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Coronavirus: Useful Links

Medical advice

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Grant information for organisations and charities

Click the headings below to read more about the funds available for organisations and charities in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

VONNE Online Funding Directory - open to all
To support the VCSE sector under these exceptional circumstances, VONNE have temporarily made their online Funding Directory accessible to all. The resource contains the details of more than 100 charitable trusts and foundations that are actively funding charities and community groups in the North East region.

County Durham Community Foundation
The COVID-19 Fund has been set up to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. Their focus is to offer emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will be to directly support work in the community, and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

Support from Streetgames
StreetGames want to support organisations as much as possible through these difficult times. They will be sharing funding opportunities and helping organisations with applications, sharing online training, sharing further opportunities as they come online.
Available via email or over the phone on  barry.kennedy@streetgames.org / 07921219737.

Sport England
Sport England have announced that they have £195 million available, of which £20 million is available through the Community Emergency Fund. 

National Lottery Community Fund 
All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months will be devoted to responding to the Covid-19 crisis. This involves up to £300m of funding. NLCF said it will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible. It will prioritise faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants, on the criteria that activities are specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis and helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by Covid-19​​​​​​.

Neighbourly Community Fund
With the support of partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak.

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year can apply; this includes: UK registered charities, organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others; unregistered entities and social enterprises.

Youth Futures Foundation
Covid-19 update: In launching their grants programme as planned, YFF hope to be as helpful as possible with our simple to access, rolling grants programme, so that you can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities now and in the future.

  • Development Grants

  • Impact Grants

Department for Communities and Local Government - £3.2m Emergency Funding to Help Rough Sleepers Self-Isolate
Funding announced to help local authorities in England to support rough sleepers during the coronavirus outbreak. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chancellor Announces Grants to Protect Jobs During Covid-19 Disruption
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has outlined a new package of measures designed to protect millions of people’s jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to coronavirus. The announcement was made after the Government ordered the closure of entertainment and hospitality premises to limit the spread of the virus.

Arts Council England Launch £160m Covid-19 Emergency Funding
The following funding streams will be made available:

Funding for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) – £90 million will be made available to NPOs to help reboot their creative work and alleviate financial pressures.

Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio – £50 million will be made available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support.

Funding for individuals – £20 million will be made available to individuals (including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers) so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.


Advice and support in your area

Local councils have advice and support on a wide range of issues, from business and hardship support, to updates about bin collections and other councils services. Please click the links below to access your council's information pages:

Hartlepool Borough Council

Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

Middlesbrough Council

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Social media
There are a range of social media pages which have been created to update certain communities about the Covid 19 support available:

Helping the Elderly in Teesville / Normanby / SouthBank that are isolating
Teesside Community Action Group (COVID-19 Support)
Red Cross Volunteer
Middlesbrough Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group
Guisborough Community Support (Coronavirus)
Guisborough Community Support (Coronavirus Information)
Guisborough Bridge Association
Marske and New Marske COVID-19 Defence Group
Redcar COVID-19 Information Group
Saltburn Coronavirus Response
East Cleveland Good Neighbours Support


How can you help?

Communities are pulling together to help vulnerable people through the crisis and support our emergency services.

You can click the links above to find out how your council or community group is arranging help for the vulnerable and access information about how to volunteer.

The NHS are seeking 250,000 volunteers across the country to ease the strain placed on the NHS by the pandemic. You can find more information on the NHS website: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS


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