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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

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 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.

NICVA Meetings and Training Sessions

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

While we all continue to be required to work from home, NICVA continues to provide a full programme of training sessions and meetings online. 

The Code of Good Governance in a virtual world webinar recording

By NICVA 6 Nov 2020 Governance and Charity Advice, Developing Governance Group, Governance (COVID19)

If you missed the Developing Governance Group's webinar for Trustees' Week on the Code of Good Governance in a virtual world, you can watch it now below.  

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to March

By NICVA 6 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021. 

Civil society urges Chancellor to urgently make job scheme fit for purpose

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

A coalition of civil society leaders has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.

Working from home tax relief

By NICVA 5 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

Employees working from home due to COVID19 are eligible to apply for tax relief up to £125

Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme (CJRS) November extension

By NICVA 2 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020. 

Funding announced for culture, languages, arts and heritage sectors

By NICVA 28 Oct 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has given the green light for further financial support to be released to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors.

About the updated Government Job Support Scheme (POSTPONED)

By NICVA 23 Oct 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Government has introduced and announced changes to the Job Support Scheme (now postponed) which will open on 01 November 2020 following the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) on 31 October 2020. 

Accelerating Public Service Transformation in Northern Ireland: Where to Next?

By NICVA 22 Oct 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

On 13th October representatives from the public and community sectors came together to reflect on lessons learned from the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is required to continue a streamlined and effective response.

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