Last updated 17 February 2021
Wales Funder’s Forum look ahead
As lockdown restrictions start to lift gradually in Wales, we, the members of the Wales Funder’s Forum, would like to reassure voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Wales that work to look at how we support Welsh organisations through the next phase of the pandemic; the “recovery” phase, has already commenced.
Funds to support the sector
As part of our response to the coronavirus crisis, we have created a new ‘coronavirus’ funding category to bring together funds that are directly supporting the sector in this time of need. Please take 30 seconds to register, for free, to view all the details for these and many others. At present, these available funds are:
The Volant Trust
The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.
Postcode Neighbourhood Trust
Due to the current pandemic, the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust will provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the following themes: supporting your organisation’s resilience & adapting/expanding services to meet new challenges.
Lloyds Bank Foundation – COVID Recovery Fund
This will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.
This fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.
Further details can be found at https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/about-us/covid#Recover
Community Justice Fund
Funding of between £25,000 – £75,000 is available to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.
They are not currently accepting applications but envisage further information to be published in February 2021.
Further information is available at https://www.communityjusticefund.org.uk/
MSD’s UK COVID-19 Grants Programme
Up to £20,000 of funding is available to support health charities to continue projects, or, to support the creation of new projects which are now needed.
The fund is now closed. Details of 2021 MSD Grants Programmes will be available in due course.
Ofcom Community Radio Fund
For 2020-21, grants will be provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus (“Covid-19”) outbreak.
The fund is currently closed.
Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund
LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK can apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
METRO Charity in partnership with Umbrella Cymru in Wales will be cascading the fund from Comic Relief, with money raised from ‘The Big Night In’.
Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.
Further details on the fund is available at https://www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/2020/07/13/covid-19-lgbtq-fund/
Sport Wales – Be Active Wales Fund
Grants of £300-£50,000 are available for sports clubs and community organisations or groups in direct response to Covid-19.
The Be Active Wales Fund has two main purposes – Protect and Prepare.
- Protect – to protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk and need support.
- Prepare – providing financial support to help prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to Covid-19.
Find out more and apply at https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/
Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) 2020 -21 Capital Application
The VAWDASV Capital Grant supports capital projects relating to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The fund is currently closed. For any queries regarding this grant please contact the VAWDASV Team via email at VAWDASV@gov.wales
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, offered by Social Investment Business (SIB), has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k)
- Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
- Faster than applying for a standard loan
This Fund is only for UK charities and social enterprises which fulfil the eligibility criteria of both the Fund and CBILS – the full list of eligibility criteria can be found on the SIB website. The fund closes to new applications at 11.59pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Find out more at https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund
Covid-19 Support Fund
Funding will be made available to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:
- Community based charities that are under unprecedented strain
- Charities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in greatest poverty and older people in isolation
- Initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across society
It’s expected that the funding will be distributed through various partner organisations. Further details can be found at https://www.covid19support.org.uk/
The Edward Gostling Foundation
Up to £10,000 is available to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis it is clear that a number of smaller community charity partners will struggle to deliver their vital services to the most vulnerable in society. With immediate effect therefore the Foundation have taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M and to focus on helping smaller charities providing front line community services.
The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants
The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.
Grants will be made available to independent heritage attractions and museums in Wales. These are small independent historic attractions that are themselves historic buildings or sites and Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation museums. The grants enable these organisations to survive this difficult period of closure and income loss.
The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package
Barclays have announced a new £100m package of funding, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
The full announcement can be found at https://home.barclays/news/press-releases/2020/04/barclays-launches-p100-million-covid-19-community-aid-package/
Moondance Foundation have made additional funds available specifically to support organisations to continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.
They will consider applications for any of the following:
- Staff retention
- Current activities and services in jeopardy
- Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis
Find out more at https://moondancefoundation.org.uk/c19fund
Funding support for clubs during COVID-19
Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
More information on who can apply, how to apply and when will be made available in the coming days.
Read more here.
Clocaenog Community Fund – Covid-19 Response Grant
The Covid-19 Response Grant will provide funding opportunities from £100 to £5000 for groups providing support on the frontline.
Covid-19: Supporting Community Action Ceredigion
The Caring Communities Fast Track Fund will support new projects in Ceredigion that build community capacity and resilience to support communities to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Scheme will consider funding 100% of project costs up to £1000.
The application form is to be completed with the support of a Community Connector or a CAVO Team member. Applications and supporting documentation to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any supporting documents must be received before applications can be processed. CAVO will process applications within 2 weeks of receipt.
North Wales – Steve Morgan Foundation
£1m per week is being made available for 12 weeks to support charities in North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside
It’s available for charities and not for profit companies within the remit area. It’s designed to help with the costs of additional emergency services to help people affected by the virus and to help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay operational.
To apply, visit https://stevemorganfoundation.org.uk/