Support for community organisations
Support for vulnerable households
The Government have announced a new scheme to help support vulnerable households over the winter as the country continues to recover from the pandemic.
We are still awaiting further details on this scheme, and once we have more information, we will update our website.
Support for community and voluntary organisations
The Government announced a £750m funding package on 8 April.
This is to to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and includes a £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
Latest information can be found on the Government website.
To find out about the Community Support Fund, go to the National Lottery website.
Please check the latest local information at ESCC funding news and their COVID-19 Special Edition, which is aimed at the voluntary sector, but also includes some information for individuals and businesses.
Please also check the funding page of Hastings Voluntary Action for further local information.
Sussex Community Foundation - Sussex Crisis Fund
Sussex Community Foundation has the Sussex Crisis Fund to help local charities and community groups, supporting people suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Examples of work the fund supports includes helping vulnerable people in self-isolation, support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic or coordinating community response.
The fund also aims to help smaller charities and community groups which are themselves facing financial difficulties, as a result of the outbreak, focusing on those working with communities affected by the virus. This might mean changing the way they work and need to buy additional equipment, in order to carry on providing their services.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - Covid-19 Support Fund
The fund is working in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust.
CAF have launched a hub for the latest funding and resources to help charities and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more information on their website.
National Lottery Heritage Fund
This funder continues to help you through COVID-19. Please see latest details including funds and their funding principles at the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.
The National Lottery Community Fund
This funder continues to help you through COVID-19. Please see latest details including funds and their funding principles at the National Lottery Community Fund website.
Historic England Fund
Please check the Historic England website for the latest on funding programmes and details of the previous COVID-19 emergency response funds.
Sport England - Community Emergency Fund
Please check the Sport England website for information on current grants available as well as details of the closed Community Emergency Fund
Hastings Relief Fund
Several charities and community initiatives have responded rapidly to meet the needs of local people in Hastings, for practical help and emotional support. The situation has been changing every day, and in some cases additional costs have been incurred in order to get help to people as quickly as possible.
Hastings Voluntary Action is working with Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council, local NHS, Hastings Emergency Action Response Team, Heart of Hastings, Hastings Foodbank and many others, to co-ordinate local efforts.
Hastings Voluntary Action has been asked to set up a Hastings Relief Fund to receive donations and distribute them quickly to local organisations that are helping local people during this pandemic.
Your donations will help local charities and community initiatives to help people in Hastings.
National Emergencies Trust (NET)
A fundraising appeal was launched in mid-March and it continues to support the most vulnerable in society.
The money is being distributed through UK Community Foundations to 46 local community foundations across the country. In our area our community foundation is Sussex Community Foundation who are administering the Sussex Crisis Fund.
Major businesses and charitable trusts across the UK, as well as the British public, have generously donated to the appeal, including corporate donors such as BT, Tesco, HSBC, M&S and National Grid. The appeal is responding to the needs of local communities across the UK and allocating money to community foundations based on local factors such as levels of deprivation and demographics in each region.
Support for community organisations