National Emergencies Trust (2021) Criteria
National Emergencies Trust (2021) Criteria
Get up to £20,000

Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims to support long-term sustainability and open up new avenues of income for brilliant local groups who are making a real difference to the people in their communities.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

The National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund

This match fund of up to £20,000 per project has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services.

Eligible organisations:

The following are eligible to apply to be part of the match funding programme:

  • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • Community interest companies
  • Churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytising).
  • Other voluntary community organisations or those not constituted but deemed appropriate by Crowdfunder under this Programme would be eligible, with appropriate endorsement from the statutory body, charity, parochial church council or community foundation etc.

Eligible services include:

  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services
  • Services for vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Services addressing food poverty
  • Community response coordination
  • Services supporting those experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, those facing homelessness and those working with refugees and or asylum seeker communities
  • Services supporting young people's access to education
  • Services supporting those in poverty or at risk of poverty

You will be required to provide the following documentation and evidence of your organisation’s eligibility:
  • Governing documents (such as constitution or Memorandum & Articles of association)
  • Bank account in the name of the organisation with two unrelated signatories
  • Published accounts to demonstrate the organisation is over 12 months old
  • Safe guarding and/or child protection policies where relevant

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • Unregistered organisations
  • Organisations without a UK registered address
  • Organisations without a named UK bank account
  • Organisations where funds are solely for the provision of bursaries to individuals or families
  • Individuals
  • Statutory bodies such as city and county councils or health institutions
  • Parish and town councils
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs)

Crowdfunder project set up

In order to be eligible to apply, your project must be set up in Crowdfunder as a “keep what you raise” or an “all or nothing” project.

Selection process:

All projects that meet the organisation and project eligibility criteria will be assessed to determine which will receive match funding. Our focus in selecting projects will be to ensure we support organisations which have been disproportionately affected by the impact of the pandemic. We will also focus on ensuring funding is distributed equitably, particularly in terms of geographic location and types of beneficiaries. A range of projects will be selected to achieve this.

Oversight of the assessment and selection process is provided by a panel of Crowdfunder, National Emergencies Trust and members of their Equity Scrutiny Group

Match Funding criteria:

If your application is approved, you will be eligible to receive up to £20,000 from the National Emergencies Trust, matched pound for pound. Match funding is on donations only and not included in recurring donations, rewards and prize draw entries.

To receive match funding, the following conditions must all be met:

  • Your project must raise funds from at least 25 unique supporters within four weeks.
  • For every donation made towards your project we'll match it up to £250, so if your project receives a donation of £20 we'll add another £20. If your project receives a donation of £500 then you'll receive an additional £250.
  • Only one donation per supporter will be matched (we will not provide match funding where a supporter is deemed to have made multiple donations).
  • If your project is an “all or nothing project” your project must reach its target.

You can receive a maximum of £20,000 of match funding per organisation.

Project eligibility criteria:

  • In order to be eligible to apply, projects must meet the following criteria.
  • Project beneficiaries need to be in the UK
  • Your project must spend the National Emergencies Trust match funding by 31 December 2022.

Match funding from National Emergencies Trust cannot be used for any of the following purposes:

1. Activities which may lead to civil unrest;

2. Activities which discriminate against any group on the basis of age, gender reassignment, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, sex and sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief;

3. Payments for activities of a political or exclusively religious nature;

4. Gifts to individuals;

5. Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations);

6. Statutory fines, criminal fines, penalties and associated legal costs;

7. Payments for works or activities that are fully funded by other sources whether in cash or in kind, for example if premises are provided free of charge;

8. National Emergencies Trust will not contribute to a notional rent;

9. Activities in breach of UK legislation;

10. Bad debts to related parties and Liabilities incurred before the issue of this funding agreement;

11. Payments for unfair dismissal and associated legal costs;

12. Replacement or refund of any funds lost to fraud, corruption, bribery, theft, terrorist financing or other misuse of funds;

13. Payment that supports lobbying or activity intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, Government or political parties, or attempting to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants, or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action provided this shall not prevent you carrying on lawful campaigning activities which are related to the activities or deliverables funded by match funding;

14. Using the match funding to petition for additional funding;

15. Costs associated with fundraising, advocacy and campaigning, marketing and communications, policy, retainer fees, capital expenditure, land and bank charges;

16. Interest payments, service charge payments and loans for finance leases;

17. Payments for works, activities, goods or services which your organisation has a statutory duty to undertake or provide;

18. Input VAT reclaimable by Partner Organisations from HMRC;

19. Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector grants;

20. Contributions in kind (i.e. a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money);

21. Depreciation, amortisation or impairment of fixed assets;

22. Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source;

23. Use to purchase buildings or land or the acquisition or improvement of fixed assets.

Note – the National Emergencies Trust reserves the right to vary these criteria. Projects will be notified if their criteria will vary from the stated terms above.