Emergency Funding for DDPOs – September update

Here you can find information on new sources of funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis, that are available from September 2020.

New Emergency Funding for DDPOs in September

Here you can find information on new sources of funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis, that are available from September 2020.

If you need support with making applications you can access free support from Inclusion London’s Associate Business Consultant Alex Hendra. To book 121 support by phone or video call contact Alex at consultancy1@inclusionlondon.org.uk.

DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund

New UK Funding programme for Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations.

The £1.5m fund, provided by The National Emergency Trust (NET), will support grassroots DPOs across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding, to respond to the COVID-19 needs of Disabled people.

The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.

More information here. Closing date 5 October 2020

Government Small Business recovery grants


The nature and value of grants awarded will be tailored to local circumstances and will typically be up to £3,000. Under certain circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded. The scheme is managed and administered through your Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

These grant schemes will open on Tuesday 15th September 2020 at midday (12pm) where you will need to complete an Expression of Interest (EoI) application. This is not open until then. Further information, including eligibility criteria will be available on each LEP website.

Applications are on a first come, first served basis. It is anticipated that the call for expressions of interest will be open for a very short period before it becomes oversubscribed so time is of the essence.

Find your local LEP here https://www.lepnetwork.net/local-growth-hub-contacts/

Who is eligible for this grant?

To be eligible for this grant:

  • You must be an SME (including third sector organisations, social enterprises and trading charities) based in Berkshire.
  • Your business needs to have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • Your business must have the ability to survive following the impact of COVID-19.
  • Your business staff headcount must be below 250 FTE. Businesses with more than 250 employees will not be eligible.
  • Your business must have a balance sheet of below €43million.
  • Your business must have a turnover of below €50million.
  • If your business has received state aid in the last 3 years the total should not be in excess of €200,000. Businesses exceeding this level of state aid funding will not be eligible.

What expenditure is eligible?

The grant is available to help SMEs access specialist advice or equipment to address their immediate needs. The grant must cover 100% of the cost of the service or product and cannot be used to part-fund expenditure.

Examples of potentially eligible expenditure on equipment (where a COVID-19 related impact can be demonstrated) could include:

  • IT hardware to support home working
  • Software to enable secure remote working
  • Equipment for remote working including desks, chairs etc.
  • Cloud based storage

What will you need for your expression of interest (EoI)?

You will need to have the following information to hand when completing the eligibility diagnostic:

  • Business name
  • Contact name
  • Email address or contact information
  • Trading address (incl. postcode)
  • Number of employees based on Full Time Equivalents
  • SIC Code/Nature of business – If you don’t know your SIC code you can find it here.
  • Balance sheet total for last financial year in euros
  • Turnover total for last financial year in euros
  • Net profit for last financial year in euros
  • The value of any state aid funding received within the previous 3 years (based on your business’ financial year)

What else will you need to know?

You will also be asked:

  • To provide a brief overview of the activities of the business, your products and services.
  • The current issues/challenges that you face and what support you are seeking.
  • Does your current business plan adapt and diversify in order to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • If you have reviewed information on other business support provision available and that this is the only provision that meets your business needs? You can find useful information on support available by visiting our COVID-19 support pages.
  • Are you currently accessing or in the process of accessing other business or grant support? If yes, which organisation are you working with?

Important note: it is anticipated that the call for expressions of interest will be open for a very short period before it becomes oversubscribed. Therefore, to ensure you have the best chance of submitting your EoI, have the above information to hand before you enter the Gateway Diagnostic Tool.

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust is delighted to announce a new grant funding round – The Fore RAFT Transition Fund – which opens for applications on Monday 21st September 2020.  As usual, we want to support really great small charities and social enterprises that are making real social change happen. We  particularly want to reach small organisations that are working in marginalised communities and are led by people who may previously have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding.

These are unrestricted grants of up to £15,000, for organisations with a turnover under £500k, and registration will opens here at 10am on Monday 21st September 2020. We recommend that applicants register straight away – they’ll then have until 19th October to write their application.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)


NLCF have just opened the second round of their Leaders with Lived Experience Programme. This programme builds on the Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme. And will award National Lottery funding to support lived experience leadership as we move through the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants are for £20-£50K  Closing date is 13th October.

Because of the impact of COVID-19, there is an opportunity to help lived experience to play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal.

This is important, because leaders with lived experience and their organisations have the local and community knowledge, and a deep-rooted understanding of the challenges their communities face, to help renew communities.

The funding is for up to two years

So you can either focus on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or helping communities recover and renew after the impact of COVID-19, or both.

We want to fund projects that meet our funding priorities:

  • lived experience leadership can be central in developing strategies for the renewal of civil society through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis
  • supporting and developing lived experience leadership at all levels of an organisation
  • creating new opportunities for lived experience leaders and lived experience-led organisations to be central to any COVID-19 recovery and renewal response.

What do we mean by ‘lived experience leader’?

Someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences (and works with them to do that).