Coronavirus - Two Grant Funds for voluntary and community groups

John Kelly, Chair of Adur Voluntary Action writes:

"In the Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) Sussex Crisis Fund item below, you'll see: 'Sussex Community Foundation is in touch with the infrastructure bodies who are working as hard as they can to support the sector in crisis. Information is being gathered about priority needs and this will be used to strengthen and develop the criteria for this fund'.

We at Adur Voluntary Action (AVA) are happy to receive any responses you may wish to make, collate and relay them to SCF as appropriate. info@adurva.org"

Best wishes and stay safe.

Sussex Community Foundation - Sussex Crisis Fund

The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to support the community and voluntary sector in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. It isdesigned to help fund the emerging needs facing our communities and the work of organisations whose operations and activities have been severely impacted during this period.

Emergency grants of up to £5,000 are offered to those immediately able to respond to the crisis; organisations with critical funding needs; and at a later point, depending on the success of the fund; larger grants of up to £10,000 to support the ongoing resilience of the sector.

Sussex Community Foundation is in touch with the infrastructure bodies who are working as hard as they can to support the sector incrisis. Information is being gathered about priority needs and this will be used to to strengthen and develop the criteria for this fund.

Grant requests will be responded to as soon as possible, aiming for decisions on emergency requests within 2 – 3 weeks.

Funding is offered to organisations delivering activities and services to support people who are directly suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We would also like to offer support to counter the loss of income and reduced fundraising potential for smaller organisations facing crisis as a result of the coronavirus.

Examples of costs:

Organisational running costs including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport

Small capital costs to support operational activity relating to the crisis

Specific costs that enable the charity to adapt to the current circumstances and continue to provide services to the community (e.g. computer equipment to enable staff or volunteers to work remotely).

Applications are to be made online using the following simple application form at:

https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/SCF/SussexCrisis

Project examples:

Support for vulnerable people to keep help them keep warm and well fed

Support for people needing help accessing services and medical help

Enabling and encouraging use of technologies to help with isolation

Reaching out to isolated people by telephone, and befriending services

Adaptations for organisations who provide services to support the most vulnerable in our communities

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust - Early Years' Preventative Work

Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the coronavirus pandemic to support work, that will improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children (aged 0-3 years) in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

One-off, unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The Trust aims to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children aged 0-3in England and Wales. It offers funding to support early intervention and preventative work that will:

Improve the reach to targeted groups of 0-3 year olds.

Bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups.

For the current application round, the following eligible organisations can apply:

Registered charities in England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000.

Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic.

Support is available for charities that work with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales to specifically improve the reach to these targeted groups and bring about improved defined outcomes for them.

The current round of funding is particularly aimed at supporting smaller charities and those that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic.

There is a two-stage application process:

The first step is complete the pre-application checklist, which can be found on the Trust's website http://sylvia-adams.org.uk/

Those who are eligible will then be able to complete a stage-one application form.

Organisations that are successful at this point will be invited to submit a stage-two application.

There will be two applications periods in 2020/21:

Round 1: Stage 1 application can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020, with grants being made as soon as possible after the closing date.

Round 2: Stage 1 applications can be submitted between 5 October and 12 November 2020, with grants being made in February 2021.

For all enquiries contact: Jane Young, Director, Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Sylvia Adams House, 24 The Common, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0NB. 01707 259259.

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