Coronavirus Grants & Funding

Please be aware, that all information is collated and published in good faith. However, we strongly advise that you check eligibility and guidance details before applying to any specific grant.

After weeks of pressure the government finally announce £750m package of support to help UK charities to mitigate against the impact of Coronavirus (COVID 19).

Hull CVS are pleased to announce their Coronavirus Grassroots Response Fund:

Funded by donation from Sir James Reckitt Charity, the fund is aimed at small voluntary groups supporting the community in Hull. It is specifically aimed at groups who have responded to supporting isolated or vulnerable people living in Hull during the Coronavirus crisis. The fund is open now and groups can apply for up to £200. The guidance and application form are on our website. If you need any additional support or have any questions, please contact Kersty Smith who administers the grant via email:

Two Ridings Coronavirus Community Fund

Update received from Two Ridings 29th April 2020:

On Monday 27th April 2020 we launched our second phase of grants. This will provide larger grants of up to £10,000 for key community organisations. We are also inviting groups to share their proposals for larger partnership bids. Two Riding’s Coronavirus Community Fund phase 2 grants is a follow on from our immediate response grants which were offered initially to support community groups with a small amount of emergency funding to respond to their immediate needs and those of the communities they work with.

In this first phase small grants of up to £2,000 were provided with the focus on those groups seeking to adapt the way they work in order that they could continue to support their beneficiaries or cope with an increase in demand. Many grants were also awarded to groups providing an urgent response to the threat of coronavirus supporting communities with food and medicine deliveries, mental health support and befriending. To date we have made 93 of these awards, totalling £176,267. We are one of 25 funders who are publishing their Coronavirus related grants on 360Giving. These small grants will continue to be available for this type of activity to groups who only require a small amount of funding and we will continue to deal with these using a ‘light touch’ approach with a short application form and very basic monitoring.

As we move into this next phase of our grant making strategy, we are responding to the needs of key community organisations that have a wider reach and a strong track record of supporting communities and are continuing to deliver a response to the emerging needs and/or are ready to think about how they maintain their services now or for the longer term. We will also prioritise groups that are working with the most marginalised and underrepresented people in our communities. We are aware that some larger organisations may ordinarily be excluded from applying to us. These are not ordinary times and we welcome enquiries from larger organisations working locally. In this phase there are larger grants of up to £10,000 and we will also welcome larger partnership bids from groups that are seeking to come together to provide a strategic solution to a particular issue for example food provision in a particular geographical area or support for people affected by homelessness.

We also recognise that as we move through the current crisis, groups will need to turn their attention to their own longer term survival and we fully expect that groups will be at different stages along this particular journey balancing the needs of maintaining their current delivery with their future viability. Some will have given it a lot of thought and many will not have had the space to process this yet. We are keen to ensure we can support key groups whenever they are ready to apply so do not think that this is a first come first served application process.

We are doing our utmost to continue our work providing grants from other funds where we can. Our support for people affected by flooding earlier in 2019/20 has not stopped, and we are continuing to pay grants already awarded from other programmes.

The Coronavirus Community Fund has been established to support community groups through this unprecedented time. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. The fund will support the following:
  • Community organisations that are preparing themselves to appropriately respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, and to tailor their specialist services to give help to the people who need it the most
  • The development of advice and support initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services
  • Groups that provide vital community support to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times where they are experiencing a significant loss of income as a result of the current crisis.

Grants are available of up to £2000 however the fund has two clear streams of activity and groups can only include up to £1000 costs under each stream. You can apply under either stream 1 or 2 or both streams 1 and 2.

  • Stream 1 – Is about costs relating to delivery of your activities and supporting beneficiaries directly–you can include costs here of up to £1000.
  • Stream 2 – Is about your organisational running costs or overheads – you can include costs here of up to £1000

Organisations must be based in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire or York. The deadline for applications is ongoing and they aim to have a decision for an organisation within two weeks. More information and the form needed to apply are available here: Application form Guidance notes

ICT Grant To Help with Working From Home from the Humber LEP Growth Hub

Grants to cover 40% of the cost of essential hardware and software require to enable homeworking of staff, of proposals totalling £2,500 to £25,000. Email for more information or visit the ICT for Growth Website

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Update 29th April 2020: Round one is now closed. Details of round 2 to follow shortly.

Grants of up to £5000 are available to group who support children in the 0-3 year old range and are experiencing increased demand on their services due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Round one closes 28th April 2020 with grants being made as soon as possible after the closing date. For more information and how to apply please click here

Hull CVS Starter Grant

Funded by a donation from The Sir James Reckitt Charity, Hull CVS runs a small grant scheme that provides grants of up to £200 to small volunteer run groups in the city of Hull. Starter Grants are intended to help new groups get established; and provide small grants of up between £150 and £200 to small voluntary run groups to pay for the things that they need to help them get off the ground. One-off grants of up to £150 are available for small relatively new groups, and repeat (annual) grants of up to £200 are available for tiny self help groups. Groups may use a Starter Grant to pay towards the running costs of the group, purchase materials for activities, replace books and other resources, or contribute towards other costs. For further information and to apply click here

Bransholme Trust Grant

Grants of up to £500 are available to charities and voluntary groups who work with people on the Bransholme Estate. Groups can use the money to pay for trips, resources or equipment they may need to continue running their organisation. Applications are welcome now for the next round closing in May. Guidance notes are available here. To apply click here


Charitybank have compiled a list of emergency funding available for charities and social sector organisations. To access the list, Click here

Latest funding from The Arts Council

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Coronavirus Emergency fund

UPDATE 23/04/2020 Applications now paused due to high application numbers

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to their communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. For more information click here

Sport England

Update: The Community Emergency Fund will be paused to new applications at 11.59pm on Thursday 14 May 2020.

Sport England Launch £195 Million Package to Help Sport and Physical Activity Through Coronavirus

This money will help partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short – and long term impact of the pandemic. 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 our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund a new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period 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 11 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

For more information and to apply click here.

Smile Foundation HighFiver Grants:

The HighFiver Grants have been designed in response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We recognise that lots of micro groups are delivering outstanding work and are finding it hard to access resources. With this in mind, this fund is particularly focused on distributing small grants (of up to £500) to Parish / Town Councils and COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups to support them in their vital work at this time. We are particularly interested in good work that is helping to relieve challenges of poverty and low income.

Grants shall be considered for fundable items such as:

  • Materials
  • Consumables
  • Room/Venue Hire
  • Travel Expenses
  • Equipment
  • Volunteer Expenses
  • Training Costs
  • Volunteer Support Costs

To be considered for a grant award you need to:

  • Be registered as an organisation and show your activity on Beecan –
  • Explain how you are helping your community currently
  • Provide numbers of volunteers your group has reached or wish to reach
  • Detail how you would put additional funding to good use within your community

For more information click here.

Barclays Coronavirus Fund

Barclays have committed to £100m to support communities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID 19 and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

There are two components to apply for. Please make sure you read which one is appropriate to your organisation carefully before applying.

Find out more here.

Deadline for applications: None stipulated.

National Lottery Community Fund Makes Changes to Respond to Covid-19

Existing funding arrangements shall be honoured. New funding decisions for the next six months will be devoted to addressing the current crisis and organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19.

New applications are particularly welcome from organisations supporting communities which are facing increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.

Click here

The John Lewis Partnership – New Community Support Fund

A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Click here

National Lottery Heritage Fund:

National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million emergency fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund – money raised from The National Lottery – will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. Their response was based on consultation across the sector, including more than 1,250 respondents to a survey. The Fund will open for applications on 15 April and be available to apply to until the 30 June 2020. For more information or to apply click here.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants:

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme has re-opened for applications. Through the programme grants of up to £1,000 are available to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs. To qualify for the programme the breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and priority will be given to schools that have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals or that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Only one grant per school in each academic year will be available. During the Covid- 19 outbreak schools shutdown, the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Programme will prioritise schools who remain open to vulnerable children and the families of key workers. For more information or to apply click here.

Feminist Review Trust:

Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women. Grants of up to £15,000 are available. However, the Trustees rarely give out awards of this amount. The Feminist Review Trust was set up in 2001 with funding from the Feminist Review journal. Feminist Review is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal setting new agendas for feminism. The journal is committed to exploring gender in its relationship to other axes of power including race, class and sexuality. The Feminist Review Trust has a small amount of funding that it offers to individuals and not-for-profit organisations for projects that transform the lives of women in the UK and internationally. In 2018 and 2019, the Trust particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:

  • Lesbian and transgender rights
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Disabled women and girls
  • Refugee women and girls

The application deadlines for 2020 are:

  • 30 April 2020 (for 31 July decision).
  • 10 September 2020 (for 15 December decision).

Application form and guidance notes available here

The Inman Charity:

The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • The Deaf and Blind
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled
  • The Armed Forces

If you are a charity working in any of these fields and would like to request financial assistance, please read their Application Guidelines.

Directors’ Meetings are held in April and October each year. Applications must be received by the end of February or the end of August to be sure of consideration at the Spring or Autumn Meetings.

More details and how to apply available here.

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund:

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund offers up to £1,000 for projects which aim to make a difference to the lives of residents and their communities. The fund is open to charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations. You can apply if you are a:

  • Community or residents group
  • Voluntary group
  • Social enterprise
  • Registered charity
  • School
  • Statutory organisation or parish/town council
  • Applicant groups must have a bank account, equal opportunities policy and constitution as a minimum. Projects must support one or more of the
  • priorities outlined in Santuary’s community investment strategy which are:
  • Employment, education, skills and training
  • Health and well-being
  • Community safety and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Financial inclusion

For more information see the Sanctuary Housing website

The Forbes Foundation:

The Forbes Foundation provides financial support to children, and their families, who are in need, by reason of ill health, disability, and/or financial hardship within England and Wales but predominantly the North of England, by providing facilities, equipment and monetary grants. Support comes in many different shapes and sizes. For example it could be:

  • a financial contribution to much needed treatment
  • to provide life changing facilities to aid walking
  • to provide people with lots of helping hands to decorate a new room or create a sensory garden
  • to support talented and gifted children where financial hardship may be a barrier to maximising their potential.

For a copy of the foundations request form and to see if they can help, see here

Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Suppot Fund

Based in Bradford, the supermarket chain Morrisons has established the Morrisons Foundation to support local good causes across Great Britain. The Foundation Trustees have pledged support for the Homeless Support Fund, aiming to fund charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. The Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. For those who are sleeping rough or are in a crowded night shelter, it is impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance. Applicants should:

  • Be registered with the Commission/OSCR for a minimum of one year and have filed their documents (ie trustee’s reports and financial accounts) on time.
  • Work directly with homeless people and provide support of one or more of the areas the fund cover.
  • Accept payment electronically over the phone (by credit card or BACS).
  • There is a total of £500,000 for this fund. Awards up to £10,000 are available. However, smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund.
  • Registered charities who care for the homeless can apply for support to cover the following broad areas:
  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.
  • Information and advice.

Applications can be made here anytime.

The Yapp Charitable Trust:

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

For more information or to apply click here

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust:

Update: The on-line application system is currently closed while we respond to the unprecedented number of applications received in recent weeks. We hope to re-open the system in early June.

The charitable trust is offering grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. The Trust is currently accepting applications.

For eligibility criteria click here.

Neighbourly Community Fund:

The Neighbourly Community Fund is offering grants of up to £400 to charities and community groups that are actively supporting communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Information and how to apply can be found here

Jill Franklin Charitable Trust:

The Trust has decided to focus its funding on deprived areas of Great Britain and, looks with particular favour at applications from the North of England and from Wales. Small charities are preferred, and simply prepared proposals are more likely to be accepted. Areas the Trust funds:

  • Grants are typically £1,000 for one to three years (except for church restoration which is normally £500), and the trust has five areas for which it is soliciting grant applications:
  • Self-Help groups, advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers (parents etc.)
  • Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to or in the UK
  • The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance (half a page in Pevsner’s Buildings). The church should be open to visitors every day
  • Local schemes to help prisoners to resettle, or to inhibit delinquency
  • Bereavement counselling.

For more information click here.

The Marsh Christian Trust:

The Trust looks to support organisations involved with:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Education and training
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Healthcare
  • Social welfare

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Their funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs. Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 -£2,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale. Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time. For more information click here.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund:

Update: Due to the high number of applications already received, the decision has been taken to pause the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund to new applications from 5pm on 13 May 2020.

A £5 million funding pot has been made available to enable England-based mental health organisations from the voluntary and community sector to deal with the increase in need for their services arising from the coronavirus crisis. Organisations can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £20,000 or a Large Grant of up to £50,000. The minimum grant available is £5,000. Funding is for a maximum of 12 months. Successful applicants will be expected to start delivery of their activities within one month of accepting funding. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the funding pot is allocated. More information and the application form are available here.

NSUN Covid-19 Fund:

NSUN launches new fund with grants up to £1000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19. NSUN is administering a small fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period. More information available here.

Food for Life Get Togethers: Emergency COVID-19 Small Grants:

Food for Life Get Togethers bring people of all ages and from different backgrounds together through growing, cooking and connecting with good food, with the support of the National Lottery Community Fund. As part of their small grants offer, they have some emergency funding available to assist with community led responses centred around food and growing initiatives to spend within the next 3 months. The number of grants available is limited. They have 12 grants of approx. £1000 in each of their regional test and learn areas. For more information click here.

Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant:

The aim of this funding from WRAP is to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable. The Fund is currently accepting applications for:

Phase 2 for small surplus food redistributors with a deadline of 4 June 2020 (1pm). This £1 million grant scheme is open to micro-to-small sized not-for-profit organisations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,00 are available for capital and revenue costs.

Phase 3 for medium-to-large-scale operations with a deadline of 21 May 2020 (1pm). Existing not-for-profit surplus food redistributors currently operating in England can apply for a grant of up to £50,000. Applicants must have a genuine need for public funding support to assist them in overcoming any additional challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. They should not be paying for the food or selling it to onward end beneficiaries. The food should be sourcted from food businesses, not existing food redistributors.
For more information click here.

British Muslim Covid-19 Fund:

The British Muslim Covid-19 Fund is here to assist all those great organisations that are supporting to protect and assist the most vulnerable through these testing times. Many organisations are tirelessly working to bolster the NHS staff, assist with social care, feed the isolated and assist affected families with bereavement and funeral services. The British Muslim Covid-19 Fund is open for all British charities and organisations who are currently focused on this challenge. The fund is available to all, irrespective of faith but working in relation to Covid-19. Funding is available from £250 to a maximum of £5000. To find out more or to apply click here.

COSARAF Charitable foundation: Hardship Grant:

The COSARAF Foundation are offering small grants to individuals who are facing significant hardship and encouraging organisations to apply for support for those in need due to a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for eligible individuals and families. Most grants are between £500-£1,000. They will fund:
Household items (flooring, beds, washing machines etc.)
Living expenses (Electricity, food, clothes, travel expenses)
Rent arrears and council tax arrears
Utility bills
For more information or to apply click here.

The Young Women’s Trust Emergency Fund:

The Young Women’s Trust has set up an Emergency Fund in response to the Coronavirus outbreak for young, low-paid women who will be the worst hit during the Covid-19 lockdown. The Fund will provide relief payments of £150 to young women ages 18-30. To help get money to the young women most in need, they are working with three charity partners. These partners will identify young women who can benefit and refer them to the Emergency Fund. Young women are not able to refer themselves directly to the fund. The Emergency Fund partners are Women’s Aid, Women’s Resource Centre and Women for Refugee Women. More information available here.

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund:

The £5 million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will also support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crises. In conjunction with grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to any applicants who need it. For more information see The Princes Trust website.

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund:

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims. The fund will help ensure that:
Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.
MHCLG are inviting domestic abuse safe accommodation providers in England to apply and encourage applications from consortiums of service provider partners.
Applications should be submitted by 21 May 2020. More information is available here.

OFGEM make £13 million available for charities to support vulnerable energy consumers:

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) opens its latest funding round for applications on Thursday 7th May 2020 to charities that support vulnerable energy consumers. The seventh round of the scheme includes four different funding streams including a new Crisis Fund, introduced to help address the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable households. Managed and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, the Energy Redress Scheme collects voluntary payments from energy companies that may have breached rules to make reparation for the effects on energy consumers that may have been affected. The priority of the scheme is to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations, with a small percentage of the fund available to support innovative products and services that will help existing or future energy consumers. The seventh round of the Energy Redress Scheme has four separate funds open to ensure projects of a similar nature and scale are assessed against each other:

  • The Main Fund contains £2.1 million and is aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £500,000.
  • The Small Grants Fund contains £450,000 and is aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999.
  • The Innovation Fund contains £450,000 and is aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £450,000, that will develop innovative products or services to benefit energy consumers.

The deadline for applications to the above three funds is 5pm on Thursday 28 May 2020. For more information click here.

Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to Support Aquatics Community:

The Swimathon Foundation is providing grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of COVID-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations. The funding aims to help small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during the period from 1 March 2020 to 31 July 2020. Fixed costs or loss of revenue and might include, for example:

  • Swim coaching costs
  • Transport charge
  • Pool space hire cost
  • Event entry fee
  • Event hosting fees
  • Club kit subsidies
  • Insurance premiums

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2020. More information can be found here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund:

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted. You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020
  • started receiving food from FareShare before 23 March 2020.

You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

  • unable to afford food
  • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless.

This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

Click here for more information or to submit an application.

Government’s £5m loneliness fund opens for applications:

Charities can now apply to a £5m government fund aimed at tackling loneliness during the coronavirus emergency, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced. The fund will be issuing grants between £500,000 and £1m, and aims “to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness”. National charities providing frontline services in England can apply. Among other criteria, services will have to focus on groups particularly at risk of loneliness and have a track record of successful delivery in order to qualify. Deadline 29th May 2020. See the government website for more information.

Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities:

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has announced £6 million in funding for Armed Forces charities and community interest companies who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families, and others from the Armed Forces community. Through the Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities grants of up to £60,000 are available to help organisations continue to provide much needed support in key areas such as mental and physical health, support to the elderly, domestic violence, bereavement, and employment. This can cover costs such as staff time, costs of delivering services online or remotely, and reasonable overheads. Grants of up to £125,000 or more in exceptional circumstances are available. Applications can be made at any time until the 29th May 2020. More information available here.

Aviva Community Fund:

Small charities and constituted community groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020. click here for more information.

Strengthening Civil Society programme: new funding to support civil society through the pandemic:

The Baring Foundation’s Strengthening Civil Society programme, which supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change, is launching three new funding streams to support grant holders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding will run throughout 2020 and represents a commitment of up to £1,000,000 to supporting civil society at this time. There are three streams of funding, one of which is open to all (the other 2 are for current and previous grant holders, who will be contacted directly by the Foundation):

Supporting legal action related to Covid-19 – open to all

This fund will support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities. It is open to all registered charities, including current grantholders. Grants of up to £40,000 for one year are available for organisations with relevant and demonstrable legal expertise in the areas they work in and who have an annual income of less than £5m. Please see the Application Guidelines for full eligibility requirements. Deadlines are staggered throughout 2020. The first deadline is Midday on Thursday 28 May 2020. Subsequent deadlines are listed in the Application Guidelines. For more information go to their website.

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund:

The aim is to provide financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC (which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people, black indigenous, people of colour BIPOC). The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund will open for applications on 18 May and organisations will be able to apply for grants between £5,000 and £50,000.. The fund is looking to support both projects that respond to “immediate needs” of people of colour and more long-term initiatives aiming to create “solutions for change on a systemic level”. Click here to find out more.

Independent Age Grants Fund:

Independent Age have released £2 million of funding to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people that have been impacted heavily by COVID-19. Organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each. Application closing dates for each funding round are detailed as follows:

Round 1 9am on 4 June

Round 2 9am on 2 July

Round 3 9am on 21 August

Round 4 9am on 18 September

For more information click here.

The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant:

This round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to 14) at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. The average grant will be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. This grant round focuses on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

  1.  Digital/virtual delivery of programmes
  2.  Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines

More information here

Coronavirus Community Support Fund:

Update: The Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, managed by the National Lottery Community Foundation, has been inundated with applications. However the fund is still OPEN for applications.

The Government has committed £200m for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises. Funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand. Funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, alongside its own funding, and applications will open Friday 22 May, at 10am. The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs, in light of COVID-19. For more information or to apply click here.

COVID-19 Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services:

The Ministry of Justice announced some extraordinary funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence COVID-19 related work, with local funding given to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to distribute in the Humberside area. The OPCC is looking for applications from not for profit organisation offering service that help victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. The rules for expenditure have been laid down by HM Treasury and the window of spending is until 31 October 2020. The fund closes at 23:59 on 1 June 2020. Full details of how to apply can be found here.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund:

The Government has committed £200m for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises. Funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand. Funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, alongside its own funding, and applications will open Friday 22 May, at 10am. The Fund has two key objectives:
To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs, in light of COVID-19. For more information or to apply click here.

COVID-19 Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services:

The Ministry of Justice announced some extraordinary funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence COVID-19 related work, with local funding given to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to distribute in the Humberside area. The OPCC is looking for applications from not for profit organisation offering service that help victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. The rules for expenditure have been laid down by HM Treasury and the window of spending is until 31 October 2020. The fund closes at 23:59 on 1 June 2020. Full details of how to apply can be found here.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund:

This is a £25m emergency loan fund which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises directly affected by the current crisis. The Fund offers loans of £100k-£500k, a loan term of a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years, is interest-free and fee-free for the first 12 months. For more information click here.

C-19 Bright Ideas Support Fund for Current Grantees:

Small grants and business development advice support for current Bright Ideas grantees that are facing significant challenges as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. A total of £290,000 is being made available through Power to Change’s C-19 Bright Ideas Support Fund to support current Bright Ideas grantees. Groups that have received or are currently applying for any other COVID-19 related funding from Power to Change, are NOT currently eligible for this fund. Community businesses accepted on to the scheme will receive up to five days of business development support from a community business advisor and a grant of up to £5,000 unrestricted funds to support any changes that will help mitigate the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on their business or community. The funds must be spent within six months of receipt of an award and will cover the cost of activities that are immediately needed to address the impact of the current crisis. For more information see their website.

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