Coronavirus: funding and financial help
Charities and businesses may be anxious about finances and funding at this time, as well as the worry for individuals. Here we have some of the funds and advice available to help.
This page will be updated daily to reflect current advice so keep checking in for the latest information.
Advice and information
- The Money Advice Service offers guidance and an action plan to help you manage your finances at this time.
- The government have announced a package of support to public services, businesses and people through this difficult time. This includes a rates holiday for village halls. You can find details here.
- The Charity Commission has included financial advice in their latest coronavirus update. Read a summary here.
- ACRE have confirmed that the ‘Expanded Retail Discount Relief’ announced by the government includes charitable halls and Community Amateur Sports clubs (CASCs), meaning they should receive 100% rate relief this year. Read the guidance here.
- NCVO have a useful guide for people self-isolating on how to use money safely at this time.
- The National Lottery have issued a statement about how they will be issuing funding.
- The Charity Commission updated their coronavirus guidance on 24 March to include financial advice.
- If you provide emergency relief for vulnerable or isolated individuals in farming or rural communities, you can apply for up to £2.5k from the Rural Response Emergency Grants programme. Deadline: 12 noon Wednesday 15 April.
Businesses, charities and community groups
- If you’re a small business (this includes village halls and community buildings) you may be eligible for the government’s Business Support Grant Funding.
- Charities and social enterprises with an income of up to £1m can apply for a £10k emergency grant from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to help support the running of their organisation at this critical time. There is a quick turnaround of a 14 day payment. Apply here.
- Two Ridings Community Foundation is working with the National Emergencies Trust to establish a fund with grants up to £2,000 to support community groups through this unprecedented time. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Apply here.
- City of York Council have diverted their Safer Communities funding to ward committees to help local charities, community groups and other agencies delivering support to residents in need.
Sports and Arts
- Arts Council England have announced an emergency package of funding for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector.
- Help Musicians have launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund for eligible musicians to apply for up to a one-off payment of £500.
- The Film & Tv Charity have an Urgent Financial Support fund and will soon be launching an Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with the BFI. You can read more about both here.
- Sport England have made £195m of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector.
Page updated 1 April 5.00pm