Charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers can apply for funding to develop new or adapt existing services that respond to the COVID-19 situation.
The funding is being made available through the Peter Sowerby Foundation’s new Increasing Access Fund. The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.
The value of the Fund is £1.4million, which we will give to organisations nationally working within the Foundation's key domains:
- Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
- Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
- Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
- Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.
The programme is split into three distinct funding streams:
- Digital Breakthrough Grants to pilot new innovations or service delivery - The Foundation will fund five large grants of up to £100,000 to support charities (with a maximum turnover of £5million) in the area of innovation and transformation in health and social care.
- Digital Good Causes to transform or adapt new services digitally - The Digital Good Causes Fund is aimed at smaller charities (with a maximum turnover of £1million, but with a preference for smaller organisations with a turnover of around £500,000) within the area of Community, Environment and the Arts (although the Foundation may also consider applications from smaller organisations working within the area of healthcare innovation).
- Adapted Good Causes to pilot, test or launch new services in light of the COVID-19 situation. - is aimed at smaller organisations (maximum turnover of £1million, but with a preference for smaller organisations with a turnover of around £500,000) working within the areas of Community, Environment and the Arts. This includes organisations working with significantly hard to reach groups, such as those who are homeless, older people, or arts organisations that require face to face interaction and where programmes or activities need to be redesigned or reshaped.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 16th November 2020.