The COVID-19 emergency fund is changing

If you’re planning to apply for the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), you must apply by 12 noon on 17 August 2020. The fund will close on this date.

After this, you can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19. We will be focusing on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £10,000 and £100,000.

We are also working with specialist partners to reach specific groups as quickly as we can.

Beyond the emergency response, National Lottery funding to support communities in England will be available, and we’ll keep you updated on our funding as it develops.

You can also watch this video to get the above information in British Sign Language (BSL) for those who are hard of hearing:

The projects we fund

You can find this information in British Sign Language (BSL) at the bottom of this page.

We will support you to continue to deliver activities to people affected by the pandemic. We can also help if you're struggling financially because of COVID-19
We know that COVID-19 has affected lots of organisations' finances. We can help you make up for some of the losses, so you can keep helping your community through the pandemic and continue to support them after.

What types of projects we’re prioritising

We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will prioritise:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis

    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people, disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic. This category also includes those organisations supporting people and their families with end of life care.

  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting people and families who face financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. It also includes organisations working to prevent domestic abuse and violence against protected groups, those working with homeless people and those supporting vulnerable children and young people. Finally, we also know that there is increased demand for mental health support and support to mitigate the increased challenges of loneliness and isolation.

  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to Covid-19
    This category includes organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and community organising. It also includes organisations supporting community and sector infrastructure, including public information. We know there is increased demand for support with the development of digital, data and technology capabilities. Finally, we want to support building capacity and infrastructure of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and other marginalised communities to ensure they are in a better position after the initial emergency response.

As far as possible, we're also looking for organisations to be people-led, strengths-based and connected

People-led

We believe that people understand what's needed in their communities better than anyone. So it’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to the people in my community?
  • Have the people in my community told me what they need and what's important to them?
  • Have I listened to them and used what they've said to create my project?

This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.

Strengths-based

We’d like to support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have, to make the changes they want.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • What’s already working in my community?
  • How will my project add to these positive things that are already working?
  • How will my project make the most of any resources that are already helping my community?

Connected

We want to know that you’ve a good understanding of other activities and services in your community. We’d like to see how you’ll compliment these. So you can add value to what’s already there.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to other groups in the area that are doing something similar to my project?
  • Have I thought about how we can all help each other?

If your project works with children, young people or vulnerable adults

You need to have a policy in place that explains how they'll be safe. And we might ask to see this policy, if we decide to give you funding. The NSPCC have lots of helpful advice about setting up and following good child safeguarding policies. NCVO also host a number of safeguarding resources. If we do fund your organisation, you must comply with our safeguarding policy.

You can also watch this video to get the above information in British Sign Language (BSL) for those who are hard of hearing:

What you can spend the money on

You can find this information in British Sign Language (BSL) at the bottom of this page.

We can fund:

  • investments in your systems
  • investments in your people
  • investments in your infrastructure
  • dedicated capacity development
  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • small-scale refurbishment
  • equipment
  • organisational development
  • contributions to fixed costs.

We can't fund:

  • activities that make profits for private gain
  • campaigning activities (this fund is to support the delivery of direct services for vulnerable people)
  • religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content)
  • political or lobbying activities
  • things you’ve spent money on in the past and are looking to claim for now
  • loan repayments.

If you're ready to tell us about your funding proposal

Start your proposal Continue your proposal

You can also watch this video to get the above information in British Sign Language (BSL) for those who are hard of hearing: