Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

We are building resources to help not-for-profits. This list includes emergency grant funding and links to official help and guidance. It will be updated regularly as the situation is rapidly changing. Please find latest updates on our news page Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits. We’ll also share updates on Dudley CVS’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Dudley CVS group support staff will still be on hand for email and remote conversations to offer support. If you need to get in touch, please email and your email will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff. We ask that you bear with us while we work to co-ordinate the community response to Covid-19, so it may take some time to get back to you.


What can voluntary and community organisations in Dudley Borough do to prepare for Coronavirus?

At this stage, one of the most useful things that organisations can do is to think about how their organisation will cope if a high proportion of their staff or volunteers become ill or unavailable at the same time, and what steps you might take to avoid this happening. Many of these steps involve reducing the time people spend together in order to reduce the chances of Coronavirus spreading between them (and affecting a lot of the people you work with at the same time).

Remember that people may be unable to work even if they have not become ill themselves – it could be, for example, because schools have closed and people need to stay at home to care for their children or grandchildren.

Voluntary organisations and community groups may find useful information on the government’s webpage for businesses and voluntary sector organisations. Some of the information will also be relevant to smaller community groups and to volunteers as well as staff. This includes information on when employees should stay away from work, how to respond to employees who need to take time off work, and how to clean premises after someone develops Coronavirus:


Taking on volunteers to support during the Covid-19 outbreak

We’re building a library of downloadable resources to help not-for-profits:


Keeping your volunteers safe


Financial help


Funders supporting not-for-profits during the Coronavirus pandemic can be found here:





Community Centres

Guidance note dated 17 July 2020

This note is a summary of various government guidance that may apply to community venues and the activities that take place in them. This document signposts to the appropriate government guidance which may change frequently. This note cannot be a substitute for the official government guidance which we recommend referring to before planning your activities or your centre’s reopening.

This guidance note will be useful for:

  • Managers, committees and trustees that govern community centres and other multi-use community facilities
  • Community groups that hire community facilities to run their activities.
Information for community, voluntary and faith settings from Dudley Council:


Health and Care


Managing your organisation


Where to find posters and resources for your place of work or community venue

Public information materials can be downloaded from Public Health England at:


Local information

USEFUL Resources for non-profits

Subscribe to our e-bulletin for latest Covid-19 updates


Looking to help with local COVID-19 efforts?

Could you as an individual or your group/organisation help to support local vulnerable people?


Co-ordinating community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough.


The symptoms of COVID-19 and how to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe.