Sport England Launches £20 Million Community Emergency Fund (due to Coronavirus)

Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis.

This can include rent payments, utility costs, insurances, core staffing costs, etc. The types of organisations eligible to apply include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Applicants should have exhausted all other government funding sources before applying to this fund.

Sport England expect that the Fund will be open until the 31st July 2020.

Further information


Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme has been extended to the 22nd July 2020. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year) for up to two years.
Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work.

Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity.

Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

Further information


New Chair for Active Black Country

Following recent recruitment, Active Black Country are delighted to welcome Amanda Tomlinson as the new Chair of the Active Black Country Partnership Board.

Amanda is the current Chief Executive Officer of Black Country Housing Group and brings a wealth of experience to the role alongside an in depth knowledge of the Black Country, its communities and needs of stakeholder organisations.

Serving on the Active Black Country Board since 2017, Amanda is an advocate for the role physical activity and sport can play in improving people’s lives, possessing a strong vision for the enabling role the partnership has to perform in contributing to desired health, social and economic outcomes across the Black Country.

On her appointment, Amanda said:

I am really excited to lead the Board and Partnership over the next few years, it is a very exciting time with the Commonwealth Games in 2022 presenting a huge opportunity for the Black Country. Active Black Country has some fantastic local partners that we work with and I am looking forward to developing new partnerships in due course. I want to ensure the Partnership’s actions impact positively upon local communities and we play our role in enabling transformational change in activity levels across the region.”

Find out more here.


Keeping Active at Home

Active Black Country have partnered up with Sport England and a breadth of local stakeholders to run a local campaign in response to the Covid-19 virus. The virus has resulted in a number of necessary measures that require us to limit the amount of time we spend outside our homes. The great news is the Prime Minister is telling everyone to be active every day!

Take a look at their website for ideas on how to keep active by clicking here.

Sport England is running a national campaign called ‘Join the Movement’ which seeks to bring greater attention to #StayInWorkOut – and inspire and inform the public about the many fun, and creative ways they can keep moving, The national campaign website is – www.stayinworkout.org

Locally, in the Black Country, they will be sharing ideas, good practice and positive stories to help people keep active during this time encouraging people to go outside for one piece of exercise a day, in line with government advice. They will be asking people to share their own hints, tips and home-based exercise inspiration with us through video and photo supporting the hashtag #StayInWorkOut.

Understandably, people may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. Mood and feelings are affected and people may feel low and miss being outside with other people. It can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, and there’s plenty you can do at home – we recognise everybody’s circumstance differs – and bearing this in mind we have tried to signpost you all to some ideas to keep you moving.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Active Black Country


Sport England – Join the Movement

Sport England is running a national campaign called ‘Join the Movement’ which seeks to bring greater attention to their social media campaign #StayInWorkOut – and inspire and inform the public about the many fun, and creative ways they can keep moving.

Take a look at their website by clicking here.

We’re all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.

Join the Movement is our brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there’s a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.

Source: CBC


Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – COVID Early Years Preventative Work

As a response to the current pandemic, the trust has changed its application guidelines and processes. Changes will apply for the spring application period march 16th – April 28th, in the first instance, by providing up to £5,000 unrestricted funding to small and medium charities under their Early years’ preventative work grants programme. 

These changes are intended to assist small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding during this difficult period. We will be able to make more grants than usual but we do not expect to be able to fund all applicants.

Please read the new guidelines carefully before deciding whether or not you are eligible to apply.

The Trust will make grant to organisations working to  improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work. We support organisations whose work is with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales which will specifically improve the reach to these targeted groups and bring about improved defined outcomes for them.

Who can apply

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000 and
  • 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

Duration and size of grants – Grants will be a one off payment of up to £5,000 and will be unrestricted.

Application date – Spring applications: applications can be submitted between  March 16th and April 28th 2020, with grants for successful applicants being as soon as possible after the closing date.

For more information click here.


Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period.

Please note that this programme is not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London. We will be announcing separate initiatives for London charities over the coming days.

We recognise the immediate need for capital items and aim to make quick decisions on applications. However, if we receive a large volume of applications it may take up to two weeks for a decision to reach you.

We expect the criteria for this programme to evolve as our understanding of the needs of organisations supporting beneficiaries in our programme areas develops.

Key features of the fund:

  • Applications are only open to charities whose beneficiaries are not based in London
  • They will award capital grants of up to £5,000 (but we will not award grants equal to more than 50% of your annual income)
  • They aim to communicate a decision within one week (but it may take up to two weeks)
  • Capital projects that are planned as part of your organisation’s ordinary course of business are not eligible; for these you may wish to review the What We Fund page for our Open Grants Programmes

Key organisational eligibility:

  • Income of less than £2 million per annum
  • Work of the applicant organisation must fall within our nine programme areas
  • They do not support organisations that promote a particular religion or that only provide services to people of a particular religion

You must demonstrate your not-for-profit status in the application form and your accounts. We fund the following types of charitable and not-for-profit organisations:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission including Community Interest Organisations (CIO)
  • Community Interest Companies (limited by guarantee without share capital)
  • ‘Exempt Charities’ (in which case we require details of your principal regulator and/or evidence of HMRC exemption)
  • Special Schools

Please note that a ‘Constitution’ document alone is not a sufficient demonstration of eligibility.

Click here to apply or here for more information.

Source: Get Grants


Heritage Fund – Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The UK-wide fund – money raised from The National Lottery – will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. It will be open for applications within the next few days.

We will continue to support more than 2,500 projects that we have already committed to – an investment of more than £1billion.

Eilish McGuinness, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Executive Director, Business Delivery, said:  “We know that circumstances are incredibly challenging for our heritage community right now and we want to do everything we can to support them. We hope this new fund will be a lifeline and a beacon of hope for organisations affected.

“Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting personal wellbeing. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from this current crisis.”

Heritage Emergency Fund

The £50m fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000.

It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

Priority will be given where:
•there is limited or no access to other sources of support
•where heritage is most at risk
•where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19

A raft of extra support

We know that the majority of heritage organisations are facing temporary closure, severe impact on their revenue and staff shortages. Many face threats to their long-term futures. A small percentage fear they will not be able to last into the summer.

This is why we are taking a short, medium and long-term approach to our support for your immediate challenges and longer-term resilience and recovery.

For more information click here.


NFU Mutual Community Giving Grant

Charities, schools, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund.

The fund is available in areas that are local to NFU operations in the UK. Applications are likely to be more successful if they meet one or more of the funds priorities.

These are connecting the community; providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community; relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing; and advancing education and experiences for young people.

The next closing date for applications is the 30th June 2020.

Please view for further information – https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/responsible-business/nfu-mutual-community-giving-fund/


Support for the recently discharged from hospital

Do you know that you if you have been recently been discharged from a Birmingham hospital, typically City Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth, elderly or vulnerable, and live in Sandwell, you are eligible for the Home from Hospital Care Service?

This includes:
• Emergency food parcel and toiletries pack.
• Arrange for shopping to be done and delivered to the doorstep.
• Telephone befriending calls to prevent isolation.
• Home visits pending risk assessment prior to visit in line with coronavirus guide lines.
• Collection of prescriptions.
• Any other practical support.

The service can be accessed for up to six weeks.  Please call 0121 472 4499 for information.

Home from Hospital Care support does not include personal care.


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