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Supporting Charities and Volunteers during Coronavirus

Top item this week is the government funded grants programme that has gone live today.

I’ve also included a new webinar for trustees that you can now register for.  Feel free to share these or any other items below with your team, trustee board or anyone else who might find them useful. Been forwarded this email? We’re sending them weekly during the pandemic with some extra updates when important new information becomes available. 

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Best wishes, Matt Gilfeather Marketing Communications Manager 

Emergency government grants scheme now open 
Government emergency support funding for charities distributed via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is now open to applications. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NLCF will fund activities supporting people and communities affected by covid-19. They will also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. 
There are three kinds of grants available: 
Grants from £300 to £10,000
Grants from £10,000 to £100,000 
Grants for organisations working in partnership, from £10,000 to £100,000 
The application process is designed to be fast and simple. You can fill in an online form, or you can email answers or submit a video instead. 
They are prioritising:  Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the covid-19 crisis
Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the covid-19 crisis
Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to covid-19 
More funding information We’ve also got lots more funding information on our website: Details of all charity funding from the government
A list of other key national and regional funding opportunities 

*Important survey to fill in if you can* 
Tell us about the financial impact of the pandemic on your organisation 
Your evidence is vitally important as together with other bodies we make the case for more financial support from the government. 
Volunteering latest 
Right volunteers, right place, right time
Volunteers have responded to the coronavirus crisis in their hundreds of thousands but coordination is key. Shaun Delaney looks at some of the ways the voluntary sector is tackling it. #VolunteerSafely | Twitter chat, Thursday 28 May, 12.00-14.00
Our volunteering development team and Volunteering Matters are holding a Q&A on twitter about how to keep your volunteers safe.
Follow: @NCVOvolunteers @volunteering_uk #VolunteerSafely 

Upcoming free webinars 
Financial management during covid-19 – top tips and scenario planning
27 May | 10.30Tips on reporting, using reserves, budgeting and scenario planning. 
Board leadership: Supporting your charity through the next phase of the pandemic 
5 June | 11.00The role of the chair and board, the challenges and opportunities of lockdown easing, and tips/resources on planning for change. 
Making decisions in tough times
11 June | 14.00How to balance immediate and strategic choices, and how to make good decisions in a time of crisis. 

Recent webinars available to watch again
Governing during a pandemic: What are the key things trustees need to focus on?
Involving volunteers during the pandemic – what you need to knowHow to safeguard your volunteers during coronavirus
Assessing health and safety risks during uncertain times
Watch the recording of the webinar we ran with insurance and risk experts Zurich.

Previously shared resources 
Your organisation and coronavirus
Our main practical advice pages with information to help you protect your team and beneficiaries, and manage the operational impacts of the pandemic. 

Funding 
Making the government’s coronavirus support schemes work better for charities
DCMS select committee report calls for urgent action to support charities
New procurement guidance in response to Covid-19: implications for charities 
Governance What charity trustees need to think about
Crisis governance: Support for trustees during the pandemic
The government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy: implications for charities
Free 30-minute legal advice sessions available from Bates Wells
Five principles for organisations to ensure an inclusive coronavirus response 
Volunteering Five lessons from the past about volunteering during emergencies
Mutual Aid and community support: How volunteers are getting involved
British Red Cross online training course for coronavirus volunteers
NHS volunteer responders: Self referrals now open 
People Our Frontline | Mental health and wellbeing resources

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