Celebrate & Illuminate

Herts Year of Culture 2020

Funding and Support

There is a range of funding available at both a local and national level to support organisations and individuals affected by the Coronavirus.  General information on all aspects of the crisis including links to the most up to date Central Government information, can be found via the County Council’s coronavirus pages.

Grants Online https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html

Grants Online  have pulled together a comprehensive and regularly updated list of funding opportunities specifically related to supporting organisations through the pandemic which can be accessed on their website without a subscription.

Herts Sports Partnership https://sportinherts.org.uk/funding/funding-matters-newsletter-2/#content

HSP have produced a funding newsletter which is extremely useful and can be found on their website.  It includes information on local authority funding alongside other local, national and sport specific funding packages. 

Local Funding

Hertfordshire Community Foundation www.hertscf.org.uk/grant-making

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity which manages a range of funding sources for local voluntary and community sector organisations.  For information on currently available funding visit their website. 

Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/locality-budgets/locality-budgets.aspx

You can apply to your local County Councillor directly if you are a local organisation who is offering support to those affected by the coronavirus.

Crowdfund Hertfordshire: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/programmes/crowdfund-hertfordshire

Crowdfunder are working with a number of partners across Hertfordshire, helping to make great ideas happen through a combination of expert crowdfunding coaching, events and grants. They are looking to support not-for-profit organisations working with local communities in Hertfordshire that aim to make communities stronger, more connected, capable, active, safer, fairer and more inclusive. For any queries relating to these funds please contact Hertfordshire Community Foundation at ana.siewniak@hertscf.org.uk

Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund https://www.visithertsbusiness.co.uk/get-involved/crowdfund-hertfordshire-small-business-innovation-fund/

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Visit Herts are working in partnership to offer small and micro businesses within the tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts and cultural sectors the chance to unlock match funding to help overcome the challenges of Covid-19.The £200,000 Hertfordshire LEP fund is administered by Visit Herts. Participating businesses will raise money for their project through pledges from their community and loyal customers. Once a business secures their target, successful applicants will be able to unlock between £2,000 - £5,000 in match-funding. To qualify, your business will need to be located in Hertfordshire and be a micro or small business primarily operating in tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts or culture sectors. You will need to demonstrate that your business has been affected by Covid-19 and how you would use the funding to adapt your current business to either operate during lockdown, or to adjust to post lockdown measures as well as clearly demonstrating that the adjustments you intend to make will help protect jobs directly within your business.

Locally you can find information and support for your organisation via your local Council for Voluntary Service.  You can also find out about volunteering opportunities to support others across the County via #TeamHerts

National Funding

BBC Children In Need Small and Large Grants Programme https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/covid-19-funding-streams/

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Children in Need have temporarily broadened the types of applications they are accepting. They are currently offering funding that can be used more flexibly than usual. They are encouraging applications for:

  • Project delivery (Including staffing and salary costs)
  • Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
  • Organisational costs to support stability and adaptation. (Including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs)

All applications will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.  Applications are not limited to one specific project and a request can be made for organisational running costs.

Tesco Bags of Help https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/

Tesco Bags of Help is offering grants of up to £1000 to support organisations working with children and young people.  In store voting is currently suspended.  Visit the website for more information. 

Aviva Community Fund https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding#criteria

Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas.

Comic Relief (UK)  Capacity Building Grants Scheme https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.  There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children up to the age of 11 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant. This new and exciting programme aims deliver long lasting community driven change and we will work closely with successful projects to gather learning from the programme to share widely.

Sport England Active Together Programme https://www.sportengland.org/news/%C2%A31-million-crowdfunding-support-clubs-and-organisation 

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder. Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised.

New Project Funding & Loans to Support the Heritage Sector (UK) https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/new-project-funding-and-loans-support-sector-resilience

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot.  The aim is to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phase one will see the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme reopen to applications for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 for heritage not-for-profit and public sector organisations, and local authorities to build their resilience. Applications can be made at any time.

Heritage Recovery and Resilience Loans will also be available, providing sums of between £50,000 and £250,000 to not-for-profit organisations currently or previously in receipt of National Lottery Heritage funding looking to restart and develop their income generating potential. The deadline for applications is the 14th February 2021.

Phase 2 will start in February 2021 and heritage organisations will be able to apply for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million.

Funding Available to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) https://www.artsculturefinance.org/enquire/or email: artsculturefinance@nesta.org.uk  

Nesta, the innovation agency, has announced changes to its Cultural Impact Development Fund, which offers investment up to £150,000 for arts and culture organisations.  The Cultural Impact Development Fund, which was previously a loan fund, will now include grants up to 50 per cent of the total investment.

The £3.5m Fund has been restructured to make it more responsive to the economic shock of COVID-19 and aims to offer more flexible financial support to organisations as they adapt. The fund has been specifically designed to offer flexible finance to arts and culture organisations working with the people and communities in greatest need.

Arts-Based Learning Fund to Re-opens for Applications (UK) https://www.phf.org.uk/funds/arts-based-learning-fund/#purpose-of-the-fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund will re-open to applications on the 30th October 2020.

The Foundation will accept applications from arts organisations that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high-quality arts-based learning activities.

Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for two to three-year projects. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding work for the benefit of primary-age children and work taking place in areas of social and economic deprivation and inequality outside of London. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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