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Funding Focus - Coronavirus funding

With the voluntary sector set to lose £4bn in income due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, children’s charities have been calling for support from government and grant-giving organisations to offset losses in trading activities and donations over the past few months. Some funders have acted quickly to give grant recipients more flexibility over how they use money to support those affected by the crisis, while others have set up dedicated emergency fund programmes to help voluntary organisations survive. Here are the key developments.

Foyle Foundation

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Foyle Foundation. Last year, the foundation, registered as a charity in July 2000 to implement the terms of the will of the late Christina Foyle, distributed around £9m in grants. Beneficiaries include schools, youth groups and children’s charities.

Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust founded in 1962. It supports charities assisting disadvantaged young people, people of all ages with disabilities and mental health problems, and older people.

The Weavers’ Company

Since being created in 1973, the Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has made grants of more than £4m to charities working with young people at risk of offending or in trouble with the law, and ex-offenders.

Youth Music grants programme

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Chances for Children, Buttle UK

Buttle UK was established 70 years ago as a result of the work of Reverend Frank Buttle. Last year, it helped 35,439 children and distributed 13,513 grants to a value of £4.6m.

The Connect Fund

The Connect Fund has been set up to strengthen the social investment market in England to better meet the needs of charities and social enterprises.

Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund

The #iwill Fund is a £40m joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder.

Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund

The #iwill Fund is a £40m joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder.

Early years opportunities grant

Charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged children and young people can apply for funding through the early years opportunities grant run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Mayor's Young Londoners Fund

The Mayor's Young Londoners Fund was established in 2018 to help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation was set up in December 2006 by billionaire financier Peter Cruddas. In that time, it has provided £15m to charitable causes that support disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Teaching in schools grant

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has launched a new funding round aimed at supporting projects that improve attainment for disadvantaged children and young people.

Act for Change Fund

The Act for Change Fund is a partnership between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Early Outcomes Fund

In July, Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out plans to halve by 2028 the number of children who do not achieve expected levels of development in communication, language and literacy by the end of reception year.

Youth crime fund

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund is a government initiative that aims to provide additional capacity for local authorities to help them respond to gang and youth crime, test new interventions and improve multi-agency partnership working.

Enterprise Development Fund

The Enterprise Development Programme provides funding and training to charities operating in the youth and homelessness sectors in an attempt to make them more financially resilient.

John Lyon's Charity

John Lyon's Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in northwest London which make up the charity's "beneficial area": Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.

Early intervention youth fund

The government announced in April it would create a new early intervention youth fund as part of its Serious Violence Strategy, published in response to a recent rise in violent crime.

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