COVID-19: help for charities and social enterprises

Written by Lori Campbell on 27th Mar 2020

The coronavirus crisis is being felt across the nation and it has created extra challenges for the social sector. With staff now working remotely from home and events cancelled or moved online, the way charities and social enterprises support people has had to change quickly and drastically.

From new technologies to government guidance and emergency funding opportunities, there IS support out there to help. But it isn’t always easy to find and can feel confusing in an already uncertain time.

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To help social sector organisations find the urgent help they need, ethical savings and loans provider Charity Bank has brought together relevant resources in a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub, which will be updated daily.

The hub outlines the measures announced by the Government that will specifically help charities and social enterprises. It is also signposting to the latest guidance on a wide range of issues including:

  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Legal
  • Data protection
  • HR
  • Fraud
  • Finance
  • Fundraising

Funding opportunities include new schemes from the National Emergencies Trust, John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund, and many more local and national initiatives.

Charity Bank says it remains committed to helping its customers through this current period of uncertainty. In a statement issued along with other social investors, it said: “We want to reassure all of the organisations we invest in that we will support you and be as flexible as possible in the coming months.

“We are actively working together on how we can adapt existing schemes and funds. We are also working with government and other funders to establish new programmes that may provide additional help.

You can also keep up-to-date with with new developments on the Resource Hub via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.