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Covid 19 Emergency Fund for Disabled People's Organisations Now Live

Covid 19 Emergency Fund for Disabled People's Organisations Now Live

The National Emergencies Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the Covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Disability Sheffield is the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.

Closing date for applications is 5th October 2020.

What work will be supported by the DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund?
The DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local Disabled people. We are looking to fund COVID-19 related work in the following broad three areas:

Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting Disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield

Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks

Income: covering work to support Disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

Some examples of work that could be funded:

  • A DPO wanting funding to produce local COVID-19 related information in Easy Read, British Sign Language and community languages
  • A DPO wanting to expand its information and advice service to deal with COVID-19 related issues by increasing casework capacity or opening hours
  • A DPO wanting to set up a local group of Disabled residents to try and make sure the needs of local Disabled people are understood and addressed in local COVID-19 recovery planning
  • A DPO wanting funding to cover the staffing, venue and running costs of setting up a peer support network or befriending service***

The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Who can apply for funding?
Any DPO in the UK can apply if a majority of your governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee are made up of Disabled people and you have a constitution (you do not need to be a registered charity).

How much can I apply for?
The minimum you can apply for is £1,000 and the maximum is £25,000.

How long is the funding for?
The funding period is 8 months from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021 – all grant income and funding activity will be expected to have been spent and completed by then.

How can I apply?

  • There is a simple on-line application form to fill in. Click here to register and apply.
  • Download Information for Applicants Information for Applicants for more details on applying.
  • Closing date is 5 October 2020
  • Grant applications will be assessed, and all grants awarded by 31 October 2020

For Deaf BSL organisations and Learning Disability organisations who require accessible versions of this information, we will grant a 2 week extension for the submission of your application due to a delay in production of these materials. Easy Read and BSL versions will be available from Friday 18th September 2020. Please make contact with our support partners in your region for any additional support required.

For more information contact:
Kathryn Littlewood kathryn.littlewood@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

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