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£1m Coronavirus Fund

Localgiving Foundation is delighted to announce that it is accepting applications for £1m grant funding available for organisations who are delivering critical work to support people and communities in response to COVID-19.

Funding is available for organisations working in England and projects must meet one of the following themes:

  • Provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Support people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19

If you are a Localgiving member, simply log into your account and start the application via banner on your dashboard. If you are not a Localgiving member, simply sign up to Localgiving and once you’ve completed your registration you’ll be able to make an application.

Successful organisations will be added to our match fund campaign, which will be launching on Tuesday 27th October, and donations received through the platform will be matched using the £1m Coronavirus Fund. There is no limit to the amount of the grant that you can receive.


 

The £1m Coronavirus Match Fund will work in two stages:

  1. Between 10:00 on 27th October 2020 and 09:59 on 3rd November 2020 each donor can have their donations  matched up to £75 - a charity can benefit from an unlimited number of matched donations.

  2. Between 10:00 on 3rd November 2020 and 12:00 on the 9th November 2020 each donor can have their donations  matched up to £5,000 - a charity can benefit from an unlimited number of matched donations.

 

Charitable organisations will be able to access an unlimited amount of funding through the campaign.

Donors will be eligible to have one donation matched per charity during the first stage of the campaign and one donation matched per charity during the second stage of the campaign.


 

How it works:

  1. Sign up as a Localgiving member or log into your account if you are a member

  2. Submit your application for a grant

  3. Your application will be reviewed and you’ll be notified of the outcome

  4. If successful, you’ll be added to the match fund campaign and will be able receive match funding from the grant pot in-line with the terms of the campaign

  5. At the end of the campaign we’ll finalise the total amount raised and ask you to sign a grant agreement

  6. Once the agreement has been finalised, we will deposit the funds in your account and you can use them to deliver your project

We will be adding further information about the campaign in the near future.


The match fund campaign will run between 10:00 on 27th October 2020 and will end when the funds run out. If the fund does not run out, the campaign will end at 12:00 on 9th November 2020.

To apply to be part of the campaign, you need to be a Localgiving member with an active membership. The application to access a grant through the fund is available via your Localgiving charity account and should take around 15 minutes to complete. Your application will be reviewed by our grants team and you’ll be notified of the outcome within 72 hours.

The funding is available for projects supporting beneficiaries in England that meet one of the following themes:

  • Provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

  • Support people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

  • Connecting and supporting communities to work together to respond to COVID-19

During the campaign donations will secure match funding in-line with the terms of the campaign. At the end of the campaign we will finalise the payment that you are due to receive from the donations and related gift aid, minus fees. Provided this amount is higher than the match funding secured through the campaign, we will pay out all the match funding secured. If this amount is lower than the match funding secured then the match funding will be scaled down to equal the payment of donations and gift aid.

The payment will be made once we have finalised your grant agreement and you have agreed to the terms and conditions of the grant.

The terms of this campaign have been set by the funder.

Only one-time donations will be matched through the campaign. One-time donations will be matched in-line with the terms of the campaign.

  1. Between 10:00 on 27th October 2020 and 09:59 on 3rd November 2020 donations will be matched up to £75

  2. Between 10:00 on 3rd November 2020 and 12:00 on the 9th November 2020 donations will be matched up to £5,000

All one-time donations will be matched through the campaign, this includes donations to charity pages, project pages, appeal pages and fundraiser pages.

A donor can make as many donations as they wish; however, donations will only be matched up to the limits during both stages of the campaign. They can receive match funding on their donations up to £75 during the first stage of the campaign and up to an additional £5,000 during the second stage. The maximum amount of match funding a donor can access on their donations is £5,075.

All donations made through the Localgiving platform to eligible charities during the campaign will be matched in-line with the terms stated. It does not matter where a donor is based.

No. All online donations must be made by the source donor. Any donations that are suspected to be sourced by the offline collection of donors will have match funding removed.

No. There is no minimum or maximum amount that one charity can have matched. A charity can access an unlimited amount of funding through the campaign.

Localgiving does not charge a fee on the majority of donations made through the platform. However, due to the significant costs associated with securing, delivering and managing the Coronavirus Fund, donations that are made through the campaign will be subject to a 15% fee. All donations made through Localgiving are subject to a third party processing fee.

We plan to pay out the grant, which includes the online donations, gift aid and match funding by the end of November 2020.

The project that you receive the grant funding for must be delivered within 12 months; however, the funding provided by the funder is required to be spent by 31st March 2021. You will be required to complete monitoring to show this.