As well as offering webinars and online surgeries while we practise physical distancing*, we have compiled this page of resources to help you and your community group or project through this tough time and beyond.
The headings below will take you to the relevant sections.
If this page is your first encounter with Birmingham Community Matters – welcome! We are a small charity providing support to small and emerging community groups across the city. Here is a flyer outlining what we do and how we’ve adapted during the Covid-19 outbreak.
*We still refuse to say social distancing, as we feel being social (virtually; safely!) is more important than ever in these tough times.
National support for charities and community groups
Charity Excellence Framework
COVID-19 funder database, online health check and resource base
Free management consultancy for charities
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
Small Charities Coalition
Guidance for small charities, from tech to communications to fundraising
Local and regional support
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)
TAWS is working with partner organisations across the city to support those most in need
Birmingham City Council
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK
A network run by volunteers offering a facility to list an organisation or search for support by postcode
West Midlands Combined Authority
WMCA Community Support Hub
Funding: grants and programmes
BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation
Inspiring Futures (reopens in October)
Birmingham City Council
Community grants to help children and young people
Community grants to support vulnerable adults – these have been awarded now, but more grants are planned for April 2021
Including details of funding (currently closed for applications; we are keeping an eye on this)
Magic Little Grants (deadline for current round of funding is Sunday 31 October)
COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund (grants of up to £10,000 are available to charities supporting homeless people
The National Lottery Community Fund
Here’s a useful overview of all of the National Lottery’s funding programmes – including the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.
Persimmon Community Champions
Persimmon Community Champions: grants of up to £2000 for groups or charities supporting people over 70.
Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme
Selly Oak NNS is distributing grants of up to £10,000 to community groups/organisations to support local delivery and response to community needs. This will be a rolling programme, while money is available.
Download application form
Severn Trent Community Fund has opened for applications (not just coronavirus-related).
Tesco Bags of Help
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund – this is currently closed and we are keeping an eye out for updates.
Yapp Charitable Trust
Grants available for registered charities operating for at least three years. Please note this is not Covid-19 emergency funding.
Youth Futures Foundation
Fundraising: directories and guidance
Search for funding
Free newsletter containing details of grants
Matt Haworth, via David McGlashan’s ‘Have I Got Social Enterprise News for You’ email
Free version of The Digital Fundraising Handbook
National Lottery Community Fund
Networks and peer support
Sandwell Council of Voluntary and Community Organisations (SCVO)
West Midlands Funders Network
How WM Funders Network members are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in the West Midlands
Continuity and recovery for your community group or project
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Information sheet for re-opening village halls and community centres
Covid-19: Connecting online during social distancing
Charity Helpline: free legal consultation (30-minute phonecall) for charities and social enterprises
Covid Tech Support
Free project support for those who need it
Digital Culture Network from the Arts Council
Getting the support of a Tech Champion
Information Commissioner’s Office
Blog: Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection
Madeleine Sugden, via David McGlashan’s ‘Have I Got Social Enterprise News for You’ email
Coronavirus comms for charities
OurSpace Open Projects
As we all consider the world we want to build when we emerge from COVID-19, this Toolkit for Inclusive Spaces is full of inspiring and practical suggestions for creating inclusive community spaces for social action.
Bank accounts for community groups and voluntary organisations (including list updated on Friday 9 October of banks still opening accounts for community groups)
Update Brum from BVSC
A simple guide to help charities and community groups harness digital tools
Tom Walker, via WMCA’s newsletter
‘Designing and Facilitating Digital Events’
Risk Assessment useful links for those running community buildings prepared by St Francis Youth and Community Centre
Bhealthy (from Healthy Birmingham at Birmingham City Council)
Evidence-based practical resources to enable leaders and professionals to support their communities to reduce people’s risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. You can download Bhealthy resources for professionals and individuals here – available in multiple languages
Birmingham Health Partners
‘How to safely wear a facemask’ guide translated into 16 languages
Communities in Sync (sent to us by Sandwell Crossroads)
Leaflet: Supporting carers through loss and bereavement
MiFriendly Cities: Findings, successes and impact of MiFriendly Cities initiatives
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Covid-19 support for people who are blind or partially sighted.
The Ubele Initiative
OurSpace Toolkit for Inclusive Spaces
Research and learning from impact
How charities innovate in times of crisis
Charity So White
Racial injustice in the COVID-19 response: a live position paper
‘We were built for this’ report, showing how community organisations helped us through the coronavirus crisis, and how we can build a better future
New Economics Foundation
Migrants’ access to healthcare during the coronavirus crisis
Pro Bono Economics
Weekly survey into the impact of Covid-19 on charities
What Works Wellbeing
New research on emotional wellbeing impacts of COVID-19
For social enterprises
Social Enterprise Helpline: 0121 771 1411
COVID-19 Summary and Sector Updates
School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
How can SSE support you during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?
Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme (in partnership with SSE): application window has closed; we are looking out for more.
Health and well-being support
Support line open 9am to 11pm daily: 0121 262 3555
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Covid-19 Mental Health Support Offer for Birmingham and Solihull
Route 2 Wellbeing
Directory of services and activities either set up to help people during this crisis, or existing services still running in some capacity.
The Waiting Room (Birmingham & Solihull Health & Wellbeing Services)
Directory of support