In response to Covid-19, several major grants funders are either pausing new grant applications or re-directing funds. If you have a current grant, have submitted an application, or are considering submitting an application, you are advised to check their web sites or get in touch with them.
Here is a summary of the response to the crisis of five of the largest grant funders known to AJD Regeneration clients.
Lottery Heritage Fund
All new grant applications or existing assessments are paused. Commitments to projects that have not yet started will be honoured, but on a slower timetable.
For existing grant holders and others in the heritage sector, a £50million emergency fund has been made available.
Lottery Community Fund
The online application portal is not yet closed, but all funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing these priorities:
- Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
- Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.
For new applications, it could take up to 18 weeks for a decision, with a further two weeks to pay your grant if you’re successful.
They will respond flexibly to changing timescales and reporting.
National Churches Trust
Still open for new grant applications.
For projects under offer, contact email@example.com with queries.
Existing grant holders are invited to contact ACT on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss re-directing grant monies to meet urgent need.
Grant programmes remain open, but ACT cannot respond to requests from individual churches and charities for emergency funding at this time.
Immediate and simple guidance for charities wishing to change the use of existing grants.
Flexibility to current grant holders around timescales and reporting.
Re-ordering their pipeline so they focus on activities providing immediate relief for the vulnerable and those experiencing hardship as a result of Covid-19.
For applications submitted prior to 20 March 2020, they will be in touch to check that proposals still reflect what your organisations needs currently.
Heart of England Community Foundation
All grant programmes paused. Submitted applications awaiting decisions have been withdrawn. Applications can be re-submitted when it re-opens.