COVID-19 Crisis Funding for Social Enterprises in England

COVID-19 Crisis Funding for Social Enterprises in England

Social enterprises that are supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19 are invited to apply for a new Fund, worth £18.7 million.

The funding can be used for two types of support:

Funding for activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19.

Help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they are facing as result of the crisis.

Organisations must have been incorporated for at least a year and have had an annual income of between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19 to be eligible. Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that are led by people from BAME backgrounds, people with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or by people with lived experience of the issue they are seeking to resolve.

Grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 are available. However, as funding is very limited, most grants will be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000. The grants can be used to cover costs such as:

Staff salaries.

Project activities.

Running costs.

Small-scale refurbishment.

Items of equipment.

Organisational development.

Contributions to fixed costs.

Investments in systems.

Investments in people.

Investments in infrastructure.

Dedicated capacity development.

There will be three application rounds to ensure that smaller social enterprises who may take longer to get their finances together have a fair chance to bid.

Applications for the first round can be submitted until 1pm on 20 July 2020.

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