If a lot of your parishioners can’t access the internet this handy link above gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own own phone-line. Its free for people to ring.
Brunswick Parish Church in Manchester have been sharing how they have been creative in keeping the church community going.
One way they have been reaching is by the Cake Fairies delivering cakes to elderly or vulnerable people. You can read more about this story on this link https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/the-cake-fairies-have-been-at-it-again
‘Altogether Church’ services are running via Zoom on Sundays which you can find out how to join if you click here
Junior and Senior Sunday School and the Young People’s group have kept going thanks to some brilliant resources made for home use. If you would like to find out more about these and to watch a great homemade movie visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events/sunday-school-continues-just-not-necessarily-on-sunday
Brunswick Parish Church are also doing lot of ‘Mission With stuff such as hosting free takeaway hot meals supplied by ‘Feed My City’ (‘Brunswick Beestro’) and have individuals involved with Ardwick Mutual Aid Group.
For more details visit https://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/news–events#
How is your church responding to COVID-19 on your estate? What good news have you to share about how God is at work in your community? Please do get in touch with us as we would love to hear your story and to put it out there.
The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups during this period.
For more details visit:
- Birmingham City Council
Grants up to £10,000 for community grants to help children and families
- Greggs Coronavirus Emergency Appeal
Grants up to £500 for food parcel support
- Halifax Foundation
Grants from £1,000 – £50,000 for Community Group Activities and Benefits (Covid-19 activities prioritised)
- Antonio Carluccio Foundation
Grants up to £10,000 to agencies operating in the food industry
- Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – COVID Early Years Preventative Work
Grants up to £5,000 for charities working with children 0-3 -year olds – Closing date 28th April
- Persimmon – Community Champions
Grants up to £1000 to support the over 70’s
- HEART OF ENGLAND – £1,500
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience Fund
- John Lewis Partnership (UK)
Name of Fund: Community Support Fund (details ongoing)
- Arts Council England
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support to organizations and individuals (details ongoing)
- Heritage Emergency Fund (three to six-month duration)
Organizations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilize operations and manage unforeseen risks.
- Sport England Emergency Fund
To help community sport and physical activity organizations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
- Cloth Workers Foundation
Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services
- Cadent Foundation –
CLOSES 31st May – (open for general community projects including Covid 19 activities)
- Crisis Homeless Fund
Grants of £5,000 for short term responses & £50,000 for long term needs on expansion or change in service delivery
- Elton John Aids Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund (Closing date 23rd April)
Aims to support lifesaving interventions to help mitigate adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV response efforts
- Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust
Grants to help parents & carers who have worked in the UK. fashion or textile industry & whose household income has reduced due to coronavirus outbreak
- Help Musicians UK
Applications of £500. to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are currently facing due to their mounting household expenses.
- Princes Trust and Natwest
To help young entrepreneurs (18-30) across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
- Tesco’s Bags of Help – Covid 19 Communities Fund
£500 for organocations that support vulnerable residents
- Thomas Pocklington Trust – Emergency Covid19 Support
Charities dealing with blind or partially sighted clients. Grants up to £10,000 to include new initiatives or core costs up to two months running costs
- LeatherSellers Company
Grants up to £3,000 for projects on homelessness, food provision, domestic abuse, nursing care
- The Yap Charitable Trust
Grants up to £3,000 for Charities with an income below £40,000 per annum
- Local Giving
Grants up to £500 for organizations to provide physical activity (including remotely)
- Neighbourly Fund
Only open to current Neighbourly Members. Grants up to £400 for neighborhoods affected by the Covid Virus
- The Raft Foundation
Only Open to current recipients. Grants up to £5,000 to enable group resilience through the current crisis
- Standard Life Foundation
Only Open to current recipients (or previous applicants) Grants from £5,000+ on financial inclusion
- Youth Futures Foundation
Ongoing, long term support for youth employment. Grants for £30,000- £800,000
The biggest of the local funders such as Big Lottery / Sport England / Tudor Trust / Esmee Fairbairn/ Henry Smith / Comic Relief, have all offered assurances that their funding will be flexible in the current crisis. Groups in receipt of funding should contact their respective Project Officers
ADVICE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CHARITIES
- CENTRAL GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL AID FOR BUSINESSES
- FINANCIAL LOANS
NAT WEST – Loans up to £5,000,000 interest free for first 12 months https://www.business.natwest.com/business/support-centre/service-status/coronavirus.html
BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL- – £100m to be released
TO BE REVIEWED
- Martin Lewis £1,000,000 CURRENTLY CLOSED (POTENTIAL FOR A SECOND ROUND DEPENDING ON NEW DONATIONS)
- CAF Coronavirus Fund – Applications up to £10,000
- Youth Music Network
To offer additional support to music making organizations. Grants up to £10,00 (first round closing date 9th April)
- UFI Charitable Trust (UK)
Name of Fund: VocTech Now (To assist Vocational Training Providers to Digital – Closing date – 6th April 2020 https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
GENERAL ADVICE & SUPPORT
- WM Funders Network
Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit
Below are some of the ways in which leaders on the estates have been reaching out to their congregations during the COVID-19 lockdown.
I’m putting a service online as a Youtube playlist, with my videos interspersed with songs and hymns that are already on there, avoiding copyright issues or anyone having to listen to my singing. I’m finding that the music and the sermon are the two things that people are appreciating. If anyone can’t video, then putting together a Youtube playlist of music may be very much appreciated by congregations.
from Darren McIndoe in Harlow
If you have any more ideas of what is working with your church communities please do get in touch, We would love to hear from you.
A weekly space for shared reflection in these challenging times
2pm Thursday, for the next 4 weeks (2, 9, 16 and 23 April)
These are extraordinary times for all of us, but what does it mean to be a ‘church on the margins’ and to seek to be attentive to and inclusive of those on margins of society in the current crisis?
We are not offering any answers, but simply a space to reflect together with others on these challenging times, on our own hopes and fears, on the practical and theological issues thrown up by the crisis, and what it means for church, discipleship, ministry and spirituality to be a ‘Church on the Margins’ at this current time.
Each session will start with a short reflection, but mostly be spent in small groups sharing together our own experiences, thoughts and reflections on these questions.
The event will take place via Zoom. You can participate via any internet enabled device with a microphone (laptop, tablet, phone etc) – or simply over the phone. Once you have signed up via Eventbrite, we will send you a link or a phone number that will allow you to take part.
Sign up for one session, or for the whole series. Dip in and give it a go!
Whilst it is possible to participate in Zoom calls from a normal phone, we are also exploring the possibility of holding separate phone-based conversations that could be accessed free of charge from a phone – further details of this in due course.
or mission practitioner wondering what social distancing means for your work?
Are you wondering how others are coping?
If so, here’s an opportunity to connect and reflect together.
Andrew, Carmel and Anna
Urban Life Core Team
For information: deadline 25th March
The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.
We’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.
We are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.
Speed is of the essence so we encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.