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Crisis funding for groups

Last updated: 4 May 2020

Here are some sources of emergency funding for organisations in the Hastings area that are affected by, or responding to, the coronavirus pandemic:


Sussex Community Foundation have launched The Sussex Crisis Fund, which has been set up to support the community and voluntary sector in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It is designed to help fund the emerging needs facing our communities and the charities and community groups that support them, at this time. Initially, emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available, and decisions are taking 1-2 weeks. This fund has its own criteria and application form.

The Foreshore Trust have opened the latest round of their funding, with grants of up to £6000, and a deadline of Monday 18 May 2020.

Big Local are offering grants of up to £2,000 for activities that support people in North East Hastings.
The National Lottery Community Fund announced that the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they will accelerate the cash part of this funding, so money gets to where it needs to be.
The Arts Council have made available £160million of emergency funding for organisations and artists.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. This is a rapid response fund, and with payments within 14 days of application.
The Big Night In has raised over £67 million, which has been split between Children in Need and Comic Relief and the National Emergency Trust (who are distributing their money to Community Foundations).
Crowdfunder UK are making no charges on donations to Covid19 crowdfunding campaigns.
Further information:
Government announcement about funding for charities - 8 April 2020
Coming soon:
National Emergencies Trust
Hastings Relief Fund
Currently closed:
Money Saving Expert - closed Wednesday 25th March 
If you are aware of other quick funding for charities, community groups and social enterprises, contact Peter at 
Page first published: 23 March 2020

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