Infrastructure Fund

Charities have played a vital role in responding to the crisis. We’re working with national and local infrastructure organisations to ensure their voices are heard as we rebuild.

Support for Charitable Infrastructure Organisations


We know small and local charities work best in a strong local ecosystem. During the pandemic, an unsung army of local charitable infrastructure organisations have been coordinating activity, providing essential services, mobilising volunteers and others who wanted to help, and linking charities directly with local councils, the NHS and other statutory bodies to ensure people got the help they needed and minimising gaps and duplication.

As the charity sector continues to respond to the crisis, local and regional infrastructure organisations will have an important role in advocating for and raising the voice of small and local charities. There will be opportunities to shape what ‘building back better’ means for local areas, small charities and the communities they work with.

These same infrastructure charities, however, have been hit hard by the pandemic and they’re seeing their own income streams shrink, leaving them at risk of significantly reducing their services. We want to ensure that these organisations that are the backbone of support for many small and local charities are not forgotten.

Through our new funding programme, we hope to provide the breathing space local and regional infrastructure organisations need to develop new ways of working and to ensure that they can continue to advocate for small and local charities at this critical time.

 

Funding available

This is a one-off funding opportunity for local and regional infrastructure organisations that provide organisational development support for and advocate for small and local charities. This funding is only available to infrastructure organisations in certain geographical areas in England and Wales – please read the guidance carefully to check if your organisation is eligible.

We have a total fund available of £480,000 and anticipate making 16 grants of £30,000.  Grants will be available for core costs and can be used over 1-2 years.

The funding aims to provide some space for infrastructure organisations to reflect and adapt to the new environment, through their advocacy work but also developing their financial sustainability. To support this, we will provide additional non-financial support to grant holders – access to development support through our Enhance programme, as well as peer support and learning opportunities across the cohort of organisations.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

We know that charities supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. as well as long term under-funding. For this reason, 25% of the grants for this programme will be ring-fenced for infrastructure organisations that are specifically supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic-led charities and that are led by members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

The closing date for application submission is 5 pm, 9 October 2020. Please read the guidance carefully before applying. View the full list of areas we will fund.

Learn more about our support during COVID-19