Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

We are building resources to help not-for-profits. This list includes emergency grant funding and links to official help and guidance. It will be updated regularly as the situation is rapidly changing. Please check back using this link Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits. This article was last updated on 30 June.

Sections updated are as follows:

  • Governance and managing your charity
  • Financial help
Newer updates appear first.

Dudley CVS group support staff will still be on hand for email and remote conversations to offer support. If you need to get in touch, please email admin@dudleycvs.org.uk and your email will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff. We ask that you bear with us while we work to co-ordinate the community response to Covid-19, so it may take some time to get back to you.

NAVCA is also regularly updating its list of useful links and resources for managing your organisation across a variety of topics: https://navca.org.uk/vcse-resources-hub

Government guidance

One of the most useful things that organisations can do is to think about how their organisation will cope if a high proportion of their staff or volunteers become ill or unavailable at the same time, and what steps you might take to avoid this happening. Many of these steps involve reducing the time people spend together in order to reduce the chances of Coronavirus spreading between them (and affecting a lot of the people you work with at the same time).

Remember that people may be unable to work even if they have not become ill themselves – it could be, for example, because schools have closed and people need to stay at home to care for their children or grandchildren.

Voluntary organisations and community groups may find useful information on the government’s guidance for businesses and voluntary sector organisations. It includes information on when employees should stay away from work, how to respond to employees who need to take time off work, and how to clean premises after someone develops Coronavirus. It also includes 8 different guides for different types of workplace, ranging from offices to shops.

Governance and managing your organisation



Financial help

Government measures announced to support small businesses also apply to charities and other not-for-profits. These include:

1. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also known as 'furlough'.

Currently, you can Claim for 80% of your employees' wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is capped at £2,500 per month per employee and you can choose to top up payments to 100%.

Remember that any furloughed member of staff cannot work or volunteer for you while they are furloghed.

This scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July.

From August, the scheme will be adapted to allow furloughed workers to work part time. This will be continued until October, but may include employers having to contribute to the scheme.

NCVO has a useful round up of the furlough rules.

To apply for please visit the government webpage.

The following two packages of government support are being administered by local authorities.

2. Business rate grant

Grants of up to £10,000 for any business (including not-for-profits) with a rateable value of up to £15,000, regardless of their area of work.

3. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) supports businesses and charities in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with their business costs during coronavirus.

Properties eligible for the grant will be those that are wholly or mainly being used as a hospitality, retail, or leisure venue, such as a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • estate agent or letting agency
  • assembly or leisure property - for example, a bingo hall, a sports club, a gym or spa
  • hospitality property - for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation
The government has confirmed that eligible charities which have received charitable rate relief or discretionary relief can still get the grant.

These grants are managed at local authority level, so visit the Dudley Council business support webpage to apply.

For more information, visit: https://www.dudleybusinessfirst.org.uk/coronavirus-business-guidance/government-grants/

4. Dudley Council Community Forums

Grants of up to £5,000 for local activities (at ward level) are still available.

The guidelines and application forms are available on the Dudley Council website.

Charity Tax Group has useful guidance on government funds 2 and 3 here.

Other finance and fundraising support:

1. We are constantly updating a list of funders supporting not-for-profits during the Coronavirus pandemic.

2. Raise money online through JustGiving - 0% platform fee.

3. Raise money and support online through Crowdfunder, which has announced it has dropped its platform fees.

4. Charity Finance Group general information.

5. Institute of Fundraising information.

Taking on volunteers during the Coronavirus pandemic

Help and guidance for groups taking on volunteers and offering support to communities during the outbreak is now located here: https://interests.me/org/dudleycvs/story/200803

Health and Care



Where to find posters and resources for your place of work or community venue

Public information materials can be downloaded from Public Health England at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5016

Local information

#EveryDayCounts Campaign

The national infrastructure bodies – NAVCA, NCVO, ACEVO, CFG, IoF, Small Charities Coalition, DSC and others – are working together, shoulder to shoulder, to support the sector at this crucial time. They are using all their combined weight and influence to bring about urgent and immediate action to create a meaningful package of financial support for the sector – for those actively involved in the delivery of crisis response, and for the sustainability of the sector as a whole.

Dudley CVS has added its voice to the campaign by emailing our local MPs to tell them of the immense pressure facing the sector at a time when it facing unprecedented and unanticipated demand.

You can also lend your weight to this campaign by visiting this link: https://navca.org.uk/news-and-views/f/everydaycounts

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