New funding opportunities for voluntary and charitable organisations

Published Wednesday, 6th May 2020

Help is now available for those voluntary organisations helping the most vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The work that voluntary and charitable organisations do are a lifeline for many residents, never more so than since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Voluntary and charitable organisations can now get support from Worcestershire Communities Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Worcestershire Communities Foundation has a specific COVID-19 fund available up to £5,000. The foundation supports small organisations across the county and has a range of grants to apply for.

The new coronavirus grant is for organisations which support specific vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families.

The National Lottery Community Fund awards money to help communities to thrive. Their funding over the six months will be given to groups who can support their communities.

The communities which the fund will seek to support are those which help people at high risk from COVID-19 and communities who will face new challenges as a result of coronavirus outbreak.

Groups can apply for a funding pot of under £10,000, or over £10,000, depending on what they want to do.

These funding pots could essential to the survival of voluntary and charitable organisations. 

Roger Britton from Worcestershire Community Foundation said:

“The Worcestershire Community Foundation has always been there to support small organisations in Worcestershire and we intend to be there for them now more than ever. You don’t have to be a registered charity, as long as the work you do has charitable aims. Please do get in touch to find our more and apply.”

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said:

“Voluntary organisations and charities have shone throughout the coronavirus crisis. Their work is vital for so many vulnerable people. These funding opportunities are crucial to these organisations existence so they can support residents in both emergencies and in the long-term.”

To find out more about these funding opportunities please go to the Funding for Charities and Voluntary Organisations page on the Council website