Advice and information on funding is provided at CVST. 

We can offer advice, guidance and information to voluntary/community groups on:

  • Constitutions
  • Charitable status 
  • Policies & practices 
  • Quality standards
  • Identifying funding opportunities 
  • Advice on completing application forms

As part of this service, voluntary and community groups can also access a regular funding news sheet and attend ‘Meet the Funder’ events, which are held to give organisations the ideal opportunity to speak directly to funders about their projects/ideas in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.


Funding Newsletter May 2020


Funding Newsletter 9 April 2020


1/6/2020 NCVO Funding Webinars

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2020 – the key implications for charities and voluntary organisations  2 June | 10.00
We'll be joining the legal experts at Bates Wells to explain the details of this important new piece of legislation.
Board leadership: Supporting your charity through the next phase of the pandemic  5 June | 11.00
The role of the chair and board, the challenges and opportnities of lockdown easing, and tips/resources on planning for change.
Building organisational resilience: things for small charities to consider  17 June | 14.00
Join us during #SmallCharityWeek to learn about the key characteristics of a resilient organisation, and tips on how to become one.


21/5/2020  National Lottery Community Fund

We’re delighted to confirm that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.  The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services

Full details in the NLCF press release.


5/5/2020 - Mental Health Response Fund  - Funding available for projects up to £50k

Voluntary and community sector organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing.  To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - you can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant.  Thanks to £5m support from Government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.   On the behalf of mental health providers in England, Mind is administering the fund in partnership with the Mental Health Consortia (MHC), who represent the leading mental health organisations in England.  The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering part of the fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, un-constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details are available on the NSUN website.

You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website.


4/5/2020 - The Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. There is no maximum

Applications close: 12pm Wednesday 3rd June 2020

For more information and to apply, please visit​ or download this summary sheet.


4/5/2020 - Coronavirus Grants for Community and Sports Centres and Village Halls
Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.”  The guidance explicitly includes charities that meet this eligibility criteria. So if your organisation qualifies, you should be getting this grant.  As examples:  sports clubs or grounds, public halls, museums and art galleries.  Word of caution, it is at the discretion of the Local Authority.


20/4/2020 - Charity funding from the government £750m support package for UK charities

The government is currently drawing up plans for the design and delivery of the funding, including money delivered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Starting with a contribution of at least £20m to the National Emergencies Trust, the government will also match public donations to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April.  Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:“The Big Night In promises to be a fantastic evening of entertainment and we welcome this support. We want to help as many people as possible through this crisis. These funds will be shared by the huge number of smaller charities and projects who are making a vital difference to so many communities up and down the country.”



We have already received requests for over £20 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible. Organisations that have already applied will receive email notifications as soon as their decisions are confirmed. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to email requests for support.The need for this fund is greater than anyone expected. We want to help as many organisations as possible, but we want to be fair and not take up people’s time applying to a fund which is already heavily oversubscribed.We hope to expand the fund and will reopen as and when we have additional money which we can grant to organisations. Keep an eye on our social channels and we’ll let people know.


20/4/2020 - Charity Excellence Framework Toolkit & Emergency Funders
This toolkit has been upgraded and is now downloadable as a pdf, together with the COVID19 funder list.
You can find out more from the Charity Excellence website

20/4/2020 - Power to Change Suspends All Current Funding Programmes

Groups should check the Power to Change website and sign up to the Power to Change newsletter for weekly updates.  ​


14/4/20 - £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus
Sport England have made up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The money will help clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. Read more on their website


9/4/20  The National Lottery Community Fund are prioritising:
• Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19  
• Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19  
• Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19  
If you think that you are an organisation that fits with the priorities above and are currently able to do your work through this crisis, then we want to try and make sure that you have the resources you need to support your community. We expect to fund organisations that can provide immediate and early action to their communities.
We want to support as many organisations as possible with the funding we have available. Our funding is available to support groups to deliver activities in the next 6-12 months. We expect there to be great competition for this funding and therefore recommend that you only apply if you have a strong fit with our priorities.  
If you think you need funding at this time and fit with our priorities, then please let us know by responding to the questions below. We know that everyone is incredibly busy and concentrating on essential work, so we only require short summary answers totalling no more than one side of A4.   
• Outline how your organisation fits with one or more of the priorities we have outlined above
• What would this funding cover?
If new / additional activity, please describe what the activity would involve, who it will help and why you think it will support the community at this particular time of crisis
If core costs, please outline your current financial position and how our funding can help e.g.
Do you now expect to draw on your reserves during the next 6-9 months if available?  
If yes, what is the gap in income you need to cover?
How many month’s unrestricted, free reserves do you currently hold if applicable? How many month’s operating costs would this cover?
Are you receiving/expecting to receive any additional support from other funders, or funding sources to support with core costs?  
Please note we can’t fund any costs that will be covered from other funding, including government funding responding to the Covid-19 crisis.
Please can you also send us what you have of the following documentation:  
Cashflow forecast for next 12 months
Latest annual accounts (unless we hold these as part of ongoing grant management)
Latest bank statement

What time period would the funding cover?  
How much funding are you requesting? Please note that we can’t provide unrestricted funding so do specify which cost items  our funding will cover

If possible, please send detailsbefore 1 May to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or directly to your Funding Officer or Manager) so we can see how best to support you. We’ll review your request and will be in touch within 15 working days with an update. We’ll confirm whether we can support you as soon as possible.  

If you have received funding from us before, please let us know of any organisational changes we may not already be aware of, such as legal status, contact or bank details. Now is the time to tell us this information so we can get any payments out quickly to you.
Specifically, if your bank details have changed, follow the guidance on our website around emailing us bank statements. You must attach your bank statement as a PDF, JPEG or PNG file. Unfortunately, we can’t accept Word documents, but photos of your bank statements are absolutely fine.

Here is the bank statement guidance



Sport England have announced a £20 million emergency fund for local sports clubs and community sports organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of Covid-19. Clubs, leagues and community organisations can apply for a grant up to £10,000 who are not currently in receipt of Sport England funding.

This will be a lifeline for a number of Essex sports clubs, leagues, and community sport organisations who need emergency money to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurance, staffing, and facility/equipment hire. The grant can cover the period from 1st March to 31st July.

Priority will be given to clubs, leagues and organisations that serve disadvantaged areas and Sport England priority target groups. Grants will only be provided as a last option after other government sources and funding programmes have been ruled out. Applications must only be made if there is a funding emergency. Applications must be made online, and Sport England will respond within 7 to 10 working days.

You can access information and the application form here.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Further advice and support may be available from National Governing Bodies of Sport.


Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

See the national Magic Little Grants Scheme here.

Essex Community Foundation (ECF), a leading and independent supporter of local charities and voluntary groups, has launched a funding programme to help organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The purpose of the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running.  You can find out more and apply here
ECF, together with community foundations across the UK, will also be distributing funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust.
Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We understand the significant impact that the coronavirus is having.  It is vital that we make funds available quickly for local charities and voluntary organisations that are in urgent need.  This may be to adapt their services to support people who are vulnerable or at risk and cannot leave their homes, or for essential costs, such as staff salaries and rent, if they have temporarily had to close their doors.
“The challenges faced by the sector include a rising demand for services, a reduced workforce, with staff and volunteers in self-isolation, and the loss of income due to the cancellation of fundraising events and activities.
“We already have £300,000 available for emergency grants.  Many of our existing supporters have been wonderfully generous in making additional donations or have agreed to waive the specific criteria of their funds so that we can give as much support as possible at this time.”
Grants are available now to support organisations, with priority given to those delivering vital services to older and vulnerable people, organisations helping to relieve pressure on public services and those co-ordinating a local community response.



Tendring open4community - Online funding portal which enables local voluntary and community groups to search for funding. (Provided through the Tendring District Council website)




Follow Essex Community Foundation on Twitter @Essex_CF and Facebook @EssexFoundation to keep up-to-date with their latest funding opportunities. The independent grantmaking trust distributes £3 million annually to support community and voluntary organisations in Essex. They award grants to a wide range of issues across the County and accept applications for specific projects and core costs; including staff salaries and rent.



Tendring Compact

The Tendring Compact is an agreement on relations between the Statutory and Voluntary sectors. Organisations are encouraged top sign up and to nominate a Compact Champion for their organisation.   See the Local Compact page for more information.





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