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Emergency funding and help for non-profits

Covid-19 is putting non-profit and social enterprise startups under massive pressure. Here are some sources of funding and assistance to help.

National Emergencies Trust

Set up in 2019, the trust is backed by the Duke of Cambridge and works to fundraise and support local charities that help individuals in the UK. It has a special Coronavirus Appeal.

Details of how to apply for funding and FAQ are available here

£20m fund for Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a Third Sector Resilience Fund to help ensure the health and continued viability of the third sector organisations affected by cash flow and other problems.

Initial details can be found on the government website – or email SocialJusticeMailbox@gov.scot for more information or to apply.

Emergency support for London charities

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will contribute £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus.

The Mayor has joined City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, to launch the new fund. Details will be shared by London Funders when available.

£1m for small charities

Martin Lewis, the man behind Money Saving Expert, is offering grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 to help small non-profits with UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. It’s a rapid response initiative and the deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 25 March. More information on Martin’s blog or go direct to the application form.

Facebook grants and free advertising

Facebook is offering $100 million (around £860,000) in cash grants and advertising credits to help small businesses cope with the impact of Covid-19.

The funding will split across Facebook’s 30 global markets with more details to be announced.

Community Foundation

Additional local funding includes grants of up to £2,500 from the Community Foundation Northern Ireland while the Community Foundation in North East England is supporting charities with grants from a £300,000 Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund.

Microsoft Office 365 for free

Microsoft’s head of tech for philanthropies has announced that non-profit volunteers will be able to use its Office 365 E1 software for free for six months. The package includes Microsoft Teams as well as email and file storage. Non-profits must register with Microsoft to determine eligibility then email mailto:tsiteamsforall@microsoft.comto get started.

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