COVID-19 Funding Information - for individuals

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The Richmond COVID 19 Hardship Fund

This is a temporary fund to assist households with children that have been affected by the COVID -19 situation and have had their normal income disrupted and had to claim Universal Credit as a result (since 15 March 2020).  The fund helps households who fit the eligibility by providing support in the form of supermarket vouchers payable for 3-5 weeks, as they transition to their Universal Credit claim. Application is by a quick and straightforward form that needs to be completed by a parent, although a third party can assist. Any payments made from the fund will not affect Universal Credit claims. Find more information and access the online form here.  


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The Barnes Fund  - benefits those living in the SW13 postcode

They are continuing to run their individual grants programme covering food and household essentials. Applications can only be made through a referral agency such as social services, or local charity.  Visit www.barnesworkhousefund.org.uk.

Hampton Fund - benefits those in Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, Hampton, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton

They are continuing to operate their individual grants for fuel and household essentials.  To be eligible it is likely you will need to be on a low wage, or be in receipt of state benefits, or receive help with your rent or council tax, or live on a pension.  Visit www.hamptonfund.co.uk 

Richmond Parish Lands Charity - benefits those living in TW9, TW10, SW13 & SW14  

They are continuing to run their individual grants programme which covers food, household essentials, living expenses, etc.  Applications can only be made through a referral agency such as social services, a local charity, housing provider or school.  Visit www.rplc.org.uk.    

Buttle UK Chances for Children

Buttle UK supports the maintenance, education and advancement in life of children and young people in poverty and disadvantaged family circumstances.  During the COVID-19 restrictions, they are focusing on the areas of maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment, establishing and/or maintaining internet access and electronic communications and household essentials.  Applications must be made through a support worker.  Read full details here.

Family Fund

The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have children with disabilities or severe medical conditions.  The government has announced new funding which includes £10m allocated to help families in response to the pandemic.  Find out more and apply here.

Growbaby

This Kingston charity provides free baby clothing and equipment to anyone in need, regardless of their income, faith or background. Their support is also available in Richmond and at present they are the distribution point for formula baby food and nappies.   Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need help.You can self-refer by emailing peterandnoni.farrelly@btinternet.com or texting 07900 212567. www.growbaby.co.uk 

National Zakat Foundation Hardship Relief Fund - for vulnerable Muslims

Zakat gives grants to vulnerable Muslims in the UK who are unable to pay for basic living costs.  This includes, for example, clothing, food and necessary travel, and help with small debts, such as credit cards or utility bills.  Apply here.

National Benevolent Charity

During COVID-19, the National Benevolent Charity is offering funding to people whose income is significantly reduced as a direct result of the virus.  Find out more by visiting www.natben.org.uk.

Smallwood Trust

Grants are offered to women on low incomes experiencing income employment or wellbeing challenges .  Visit www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk.

Young Women’s Emergency Fund

One-off relief payments of £150 are to be made available to help young women aged 18-30 years who are facing financial crisis and struggling to afford essentials such as food, utilities and rent for themselves and their families.  Awards will be made by referral by one of the Fund’s three partners – Women’s Aid, Women’s Resource Centre and Women for Refugee Women.  Find out more at www.youngwomenstrust.org.

 

Profession-Specific  Funding 

Architects and Related Professions

The Architects Benevolent's Society (Absnet) supports architects, architectural assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, and landscape architects and their families in times of need. Visit www.absnet.org.uk.

Care Workers  

Junius S Morgan Benevolent Fund
Cash grants of up to £1,500 are made to nurses and health care assistants who have worked in their profession for at least five years. Grants may be for essential decorating, furniture and amenity bills. This is a general fund that will be available in the future. www.juniusmorgan.org.uk

Crisis grants, support and advice are being offered by The Care Workers Charity. visit www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk

Fashion and Textile

The Fashion and Textile Children's Trust gives grants to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion and textile industry and whose household income has been reduced by the pandemic. Parents and carers can apply for essential equipment, including white goods and bedding, and specific support for Children with SEN.  Visit www.ftct.org.uk.

Hospitality  

The Licensed Trade Charity

Anyone in the licensed trade sector can find advice, support and grants at www.licensedtradecharity.org.uk.

Hospitality Action and We are Tip Jar Emergency Fund
This fund is for eligible hospitality workers who can apply for one-off grants of £250. www.wearetipjar.com

Information on charities supporting those in the hospitality industry can be found on the industry website, www.imbibe.com

Journalists

The Rory Peck Trust is for professional freelance journalists whose only source of income is from journalism. It is temporarily closed as they process applications but will reopen as soon as possible.  Visit www.rorypecktrust.org.

Nurses and Midwifery Staff 

Cavell Nurses Trust offer grants to help nursing and midwifery staff with their living costs, such as rent and utility bills.  For help and advice call 01527 595 999 or visit www.cavellnursestrust.org 

Junius S Morgan Benevolent Fund
Cash grants of up to £1,500 are made to nurses and health care assistants who have worked in their profession for at least five years. Grants may be for essential decorating, furniture and amenity bills. This is a general fund that will be available in the future. www.juniusmorgan.org.uk

Retail Workers 

Rainy Day Trust
Hardship grants are available for those on low incomes who work in the home improvement or enhancement industry, such as builders merchants, DIY shops and garden centres and other manufacturers and retailers. Up to £100 per month is paid directly into bank accounts of successful eligible applicants. www.rainydaytrust.org.uk

The My Retail Wellbeing website includes health and wellbeing advice and grants to support those in the industry affected by COVID-19.   Call the Helpline on 0808 801 0808 or visit www.myrtwellbeing.org.uk.

Young Entrepreneurs 

The Princes Trust and Natwest Enteprise Relief Fund is for entrepeneurs aged 18-30 years who can apply for grants and tailored support. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the pandemic, as well as meeting any existing commitments such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Businesses must have been set up in the last four years by someone aged 18-30 years. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and do not have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible. Register your interest at www.princes-trust.org.uk.

Funding for The Arts 

Arts Minds for Performing Arts

This is a charity supporting performing arts professionals experiencing emotional distress and mental health challenges.  Visit www.artsminds.co.uk.

Authors Emergency Fund  

This fund is for professional authors resident in the UK, which includes writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others. Awards of up to £2,000 are made to meet urgent need.  Visit www.societyofauthors.org

Dance Fund

Financial grants are offered to dance professionals of all ages with strict criteria relating including benefits and savings levels.  For full details, visit www.dancefund.org.uk.

Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund and Hardship Fund

This fund was established with a £1million donation from Netflix which will be administered by the Film and TV charity with support from the BFI. To hear when it launches, register on their mailing list.   There is also a hardship fund offering up to £500 which is open for application now for those in immediate need, as well as support via online chat and a telephone helpline 0800 054 0000.   Visit www.filmtvcharity.org.uk

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund 

One-off payments of £500 are available for those suffering significant financial hardship. Decisions and notification is given within 10 working days. The Health and Wellbeing section of the website is full of excellent help and support including a 24/7 Music Minds Matter Support line for musicians mental health.  Visit www.helpmusicians.org.uk

Make a Difference Trust Hardship Fund  

This is a fund for those experiencing financial hardship due to theatre closures, offering up to £200. visit www.madtrust.org.uk.

Performing Rights Society For Music Emergency Relief Fund  

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to PRS members globally.  Visit www.prsformusic.com

Theatre Professionals  

A collection of funds and sources of advice and support for those in the theatre industry is available by email (advice@theatrehelpline.org) and telephone.  Call 0800 915 4617 or visit https://theatresupport.info/

Visual Artists - Arts Information Company

The Artists Information Company offers support for visual artists and regularly updated information about funding, and creative opportunities. There are a surprising number of commissions being offered during this time.  Visit www.a-n.co.uk.

 

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