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Update: Useful links for information, support and funding

We have updated our selection of links that may be useful for individuals, families or businesses.


Two new support schemes have opened today for applications. Business Support Grant Schemes and the Employee Furlough Scheme.


For the £25k grant scheme, follow this link: https://www.covid-19smallbusinessgrants.economy-ni.gov.uk/BusinessGrant25K/


For the employee furlough scheme, follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme



Coronavirus Community Fund This fund from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland will be open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland, who are supporting isolated older people at this time. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people. Click here for more information. Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme The Clothworkers' Foundation is designating £300,000 to provide small and medium charities responding to the COVID 19 outbreak with capital grants of up to £5,000 each. Click here for more information. Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme This fund supports community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10. Click here for the details. Crisis: Emergency Grants Fund Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. There are two types of grant - Awards of up to £5k for short term responses to Coronavirus emergency, and Awards of up to £50K for long term needs such as potential expansion and change of services. Halifax Foundation NI HFNI have decided to focus on their small and medium grants over the coming months in direct response to COVID-19. The Large and Special Initiatives grants will be put on hold for now due to the activity based nature of these programmes, to be awarded at a later date. They are inviting applications from charities and constituted groups that focus on supporting the community at this time. They hope to get grants out quickly to where funds are needed most, rather than quarterly grant making, they will process applications monthly, even weekly where needed. Apply here. MoneySavingExpert £1,000,000 is now available from MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis for grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. To apply click here.

Neighbourly Funded by M&S Family (including M&S Bank and M&S Energy), Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners this new fund will support community organisations helping those most at risk during the Coronavirus crisis. The Neighbourly Community Fund will funnel vital funds directly to community causes across the UK to ensure they can deliver essential services to those most at risk during the crisis. The partners have committed a combined total of almost £500,000 to the Fund, to provide immediate micro-grants to community organisations that are helping the people most affected by the outbreak, including the elderly, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

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.

Sports Hardship Fund NI

The Department for Communities have launched a £500,000 Hardship Fund http://www.sportni.net/funding/our-funding-programmes/sports-hardship-fund-2/

for the sports sector to help with immediate financial commitments to maintain their facilities during the Covid-19 restrictions. This Fund will provide a grant of £2,000 per application and will help eligible sports clubs and sporting organisations to meet essential costs which still need to be paid, even when their facilities are closed.

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