It’s obviously a very tough time for charities and community organisations across Wales and many are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19.
The National Lottery Community Fund is continuing to support communities across Wales. This month they have awarded over £5.1million to 164 charities and smaller voluntary led community projects across Wales the majority of which help people to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis.
Projects funded include those which will deliver emergency care packages for vulnerable people in Wales, those providing online and telephone support to isolated people such as carers, BAME groups and young people, as well as projects that will bring people together and give them hope for the future.
National Lottery Fund regional teams are working remotely to supporting both grant holders and new applicants, through a Virtual Advice Line.
Popular National Lottery funding programmes (National Lottery Awards for All and People and Places) remain open to new applications as stated through their website at www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/wales.
The Lottery fund have made it clear that whilst they continue to process applications in the pipeline they will prioritise applications addressing COVID-19 as below:
- Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from Covid 19
- Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increasing demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of Covid 19
- Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid 19
The Fund are also working closely with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and other Funders across Wales to share data on awards in order minimise duplication, understand spread of funding and respond accordingly.
In April, several groups in Cardiff Central received National Lottery Community funding, including the FAN Charity, Al-Ikhlas Centre, Cardiff Deaf Centre and Made in Roath.