We know this is an incredibly difficult time and the impact on our sporting partners has been immeasurable, Sport NI continues to work with the Department for Communities and with you, our partners, to get a fuller picture about the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on sport, and respond with a phased approach to interventions and remedies.
Please continue to keep us informed on your issues and impacts of COVID19 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase one: existing and planned funding
Phase two: Hardship funding
Phase three: Resilience funding and support
Business and hospitality grants
We understand that salaries that are publically funded are exempt from the government furloughing scheme and we are seeking further clarification regarding posts that are part-funded with public monies. Further updates will be made available here.
There are also other sources of funding and support that we would draw you attention to below:
NI Business Info
Coronavirus: NI Micro-business Hardship Fund
The NI Executive has launched a new NI Micro-business Hardship Fund to help Northern Ireland based micro-businesses and social enterprises unable to access other regional and national COVID-19 support measures.
Department for the Economy (DfE) will make up to £40 million available through a fund, which is being administered by Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy. It will offer emergency funding to businesses facing immediate cash flow difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19.
Mitigate the impact of COVID-19
This page is an online resource for our customers and Northern Ireland businesses affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.
You can access the latest support from the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive here, as well as existing financial, capability development and advisory support available from Invest Northern Ireland.
Collectively, these programmes will mitigate the immediate impact of COVID-19 on your business, help you to adapt and survive this unprecedented crisis, and prepare for recovery. We are also working with the Department for the Economy and our stakeholders to develop tailored support that will ensure businesses build their operational and financial resilience.
Underpinning this support is our business information website, nibusinessinfo.co.uk, with a dedicated section offering coronavirus updates on the latest government support and official guidance including details of financial support schemes, policy information and comprehensive advice on key business areas to help manage the current challenges.
Live Here Love Here
The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme is now open and is an opportunity for local communities to apply for a grant between £500 to £5000 to improve their local environment. In light of COVID-19 the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme will make available funding to community groups enabling them to respond according to local need for people impacted through reduced contact with society. Applications welcome from newly formed COVID-19 action groups to act as a community hub and to distribute growing kits to families/individuals in the wider community. Closing date 18th May 2020 at 12 noon.
Department of Finance
The Department of Finance has announced a £100m emergency rates package for businesses. All NI businesses will pay zero rates for the next three months (April, May, June). This automatically reduces rates by 25%, in addition to any existing rate reliefs. This applies to all businesses and does not need to be repaid.
Department for Communities
The latest information about COVID-19 and DfC Services including Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Employment & Support Allowance. It will be updated regularly with the latest information, so you should check this page for advice on Benefits and other public services.
The Department for Communities has also produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
NI Water is advising non-domestic customers to be mindful of their water needs during the COVID19 outbreak. With many properties closing their doors for a period of time and students leaving rented accommodation, NI Water is asking businesses and property owners to check their water supply is safely secured before they lock up. Leaking or burst pipes can have significant implications for your business.
Information on water supply issues is available 24/7 simply by logging onto: https://www.niwater.com/current-service-updates/
Applying for more time to file your company’s accounts How to ask Companies House to extend your filing deadline if an unplanned event stops you filing your accounts.
If you cannot pay your tax bill on time what you need to know before you contact HRMC and what happens when you contact HMRC.
Charity Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund
CAF has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.
This is intended as a rapid response fund, which aims to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
Boost Charitable Trust
Boost Charitable Trust builds on over-looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.
Volunteer Now have also published some information sheets for more guidance when involving volunteers and volunteering during the Coronavirus crisis.
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council is offering financial assistance of up to £1,000 to organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector through a Covid-19 Community Support Grant to support community-led initiatives aimed at providing relief to those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular it will support actions in line with the following interventions:
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have developed an online information and advice service for residents of the Borough to help with the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 response. This includes Business Support, Community Engagement and Health & Wellbeing plus latest updates on all Council Services. This can be accessed via www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Within the Community Engagement section, there is a Local Support Directory where Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are trying to assess the requirements of existing community organisations and charities in order to support the important work that you are doing within your own areas. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council would like to encourage all groups that are carrying out vital work at grass-roots level to add their details to this directory at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/support-for-community-organisations/ The information you provide will help ensure that regional and central government have a clear understanding of the needs of those working on the ground and also help residents in the Borough to find out what services are available to them. If you do require additional support, please complete the online form and include this information.
Volunteer Now launched a new campaign ‘#HelpEachOther’ to encourage organisations to register their specific virus related, safe opportunities which will then be promoted to individuals who would like to help.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50 million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis. They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public. They are now accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, and you will be able to apply until 30 June 2020. FAQ
Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme
Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, has developed, under the Children Surviving and Thriving, the “No Child Goes Hungry” – Community Support Programme Grants for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income due to the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)Grants up to £2500 are available and there is no deadline as this is ongoing.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme
Communities across Mid and East Antrim will now be able to access critical financial support during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic situation after Council agreed a funding lifeline of £100,000 for community groups working to mitigate the crisis for vulnerable groups. To qualify for a grant of up to £1000 under this Scheme, applicants must be formally constituted with a current committee and based in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.
Halifax Grant Programmes
Halifax small and medium grant programmes are open for applications. Any Covid-19 related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible.
The National Lottery Community Fund
Charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges due to COVID-19. We want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.
A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000 in Northern Ireland for Voluntary or Community Organisations and Public sector organisations.
The Community Foundation Northern Ireland
Coronavirus Community Fund in Northern Ireland. CFNI want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. CFNI therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
Neighbourly.com: Covid-19 Community Fund
With support from M&S Family (including M&S Bank and M&S Energy), Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, for existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grant are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials. For more details and to apply see the website
Emergency funds, up to a maximum of £3,000 per applicant, are now available through the ‘COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Response Fund’, from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for those actively helping residents stay resilient at this time.
£500,000 of essential support for sight loss sector organisations providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times. Grants up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.
The Enkalon Foundation will move the focus of their modest funding pot to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities at this difficult time. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area. All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project.
Enkalon Foundations range of interests are:
- The advancement of amateur sport;
- The advancement of education;
- The advancement of health and of saving lives;
- The advancement of citizenship or community development;
- The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science;
- The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; and
- The advancement of animal welfare.
The Northern Ireland Office
General guidance for employers
The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.
UK Government support for businesses
The UK Government has set out a package of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes and announcements:
The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed the 2019/20 domestic season is to conclude in all provinces with immediate effect. The directive applies to all incomplete national and provincial competitions. Please find some useful information and guidance for member clubs here. The IRFU has agreed to make €500,000 funding available to clubs in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The IRFU has published information of their Club Continuity Fund at the following link: https://www.irishrugby.ie/running-your-club/club-continuity-fund/
With the cessation of all games activity within the GAA since Friday 13 March there has obviously been a significant effect on all areas of club life. Club finances are no different. With games suspended and all club grounds (and walking tracks) now closed, see information that may be of use to clubs and club treasurers over the coming weeks here.
Coronavirus Support for Clubs
We would ask that governing bodies with links to support pages send them to: email@example.com so we can add to this list.
Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings during COVID-19
With the current uncertainty around the impact of Covid-19 and the limitations on travel and face to face meetings, most boards and board committees (as well as many other bodies) will for the foreseeable future have to meet virtually. With this in mind, we have provided some handy tips to remember when conducting virtual meetings.
Holding your AGM during COVID-19, Advice and Guidance
With AGM season approaching, what COVID-19 might mean for your AGM – and how to plan for it?
NCVO are running free webinars (one this week and next one is 11th June), which may be of interest.
11 June | 14.00
How to balance immediate and strategic choices, and how to make good decisions in a time of crisis.