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Five-year business recovery plan sees immediate investment in enterprise centres

A five-year business recovery strategy to support the county economy in getting back on its feet following the Covid-19 crisis includes an £870,000 investment in two enterprise centres.

This is on top of the £860,000 already committed by the county council to support the local economy to recover.

Like the whole of the UK, Staffordshire’s economy will suffer a negative impact as a result of Covid-19 – however the strategy looks to build on the county’s established strengths and seek new opportunities arising from the crisis.

Plans set out for life after Covid-19 in Staffordshire

The impact of Covid-19 on Staffordshire and how the county will recover and shape a brighter future have been set out by the county council.

The council’s plans aim to help reboot the economy, support people back to work and education and help families rebuild their lives, while recognising too the legacy the coronavirus will leave on many areas for months to come.

As part of rebuilding the county, the council plans to detail its new priorities including the key areas of: 

•    Health and care

•    Families and communities

An introduction to LinkedIn for the charity sector

The charity sector is currently experiencing some of its greatest challenges in modern memory. However, adversity can also be the catalyst for change and a chance to do things differently.

Most of us know how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we generally use it in our personal life, but the one platform that contains the greatest number of high net individuals is on LinkedIn. 

The Chief's Blog - June 2020

Over the past 3 months we have faced unprecedented challenges as a voluntary sector. We might sum this up coldly as having seen, and indeed met, a massive surge in demand for our support, at the same time as having lost existing income from fundraising, trading and occasionally contracts or grants. At the same time we have of course faced the perhaps even greater challenge that the nation has largely shared, being cut off from family and friends, experiencing additional stress and anxiety and worrying about what the future holds.

The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants

No closing date specified


Up to £1000 funding is available for charities and churches for projects that benefit UK residents in UK communities.

The funding can be used for either:

Capital costs – funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, buildings, construction, and equipment.

Short break – funding is targeted towards respite breaks for children or adults, and short-term activities or programmes.

https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/

Rosa - Covid 19 Response fund (small grants)

No closing date specified


The COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is provided and administered by Rosa, a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women.

The Fund aims to provide quick and straightforward grants to specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Rosa plans to also provide longer term grant funding of larger amounts at a later point.

Asda Foundation grants

No closing date specified


The ASDA Foundation's grants programmes aim to support grassroots charitable organisations working at the heart of its stores' communities. Registered charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for support with initiatives that will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community.

In response to coronavirus/COVID-19, the Foundation has developed two new grant streams:

Standard Life Foundation

Closing date: 5 February 2021 | 1pm


Grants are available for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale in the UK, especially for those on low-to-middle incomes.

There is no minimum or maximum size of grant, but typically grants range between £10,000 and £200,000, with most being between £30,000 and £120,000 in total.

The funding may be spread over one, two or three years, and sometimes shorter periods, for example six months.

Macmillan Covid-19 Emergency Grant

No closing date specified

Who can apply?

  • Macmillan Professionals
  • People Living with Cancer (e.g. Self-help and support groups but not individuals)
  • Voluntary/third sector and Community Groups
  • Partner Organisations

All applications are welcome to support people living with and affect by cancer in response to Covid-19, in particular those that are supporting all communities to help overcome the social effects during this time.