The National Emergencies Trust launches £1.2million Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder to support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic
- A total of £1,220,000 match funding is on offer from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal to help local charities and groups to counter the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic
- Through the Local Action Fund on the Crowdfunder platform, the National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000 per charity.
- The fund will focus on projects taking positive action for people in their communities affected by the pandemic, from supporting mental health, to assisting with financial hardship or helping communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19
- Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services
The Coronavirus Appeal has raised more than £98m since it launched in March 2020, with over £93m already distributed to more than 13,500 charities and groups across the UK supporting people affected by the pandemic. By matching remaining Appeal funds on Crowdfunder, the UK’s #1 crowdfunding platform, the Local Action Fund aims to reach even more small organisations playing a vital role in their communities, while super-charging the support that is available.
Since the pandemic, small charities and voluntary groups have been dealing with increased demand on their services without being able to fundraise in the usual ways. With many having had to invest their reserves to keep operating safely, the Local Action Fund aims to provide vital financial help, while opening new avenues of income for those who may not have tried out crowd-funding before. Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services.
The National Emergencies Trust hopes the partnership with Crowdfunder will reach small and micro organisations that have not yet accessed funding from its Coronavirus Appeal, either due to lack of awareness or not having the resources to apply for funding.
Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust said:
“Local groups have shown incredible ingenuity and resilience through the pandemic. Through the Coronavirus Appeal we’ve seen community theatres turn into radio stations to connect with the isolated. Domestic Abuse charities adapt services at speed to cope with surges in demand. And so many more stories of ensuring compassion and commitment.
“But all of this incredible work has taken a financial toll on these organisations, who have faced much greater need but with far fewer ways to fundraise. We hope that the Local Action Fund will offer a welcome financial boost to brilliant local charities and groups across the UK, and enable them to keep making a positive difference to people’s lives.”
Rob Love, Co-founder and CEO of Crowdfunder, said:
“Over the course of the pandemic, the National Emergencies Trust has been carrying out vital work across the UK, raising over £98million so far to distribute to those in need. This new funding opportunity is an incredible way to help community and voluntary organisations who might have otherwise been unaware of the help on offer.”
Applications for the Local Action Fund open on 22 September 2021 and close on 22 October 2021. If eligible, successful organisations will be required to set up a crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise money to either launch new local initiatives or to enable them to continue existing services. The National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000.
Eligible organisations include registered charities, community interest companies, constituted organisations and non-registered charities, churches and other religious organisations, and other voluntary community organisations deemed appropriate by Crowdfunder.
For more information and to find out how to apply, please go to https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/local-action-fund