Last updated 15th May 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:
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.
The Movement for Good awards are now open. Ecclesiastical Insurance are giving back to the communities they serve and championing the issues that really matter to them, especially in this time of need – working together to build a movement for good.
Designed to give eligible charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland the financial assistance they need to help them make a real difference, Ecclesiastical are donating £1,000 to 500 charities.
Churches are eligible to enter – just don’t forget to tick the registration exempt box on the nomination form. £1,000 can make a real difference.
Samaritan’s Purse is looking to partner with churches/projects in reaching their communities during the current pandemic and are giving away ‘Community Care Grants’: a one-off cash grant of up to £5,000. Churches and projects can apply for grants of £1000, £3000 or £5,000 in order to keep their work going or get a new project off of the ground. This looks like a good one for new projects with a simple application process.
Practical information to share with people who need support with their finances produced by the Church Urban Fund can be found here
The Rural Services Network have grants available for COVID19 response. Their website can be found here