Last updated 7th September 2020
Advice and ideas about how we, as a church, can continue to serve our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic will appear here.
A briefing from Civic Society Consulting (work with the Together Network and Near Neighbours) can be found here containing:
A summary of key funders’ reactions (noting as we do that most of you receive your income from Statutory, Lottery and Charitable Trust sources rather than company and individual income streams); plus a table of the latest list of funds available to help with crisis support; some funding streams have developed their thinking on CoVID support and what they offer. Click on the link to get the latest info.
This publication may be revised in the coming weeks to reflect the ongoing changes - especially with regard to the response for BAME communities.
Community Foundation for Lancashire grants (15/05/2020)
As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.
Working with the UK Community Foundation (UKCF), the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF), they now have funds available awarded under the following priorities:
These priorities will be reviewed regularly and changed/additions made as fundraising and the outbreak develops.
Who can apply?
Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils. We also welcome applications from newly established groups though please note the requirements below on documentation required.
How much is available?
Grants of up to £5,000 will be available initially. This may change in further phases of the fund. If you receive a grant, we can accept subsequent applications to further phases of the fund or when additional funding is received though please note we will have to take into account previous grants to ensure we are able to support as many community organisations as possible.
How to apply?
Serving the community is one of the core parts of ministry. But how we provide such ministry must change, at least on a temporary basis, during the COVID-19 pandemic in order that we can protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Consider carefully all community ministries your church is involved with and ask if they are essential to the community you serve. The answer will be different in different places.
If you decide that the ministry is providing an essential service and there would be considerable harm if it stopped then you must take action to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. This should include:
Please consider the following:
If you are unsure consult the advice given by Public Health England.
Practical information to share with people who need support with their finances produced by the Church Urban Fund can be found here