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Date: 30 Apr 2020     

Coronavirus Funding

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News: Aviva Community Fund - Ends 5 May

Aviva Community Fund criteria broadened to include applications for covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, have you had to shift your focus? Have you had to adapt the way you run your charity? Is it challenging to correctly equip your staff/volunteers to work remotely? These are challenging times for many small charities.

That’s why for this quarter only Aviva, have broadened their ‘Aviva Community Fund’ criteria to include applications for covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout COVID-19, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000.
Applications are now open until 5 May 2020.

What’s the process?

Click the link here to view Aviva’s process  which explains each step of the Aviva Community Fund. This includes key dates and deadlines for submitting your project, when your project will be reviewed, and of course, when you could, if successful, receive your funding.

Aviva Community Fund is powered by Crowdfunder, so your application will have its own Crowdfunding page. It’s important to be realistic with how much funding you apply for. This is because crowdfunding is an "all or nothing” process, which means you need to raise 100% of your target to receive your money, otherwise your supporters will be refunded, and your project will not receive any funding.

To be eligible, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered charity, a registered community interest company or a registered community benefit society
  • be based in the UK
  • have existed for at least 12 months at the time of submission
  • have an annual income of no more than £1,000,000 (averaged over three years)
  • have a bank account in its own name
  • be a living wage employee (if the organisation employs people)
  • have an active board of trustees or directors

Before submitting an idea take a careful look through the complete eligibility checklist here.

You have until 23:59 on 5 May 2020 to submit your funding application.

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News: Alpkit Foundation Funding

Grants up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health.  The Foundation are currently prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by Covid 19.

Eligible projects include:

  • Help to elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self isolation
  • Supporting food banks
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
  • Bringing adventure indoors

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News: Action Together COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Community Response Fund that is available for Tameside and Glossop groups from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector working on a COVID-19 Community Response.

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News: Grants to Support Mental Health During COVID-19

NSUN launches new fund with grants up to £1000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19.

The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations based in England, to continue to provide mental health services, or provide additional support, during Covid-19. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months (for charities, CICs, CIOs or companies ltd. by guarantee). 

As part of this funding programme, NSUN is administering a smaller fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period.

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News: One Family Community Grants

One Family’s Community Grants is a programme open to One Family customers providing funding up to £2,500 to local groups, charities and causes.

For the current round customers can nominate an established charity or group which is either:

  • Providing support to those that been affected by coronavirus
  • Struggling to maintain their usual services due to coronavirus

Nominations close on Tuesday 12 May 2020.

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News: English Cricket Board Emergency Funding

Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply for two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the Covid 19 pandemic.

There are two schemes:

  • Emergency Loan Scheme – aims to support affiliated cricket clubs by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day to day running and maintenance costs.  Awards are up to £5,000 for clubs with a junior section and up to £3,000 for clubs with an adult section only.
  • Return to Cricket Grant Scheme – aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances

Applications can be generated from Clubs that are prevented from taking out an Emergency Loan by their own constitution or articles, Cricket leagues (open age or junior), and Clubs that have an annual turnover of less that £15,000

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Other News

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News: Online Support During COVID-19

Online Support Schedule of activities First Steps are running everyday via Zoom or Social Media platforms.

You can get engaged with some Mindfulness sessions, learn new skills at Mental Health Training, get creative at Art Workshops or join one of the wellbeing groups where you can talk and discuss different topics with other people.  The groups are open to everyone and free to attend.

Mindfulness Monday with Clair 9:00

Art Workshop Monday 11:00

EDISS Group Tue 18:00

Live Stream Mindfulness session with Clair Tuesday 19:00 - live on Facebook + Instagram

Feeling Good Wednesday - email to receive registration form and a link

Mental Health Training Thu 15:00

Yoga -  email to receive the link

AA Group- link available after attending an initial assessment

Friday Art Workshop 11:00

Stress Free Friday 14:00

Saturday group - email and you will get a link then

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News: Healthwatch Derbyshire

Healthwatch Derbyshire is here to help make health and social care work better for all Derbyshire residents.

Whether you are struggling to find the right health and care information, or you have an experience of care that services need to take action on, Healthwatch Derbyshire want to hear from you. 

Help with the latest local advice and information

NHS and Social Care services have had to change the way they are working in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) is collating the latest local health service information in one place throughout the pandemic:

Many people will not have family or friends to help them access information from the internet, thus needing alternative support to help find the right information. Call the Healthwatch Derbyshire team if you cannot access information from the Joined up Care Derbyshire website or you cannot locate the local health or social care information you need on the website - Tel: 01773 880786  Monday – Friday 10.00am  – 3.30pm.

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News: Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

A tool to help you build resilience during difficult times.


  • 1 Introduction
  • 5 Planning Your Information Diet 
  • 7 My Spheres of Influence Worksheet
  • 8 Practical Wisdom for Tolerating Uncertainty
  • 9 Reducing Anxiety With Thought Challenging
  • 10 Reducing Anxiety Through Distraction Activities
  • 15 Starting a Planning Practice
  • 18 Starting a Daily Gratitude Practice
  • 20 Starting a Daily Breathing Practice
  • 21 Improving the Quality of Your Social Connections
  • 22 Developing a Regular Exercise Routine
  • 23 Creating Your Stress-Resilience Action Plan
  • 25 Further Resources
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News: Coronavirus Related Links

Support for those self isolating:

Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills:

Derbyshire County Council - Doing more for those in danger of domestic abuse:

Free distraction pack from Derventio Housing:

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