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

  • 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

COVID-19 business loans schemes

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The Government announced two Loan Schemes, both delivered by the British Business Bank to provide funding for organisations.


NI legislation amended allowing carry over of annual leave

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

An amendment to Working Time Regulations came into force in Northern Ireland on 24 April 2020 to allow for annual leave (up to 4 weeks) not taken as a result of coronavirus, to be carried over into the next two leave years.


Government responds to NICVA calls for flexibility to furlough staff

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Department for Communities has responded positively to NICVA's calls for flexibility to allow sector organisations to furlough staff where posts are part-funded   


COVID-19 and the Impact on Women

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

In this, the first in a series of 'Insight and Impact' articles,featuring organisations from across the voluntary and community sector,  we explore the impact of the  pandemic on women.


Skills Match Launched

By NICVA 4 May 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19)

SKILLS MATCH is the new platform to help businesses share their skills and expertise to benefit society during and beyond COVID-19


COVID-19 Public Affairs Forum

By NICVA 4 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

NICVA hosts first virtual meeting of it's Public Affairs Forum in response to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Help with Digital

By NICVA 30 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

Through our surveys and conversations we know that digital support is an urgent support need in our sector. Here are some resources that we have pulled together to help.


How Covid-19 is affecting you – NICVA weekly survey - Week 2

By NICVA 29 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

Below are some key findings from the second of four weekly Covid-19 surveys NICVA is running on how the Covid-19 crisis is affecting sector organisations.  


How Covid-19 is affecting you – NICVA weekly survey

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

To keep up to date with how the Covid-19 crisis is affecting community and voluntary organisations, NICVA is issuing a weekly survey for four weeks to the heads of our member organisations.  


Emergencies Leadership Group Update following Thursday 23 April meeting

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

The ELG met again last week to drive progress and continue their focus on making inroads where it matters most .


Webinars for May 2020

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

In April we ran 8 webinars based on our members' needs during COVID 19. The demand was extremely high and we had over 180 people participate. The feedback has been excellent and we have some more webinars planned for you for May. 


Twenty-one million is not enough: my advice to other charity CEOs

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

Andrew McCracken, CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, offers his opinion on the £21 million charity crisis funds and explains what he would do if the decision was his to make.


New & Updated COVID-19 Grant Schemes from local Councils

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

This continually updated article details what funds are available for local organisations tackling the impact of COVID-19 on residents within each NI Council area


Your Questions to Government and Latest Answers

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

Please go to updated version here - https://www.nicva.org/article/your-questions-to-government-and-latest-answers


COVID 19 - Protection and Prevention measures - Red Cross

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19)

On 9 April The Red Cross delivered a webinar on Protection and prevention measures which gave an overview of COVID 19 and advice on protecting against and preventing spread of infection.


DfC COVID-19 Community Response Plan

By NICVA 22 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

The Department for Communities has produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.  


Chancellor’s announcement of £750m to support Charities: What’s happening in Northern Ireland?

By NICVA 21 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

Northern Ireland is to receive £22 million from the Chancellor's £750 million Covid-19 charity crisis package. Urgent talks are in progress.


Launch of National Cyber Security Centre's 'Cyber Aware' campaign

By NICVA 21 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Data and Technology (COVID19)

In response to a recent increase in cyber threats and scams around Covid-19, NCSC has launched a campaign to help protect us all online.


HR Update Covid19 - HMRC Claims Portal Launched for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

By NICVA 20 Apr 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Government launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal on 20 April 2020 and expects that payments will be made within six working days. 


Emergencies Leadership Group Latest Update - Monday 20 April 2020

By NICVA 20 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

Read the latest update from the COVID-19 Emergencies Leadership Group (ELG) established by DfC Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA.  


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