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COVID-19: access coronavirus business innovation support package

5th March 2021

Information on how businesses can access the scheme providing continuity grants, loans for existing award holders, and additional business advisory support services. Find out more. Read more

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

5th March 2021

The Government has put together guidance on protecting people who have been defined as extremely vulnerable.  This document is available in an easy read format, large print, or many other languages including Urdu and Polish. Read the guidance Read more

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

5th March 2021

The Government has announced an extension to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension will provide support to the self-employed in the form of three grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021, February 2021 to April 2021, and May 2021 to September 2021. … Read more

Online Funding Fair from Community Matters Yorkshire

25th February 2021

On 23, 24 and 25 March Community Matters Yorkshire is hosting an online funding fair to give funders a platform to share their available funding and advice on submitting an application. 23rd March is for Yorkshire-specific funders, but 24th and 25th March will be for national funders. This event is FREE to attend. Sign up … Read more

Tips for effective story telling

19th February 2021

Tips for effective storytelling is part of a blog series from the School for Social Entrepreneurs which features experts and influencers to support learning. This post features tips from Helen Mincher that you can apply to any type of storytelling to make it as engaging and effective as possible.   Read more

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation – Stability Fund

19th February 2021

The Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation Stability Fund offers grant funding of up to £20,000 over a two year period. Applications are open to not-for-profit organisations in the Central Bedfordshire and Luton areas. The priorities for this fund are: mental health poverty equity Find out more Read more

LNER Customer and Community Investment Fund

15th February 2021

LNER will be opening  2021/22 applications for their customer and community investment fund between 22nd February and 2nd April 2021. The core themes the fund supports are mental health, education and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, social mobility for vulnerable groups and environment, and sustainable travel. Find out more and apply  Read more

Keeping Well – Support for health and care staff

10th February 2021

Keeping Well has been set up to provide wellbeing and psychological support to all health and care staff in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Find out more Read more

Bounce Back Loan Scheme update

9th February 2021

The Government has updated guidance on the Bounce Back Loan Scheme which is designed to enable smaller businesses to access finance quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The update states that “a … Read more

COVID-19 vaccination programme

9th February 2021

Information is now available from the government on the Covid-19 vaccination programme, including leaflets and guidance for healthcare staff, older people and social care staff. All documents are available to read here. Read more