Covid-19 Update

05 June 2020

Covid-19 update | NI CRC

The key priority of the Community Relations Council (CRC) is the health and well-being of those we work with, our staff and their families. We also want to ensure that we continue to deliver our services as far as is possible in these unprecedented times. You will all be aware of the recent change to the government’s guidance on Covid-19. Below we have set out the steps we are taking as a result of the new guidance:

 

  • Currently our office is closed. Our staff are working remotely and can be contacted by email or through our current office number: 028 9022 7500.
  • All events organised by CRC have moved to online platforms. We will update this position when the government’s guidance permits people to gather in numbers again.
  • Until the emergency arrangements are relaxed, we have limited ability to collect post from our office. Post will be collected on Wednesdays only. Consider contacting us by phone or email.

 

CRC will continue to take the recommended precautions and follow the advice of the relevant authorities. We recommend that you also take heed of that advice if you are considering whether to postpone any of your planned activities currently funded by CRC.

We will be keeping a close eye on developments and updating this notice so please continue to check our website.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or queries please contact us:

Additional Support

Read the latest government information about coronavirus

Voluntary and Community Organisations may also find useful information on the NI Council for Voluntary Action (NIVCA) website

 

Important CRC Grants Update

End of Year Returns and Programme Postponements for CR/CD Grants Scheme

At this current exceptional time we understand that there are a number of questions relating to the submission of claims as well as the cancellation of activities due to take place before the 31 March 2020 deadline. Below is an update relating to these questions based on the most up-to-date information we have been provided with.

How to submit end of project Claims

Normal Process still in place:

Please log in to CRC Application Portal to complete your evaluation and project spend form online and submit. These forms are available to submit through My Applications on the Application Portal.  Please note: Your evaluation form will show here but you need to generate your project spend form. To do this, go to My Applications and click on Reporting, New Claim and choose project spend form.

Change to process due to Covid-19:

Please scan and email your invoices and bank statements to your Project Officer. If you do not have a scanner, you can take screenshots of your original documents with your mobile phone and email them to us. If this is not possible, please note that there will be a delay processing claims sent by post due to CRC office being shut at this time. CRC will provide updates in due course as more information becomes available.   

Please note: Subsequent to any financial claims that have been verified online, CRC will request original hard copies of documentation including original invoices and bank statements when normal business resumes.

Keep checking our website for updates.

If you need any further advice, please contact a member of the Funding department.


Projects not going ahead due to Covid-19 – Can Groups Postpone?

CR/CD Small Grants:  

 We have raised two financial matters with The Executive Office: 

  1. Guidance on the arrangements for the end of the financial year in relation to planned activity/expenditure affected by Covid-19).  
  2. Information about the budget for the new financial year to allow CRC to make payments when we move into April. 

We are awaiting guidance on both matters and will be in contact with funded groups and will update our website when we have further information.

Please keep checking our website for updates.  We understand that these are exceptional circumstances, as such we will make every effort to try to be as flexible as possible. 

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