The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund - video summary
Welcome to this overview summary of the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund. This funding is for organisations that support people and communities under severe pressure due to the increased cost of living. For any questions, please do contact our advice line. The details for which are on the final slide.
This funding aims to assist organizations that provide critical services in various areas such as providing food and emergency supplies, emergency shelter, safe spaces, warmth, and financial and housing advice. Eligible organizations must have increased demand for these critical services and face increased costs in delivering them.
You can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000. Applications for funding under £10,000 should apply to our (National Lottery) Awards for All programme.
We are more likely to fund small and medium-sized frontline organizations with an annual turnover between £10,000 and £1 million. Larger organizations can still apply if they can demonstrate effective collaboration with local communities and fill gaps in essential local services.
Applications are open from the 24th July 2023 and will close at noon on the 16th October 2023. All funding must be spent by the 31st March 2024.
To apply, your organization must already be running critical services related to food, emergency shelter, safe spaces, warmth, or financial and housing advice. Your organization must also be facing both increased demand and increased costs for these critical services.
Funding can cover costs related to expanding or adapting your services, such as staff salaries, volunteer costs, service delivery, materials, equipment, and room hire. It can also support small-scale refurbishment, system improvements, staff and volunteer training, and organizational development.
Please note that we cannot fund new services, larger building works, purchasing of buildings or land, or political activities. Funding cannot be used for cash distribution to individuals experiencing hardship.
There are two elements to this funding: costs linked to expanding or adapting critical services and increased costs of delivering existing critical services. Applications will be highly competitive, and decisions will be made about 12 weeks after submission.
Please ensure you check our website for eligibility criteria and application details. You can only apply once for the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, so make sure you apply for everything you need.
There's lots of information on our website, So please do visit.
You can only apply once for this funding, so it's really important that you ensure you're eligible to apply and that you meet the criteria.
Once again please do check our website as all the information is there together with the documents that you'll need and the application form.
And to summarise the key points.
- We can fund a contribution to your direct delivery costs from the 24th July 2023 to the 31st March 2024.
- We can also fund your future costs to adapt or expand your service from the date we award you funding.
- The funding must be spent by the 31st March 2024, and in order to qualify, you must be running critical services in at least one of the following areas; provision of food, provision of emergency shelter, providing safe spaces, warmth or financial and housing advice.
- And have increased demand for those critical services and be facing increased costs in the delivery of those critical services.
If you have any further questions, please do contact our advice line. The details for which are showing on the screen.