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Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the COVID-19 pandemic

feature: Latest on Department for Communities Budget 

  • Updates

    Regular and relevant updates for voluntary and community organisations on key developments in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic

  • Funding and Fundraising

    Assess and mitigate the damage and impact the COVID19 pandemic on funding and fundraising in the voluntary and community sector.

  • Employment/HR

    Distilled and relevant guidance for voluntary and community organisations managing the impact of the COVID19 pandemic

  • Governance

    Guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations to maintain good governance in the midst of the global COVID19 pandemic

Latest COVID-19 Articles and Information

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

By NICVA 4 Mar 2021 Employment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until the end of September 2021.


NICVA supports Distance Aware campaign

By NICVA 25 Feb 2021 COVID19 Updates

In the fight against Coronavirus, maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility. 


March 2021 Fundraising Clinic (Telephone or Online) WAITING LIST ONLY

By NICVA 9 Feb 2021 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

This free, telephone (or online) clinic will provide an hour of free 1-1 fundraising advice for voluntary sector organisations to help them move their fundraising forward.


Digital Fundraising (CFNI) **REGISTRATION CLOSED**

By NICVA 1 Feb 2021 Training and Skills Development, Fundraising, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

This webinar is for those who want to learn about how to use digital platforms and methods to fundraise more effectively. It is part of the CFNI Accelerator programme and will help you learn more about digital fundraising from professional fundraisers who have a wealth of experience.


Making time for governance

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice, Charity Annual Reporting

The past year has been a challenging time for organisations across the sector but technology has enabled many of us to do things differently, whether it be holding our board meetings online or adapting our services to meet public health guidance.


Reserves policy guidance

By NICVA 19 Jan 2021 Governance and Charity Advice, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

A reserves policy helps trustees to justify holding appropriate levels of financial reserves to protect against future uncertainties. It is something which various stakeholders may be interested in viewing from time to time.


Communities Minister reopens Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund

By NICVA 18 Jan 2021 COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today announced the opening of a second phase, worth £1m of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund.


Department for Communities Covid-19 support

By NICVA 15 Jan 2021 COVID19 Updates

Information on the support and services available through the Department for Communities to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


VCSE COVID Recovery Fund reopening for applications January 2021

By NICVA 8 Jan 2021 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

The Department for Communities are reopening the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy (VCSE) COVID Recovery Fund for applications on 18 January 2021.


GP COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

By NICVA 4 Jan 2021 COVID19 Updates

GP practices will start rolling out the free COVID-19 vaccination programme from today, Monday 4th January 2021.


AGMs and company house filings

By NICVA 18 Dec 2020 COVID 19, Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

Companies, registered societies and credit unions that are due to hold an AGM in early 2021 will be glad to hear that they will be permitted to hold this online.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to April 2021

By NICVA 17 Dec 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

The government announced on 17 December that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021


COVID-19 Charities Fund - FAQs

By NICVA 15 Dec 2020 COVID-19 Charities Fund Advice, COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

NICVA's constantly updated resource giving the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the COVID-19 Charities Fund.


NICVA Conference “COVID-19: Taking Stock at the year end”

By NICVA 11 Dec 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

On Wednesday 9th December, NICVA hosted a major webinar with Communities Minister Carál Ní Chulín and DfC Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg who collectively took stock of the impacts and lessons from the Covid-19 crisis.


Ní Chuilín announces £11.7million support for charities

By NICVA 9 Dec 2020 COVID-19 Charities Fund Advice, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a second phase of the Covid-19 Charities Fund.


£25m Sport Sustainability Fund launches

By NICVA 4 Dec 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced that the £25M Sports Sustainability Fund is opening today (4 December).


Guidance on the latest coronavirus restrictions in NI

By NICVA 27 Nov 2020 COVID19 Updates, Running your Organisation (COVID19)

The guidance produced by the Northern Ireland Executive sets out the coronavirus restrictions taking effect from 11 December 2020.


Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

By NICVA 20 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021


£3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund launched

By NICVA 12 Nov 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund has been launched today to help the sector to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis.


LRA publishes helpful guide on home working

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

The LRA (Labour Relations Agency) recently published 'A Practical Guide to Working from Home: COVID19 and beyond' to assist employers and employees who continue to work from home in uncertain times.


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