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COVID-19 Resources

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During the crisis, we’ll be re-introducing our newsletter to provide an online community shout-out space,  where we’ll signpost to the most valuable and relevant resources for the network – from support, calls for collaboration to funding opportunities and Tech4Good South West remote events. Take a look at the latest resources below. 

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Announcing the Tech4Good South West newsletter, which we’ll be updating on a twice monthly, ad-hoc status

Digital Support for Nonprofits

The Catalyst Blog Head to the We The Catalysts resources blog for guidance on video calling platforms, as well as identifying the tools needed for ongoing remote support.

The Catalysts also have new ‘Service Recipes’ bringing together insight, examples and ways of working from around the charity and non profit sector during the crisis, specifically looking at uses of digital in ongoing service delivery. 

Charity Digital Guides The Charity Digital coronavirus resources are specifically written for charities facing rapid digital transformation, including comms guidance during the crisis. 

Digital Candle/CAST Advice Sign up to be paired with a digital expert (or volunteer yourself as an expert!) and chat through digital options and answers to queries.

SCVO Info Hub The Covid-19 third sector info hub from SCVO is being regularly updated with guidance on funding, protecting staff, digital leadership and online service delivery. 

CAST Guide to Remote Meetings CAST have also put together an open doc on for advice on remote meetings, including tools and agenda setting.

VOSCUR VOSCUR has guidance for the voluntary sector during the coronavirus crisis, including toolkits for those setting up volunteering initiatives, guidance for community groups and data/privacy protection. 

TechSoup TechSoup, which hosts our umbrella community Netsquared, has put together a host of digital tools to support nonprofits to support remote working, organisation, service delivery and participation.

NCVO NCVO have a comprehensive and continuously updated resources section, with all guidance from funding, to service delivery, to organisation, geared towards supporting charitable organisations through the crisis.  

Digital Charities Digital Charities have a dedicated Slack channel for the charity sector, where you can exchange knowledge, ask questions or share tech solutions. 

CAST Design Hops Design Hops for nonprofits hosted by CAST are now being delivered online

Mozilla Foundation The Mozilla Foundation has created a resource that looks at the learnings and pitfalls from rapid virtual meeting prototyping. Important takeaways include using tools communities already feel comfortable with, with a focus on robust facilitation. 

Tech For good Hub The Tech For Good Hub has a range of guides, including a look at understanding user value, which are aimed at charities and social enterprises with a focus on finding funding. 

Twine There is a new guide download for successful digital service delivery from Twine aimed at community businesses to help them support the local community, deliver digital services and generate income during this time. 

Digisafe Digisafe from CAST, The AVA Project, Side Labs and more has now launched. Digisafe is a free, step-by-step guide to digital safeguarding for charities designing new services or taking services online for the first time. 

The Curve The Curve is a digital skills training platform for the third sector from Third Sector Lab, running workshops and training through August and in the coming months. All workshops are free and aim to build knowledge around best digital practices, raise awareness of digital tools and ultimately help increase impact with digital.

Tech and Nonprofit Collaboration

Third Sector Lab and SCVO Digital An open doc compiled by Third Sector Lab/SCVO Digital brings together case studies of org’s shifting to online services and those who already have experience with digital tools.

Catalyst Digital Teams Catalyst Digital Teams is a collaboration offering expertise to help charities help respond and adapt to the crisis. You can request support through the form here.

Common Knowledge Online Organisation Common Knowledge build digital tools for activists, and have put together a guide when moving your organising and community activism online.

Coronavirus Tech Handbook The Coronavirus Tech Handbook from Newspeak House is an open source library for collaborative responses to the crisis, with resources for organising, funding and tools for volunteers.  

Funding Support

Quartet Community Foundation Response Fund 
Quartet has launched a coronavirus response fund for local causes set up to help vulnerable communities in Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Up to £5,000. 

Resourcing Racial Justice
Resourcing Racial Justice has extended its funding deadline to Monday 22nd June for those affected by the challenges created by COVID-19, specifically the disproportionate affect on people of colour. Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 – take a look at the page here. 

National Lottery
National Lottery Coronavirus Response Fund has been announced, as the organisation focuses its fundraising efforts on communities affected by COVID-19. 

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Comic Relief and CAST digital funding strand, ‘Explore’, has been announced. The programme will allow charities to engage in a 12-week learning journey to scope out the kinds of digital services they might provide. The application process is open to UK charities and not-for-profit organisations with incomes of between £75,000 and £10 million. More information is on the CAST site. 

The Food Charities Grant Fund 
The Food Charities Grant Fund has been announced by the Government, aimed at frontline, not-for-profi or charity projects that provide food during this time, to support providing food for those who most need it. The application deadline is 6th July 2020.

UKRI have opened up a fund for projects that address COVID-19, and it will accept projects that have a public sector research component tied to SMEs, companies and individuals. Take a look at the information on applying here. 

The West of England Academic Health Science Network offers funding and development support for organisations and SME’s working towards healthcare solutions.

The Amazon Raise-up Buildathon is open for applications until 15th July 2020. Presented by AWS, the opportunity is a way for developers, technology enthusiasts, and advocates to band together and help nonprofits and institutions survive these challenging times. 

Somerset Community Foundation Fund 
An appeal from Somerset Community Foundation is underway, with priority being given to the local voluntary sector, charities and community organisations.

Wiltshire and Swindon Foundation Fund
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Foundation have launched a coronavirus response fund for voluntary groups in the region, and are prioritising groups supporting those affected by isolation or loss of income. 

Ufi VocTech Trust 
VocTech Trust is open for applications supporting the vocational learning sector during the crisis. The focus is on vocational learning providers who need to transition to digital and have a developed idea surrounding access. 

Good Finance
The Good Finance Covid 19 resource hub brings together updated funding resources for charities and social enterprises, including guidance on navigating funding and government support. 

Community Organising

Black South West Network
Black South West Network has put together a report on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on BAME led businesses and community organisations. You can read it here. The Network also has a COVID resources and information hub for local BAME community businesses, organisations and arts professionals, including online workshops.

3SG Compassionate Community 
3SG, based in Bath and NE Somerset, are coordinating a community effort in the area to support vulnerable people and those in need of help with food deliveries and isolation. Sign up to help here. 

ACORN Bristol Volunteers
ACORN now has a hub to request help or volunteer to support those who need it with shopping, prescription collection, post and other errands.  

Sustainable Food Partnership
Alongside 3SG, SFP have set up a list of local food providers in and around Bath & NE Somerset offering food for collection and delivery. It’s always being updated. 

Mutual Aid Bristol Community Care
The Bristol Covid-19 Mutual Aid group has set up a hub on Facebook for volunteers, resources and calls for help. 

Cranfield Trust have moved their support for voluntary organisations online and can be accessed remotely. The Trust has brought forward their Trust On Call initiative and are offering 1:1 telephone support, tailored HR and employment advice for charities, Management Consultancy and Mentoring. To find out more visit the website 

Delib The team at Delib have channelled their expertise and resources on public participation into a more general resource for organisations and individuals moving their organising online during the crisis. Delib are collating their resources each week.

Help and Kindness Help and Kindness based in Dorset have created a COVID-19 resources page for the local community, including signposts to community support groups, links from Dorset Council regarding schools, and contacts for various information hubs. 

Tech Crisis Projects

Gov Lab The Gov Lab have an ongoing Living Repository for the organisation around Data4Covid19, an open doc bringing together the data community to formulate a response to the crisis.

Open Data Institute The Open Data Institute is offering free support to make data, models and software open so that more people can use them during the organisation of response to the crisis. The support is open to charities with information regarding how vulnerable groups are coping with the crisis.

Mozilla Foundation Mozilla Foundation has a fund for solutions to the coronavirus crisis, as part of the Open Source Support Programme. This includes awards of up $50,000 to open source tech projects responding to the crisis – both hardware and software from ventilators to platforms for 3D printers.