The Herefordshire Community Foundation has a Flood Fund for victims of Storm Dennis and they also have a fund from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal.
The first phase of the Flood Fund grants went to households which had been damaged. They are now interested in hearing from community groups such as Scouts, Rowing Clubs and similar where their premises were flooded. Contact the Herefordshire Community Foundation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01432 272550, to discuss an application for funds.
The NET Coronavirus Fund is aimed at the most pressing needs currently i.e. front-line volunteer groups delivering to most isolated. If you are a group that might need support for volunteer expenses or have other costs please contact the Herefordshire Community Foundation by email or phone for further information.
- Herefordshire Council website updates on how Coronavirus is affecting our services, with sections on community and social care, council services and business support, transport and leisure plus links to national guidance.
- Herefordshire Council’s funding and enterprise officers are monitoring closely any funding and grant support which is becoming available to support the vital effort of local communities at this time. Current funding opportunities and business support for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire. Of particular interest may be the Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant to help adapt and continue to deliver their services remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The grant, worth up to £500 for new software subscriptions, online platforms or technology, is available to any not-for-profit groups or organisations, including charities, community groups and Parish/town councils.
- Talk community Covid 19 response. Herefordshire Council are working with a number of key strategic partners and communities to help support elderly, frail, disabled, and vulnerable people and families in Herefordshire. As part of Talk Community, Link workers (redeployed council staff), may be in touch with you to ensure connectivity with local initiatives. The Talk Community helpline is 01432 260027.
- WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home.
Please find below and attached, updates on funding information. All the website information will be updated as changes occur, so it is worth going back to the regularly. Do share this information with those you feel may benefit.
- The Rural Services Delivery Grant deadline has been extended until the 30th June 2020 (info sheet attached).
- Details on the current funding opportunities available for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire and latest updates web link https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/393/community_funding_advice or straight to the blog https://herefordfundingupdate.wordpress.com/coronavirus-funding/
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for local sports clubs and voluntary/community sector organisations (that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity) to bid into.
Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
The fund’s been developed to help organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus, such as rent, utility costs, insurance, core staff costs, and facility or equipment hire.
To find out more visit the Sport England website: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund
The Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant from Herefordshire Council aims to support groups and organisations in Herefordshire who have been forced to change their approach to delivering an activity, service or support in order to continue to engage with local people by using video or conference calls or other internet technology, that will act as a substitute for your usual meetings/interactions with groups of people which are no longer possible due to the current situation.
The maximum grant is £500 per organisation/group.
We know that groups and organisations may need to make quick changes in order to continue to support or engage with your members, clients, community or the wider Herefordshire public, so we aim to turn around applications within 3 working days. We have a limited budget for this so may need to withdraw this opportunity at short notice. If this is the case, please be assured that all grants that have been offered will still be paid but only upon receipt of the required evidence of spend.
Herefordshire Council offers a range of grants. You can only apply to Herefordshire Council for one grant for this type of project/initiative.
Please contact email@example.com for guidance on the most appropriate grant or funding for your project.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries about applying for this ‘Keep Connected’ grant.
OFFER TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
BUSINESS SUPPORT AND COVID-19 ADVICE
Offering FREE one to one support services for businesses, in partnership with Herefordshire Council the Marches Growth Hub – Herefordshire is a place where businesses can find out more about funding and finance and wider business support available to local Herefordshire businesses, regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses.
The Marches Growth Hub would like to share the following information with businesses who are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on our business community.
GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL SUPPORT – updated 26th March 2020
A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
- Coronavirus (Covid-19) : UK government response
- Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme – https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/supporting-business-loans-enterprise-finance-guarantee/
- Businesses will be able to access government support from today (Monday 23 March) to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-business-support-to-launch-from-today
- For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is gov.uk. However, government is also scaling up its Business Support Helpline so businesses in England, of all sizes, can pick up the phone and speak directly to an advisor. The number to call is: 0300 456 3565
- NEW: Cultural Sector Emergency Funding Package announced by the Arts Council – offers individuals and organisation working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis- totalling £160m – click link to find out more: live on our website,
- NEW: Companies House -Filing of accounts businesses will be able to apply for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-more-time-to-file-your-companys-accounts
- NEW: Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. Further details are now available
- NEW: Department for International Trade (DIT) support for UK businesses trading internationally. Please click on link to find latest advice for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 has been updated.
- NEW: Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps Enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines are suspended for this reporting year (2019/20) due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- NEW: How to place a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit on the market Forms and guidance on what manufacturers need to do to place test kits on the market.
- HMRC have launched a tax helpline to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Find all the information here. The number is 0800 0159 559.
- Companies House has produced guidance if coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts. Find all the information
- Business rate relief – The Government has announced that it is temporarily increasing the business rates relief discount in England to 100% for 2020-2021 for properties below £51,000 rateable value. As soon as the details have been passed through parliament any changes will be applied and you will be notified accordingly. https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/358/how_your_business_rates_bill_is_calculated
- Business Grants – there are still Business Grants available and we have listed some of those grants below but there are other funded schemes and programmes available – just ask your local Growth Hub.
- Business Growth Programme – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/v/-318
- Marches Building Investment Grant – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/v/-207
- BEEP – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/directory/v/-183
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADVICE
Every Mind Matters – https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth
Emergency Planning Team Herefordshire Council (Business Continuity)
All Herefordshire Council Covid 19 related updates will appear on our website here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/964/coronavirus_latest , alongside social media.
Herefordshire Council have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders to contact us and we will then link them back into the community organisations/leaders. This co-ordinated approach will include support for those recently identified as need shielding. People (and groups) wishing to volunteer can register also vulnerable people needing support, on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help the dedicated telephone number is 01432 260027 and email address email@example.com
In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Herefordshire Council is working with community organisations and local businesses to help connect people to support being coordinated in your area.
You may have been asked to isolate yourself and stay at home. This will no doubt be a worrying and challenging time for many but also a time to come together and support one another, especially the most vulnerable in our communities.
There are some simple steps we can all do to take care of ourselves and others.
1. Protect yourself and others
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water,
particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Minimise contact with others
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
2. Create your own plan
Over the next few months, life as we know it is going to change and to prepare for this it will be important that you have a plan that supports you to live well until the advice to isolate changes.
Think about the support you will need and those who can help you while you self-isolate. This could include family, friends, neighbours or people you know in your community.
Your plan might include support with things usually taken for granted such as shopping, picking up medication, support with pets, posting mail, picking up other urgent things, someone to check in on you or someone to just have a chat with.
3. Contact us if you need further support
If there are gaps in your plan and you need further support, please contact the Herefordshire Council Talk Community team using the details below.
Contact us on 01432 260027
Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you and your family well in this difficult period, but rest assured that we are doing everything possible in Herefordshire Council to maintain essential services to you and your community.
Want to volunteer in your local area? – If you want to provide support and are not sure where to go, please contact us on the above details, or register your details with us at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help and we can connect you to local volunteers in your area.