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. 

Local and regional support

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

Birmingham City Council
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BVSC
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
Covid-19 Support including an emergency funding package

Barclays
100 x 100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme (first round closed on Friday 22 May)

Birmingham City Council 
Community grants to help children and young people
Community grants to support vulnerable adults

Cadent Foundation
Including details of funding (current round open until Sunday 31 May)

Charities Aid Foundation
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund 

Charity Bank
COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Charities and Social Sector Organisations

Civil Society
What funding is available to charities during the Covid-19 pandemic

Elton John Aids Foundation
Covid-19 Emergency Fund (applications for the first round are now closed; more to be announced soon)

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

The LeatherSellers’ Company
Small grants programme

Localgiving
Magic Little Grants

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
Homeless response fund for charitable homelessness organisations 

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.

National Survivor User Network
NSUN Covid-19 Fund is offering grants of up to £1000 for peer support, community action and mutual aid.    

Persimmon Community Champions
Persimmon Community Champions: grants of up to £2000 for groups or charities supporting people over 70.

Resourcing Racial Justice
Providing ‘financial support to individuals and organisations that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as People of Colour (POC)’. The first round of applications will close on Monday 15 June. 

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, whilst money is available.
Download application form

Sport England
Coronavirus: an update – including details of emergency funding

Standard Life Foundation
Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications

Tesco Bags of Help
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Thomas Pocklington Trust
Covid-19 emergency fund for the sight loss sector

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
New £200,000 Community Initiatives Fund for community and voluntary organisations to help overcome the social effects of coronavirus isolation 

Western Power Distribution 
In This Together – Community Matters Fund (application window now closed – we’ll update if it re-opens)

Yapp Charitable Trust
Grants available for registered charities operating for at least three years. 

Youth Futures Foundation
Grants programm

Fundraising: guidance

Blackbaud
Virtual Fundraising 101 handbook

Get Grants
Free newsletter containing details of grants
Online bid writing course for charities and community groups starting on Tuesday 19 May

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 

West Midlands Funders Network
How WM Funders Network members are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the West Midlands

Continuity for your community group or project

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
Webinars

BVSC
Financial resilience support for charities and social enterprises in Birmingham

DigiKick
Details of alternative support (with helping to get people onto email or into video calling, making sure you are safe online, and so on)

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

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’

Supporting communities

Communities in Sync (sent to us by Sandwell Crossroads)
Leaflet: Supporting carers through loss and bereavement

Doctors of the World
The latest NHS guidance on coronavirus translated into 44 languages

Domestic Abuse Support in the West Midlands
Download flyer

For social enterprises

Good Finance
COVID-19 resource hub for charities and social enterprises

iSE
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): apply by Thursday 30 April

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) 

Mind
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

Please share resources you think we should add: info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk.

This page was last updated on Thursday 28 May.