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Bulletin no.8 - Wednesday 22 April

7 months, 1 week ago

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this bulletin we are pleased to be able to provide some more information about the Staff Retention Scheme and accessing the grants available. In addition, there is information about possible sources of funding that might be available to you at this time. We hope that these funding sources might help parish liquidity at this time and enable you all to continue the important work that you are doing in your parishes and also the parishes to help to continue to support the mission and ministry of the Diocese through the Parish Support Fund.  We are so grateful for the generosity of our parishes at this time as we continue our mission and ministry in new ways during this challenging time.

There is also a message from Ruth Martin, our Diocesan Secretary. Much that is contained in this bulletin will be useful to parish Treasurers and we are including them in the distribution of this bulletin. 

  1. A message from the Diocesan Secretary, Ruth Martin (Lay Canon), can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/73K_dGkiGWM. We hope that you will share it with members of your PCCs and leadership teams. 
  1. Emergency Funding
    There are a number of emergency funds available for churches and community groups. Historic England (https://historicengland.org.uk/coronavirus/fund) and the Heritage Fund (https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update) are two specific heritage funds offering funding – please note that the closing dates for applications to these funds are Sunday 3 May 2020 and Tuesday 30 June 2020 respectively.
    London Community Response (https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk) is a collaboration between London’s funders to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaboration will offer one single application point for charities and community groups to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way. Their Wave 2 funding offers grants for Crisis Response in the community and funding for changing the way you deliver your services to the community – more details here: https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/guidance/

    There are two further lists containing more general funding opportunities here:
    http://ahfund.org.uk/s/COVID-19-support-09042020.pdf  
    https://charitybank.org/news/covid-19-emergency-funding-for-charities-and-social-sector-organisations
  1. More information on the Government’s Job Retention Scheme
    The HMRC guidance on the Job Retention Scheme was updated again on 15 April 2020, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme. It includes an updated list of information needed to make a claim – it is important that PCCs that have furloughed staff have this information ready for when the Job Retention Scheme portal opens, which is expected to be on 20 April. Payments are then due to be paid by the end of the month.

    If you have queries about employment issues, please do contact David Loft, Director of HR, david.loft@southwark.anglican.org
  2. Pay It Forward London
    On the 20 April, the Mayor of London announced a crowdfunding platform which will offer small businesses across the city the chance to pre-sell their services during the coronavirus shut down. By connecting them to their local communities, and providing 100% free fundraising, London’s businesses will be able to generate income and manage cashflow while keeping the public safe. This is part of the Mayor’s commitment to supporting small businesses in London who are at risk and are suffering from cashflow problems due to the impact of COVID-19. For those in the appropriate parts of the Diocese you can find information about this at https://payitforward.london.gov.uk/ 
  1. Food Access Response
    Please note that a major update to the information included on the Diocesan website has been uploaded here: https://southwark.anglican.org/coronavirus/food-access/ and the latest version of the document is attached to this bulletin. 

With our best wishes to you at this time.

The Coronavirus Task Group

(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and the Revd Canon Wendy Robins)