Support for Birmingham community groups reacting to the coronavirus crisis

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. 

Local and regional support

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)
is working with partner organisations across the city to support those most in need 

Birmingham City Council
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and resources

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

Arts Council England
Project Grants (open until April 2021)
Covid-19 Support 

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

Cadent Foundation
Including details of funding (currently closed for applications; we are keeping an eye on this)

Heart of England Community Foundation
Doing Things Differently (grants of between £3000 and £20,000 to help organisations adapt)
Heart of England Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Magic Little Grants (deadline for current round of funding is Sunday 31 October)

Morrisons Foundation
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
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
Grants programme

Fundraising: directories and guidance

Funding Central
Search for funding

Get Grants
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)
Covid-19 support

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

Arts Professional
Covid-19: Connecting online during social distancing

Bates Wells
Charity Helpline: free legal consultation (30-minute phonecall) for charities and social enterprises

Birmingham Community Matters
Online surgeries

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

COVID-19 Event Safety Playbook for Events 

COVID-19 Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Information Commissioner’s Office
Blog: Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection

Reopening Guidance for Locality Members

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.

Resource Centre
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 

Supporting communities

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

Doctors of the World
The latest government advice on coronavirus, translated into 60 languages
Guidance on mental health and wellbeing, translated into 27 languages

Domestic Abuse Support in the West Midlands
Download flyer

MiFriendly Cities: Findings, successes and impact of MiFriendly Cities initiatives
View newsletter

Thomas Pocklington Trust
Covid-19 support for people who are blind or partially sighted.

The Ubele Initiative
OurSpace Toolkit for Inclusive Spaces

For social enterprises

Good Finance
COVID-19 resource hub for charities and 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

Birmingham Mind
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 

Citizen Coaching & Counselling
Anger Management online course is currently free (usually £27) 

Future Learn
Support Your Mental Health in Lockdown courses

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

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.

Self Injury Support
Coping with coronavirus lockdown when your mental health is already not great

The Waiting Room (Birmingham & Solihull Health & Wellbeing Services)
Directory of support

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This page was last updated on Wednesday 14 October 2020.