Coronavirus: resources and help for you and the people you support

As the coronavirus situation continues to develop in the UK, we know your organisation will be thinking about how best to support your staff, volunteers and learners.

We’ve been working away on collating some useful resources and other valuable information to help you and your learners find the latest support and advice online. We will be keeping this page up to date all the time - please do let us know if you come across anything you think would be of use on this webpage by sending it to or calling us on 0114 349 1666.

Alongside this, our online learning platform Learn My Way continues to be available, providing a safe and easy to access route for people to build up the essential digital skills they need.

You can also fill in our survey to tell us more about your current challenges. This situation is changing rapidly, and we want to be able to work together with you to provide the support you need - and to understand what you’re doing to support your communities.

DevicesDotNow- request devices 

We're proud to be working with FutureDotNow on their exciting new initiative DevicesDotNow. The new initiative will target the 1.9 million households who don't have access to the internet and are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19. You can read more about the project and request devices here

UK grants database- new COVID-19 grants tab

From feedback from our Network, we launched a grants database, featuring lots of funding opportunities across the UK from various different types of organisations. We've recently added a new COVID-19 grants tab, so you can access the latest opportunities all in one place. 

Webinar recording: Managing coronavirus as an Online Centre

Over 11 million people in the UK lack basic essential digital skills which means a significant proportion of the population are unable to access health advice and information online. If you couldn’t make it to our webinar, this is a recording which demonstrates how individuals can access resources online and learn how to video call their GP and their loved ones. We also hear about the challenges Online Centres are facing as an organisation to understand how we can help you further.



Resources for running your organisation online:

The Skills Toolkit features Learn My Way and Make It Click

Helpful guides: how to set up a virtual coffee morning

Helpful guides: how to set up an online cooking club

Helpful guides: how to offer virtual employability advice

Helpful guides: how to launch a remote learning programme

Helpful guides: transferring from face-to-face support to remote delivery

Helpful guides: how to ace a zoom interview

Video calling apps (Learn My Way support)

Checklist for delivery sessions remotely 

Top tips for delivering digital skills sessions remotely 

Webinar comparison guide

Choosing the right software to deliver remotely

Make It Click: How to keep your Zoom video calls safe and secure

Google digital garage webinars 

BT Skills for Tomorrow webinars 

Learn My Way: Using Government services online (video)

AbilityNet - online services and support

AbilityNet webinars

CharityDigital- COVID-19 resource hub

CharityDigital- charity guide to virtual events

CitizensOnline - coronavirus support resources

Cranfield Trust webinar recording: A practical guide to reopening after covid closedown

Charity Digital - how to host a virtual team away day

Charity Digital - Top 10 virtual fundraising event ideas for charities

Digitalboost - free digital advice for small businesses and charities

Directory of Social Change - online training (July, August, September)

MyCommunity - useful resources and information

100% Digital Leeds- digital skills and online safety (useful resources)

Business support network response to COVID-19 

Managing coronavirus webinar chat panel summary 

Coronavirus Gov.UK guidance for the charity sector

NCVO webinar: Easing of lockdown - practical considerations for managing and supporting staff

NCVO- Coronavirus resources and guidance

NCVO- involving volunteers guidance 

NCVO training webinars

NCVO - how to support staff well-being during coronavirus

London charities- digital support access form

Slack- 3 months paid plans free of charge for charities

Smartlyte podcast: how to recognise illegal money lending & loan sharks

Make it Click resources - communicate with learners virtually

Digital Drive County Durham- digital support and funding opportunities


Funding and support:

GovGrant - funding support available for businesses

Government unlocks £150million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response

Government funding scheme to help support companies hiring apprentices 

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October (GOV.UK)

£5 million loneliness COVID-19 grant fund (GOV.UK)

Alpkit - funding to support the community

AVIVA community fund

Arts Council England- emergency fund 

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 

Bank of Scotland Foundation - Reach programme

Barchester's Charitable Foundation

Baring Foundation - Strengthening Civil Society Programme

Barrow Cadbury Trust - COVID-19 support fund

BBC Children in Need - Inspiring Futures Programme

CAF coronavirus emergency fund

Charity Bank - emergency funding for charities and social sector organisations

Charity Excellence COVID-19 funder database

Citizens Advice: coronavirus- check what benefits you can get 

Clinks - support for those working in the voluntary sector & Criminal Justice System

Comic Relief Change Makers (deadline 28 August)

Comic Relief emergency funding

Clarion Housing Group - The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation

Derby City Council - COVD-19 community grant scheme (deadline 10 August)

Domestic abuse safe accomodation support fund

Dulverton Trust - funding for charities

Food for Life - small grants

Get Grants - all funding opportunities

Greggs Foundation - Hardship fund

GOV.UK Find coronavirus financial support for your business

GOV.UK Places of workship protective security funding scheme

Halifax Foundation - COVID-19 grants

Hackney Council - coronavirus funding support

Independent Age grants fund 

Institute of Fundraising - coronavirus emergency funding sources

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust - charity survival fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation - COVID recovery fund (Q&A webinar 11 August

National Lottery Community Fund - the emerging futures fund

National Lottery Fund- coronavirus community support fund

National Lottery Fund- community grants

National Lottery Heritage- emergency fund

Neighbourly- community fund 

Next steps accomodation programme (GOV.UK)

One Community - The NET coronavirus emergency fund

Positive Pathways Programme - Veterans Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund (deadline 25 August)

Power to Change - COVID-19 community-led organisations recovery scheme

UK Community Foundations- support for charities and groups

The Allen Lane Foundation - Social Cohesion Programme

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - grants for charities

The Belms Trust - grants for charities in the North of England

The Edge Foundation - post COVID-19 revival fund

The Edward Gostling Foundation - fast track grants

The Foyle Foundation - small grants programme

The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust Grants 

The Social Enterprise Support Fund - Round 2 (deadline 20 August)

ThirdSector COVID-19 funding live tracker

Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 homeless support fund

Prince's Trust - future workforce fund (Greater Manchester)

Sheffield City Council - coronavirus business grants scheme - deadline 31 July

Steve Morgan Foundation extends funding until September

Sport England: community emergency fund

South Yorkshire's Community Foundation - COVID-19 response and recovery grants

South Yorkshire's Community Foundation - small grants programme

Tesco Bags of Help - COVID-19 communities fund

The Dulverton Trust - funding 

Yorkshire Building Society- charity support fund

Virgin Money Foundation - Heart of the community fund

Warburtons Families Matter - Community Grants Programme (deadline 12 August)

WRAP: COVID-19 emergency surplus food grant

Forever Manchester - community support fund

Quartet Community Foundation – South West coronavirus Response Fund

Cambridgeshire coronavirus Community Fund

Coronavirus Community Fund - North and East Yorkshire