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Grants are available to offer a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time.
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Applications have now been extended until 1 November for funding in January 2021 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.
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£90 million available to National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) lead organisations who are most in need by making emergency grants available to help them survive until the end of September 2020.
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Grants are available to user-led organisations and small unconstituted community groups in England for activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Advance notice - A financial package to support innovative new UK companies, and those driving research and development, that are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak and are not eligible for existing coronavirus rescue schemes.
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The COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge will help businesses of all sizes from anywhere in the world, meet the most pressing needs related to COVID-19 and build toward a more just and resilient society.
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In light of the current crisis, The Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000.
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Grants are available for UK charities supporting education, communities, the environment, health, arts and culture, international development, heritage, and the armed forces.
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Financial support for community-based canine organisations which require emergency funds in order to prevent the unnecessary suffering of dogs such as providing additional support for small to medium sized rescue centres.
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Funding is being offered to help the UK’s emerging music makers adapt and sustain their creative work during the disruptive and evolving conditions brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.
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Unrestricted grants to support small charities and social enterprises in the UK who are adversely affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Standard Life Foundation will be making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
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Mental health organisations in England can apply for funding to respond to an anticipated increase in need as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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This scheme will provide a grant to all UK employers across all sectors (private, public, charitable and non-profit) to keep their workers on, rather than making them redundant during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Funding is available to enable vulnerable young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals.
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Grants are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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London Hearts have £200 internal grants available from our Charity which can be applied to each and every defibrillator supplied to organisations in order that they can protect the lives of their residents and the local communities. Any type of organisation is able to apply from any area across the UK, there are no restrictions for who can apply.To discuss these grants and the application process please contact Lucy Dale (Community Liaison Officer) at:Lucy@londonhearts....
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Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.
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Persimmon Homes is delighted to have joined forces with Team GB - the British Olympic Association - to give away over £1 million to help projects for young people aged under 18 across England, Wales and Scotland.
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Three weeks have been added to the eligibility date for the Chancellor's furlough scheme for workers who have been 'mothballed' during the coronavirus lockdown on businesses.
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Advance notice – this scheme will offer financial support to freelancers in the UK’s film and TV industry who are waiting for payments under the Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
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In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation have also pledged £240,000 to help foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network as they work to support people affected by the virus. The Foundation are also currently aiming to financially support foodbanks in responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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Emergency loans are available to support UK-based social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Grants are available for small charities and voluntary organisations that are supporting elderly/vulnerable people or are taking positive action on mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Grants are available for strategic work directly related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
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Small capital grants are available for UK charities to purchase essential items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.
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Grants are available to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic.
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Emergency grants to support local organisations that are meeting the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK and who are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Government funding of up to £8 million for adoptive families to meet needs arising from coronavirus outbreak.
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A £100 million programme of loans and investment is being put together to help get emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged parts of the UK that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Government has announced a package of funding and resource support to help schools deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Emergency funding is available to support local tourism organisations in England that are struggling because of coronavirus.
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A fund to support the UK's creative community, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, is now open to applications.
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The British Bank has launched a charity foundation to help deal with the medical and economic crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) and in preparing for the recovery in its aftermath.
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CAF has suddenly paused the fund because ‘the need for the fund is greater than anyone expected’. In one week, CAF has already received requests for more than £20 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible:
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Funding to support existing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt their work to the changed context arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Funding, coupled with tailored business support, can now be accessed by young businesspeople whose ventures are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.
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A commissioning strand has been launched to support England-based artists to produce new works in creative media.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.
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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking further action to support businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies.
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Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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As a result of the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 virus, WRAP appreciates that applicant businesses will currently have other key priorities to consider. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for the grant schemes by one month to allow applicants additional time. We acknowledge that this extension will also impact the timescales for delivering your proposed project, so we have therefore revised the times for the grant implementation and monitoring phases also.  Full ...
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Community groups that were planning to apply for funding to take on the ownership of their local pub will now have to wait until the situation with the Coronavirus improves.
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The 2020 Healthy Heart grant round has been suspended, and applications are no longer being accepted.
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Community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals can apply for funding to increase tree numbers in urban areas of England, through small scale planting projects.
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Grants to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK directly affected by the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Emergency funding is being offered in support of the UK’s vocational learning sector, enabling those in work or training to continue engaging with their learning during this period of travel disruption.
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Emergency response funds open to individuals and organisations.
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Immediate funding for clubs and community organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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A new £500,000 grant is soon to be launched to help organisations better support victims of terrorism.
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The Fund offers local charitable and community organisations funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.
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Netflix has contributed to a new fund to provide emergency relief for out-of-work crew and cast across the film and television industry.
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The National Lottery Community Fund is making several changes in response to the current coronavirus/Covid-19 situation.
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A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19.
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Power to Change has paused all future rounds of its funding programmes as it focuses attention on supporting community businesses affected by COVID-19.
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A UK charity has created a fund to help professional musicians who are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.
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An emergency fund has been established to help music creators from around the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Millions of self-employed individuals will receive direct cash grants though a UK-wide scheme to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.
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For current information on how the National Lottery Community Fund is supporting organisations and projects to reduce the impact of COVID-19 please click on this link.
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A number of funds to tackle COVID-19 and its impact have been collated by UK Fundraising including: Funding for individuals and charities affected by coronavirus International funds Funds to tackle the coronavirus itselfFull details of all the funds can be found at UKFundraising 
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Advance notice – This scheme will provide a grant to all UK employers across all sectors (private, public, charitable and non-profit) to keep their workers on, rather than making them redundant during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
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Government has launched a £500 million Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief to help those affected most by coronavirus.
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Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the European Commission will extend Horizon 2020 application deadlines to allow applicants extra time to prepare and finalise submissions.
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The deadline for expressions of interest is now Wednesday 27th May.
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Business grant funding and business rates holidays are being provided for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
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New financial support measures are being introduced to help UK exporters and importers disrupted by the coronavirus.
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Arts Council England have today announced a new £160 million emergency response package to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations. The intervention is designed to complement the financial measures already announced by the Government to help the wider economy.
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This guidance sets out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
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UK-based medical research charity LifeArc has created a £10 million fund to support research to accelerate the development and testing of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat the symptoms of COVID-19.
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Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period.
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Government has announced nearly £3 billion to help make more hospital beds available during the coronavirus outbreak.
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The Chancellor has unveiled a further series of measures to support people, jobs and businesses across the UK.
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£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.
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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support long-term viable small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to access bank lending and overdrafts, responding to cash-flow pressures caused by the coronavirus.
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The £1 million Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis personal charity fund to help those affected by the coronavirus.
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Advance notice - The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support primarily small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to access bank lending and overdrafts.
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Grants for groups providing charitable activities in response to the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in Cumbria.
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Addressing the nation, the Chancellor has outlined a range of emergency financial measures to help businesses survive as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
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Funding announced to help local authorities in England to support rough sleepers during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Funding is being provided to small businesses across a number of countries around the world to help them survive the coronavirus crisis.
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Private lenders are making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest.
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The EU Settlement Scheme was launched in March 2019. Except in a few cases, EU citizens and their family members need to apply if they want to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021. So far it has seen more than 3.2 million applications and nearly 2.9 million granted status.Last year, the Home Office awarded £9 million of funding to 57 charities across the UK to help vulnerable EU citizens with their applications, and has now announced that funding will continue.Charities and local aut...
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Businesses can now sign up to Virgin Money Giving and create their own branded fundraising hubs in minutes, free of charge to help them with their corporate fundraising.The new Virgin Money Giving fundraising hubs let businesses fundraise for their chosen charity partner or a number of charities and see all their activity in one place. The hubs can be branded and customised for each business. There is also an app for teams so they can track their progress and thank supporters.Alongside this, Vir...
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Cash prizes and distribution assistance are available to UK short filmmakers.
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Annual funding to encourage innovation in healthcare and increase the sustainability of health systems.
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A national bank has set aside a funding package to help businesses impacted by the recent storms and resulting flooding.
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Support is available for start-ups and entrepreneurs who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production.
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Repayable loans of up to £1,000,000 available to support the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises.
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A private bank is teaming up with an active investment provider to launch a new funding initiative which will address a lack of diversity in UK entrepreneurialism.
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Entrepreneurial women and young people are set to benefit from government-backed funds to help turn inspiring ideas into thriving businesses.
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Funding for local grassroots, community led groups to support capacity building or project delivery to deliver change by drawing on the ‘lived experiences’ of people who have experienced the issues being tackled.
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This international initiative aims to elicit creative ideas that will encourage the invention of new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions.
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Grant funding is being provided to help small businesses in the UK ‘make the leap’ and overcome barriers to accessing finance.
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Funding available to higher education providers in England to develop and implement projects which provide innovative approaches to improving mental health outcomes for students.
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Funding for community organisations across the UK to promote an electrical safety message in their communities.
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Funding for short-term projects in England to promote inter-faith and community work and to build bridges between people of all backgrounds.
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