The Covid-19 Charities Fund from the Northern Ireland Department for Communities has reopened to help charities, including churches, with a grant to cover a shortfall of unavoidable costs for the six months from April 1 to September 30 2020.
Connor Diocesan Development Officer Trevor Douglas said the Fund could cover the difference for a church which has seen its normal income reduced in this period and its budgeted expenditure (such as stipend and wages) in deficit.
This applies particularly where an operating account doesn’t have a large surplus, he said. “In other words where your ministry, as a charity, is threatened financially by the Covid-19 crisis,” Trevor explained.
“Several of our churches were successful with this funding in the first round (you can see a list of those groups funded at this link) and it may well be worth your church having a look at the fund this time round if you didn’t apply previously.”
The Fund reopened on August 3 and, although not ‘first come/first served’ Trevor suggests it might help to try and get applications in sooner rather than later. For assistance, Trevor can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.