Funding opportunities for community and voluntary organisations

27th January 2022 in Community Support, Local News

Funding is available from the National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder to support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic

What’s it all about?

Launched last year, the National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder UK has been supporting community and voluntary organisations to counter the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With over £700,000 of funding still available, organisations can access up to£10,000 each in match-funding from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal.

Why was the funding set up?

Since the pandemic, small charities and voluntary groups have been dealing with increased demand on their services without being able to fundraise in the usual ways.

With many having had to invest their reserves to keep operating safely, the Local Action Fund aims to provide vital financial help, while opening new avenues of income for those who may not have tried out crowdfunding before.

Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services.

Who can apply?

Eligible organisations include:

  • Registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • Churches and other religious organisations
  • other voluntary community organisations deemed appropriate by Crowdfunder

If eligible for the funding, successful organisations will be required to set up a crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise money to either launch new local initiatives or to enable them to continue existing services. The National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000.

Need some help?

Crowdfunder highly recommend that any potential projects check out their Coaching hub which will give you a lot of great advice and guidance from their coaching team to help you move any project forward.

Additionally, this free online learning tool that they’ve created will walk you through the process of running a successful project.

If you have any questions please go to Crowdfunder’s help centre where you will find answers to all crowdfunding queries or you can join a Crowdfunder LIVE + Learn: Q&A drop-in session.

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