Local and regional infrastructure charities in certain areas of England and Wales are being invited to apply for grants of £30,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to cover core costs.
The foundation has launched a £480,000 infrastructure fund and plans to give out about 16 grants, which can be used to cover core costs over one to two years.
The funding will be accompanied by non-financial help, including access to development support and peer support from other grantees.
In a statement announcing the grants, the foundation said infrastructure charities had been “the backbone of support for many small and local charities” but had been “hit hard by the pandemic” and were “at risk of significantly reducing their services”.
The statement said: “The funding aims to provide some space for infrastructure organisations to reflect and adapt to the new environment, through their advocacy work, but also developing their financial sustainability.”
A quarter of the funding will be ring-fenced for infrastructure organisations that are specifically supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic-led charities and that are led by members of BAME communities, as these organisations had “been disproportionately affected by the pandemic”, the statement said.
Applications for the fund close at 5pm on 9 October. More information about the fund, and a full list of the areas in which organisations will be eligible for funding are available here.