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April 2020


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's April 2020 e-bulletin.

This e-bulletin will provide you with updates on funding and support to help you and your organisations through the Coronavirus outbreak.

Nova News

CEO Recruitment

Following a successful recruitment process, we are pleased to announce that Maddy Sutcliffe has been offered and accepted the Chief Executive role at Nova Wakefield District.

Mike Holt, Chair of Nova, said:
These are times of both challenge and change at Nova Wakefield District. As many of you will have heard a few weeks ago, our Chief Executive Ian Cockerill announced his intention to step down from the position, to move on and to seek opportunities elsewhere. Ian has achieved much for Nova during the past few years and on behalf of our Board of Trustees I would like to record my gratitude for his significant contribution to the organisation and the sector as a whole.

Following a successful recruitment process I am delighted to announce that our next Chief Executive will be Maddy Sutcliffe. Maddy will be well known to many of you. She is the current CEO of Wakefield Well Women Centre and has wide experience of management in the VCSE Sector. She brings to us new skills, lots of energy and a unique approach to the development of Nova as an infrastructure organisation. I am really looking forward to working with Maddy, and I am sure that with her at the help Nova will go from strength to strength and that our sector will be very well served.

Maddy will start working at Nova on 4 May 2020.


Government Advice

For the latest Government advice, please visit the GOV.UK website.


The Nova website is continually being updated with news, funding, and support related to Coronavirus. Please take a look and use it as a method of support.

You can also contact the Nova team for support by calling 01924 367418, or by emailing staff. Staff email addresses are listed here on the Nova website.

Wakefield First

Wakefield First has compiled useful information and fact sheets to answer your questions on any challenges you may be facing as a business at this time. Wakefield First will update this page with new information as it is received so please keep checking regularly.

Third Sector businesses are eligible.

Topics covered include:

  • Cashflow issues
  • Help for self-employed
  • Help for business premises
  • Covid-19 Business Grant

For more information, please visit the Wakefield First website.


NCVO has published advice and guidance on how you can safely volunteer and support your communities during the Coronavirus outbreak. The advice can be read here and includes information on:
  • Looking out for your neighbours
  • Staying safe when supporting others
  • Volunteering with organisations providing support
  • Other ways to help charities
NCVO has also produced resources and guidance to support charities and voluntary organisations during the outbreak. The resources can be accessed here and include topics such as:
  • Protecting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
  • Contingency planning and financial implications
  • How charities are helping
  • Involving volunteers 

The Charity Commission - Covid-19 guidance for the sector

The Charity Commission has published guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Charity Commission's response is set out around the most asked questions they are receiving.

The Charity Commission wants to assure charities that their approach to regulation during this uncertain period will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in the public interest, whilst helping trustees to be aware of and think about the wider or longer impact of their decisions on their charity.

During the current crisis, The Charity Commission will be prioritising registrations, permissions, reporting and other interactions related to Covid-19.

To read the guidance, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Small Charities Coalition

The Small Charities Coalition has published online support for charities and voluntary groups. This can be found on the Small Charities Coalition website, and includes information on the following: 
  • Policy and campaigning
  • The #EveryDayCounts campaign
  • Covid-19 communications tool
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising
  • Job retention scheme (furlough)
  • Legal and technical advice
  • Training during Covid-19

Cranfield Trust

Cranfield Trust services can be accessed remotely, so you can still access their business support. The online services include:
  • 1:1 telephone support - from experts on topics including finance, communication, and business contingency planning. 
  • HRNet - tailored HR and employment advice for charities. (Due to differences in legislation, HRNet is only available to charities in England and Wales).
  • Management Consultancy - longer term support, to help your charity thrive.
  • Mentoring - personal support for leaders in difficult times. A senior level ‘critical friend’, someone who can share their knowledge and experience, whilst supporting you to consider your leadership decisions and impact.
To find out more and get help for your charity, please email or visit the Cranfield Trust website.

Coronavirus Risk Assessment Framework

If your organisation is responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, and you need to risk assess the work you are carrying out, please take a look at this template risk assessment (Word). 

Migrant Information Hub

Migration Yorkshire has launched the new Migrant Information Hub.

The Migrant Information Hub aims to offer useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of Coronavirus on the region and on people’s lives.

It includes new multi-lingual resources, national guidance, local services and support, plus news and updates on specific migrant issues.

West Yorkshire Fire Rescue Service (WYFRS) - Covid-19 Assistance

WYFRS in response to the national emergency have tasked each district within West Yorkshire to create a Response Cell to monitor and receive requests both from internal and external partners. The Request Form (Word) is required to be completed by any partner who requires assistance from WYFRS within Wakefield District with duties over and above WYFRS core business. The request will be reviewed and a reply sent to a single point of contact provided. The request for assistance form should be emailed back to the address shown on the form –


Live Well Wakefield Small Grants - Coronavirus Resilience Fund
Deadline: 5pm on 24 April 2020 (The grant panel will review applications as they are received and release monies ASAP.)
We are pleased to inform you of the launch of the Live Well Wakefield Small Grants – Coronavirus Resilience Fund. Please see the Application Form (Word) and Guidance Notes (Word) for more information.

Historically, the main objectives of the grant fund have been supporting the principles of the Live Well service through providing local services/activities that are engaging, accessible and meet the needs of people within their communities.

With the challenges posed by Covid-19, we have taken the decision to open the grant fund to proposals that allow VCS organisations to continue to support the overarching aims of the service during this challenging time.

Grants will be allocated on the basis of identified need which supports the aim of working differently to continue to deliver wellbeing support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bids may include funding things such as the use of virtual systems or technology to allow organisations to work differently to continue supporting the wellbeing of the Wakefield population.

Funding requests should be between £300 to £8,000.

Sport England Coronavirus Support Package
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

National Lottery Awards for All - Covid-19 related applications
Deadline: Ongoing
All the funding decisions National Lottery make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

This means National Lottery will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding and that we might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months. £300 - £10,000 available.

Covid-19 Business Cash Grant
Wakefield Council has introduced the online application process for the Covid-19 business grants and the form is now live.

If you occupy business premises and believe you meet the below eligibility criteria (see below) to apply for one of the business grants, then please complete the application form.

It is essential that all the information you provide is correct to ensure an efficient and reliable payment. 

Before payment can be made, Wakefield Council will use the details provided to check business eligibility for the grant including that the business is in the rating list as of 11 March 2020. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament only.

Eligibility Criteria:

Small business grant funding
Businesses that pay little or no business rates are eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000 if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive Small Business Rate Relief and/or Rural Rate Relief
  • you are a business that occupies property
Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure
Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible for a grant of up £25,000 per property.
  • For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, will receive a grant of £25,000.

You are eligible for this grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

£500,000 #WakefieldCares Appeal
Building on the success of the #WakefieldCares initiative which is already demonstrating ways people can support each other, a group of local funders are working together to raise £500,000 to help frontline charities continue to give people the support they need during the crisis. £400,000 in match funding from local funders allows each £1 donated to provide £5 in aid. With match funding, your donation of:
  • £5 becomes £25 providing a food parcel to a family in urgent need
  • £20 donation becomes £100 equipping a team of door to door volunteers
  • £50 donation becomes £250 helping to run a distribution hub for a week
Please consider making your donations via JustGiving or post to #WakefieldCares, PO Box 695, 13 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 9NW. For further information contact
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
This fund has now been paused due to the amount of applications that have been received.

CAF hopes to expand the fund and reopen when CAF has additional money which can be granted to organisations. 

Updates will be provided through their social media.
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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