Funding News Round-up, October 2021

Here is a collection of recent local and national funding news announcements for the Voluntary Sector.

A Rise in the Demand for Services, but also a Growth in Collaboration – A Survey of the Charitable Sector by KCF
The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) recently released the findings of a survey addressing views and concerns of the charity sector in Kent and Medway.
In 2020, the KCF invited charities and community groups to complete a survey and tell them how they have been affected by the pandemic and what their future months looks like. The results showed the extraordinary speed and scale of the challenges the pandemic would pose for the charitable sector and communities across Kent and Medway.
In May 2021, KCF asked the sector once again to provide insight into what is happening and how the foundation could help.
Their findings covered various areas including Confidence of Survival, Demand for Services, Collaborations between Organisations and Recruitment of Volunteers.
To view the findings, visit the KCF website.

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for the Charity Sector from UK Government
The Charity sector continues to carry out a key role across the country, positively impacting the life of many.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, the sector has been working across the UK providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable groups.
It is understandable, however, that the financial complications and other challenges to providing and supporting volunteers, as well as the increase in demand in services have placed pressure on the sector.
Recently updated, The Charity Commission has guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak.
National organisation NCVO also has details and guidance to help charities.
More information about the Government guidance can be found at the Government website.

Financial Support for Businesses during Coronavirus
Financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic is available from the UK Government to employers and the self-employed; this can include sole traders and limited company directors.
Compiled by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the newly introduced Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC), and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the package of measures is designed to support businesses gain financial support which aims to help them during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic.
Businesses may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, regardless of whether their business is open or closed.
More information about this support is available at the Government website.

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