COVID – 19 Resource Hub
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Calderdale VCS Organisations
*If your organisation’s information needs updating or adding to this list, please email email@example.com
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Welcome to the COVID – 19 Resource Hub!
After discussing it with our members, we have decided to create a dedicated space on the VAC website where you can find out the latest guidance, funding and other resources around COVID-19.
Its important that as a sector we are united and aware of all the amazing responses and adaptions that other voluntary and community organisations in Calderdale are doing during this unprecedented time. That is why we have added a ‘VCS response’ section to the hub so you can keep updated with other organisation’s work around COVID-19. If you would like to be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at VAC are working closely with our partners in the VSI Alliance to make sure to keep this hub up to date but if you have anything that may be useful, please email to email@example.com
Update from Dipika Kaushal, CEO VAC
VAC membership and support for our members is a key focus and priority for us. As our work on membership is developing and evolving, during the current Covid-19 crisis we have been approached by a number of members who are concerned about their organisation’s viability, queries relating to furlough/HR, the vulnerability of communities at this time and also ensuring there is a peer support network in place.
The first VAC membership focused peer support webinar on 1st April was set up as a direct response to the issues being raised and importantly to ensure we provide a platform for maintaining peer support and as a collaboration of organisations we can get through this together.
VAC are members of NCVO and NAVCA who together with LOCALITY are lobbying government to ensure funding is made available and flows into local place based charities. These are happening weekly and updates will be posted on the VAC website to ensure we keep you up to date on progress. We have over 30 funding sources now available to view on our website.
VAC are working actively to ensure we keep our sector in view and have recently launched a social media campaign utilising the hashtag of #calderdalecommunityresponse. We want to show how adaptable and resilient the VCS is – we are not a sector to be underestimated! We run on passion and a drive to improve local lives no matter what situations we find ourselves in and something as unprecedented as COVID-19 won’t stop our sector from finding new ways to support those who need it. As part of this, we are posting daily videos on our social media from groups who have responded to COVID-19 with determination – whether that’s online meetings, telephone services or volunteering to support those who are vulnerable and in isolation. We need to bolster each other as a sector now more than ever and support each other’s corona responses – so please do follow our new hashtag #calderdalecommunityresponse and film a short video about your organisation’s COVID-19 response and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great public platform for sharing how you are continuing to support local people and keeps us insight of funders and decision makers which in turn helps us advocate on your behalf.
We will continue to maintain connections across our membership, keep you informed, supported and advocate on your behalf. If there is anything else we can do please let us know.
Note our website will be the hub for up to date information, guidance and a shared space for resources which can be shared by members for members. As always we are here by phone and email. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need to!!
COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund – the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.
£5 million mental health funding for VCS – The £5m Government grant fund, administered by Mind, to provide additional mental health support related to the Covid-19 pandemic is now live.
FREE Crowdfunder support – Crowdfunder is making it 100% free for social enterprises that turn to Crowdfunder during the crisis
- Alpkit – prioritising funds for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected. £500 grants.
- Antonio Carluccio Foundation – £500k, grants up to £20k, emergency feeding and other initiatives.
- #ArtInAid – for every acquisitions of artworks, Le Dame Art Gallery will donate 30% on sales to a charity of your choice.
- Audio Content Fund – special funding round, for content that will support radio audiences during the coronavirus crisis; £200,000 for ideas that will improve the quality of listeners’ lives during restrictions in place.
- Barclays Foundation – initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people.
- Big Society Capital – £100m emergency loan fund for charities.
- Clothworkers Foundation – small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services. Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London.
- Emergency Surplus Food Grant – to assist redistributors in obtaining surplus food from food businesses and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable.
- Community Foundation for Calderdale – grants of £1000 to local charities to help the most vulnerable
- Co-op – £1.5 million of essential food products to Fare Share’s 23 regional centres, and then supplied to a network of local community groups across the country.
- Crisis – local groups financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have expanded their provision for those experiencing homelessness: £5k short-term response, £50k longer-term.
- Dulverton Trust – UK registered charities, to deliver services to vulnerable communities or existing grantees to overcome funding challenges: youth opportunities, general welfare, conservation, preservation, Africa or peace and humanitarian support.
- Government Funding – £370m for smaller organisations delivering essential frontline COVID-19 related services for vulnerable people
- Greggs Foundation – funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs.
- Hymans Robertson Foundation – new hardship fund, only charities already funded: £500 to £5,000.
- Legal & General – £500,000 emergency fund, charities and voluntary organisations, income under £1.5m pa, supporting elderly and vulnerable people: £5k – £10k
- Leathersellers Company – UK registered charities supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients.
- Neighbourly – micro-grants of up to £400, for good causes that are helping communities.
- Persimmon Community Champions – Each of the 31 businesses and head office donating £2000 each, every month. From 1st April for the foreseeable future, organisations that support the over 70s.
- Standard Life Foundation – work directly related to crisis, addressing challenges & helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards.
- Steel Charitable Trust – follow normal application process for emergency funding. 7 April. 37. Social and Sustainable Capital – £26m for provision of homes for vulnerable people; target for further investment £100 million.
- Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – 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.
- Tesco – £30 million support for local communities. Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500, including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly.
- William Morris Big Local – local people, groups and organisations; up to £1k.
- Yapp Charitable Trust – small UK charities, grants up to £3k. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k; core costs and staffing.
- Comic Relief – some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or rebudgeting remaining funds.
- Sport England: Community Emergency Fund – including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations: £300 to £10,000.
- Sport England: Sector Partner Fund – Active Partnerships and national governing bodies, on bespoke measures for any instances of immediate financial distress.
- Sport England: Sector Stimulation Fund – will be rolled out in coming weeks.
- Art Fund – Museum Network – adapting programmes, being flexible, open to funding all types of activity, even those that would ordinarily be ineligible, decisions very swiftly.
- Arts Council England – emergency funding package and support for funded organisations and individuals announced. Creative Scotland – 100+ entries help, resources and funding for the creative community.
- Heritage Fund – £50 million to support the heritage sector: £3k to £50k.
- Youth Music Network – music-making organisations; up to £10k.
- Guidance for people who were already receiving benefits
- Personal Independence Payment law changes – this work has been suspended in support of the government’s response to coronavirus. DWP is focusing on ensuring customers get the financial assistance they need.
- Financial support for your business
- Guidance for people who are self-employed
- Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus
- Don’t call us – we’ll call you – people making new claims to Universal Credit will no longer need to call the Department as part of the process
Health & Safety
- Guidance from the Health & Safety Executive including RIDDOR and home working
- VSI Alliance
- Cranfield Trust – Free remote business support for charities around HR, Management, mentoring etc
Communications & Marketing
- Lloyds Bank Foundation – Communications, press and influencing support: Guidance, webinars and resources including how to communicate in crisis.
- Media Trust – Free comms support: We connect charities and skilled communications volunteers. Whether you are a charity or media, creative or tech professional, register below to create your online account and see how volunteering can benefit you.
- Charity Comms – Charity communicator coronavirus resources
Finances (Resources provided by our VSI Alliance partner WYCAS)
- Cashflow – Now more than ever you will want to keep a close eye on this. Our Leeds accountant Claire Welling has produced a new version of our cashbook that can help you track monthly cashflow. If you need any help with this, you can contact Claire at Claire.email@example.com, or on 07779641970
- Community Accountants – Helen Galvin is your Community Accountant for Calderdale and is happy to deal with any queries you might have about your day to day finances, your annual accounts, or any training needs ( Remember that furloughed staff can undertake training and we can offer a variety of web based courses, either free or at very low cost). Helen can be reached on Helen.Galvin@wycas.org.uk or on 07725601964
Can’t see your group? Please email information about your #calderdalecommunityresponse to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: This resource hub is updated as regularly as possible by our Communications Officer. Please bear with us if your information is currently not on the site, it will be in time.
Useful VCS Produced Resources
Disability Partnership Calderdale have compiled a Calderdale Food Deliveries Directory – https://disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org/2020/03/31/calderdale-food-deliveries-directory/
More advice and guidance is available on their dedicated coronavirus section of the website – https://disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org/category/coronavirus/
#Calderdalecommunityresponse (follow the hashtag on twitter!)
Please email email@example.com if you are aware of any other free social activities during lockdown.
- Live Stream Pub Quiz – every Thursday on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcSqjJWHJeDWD_SbdorBRw
- Andrew Lloyd Webber – Free streaming of plays – https://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/
- National Theatre – Free live recorded plays released every Thursday – https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home?queueittoken=e_safetyevent2apr20~q_b9a999d2-d404-4300-9326-36007d6d33f4~ts_1585818721~ce_true~rt_safetynet~h_69200e6c2f4a38ae1b957e0e7afd9525e09e58c00ee94f9fb2395dd8a3b877f5
- Virtual museum and Art Gallery tours – https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours