£1.4m fund launched to boost access to services and activities during Covid-19

Charities can apply for funding to increase access to key services and activities that have been impacted by lockdown or social distancing

Charities have been invited to apply to a £1.4m fund that will enable them to make their key services more accessible amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The Increasing Access Fund, created by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, is intended to benefit people who have struggled to access key services and activities during Covid-19, due to lockdown measures or the organisations' inability to deliver services in a Covid-secure way. 

Funds will support charities to develop digital services, or adapt their delivery of existing services to comply with social distancing or other Covid-19 response measures. 

Charities working in the fields of healthcare innovation, community, environment and the arts are eligible to apply for funding, which is split into three streams. 

Five ‘digital breakthrough grants’ of up to £100,000 will be offered to support charities with a maximum turnover of £5m to transform health and social care through digital service delivery.

‘Digital good causes’ grants of up to £25,000 are available for organisations with a turnover of about £500,000, to help them transform or adapt new services digitally. 

A third funding stream will provide grants of up to £25,000 to organisations with a turnover of about £500,000, to enable them to pilot, test or launch new services in light of the pandemic. 

“Whilst the foundation has already awarded significant grants in response to the Covid-19 crisis, we recognise the need for further support,” David Aspinall, chair of trustees at the Peter Sowerby Foundation, said. 

“We are delighted to announce a further £1.4m to support organisations to launch new or adapt existing services to ensure that beneficiaries can access the vital support they need at this time.” 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 November. More information about the fund is available here


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