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 Thursday 26 March.

Sections updated are as follows:

  • Managing your organisation
  • 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

What can voluntary and community organisations in Dudley Borough do to prepare for Coronavirus?

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 webpage for businesses and voluntary sector organisations. Some of the information will also be relevant to smaller community groups and to volunteers as well as staff. This 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

#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

Taking on volunteers to support during the Covid-19 outbreak

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

Financial help

It is currently unclear whether government measures announced to support small businesses will also apply to charities and other not-for-profits. We believe the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereby "all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis" may apply. To apply for this and view other government support that may apply, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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