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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

HR Update Covid19 - Confirming furlough status with your employees

By NICVA 6 Apr 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 4 April 2020 HMRC published updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, confirming that to be eligible for the grant, employers must provide written confirmation of furlough status to employees. 

Red Cross COVID 19 Protection and Prevention webinar

By NICVA 6 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19)

Stephen Donnelly from the International Red Cross presents a webinar on COVID 19 Protection and Prevention.

Emergencies Leadership Group meets again to drive progress

By NICVA 3 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

Emergencies Leadership Group updates and progress following their latest meeting on 2 April 2020.

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme

By NICVA 2 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The Clothworkers' Foundation is designating £300,000 to provide small and medium charities responding to the COVID 19 outbreak with capital grants of up to £5,000 each.

Is your organisation carrying out different activities as a result of the coronavirus?

By NICVA 2 Apr 2020 Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

Many voluntary organisations are helping out with the impact of the coronavirus but are they restricted by their own governing document from doing so? 

Companies House - extension for filing accounts

By NICVA 2 Apr 2020 Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

Registered companies will be able to apply to Companies House for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts to help them deal with the impact of Covid-19

Charity Commission issues updated guidance for charities during the coronavirus outbreak

By NICVA 1 Apr 2020 Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

The Charity Commission's guidance now includes important advice on charity finance, safeguarding, charitable purposes, fundraising, data protection, annual reporting, charity meetings and charity registration. 

How are current government funders responding to the Covid-19 crisis?

By NICVA 1 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

How are government departments funding the sector responding to the challenges that organisations face in the current crisis, particularly regarding the delivery of agreed targets?  

Government funding schemes for the sector to address Covid-19 impacts

By NICVA 1 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Below is a summary of available sources of government financial support available to sector organisations in Northern Ireland to address the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis.  We will update this list as things develop.  

Share your COVID-19 support service information

By NICVA 1 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates, Data and Technology (COVID19)

If your organisation is offering help to the public or to other organisations, please take some time to share this information

Free GrantTracker for One Month during Covid-19 Crisis

By NICVA 1 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

NICVA's recent survey demonstrated Covid-19's negative impacts on fundraising.  So, we want to help you access all the funders you can, not just new Covid-19 related grants, but also grants for your work after the pandemic.

The National Lottery Community Fund - funding approach in response to COVID 19

By NICVA 31 Mar 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO of THL Community Fund telling how they will support people and communities at this difficult and extremely challenging time.

HR Update - Covid19 - Emergency Volunteering Leave

By NICVA 31 Mar 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Coronavirus Act 2020 introduces a measure known as Emergency Volunteering Leave to assist the Health and Social Care system in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Data protection and COVID-19

By NICVA 30 Mar 2020 Data and Technology (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

The coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly affect how your organisation operates. Make sure that your use of personal data is in line with protection law.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

By NICVA 30 Mar 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Fundraising

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of COVID 19.

COVID 19: NICVA - Update Friday 27 March 2020

By NICVA 27 Mar 2020 COVID19 Updates

Latest update from Seamus on the fight against COVID 19.

Involving volunteers in response to COVID-19 ONLINE - FULLY BOOKED - RESERVE LIST ONLY

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

Volunteer NOW has partnered with us to deliver this essential learning on how to put best practice in place for involving volunteers safely in such challenging times. Covid-19 has highlighted across the world how important volunteering is. Volunteers are bringing amazing support to those 'most at risk' in our communities and more and more people are stepping up in terms of getting involved and offering help. However we need to ensure safe methods and systems to protect everyone.

NICVA Covid-19 Impact Survey 2020

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

Voluntary and community organisations have responded to a NICVA survey issued this week to gather information on the impacts being felt by organisations due to the Covid-19 crisis and the support and guidance organisations are seeking.  

HR Update Covid19 - HMRC detailed guidance and LRA template letter for furloughed workers

By NICVA 27 Mar 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 26 March 2020 HMRC published helpful and detailed guidance about claiming wages through their Job Retention Scheme and the Labour Relations Agency has developed a template letter for employers to use for furloughed workers. 

Fundraising advice and resources COVID-19

By NICVA 27 Mar 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

A list of useful guidance, resources and links to websites to help you during this difficult time

Share your COVID-19 support service information

Organisations providing support to people and communities during the COVID-19 emergency can share their service information

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