Today, a new £9.5million funding scheme that will support community-led organisations in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis, has been unveiled.
At Locality we believe in the power of community to create a fairer society. As we move from crisis to recovery, community-led organisations will be at the very heart of helping our neighbourhoods rebuild. This scheme will help ensure that many community organisations will be supported to ensure they are in a strong position to do so"

The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown.

The scheme is open to all types of community-led organisation affected by the crisis. Applications are particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, which have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

The scheme is run by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund.

How to apply
The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisation Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will have three application rounds, with the first round opening for applications between 10am and 1pm, Tuesday 28th July 2020.

Potential applicants can register to attend a free webinar on Thursday 23rd July to find out more about the criteria and application process.

Who can apply?
Organisations able to apply must be:

  • community-led, multi-purpose organisations with a charitable purpose
  • located and operating in England only
  • delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, particularly BAME communities.
  • accountable to local people
  • facing a negative impact on their organisational finances because of Covid-19
  • facing increased pressure/demand from their beneficiaries
  • not applying to other funding pots under the Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The scheme is part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund. The Fund has been split into several funding streams aimed at different parts of the charity and social sector. All applicants should choose the most relevant funding stream for their organisation and should not apply to more than one fund.

Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change, said: “Community-led organisations have been at the forefront of delivering vital support for local people during the Covid-19 crisis. They stepped-up, ensuring the most vulnerable in our society were not forgotten. Now, many face impending financial crisis. This new recovery scheme is there to help them transition through this challenging period, to ensure they survive and continue their vital work.”

Yvonne Field, Founder and CEO of The Ubele Initiative, said: “The Ubele Initiative is pleased to be a strategic partner in the design and delivery of the CCLORS programme. It offers much needed emergency funding and organisational support to community based organisations including those which are BAME led and/or are working to support local BAME communities. We know that front line organisations have struggled to keep afloat in these unprecedented times and a timely injection of cash and professional assistance will help them begin to create more resilient organisations for the future.”

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality, said: “At Locality we believe in the power of community to create a fairer society. As we move from crisis to recovery, community-led organisations will be at the very heart of helping our neighbourhoods rebuild. This scheme will help ensure that many community organisations will be supported to ensure they are in a strong position to do so.”

Nick Temple, Chief Executive of Social Investment Business, said: “Community-led organisations have proven to be more critical than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing local support to the most vulnerable people. We are therefore delighted to be working with our partners Power to Change, Locality and The Ubele Initiative to support a diverse range of those organisations to maintain their crucial work.”

To read the guidance and register for the webinar about the Covid-19 Community-Led
Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS).

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About Power to Change
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England.

Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. The sector owns assets worth £890m, and comprises 9,000 community businesses across England who employ 33,600 people. (Source: Community Business Market 2019)

From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015. @peoplesbiz
For more information please contact: Natasha Ley 07725565890

About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

About The Ubele Initiative
The Ubele Initiative (Ubele), is a civil society organisation based in London, though works across the United Kingdom and Europe, working with disadvantaged communities, most notably black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Ubele, is taken from Swahili and means ‘The Future’ and is an African Diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise founded in 2014. Our primary mission is to help build more sustainable communities across the UK.

About Locality
Locality is the leading membership charity that exists to unlock the power in local communities to build a fairer society. Locality supports community organisations to be strong and successful through hands-on advice, peer-learning and resources, and uses evidence from members to influence government and funders. Locality are hundreds of community organisations, at the heart of communities, bringing people together to transform lives.

About Social Investment Business
Social Investment Business provides finance to create fairer communities, helping impact-led organisations improve people’s lives. They do this by providing the money and support they need directly, working with partners to support them and using their knowledge to inform their own work and influence others.
Since 2002, SIB has deployed and managed over £400m of loans and grants into over 2,000 organisations, and enabled almost 1,000 more to get dedicated support through programmes.