COVID-19 FAQs

Existing grant holders

  1. Will the changes affect our next grant payment?
  2. We have one/two year(s) left of our grant - will we be affected?
  3. My grant is coming to an end this year – when will I be able to reapply?
  4. I was being considered for a continuation grant which I'm due to apply for this year – will I still be able to receive another 3 years funding?
  5. I had a conversation with my Regional Manager about development needs for our charity. Can I still access this?

 

COVID-19 additional funds for existing grant holders

  1. Can we use the emergency funds to employ a part-time Fundraiser to help the charity to navigate the COVID-19 offers?
  2. We need to move to digital fundraising / platforms, but don’t have the skills in house. Can we use the funding to employ consultancy support to do so?  
  3. What evidence do we need to provide to apply for additional funds?
  4. We've lost a substantial amount of potential fundraising income, can we use this to help meet the shortfall?
  5. Will the funding cover retrospective costs incurred? 
  6. Can we apply for management and overhead costs? 
  7. How many times can I apply for this funding?
  8. How much funding is available?
  9. How quickly will we get a decision?
  10. I have an Enable grant, can I apply alongside Invest?
  11. My grant ended earlier this year, can I access the funds?

 

One year grant

  1. What will happen when our 1 year grant has ended? Will we be able to reapply?
  2. We have had to furlough the majority of our staff and are no longer providing services to our beneficiaries. Can we be considered for a 1 year grant?
  3. We have needed to adapt our services to deliver short term emergency support/remote services, will we still be considered for a 1 year grant?
  4. What will we be required to monitor/report on?
  5. If we are successful, when can we expect to receive the grant?

 

Other

  1. Will this affect the rest of the work the Foundation is doing across England and Wales?

 

Updated 12 June 2020

 

Will the changes affect our next grant payment?

No. If your next annual payment is due but you aren't able to complete the monitoring report because of the disruption caused by COVID-19, we will still release the payment. Please get in touch with your Regional Manager to discuss.

 

We have one/two year(s) left of our grant - will we be affected?

No. Our priority is to continue to support the charities we already partner with through this crisis. We recognise in many instances, charities will be even more crucial than ever in providing practical and emotional support and tackling isolation. This is why all existing grants will be more flexible and grant holders will have access to adapted development support.

 

My grant is coming to an end this year – when will I be able to reapply?    

Right now, we are temporarily not accepting any new funding applications until we can launch a new approach to funding that considers the current environment and how we can support charities in the long term. 

Further details will be shared through our website and newsletter as soon as we are able to. 

 

I was being considered for a continuation grant which I'm due to apply for this year – will I still be able to receive another 3 years funding?

If you’re approaching a decision point for your continuation funding, we will still be in touch with you to discuss the next steps. We will review this as planned while also being flexible about the outcomes and the nature of your work as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will proceed with applications for continuation funding from those charities that were initially considered for it. However, we are now only able to offer continuation funding for one year.

This will be subject to your charity continuing to meet the programme eligibility criteria and the completed continuation funding application.

We will inform all charities whether this has been successful three months in advance of the grant end date.

 

I had a conversation with my Regional Manager about development needs for our charity. Can I still access this?

You should speak to your Regional Manager about any development support needs. If the development needs you identified are still relevant and you have the capacity to engage in the support, you will still be able to access this if your grant is awarded. In addition, we have made available a range of support packages to help you to respond to COVID-19 which you are able to access prior to any funding decision.

 

Can we use the emergency funds to employ a part-time Fundraiser to help the charity to navigate the COVID-19 offers?

Yes. We understand that capacity for charities to navigate the vast number of funding opportunities will be limited. The charity can use the fund to employ freelance fundraising support with this.  Some of our Enhance development support may be useful alongside this.  

 

We need to move to digital fundraising / platforms, but don’t have the skills in house. Can we use the funding to employ consultancy support to do so?  

Yes.  Enhance support might also be useful alongside this. 

 

What evidence do we need to provide to apply for additional funds?

We’ll need you to explain what the additional costs relate to and the rationale for these, and to provide an outline budget. There is no need to provide formal quotes. 

 

We've lost a substantial amount of potential fundraising income, can we use this to help meet the shortfall?

No. We have heard from some of our grant holders that their costs are increasing at a time when their income is being reduced. The government response, as well as that of other funders, appears to be targeted at the latter challenge. This approach would address the former.

This allows us to move beyond the deficit model of ‘charities in crisis,’ and instead highlight and support the additional work being carried out by small charities at an additional cost. It will allow us to support small charities to play to their strengths - their adaptability and resilience - whilst telling the story of how the sector is going above and beyond its usual work to meet rising levels of demand and complexity.  

 

Will the funding cover retrospective costs incurred? 

Yes, if you can show that the costs have been incurred as a result of COVID-19, we will allow them to include costs incurred since 28 February 2020. 

 

Can we apply for management and overhead costs? 

We will consider management and overhead costs if you can clearly demonstrate that these are additional to the charity’s usual core running costs.

 

How many times can I apply for this funding?

We will only consider the first request for funding and will not take on any additional applications from the same charity.

 

How much funding is available?

We have a total budget of £2m. We anticipate with this we will be able to support approximately one-third of our existing grant holders.

 

How quickly will we get a decision?

We will aim to let charities know within 10 working days. 

 

I have an Enable grant, can I apply alongside Invest?

Yes. If your grant is still live at the time of application, we will consider you and vary your grant period as needed. 

 

My grant ended earlier this year, can I access the funds?

Yes, if your grant ended in 2020, we have extended this to December 2020, to enable you to access this funding and any additional development support you may need.  

 

What will happen when our 1 year grant has ended? Will we be able to reapply?

We are considering the impact of the current crisis and will determine the best way in which we can help charities to recover and strengthen in the long term. We will prioritise this work to design an approach to funding that considers how our own offer fits with and complements that of other funders. We will update this statement as soon as we know more. 

 

We have had to furlough the majority of our staff and are no longer providing services to our beneficiaries. Can we be considered for a 1 year grant?

We have prioritised charities which have adapted their services and are still supporting people facing complex social needs. If you are not currently providing any services to beneficiaries we will not progress with your application.

 

We have needed to adapt our services to deliver short term emergency support/remote services, will we still be considered for a 1 year grant?  

Yes, we understand that charities have needed to adapt and respond to COVID-19 and therefore if you are providing some support to your beneficiaries we will still consider your application.

 

What will we be required to monitor/report on?

We will not be asking charities to outline their objectives/outcomes for the grant. We will ask you to report back to us on what you achieved when you submit your end of grant report.

 

If we are successful, when can we expect to receive the grant?

Our Trustees will be holding a meeting at the end of May to decide on this. You should, therefore, hear the outcome early June and will receive the grant once you have signed and returned the grant terms and conditions.

 

Will this affect the rest of the work the Foundation is doing across England and Wales?

As part of our Reaching Further strategy, we are committed to strengthening charities we can’t fund as well as those we can while also influencing policy and practice to improve the operating environment for all small and local charities across England and Wales.

This critical work is needed now more than ever. We are continuing to:

  • work deeper locally in Halton, Redcar, Telford, Great Yarmouth, Merthyr Tydfil and Bolsover to redesign the way local services are resourced and delivered to support people and communities they serve. We have adapted to working virtually to bring together organisations from across the voluntary, public, and private sectors alongside individuals from local communities.
  • voice the value of small and local charities nationally, regionally and locally and push for change to government policy through our work with NCVO, ACEVO, NAVCA, CFG and other infrastructure bodies calling on the government to support charities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • support infrastructure bodies so they can continue to help charities during this crisis. We have already awarded £25,000 grants to NAVCA and Locality and £20,000 to CharityComms to support them with the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.
  • support charities to grow their capabilities, capacity and confidence to influence and campaign for themselves through our changemaker programme.
  • work closely with Lloyds Banking Group to adapt the skills-based volunteering made available to charities so it is reflective of the current COVID-19 crisis. This will take the form of additional micro-volunteering support alongside the existing mentoring programme.