• Resources and funding programmes in response to coronavirus

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    We know that funding is a real concern for community transport providers at the moment, with many of their sources of income no longer being viable in the face of coronavirus, and many of their overheads still in place.

    There are however, a number of different funding sources that are offering emergency funding to charities and organisations going through these sorts of difficulties.

    This includes a recently announced £750 million fund from the UK Government, of which £370 million will go to small local charities including those delivering food and essential medicines. You can find more information here and we’ll update this guidance with details on how to apply when we have them.

    This page contains a wide range of links to different sources of funding and information. Before you take the time to apply to any fund, please make sure that it is still open for applications and that you fit the eligibility criteria. Given the rapidly changing situation, new programmes are emerging frequently, so this is not an exhaustive list and we will be updating it it with new information.

    If you apply for any of this funding, or if you know of any sources to add to the list, please do let us know by emailing advice@ctauk.org.

    Remember, you can find all of our guidance for the community transport sector at ctauk.org/covid19-guidance/ where you can also download it as a PDF and our advice team are here Monday to Friday if you need any additional help or support. 


    Tips for funding applications

    1. Make sure that you are eligible – This may seem obvious, however, it is not always clear what a funding programme can and cannot fund. Eligibility may be based on your location, legal structure or income. Some funding may also only be available for specific purposes. They may only support certain groups, such as young people or the homeless. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible, it’s always best to contact the fund directly to check before committing any time and effort to an application.
    2. Work in partnerships where possible – The response of communities to COVID-19 has been extremely positive, with many organisations stepping forward to help where they can. This also means that it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. Try to make links with your Local Authority and other voluntary groups in your area. This will show that you have considered how your organisation and services fit with the wider COVID-19 response.
    3. Be concise – Given the crisis that we are in, many funders are keen to make decisions as quickly as possible. This will mean that in most cases they will not want to see pages and pages of information. Think about how you can clearly and concisely share what you want to do and how you are going to do it. Throughout an application, you should also try to show why you are doing it, which is where you may want to share the stories of some of the passengers that you make a vital difference to.
    4. Get someone to read over your application – Time may be limited in a situation like this. However, if you have the opportunity to share your application with a trustee, staff member, or volunteer, they may be able to help make it stronger.

    UK-wide and England funding

    Grants online – Links to a number of funding programmes available in different areas.

    UK Community Foundations – Find the community foundation in your area to see if you can access the funds raised through the National Emergencies Trust.

    Charities Aid Foundation – CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19 with grants of up to £10,000. Applications for this fund are currently on hold but their intention is to re-open them, so keep an eye out.

    The Clothworkers’ Foundation – The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

    The Leathersellers’ Company – Fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

    The Yapp Charitable Trust – Grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 (England and Wales).

    Steve Morgan Foundation – Emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies based in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6.

    Standard Life Foundation – Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.

    London Community Response – Grants of up to £1000 for emergency responses in London.


    Funding in Scotland

    Third Sector Resilience Fund£20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

    Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund – Foundation Scotland is offering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.

    COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund – Established by Faith in Community Scotland to ensure that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19.

    Inverclyde Community Fund – Providing grants of £250 – £500 for community groups and voluntary organisations to progress projects within their local communities.

    National Lottery Community Fund Scotland – The Awards for All Scotland funding programme is showing greater flexibility to help applicants respond to COVID-19.

    Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation – Emergency fund set up for charities based in the Moray Local Authority.


    Funding in Wales

    Community Foundation Wales – Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available for groups with an annual income of up to £200,000.

    Social Investment Cymru – Emergency fast track loans.

    Steve Morgan Foundation – Grants available to support charities (North Wales only).

    Cadwyn Clwyd Grants available for Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham only.

    Voluntary Services Emergency Fund – The fund is for voluntary organisations with costs associated with the increase in volunteering activities and adapting service needs in response to Coronavirus.

    Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community FundEmergency, fast-track funding available for organisations in Neath, Afan, Rhondda and Cynon Valleys.

    Moondance COVID-19 Relief Fund – Accepting applications from charities based in Wales.


    Funding in Northern Ireland

    The Community Foundation Northern Ireland – Coronavirus Community Fund open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland.

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council – Community Support Grants are available to communities across Mid and East after the Council agreed a funding lifeline of £100,000 to assist its citizens.


    You can find CTA’s latest guidance for community transport at   ctauk.org/covid19-guidance/.

    You can also contact the CTA advice service if you need any further information. The CTA team are currently working remotely, so to ensure you speak to the right person first time, please email advice@ctauk.org to receive a call back. Our advice service operates 10-4pm Monday-Friday.