Employment and Skills Share:

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has created a new Facebook group called Employment & Skills Exchange which is open to everyone to support our business communities and help keep business going. Please join the group, promote and post.

HMRC guidance for apprentices

The government has confirmed that apprentices can continue with funded training when employers use the job retention scheme, subject to being paid the apprenticeship minimum wage for the time they spend training.

Further details can be found here

DfE Skills Toolkit

DfE have launched the Skills Toolkit  a new online platform giving people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.


Government guidance for the charity sector is available here:

For an up to date overview of community funding visit Community First Yorkshire here.


Businesses, charities and community groups

  • Tesco’s Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund has emergency grants of £500 to organisations supporting vulnerable groups. The streamlined application and payment process means a quick turnaround.
  • If you’re a small business (this includes village halls and community buildings) you may be eligible for the government’s Business Support Grant Funding.
  • Charities and social enterprises with an income of up to £1m can apply for a £10k emergency grant from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to help support the running of their organisation at this critical time. There is a quick turnaround of a 14 day payment. Apply here.
  • Two Ridings Community Foundation is working with the National Emergencies Trust to establish a fund with grants up to £2,000 to support community groups through this unprecedented time. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Apply here.
  • City of York Council have diverted their Safer Communities funding to ward committees to help local charities, community groups and other agencies delivering support to residents in need.
  • NatWest and The Prince’s Trust are offering grants of up to £5,000 to 18 to 30-year-olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.
  • Sylvia Adams Charitable Trustis providing grants to charities working with 0-3 year-olds in England and Wales.
  • Barclays has set up a £100m foundation to address the pandemic. £50m will be committed to supporting charities working with vulnerable people, the other half to match funds raised by employees to back initiatives supporting local communities through the crisis.
  • Big Society Capital and partnershave created the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, which enables social lenders to provide emergency loans (no interest, no fee for 12 months) to social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees. It’s part of a £100m emergency fund (expected to grow as further investment is raised) which also covers loans to small businesses in deprived areas.
  • Crowdfunder, the crowdfunding platform, has removed fees for charity and community group users during the crisis.
  • Fair4All Finance has created a Covid-19 Resilience Fund to provide up to £5m in grant funding to CDFIs and credit unions in England, plus an expanded Affordable Credit Scale-up Programme to help the sector deliver affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances in the future.
  • John Lewis Partnership has announced a £1m Community Support Fund to help communities across the UK to help those in need.
  • The Leathersellers’ Company has a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000 for registered charities. Current focus on homelessness, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence and nursing care to vulnerable patients.
  • Martin Lewis from MoneySaving Expert has offered £1m in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 for small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK.

Sports and Arts

  • Arts Council England have announced an emergency package of funding for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector.
  • Help Musicians have launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund for eligible musicians to apply for up to a one-off payment of £500.
  • The Film & TV Charity have an Urgent Financial Support fund and will soon be launching an Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with the BFI. You can read more about both here.
  • Sport England have made £195m of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector.
  • Youth Music has set up an Emergency Fund – grants of up to £10,000 for ‘music-making organisations affected by coronavirus’.


  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50m emergency fund for the heritage sector. Grants between £3k and £50k are available.

Vulnerable and at risk groups

  • The Clothworkers Foundation has capital grants of up to £5k to help groups working with vulnerable or at risk people.
  • If you work with people who may be struggling to pay their energy bills because of the impact of the Coronavirus, the British Gas Energy Trust can help.