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.
Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.
For further information please view – https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-cv-fund/
We are making £50 million available to organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs. They can apply for a maximum of £35,000.
This fund is to support organisations to get back on their feet, or to continue making work in the future that will mean they can contribute to delivering our new strategy, Let’s Create.
For further information please view – https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/financial-support-organisations-outside-national-portfolio
Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:
- A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
- A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty.
- An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.
- A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.
Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, we’ve also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.
The package follows our recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.
For more information click here.
Parking charges will be suspended in Sandwell Council town centre car parks from 31 March.
Drivers are being asked to continue to park safely and appropriately, and to observe bay markings.
The suspension of parking charges applies to town centre cars parks run by Sandwell Council and does not include Sandwell Valley car parks.
All other parking conditions including charges for on-street parking bays will still apply. Parking will continue to be monitored and free parking will be in place until 30 June 2020.
The situation will be monitored and vehicles parked in contravention of the normal requirements for the safe and efficient use of car parks will still receive Penalty Charge Notices.
Details and locations of council car parks can be found at www.sandwell.gov.uk/parking
The trustees at CAF have allocated £5 million to fund an emergency grant programme to support local frontline charities.
The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has been set up to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. One-time grants of up to £10,000 are available to help organisations survive during the current health emergency.
Who can apply?
The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund is open to small charities and organisations with charitable activities that had an income of £1million or less last year.
What will the Fund support?
The Fund can cover core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. We want to help ensure that as many vital charitable organisations as possible can continue their work during these challenging times.
If you are interested, you can find more information and the application form here – https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund?utm_source=CAFFUND2703&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GENCAMCVD1920
If your charity’s income is over £25,000, the trustees must arrange for an independent person or accountancy firm to carry out an audit or independent examination of the charity’s accounts.
The purpose of this is to give the charity’s trustees, supporters, beneficiaries and the wider public, some independent assurance that the charity’s money has been properly accounted for. The trustees of most charities are able to choose to have an independent examination instead of an audit. Independent examination is a ‘light touch’ scrutiny that usually costs less than an audit.
To help trustees we have updated our guidance Independent examination of charity accounts: guidance for trustees (CC31), to make it easier to read and more accessible.
This guidance will help you appoint an independent examiner with the ability and practical experience needed to carry out a competent examination of your charity’s accounts.
Source: Charity Commission Newsletter Issue 64
Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has recently launched a range of safeguarding resources, supported by other organisations.
The resources were jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.
NCVO Safeguarding resources – click here.
You should use these alongside our guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees by clicking here.
It is also important that you contact The Charity Commission about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not been reported to us.
Find out about reporting serious incidents in your charity as a trustee by clicking here.
Find out about reporting serious wrongdoing at a charity as a worker or volunteer by clicking here.
Source: Charity Commission Newsletter Issue 64