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).

Coronavirus Community Fund

Since the Coronavirus Community Fund was initially launched in March 2020 we have given away over £1.1m in funding.

In the initial immediate response phase we were keen to get funds out quickly in small grants of up to £2k to support groups providing an emergency response within the community and seeking to adapt their way of delivery.

In phase 2 we increased the size of grant awards to £10k to allow groups to cope with an increased demand for their services, many still delivering an emergency response. We also supported groups struggling to meet their running costs having suffered a loss of income.

Phase 3 (Recovery) Grants
We are now moving into phase 3 of our funding strategy.  We are thinking about the emerging needs of our communities as we recover from the immediate crisis and start to deal with the ‘new normal’ and the resulting public health, social & economic crisis and its impact.

As funds are becoming more limited, our grant making in phase 3 will be much more focussed. Applications must meet one of 5 themes based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are keen to shift to support the development of self sufficient and resilient communities by helping to support a solution rather than the symptoms of problems.

Funds are available for either project or running costs but work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities.

Please note the current priorities may be subject to change if the situation in our area in relation to lockdown restrictions changes or if the situation changes nationally in relation to a second wave of the virus.

We would recommend you complete a cashflow forecast for your organisation, particularly if you are applying for core costs or project costs due to loss of income. You can use the following as a template and this can be submitted with your application:

Cashflow Template
Useful Links for other Sector support

Demand for funding is very high and at the most recent panel we were only able to provide funding for 25% of applicants. We will try to offer feedback where we can however this may not always be possible. If your application is not successful, it does not mean that we do not value what you do but simply that other applications more closely met the panel’s priorities.

Size of grants
Grants are available of up to £10,000 for individual group applications.
We will also consider partnership bids and whilst we have not set an upper limit on an amount for a partnership bid however we might expect these to be around £30,000. If you intend to make a partnership bid, please see our additional guidance around partnerships bids

Who can apply?
All groups should meet our general eligibility criteria which can be found in our how to apply section

Groups must:

  • Be based in and/or working in North Yorkshire, York, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull
  • Have a management committee with at least 3 unrelated members
  • Be a voluntary organisation, community group, registered charity or other not for profit organisation
  • Have a bank account in the group’s name (with two unrelated signatories as a minimum)

As funds are limited, in this phase, we will be moving back to prioritising applications from organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 based on current forecast annual income.

We would recommend you complete a cashflow forecast for your organisation, particularly if you are applying for core costs or project costs due to loss of income. You can use the following as a template and this can be submitted with your application: Cashflow Template

How to apply?
Before applying, please read the revised guidance notes for this grant scheme carefully.

When to apply?
This fund is currently open and accepting applications.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis subject to available funding.
The final deadline of 2020 will be 16th November for decisions during week commencing 7th December

We currently anticipate continuing to make grants from this fund in 2021 and the timing for grant making will be informed by focus groups that we will be holding with grantees and other potential applicants early in the New Year.
The first deadline in 2021 is 1st February for decisions by week commencing 22nd March.

Further dates will be added in due course following the outcome of our focus groups. Further details about the focus groups and an invitation to participate will be shared in our newsletter.

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

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

HEY Smile Foundation – East Riding Stronger Together Fund

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) in the East Riding are working together to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The East Riding VCSE Network has established a new fund and consultancy support to help voluntary sector organisations during this crisis.

This grant and support package aims to provide support and funding to enable the voluntary sector to thrive, now and into the future. It has been designed to reflect the essential needs of the voluntary and community organisations, with the opportunity to receive consultancy support from the East Riding VCSE Network.

To find out how to apply visit the HEY Smile website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the remaining funding rounds are detailed as follows:

  • Round 4 9am on 18 September

For more information click 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.

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Hygiene Grants:

Grants are available for care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current restrictions. For more information or to apply see their website.

East Coast Community Fund:

Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups, parish and town councils, and local authorities for community projects that benefit the coasts of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. There are two levels of grants are available:

Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Main grants of between £5,001 and £50,000.

Groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. For projects involving revenue costs, groups can apply for funding for up to two years. Grants awarded to cover salaries can be spread over a two-year period if necessary. Match funding is not required for small grant applications. Match funding of at least 20% is required for main grant applications. The funding can be used for:

  • Community buildings and facilities.
  • Capital improvement works to village halls, community centres, museums, heritage centres and community cafes.
  • Community activities and services.
  • Projects addressing health and wellbeing, social isolation, community cohesion and access to amenities.
  • Young and old people’s projects.
  • Projects providing support for local clubs and groups.
  • Environmental and public open space projects.
  • Projects involving parks, nature reserves, community growing schemes, and habitat/species conservation.
  • Sports, recreation and play.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, indoor climbing walls, sports equipment and sports field drainage projects.

Click here for more information.

Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust:

Grants are available to registered charities and charitable organisations for any charitable purposes the Trustees think fit within the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area. Although no minimum or maximum level of grant is specified, grants of between £100 and £10,000 have been awarded in the past. The Trustees are unlikely to support the total cost of a project, therefore, applicants should be able to demonstrate that funds have been raised, or are in the process of being raised, from other sources. Registered charities and other charitable organisations based and operating in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area are eligible to apply. National charities may be considered if they work in the local area. Funding is not available for the following:

  • Political purposes
  • Religious purposes.
  • Individuals
  • Education

The funding can be used for both capital and revenue costs. The Trust meets twice a year to consider applications, in early May and early November. The deadline for applications each year is 20th April and 20th October. There is no application form instead applicants must write a letter of no more than 2 pages in length. More information can be found on their website.

The Joseph and Annie Cattle Trust:

This Trust is set up to help vulnerable people change their lives in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, by providing financial support. The aged, disabled and underprivileged are assisted wherever possible, as are children suffering from dyslexia. The Trust only works with charitable bodies or statutory authorities and we do not provide grants to individuals. There are two main types of application that they are looking to support:

Firstly, there are applications by charitable or statutory bodies on behalf of individuals or families. The application form must be completed by the charitable organisation/statutory body concerned and not the individual/family. Supporting papers should be attached where necessary. Secondly, there are applications for projects and work with the groups of people who are outlined in their key objective above. If you are applying from the Hull Area, you must first contact the Hull Advice team on 01482 300303 or e-mail More information can be found here.

Safer Hull Partnership Crime Reduction Fund:

The Safer Hull Partnership is offering grants of up to £10,000 for projects that reduce crime or support victims of crime. The Hull Crime Reduction Fund is open to applications from not-for-profit groups across the city. The fund is administered by the Safer Hull Partnership with funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Previously funding projects have included targeted crime prevention to vulnerable members of the community, youth engagement across the city, support and mentor-ship for those with criminal convictions to get into employment, and funding to support Neighbourhood Watch groups. More information is available here.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust:

To apply for this grant round, you must meet the following criteria:

  • People aged 60 and over.

They will support projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities. Amount granted: £1,000. See the Trust website for more information.

Grassroots Endowment Fund:

The Grassroots/ Richard Weare Endowment fund is made up of donations to the Government-funded Grassroots Grants programme (2008-2011), which increased donations by 100%. The most significant contribution to the scheme was from The Richard Weare Charitable Trust, founded by the late Colonel Richard Weare JP DL. We are proud to honour this contribution in the grant scheme’s name. Today these two funds, together with other donations, have created a permanent endowment that will benefit our communities today and for years to come. Amount of Funding Available: Up to £3,000. Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from small mainly volunteer led, charities and voluntary and community groups with a total income of under £30k per annum (in the last reporting period) for projects that:

  • Support personal development, education or training
  • Assist groups providing care and support services to reduce social isolation.

More information is available here.

Positive Difference Fund:

Anglian Water is working with fifteen Community Foundations in the East of England, East Midland and Yorkshire to allocate their £1million Positive Difference Fund to support communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Charities and community organisations who are supporting vulnerable people who are isolated, considered high risk and in need of practical support can apply to their local Community Foundation. Half of the fund is being made available immediately, with the remaining half released later in the year to meet emerging needs from the fallout from the pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £5,000. Projects could include support for foodbanks, services which tackles homelessness, and which provide groceries and/or ready-made meals. Larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership. See their website for further information.

Hope Beyond – Helping Communities to Build Resilience and a Brighter Future

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need.

The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs.

Closing Date:
Applications can be made at any time.

For further information visit:

Sanctuary Housing Community Investment Fund (England – Various Locations)

Sanctuary Housing’s Community Investment Fund provides grants for community initiatives which make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary residents in England, and is currently prioritising initiatives that are responding directly to the challenges of Covid-19.

Charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, and residents’ groups can apply for funding to help with challenges affecting the lives of Sanctuary residents in communities during the pandemic, including job losses, mental health, money management, social isolation, and health and wellbeing. Funding can also be used to help organisations adapt their service delivery such as moving services online, setting up household and medication delivery services, and distributing activity or food packs for vulnerable families. Interested organisations can discuss their project proposal by contacting Sanctuary Housing.

Closing Date:
No closing date – contact Sanctuary Housing directly to discuss application

For further information visit:

More Than a Pub Programme Re-opens with £2.2m in New Funding for England

Community organisation in rural and urban England that want to take control of their local pub for the benefit of the local community can apply now for a support package.

Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and led by the national charity, the Plunkett Foundation, this new £2.2 million round of ‘More than a Pub’, makes a range of support and funding available until December 2020.


Applications will be considered from organisations that are incorporated or intend to incorporate and which are using, or planning to use, one of the following legal forms:

  • Community Benefit Society
  • Co-operative Society
  • Company Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Company (large membership)

Closing Date:

Applications will be accepted at any time and are assessed at Panel meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Applications must be submitted by the 28th of the previous month.
The programme will run from 19 August to December 2020.

For further information visit:

The RB Small Grant Programme £500 to $5000

This is a new grant programme looking to support local groups that understand their community. RB is driven by its purpose to protect, heal and nurture in a relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world.


We welcome applications from:

  • voluntary groups
  • registered charities
  • constituted groups, sports clubs
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies.

Organisations must be registered on Beecan to evidence eligibility by providing governing documents and accounts (if operating for more than 12 months). Support will be provided during application process and if a conditional grant offer is made.

This grant programme cannot support statutory bodies, schools, profit making businesses, individuals, sole traders and organisations that distributes profits to shareholders and Directors.

Closing Date:

Not mentioned

For further information, visit:

or, email or

Community Business Crowdmatch

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis, by match-funding each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000. Power to Change are keen to support new and existing projects in deprived areas, and to work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England. Funding could be used to support new ideas to help local neighbourhoods, help meet increased demand, save a community space or bridge a funding gap. Applications can be made at any time until all the funding has been awarded.

Find out more here

Youth Covid-19 Support Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced an emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations. £16.5 million will be available through the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund for grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations across the UK to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open. The funding will be allocated from the government’s £750 million package of support, of which more than £60 million has already been provided to organisations working with vulnerable children and young people. Further details, including eligibility and how to apply, are due to be announced soon.

Find out more here

LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme

The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities has announced that due to an overwhelming demand, the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland. The aim of the grant is to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is available to non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people. . There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

Find out more here

Covid Workforce Fund

The Department for Education has announced a short-term Covid Workforce Fund to support schools and colleges facing financial and staffing pressures due to the Covid-19 pandemic in England. The Fund is designed to cover costs for mainstream schools with a short-term teacher absence rate at or above 20 per cent, or a lower long-term absence rate at or above 10 per cent. Funding will apply to the current half term, and will be backdated to 1 November 2020. Claims can include the cost of supply teachers and other options such as paying additional hours for teachers who are part time. To be eligible for the funding, schools will also have to show they have used any existing financial reserves first. Guidance on the claims process will be published shortly.

Find out more here

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust provides support for young people who aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society, through volunteering or community service. In this round of funding, the Trust is calling for applications of up to £500 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications must align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic. The deadline for applications is the 17th December 2020.

Find out here

Hope Beyond

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more here

Aim Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that AIM and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

Find out more here

Mental Health Response Fund

The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems.

Find out more here

Aviva Community Fund

Small charities and constituted community groups 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 19th January 2021.

Find out more here

Covid-19 Community Aid Package

The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package – The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees’ personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.

Find out more here

Strengthening Civil Society Programme

The Baring Foundation has announced three new funding streams as part of its £1 million Strengthening Civil Society Programme to support their grant holders and broader civil society when taking legal action related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to all registered charities, including current grant holders, with legal expertise in the area they work in to help protect vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from the impact of covid-19. The deadline for this round is midday on the 17th November 2020.

Two further streams of funding will support both current grant holders and other previous funding recipients with grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations severely affected by the coronavirus, and grants of up to £30,000 to help with the increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations. Eligible organisations will be contacted directly for these two funds.

Find out more here

Emergency Funding

The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations. The fund is only open to charities who already meet the Trust’s normal grant funding criteria.

Find out more here

Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more here

Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

The £5million pound Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund has been created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are currently facing with regard to their mounting household expenses. Eligible musicians can apply for a one-off payment of £500 if they are suffering significant financial hardship.

Find out more here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to December 2020. Funding will include emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis; 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects; and grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work. The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

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Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons 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. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

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Coronavirus Hardship Fund

In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Musician Union have set up a £1 million hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.  Grants of £200 are available.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund (UK)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot. The aim is to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase one will see the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme reopen to applications for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 as well as offering loans of between £50,000 and £250,000. Phase 2 will start in February 2021 and heritage organisations will be able to apply for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million.

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Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000. The deadline for the third round of applications is the 15th January 2021.

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Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new £10 million Grants Programme will be launched to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector. The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme will offer immediate, short-term and urgent grant funding to organisations primarily within their network, RankNet, that are facing unprecedented demand for services, or those who have suffered a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic. In addition, organisations will take part in the Time to Shine Leadership Programme to create new jobs within the social sector and to help build resilience. The Foundation has received £5 million in match-funding from the Government’s Community Match Challenge scheme.

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Emergency and Resilience Funds

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Rank Foundation has temporarily suspended its major grants programme to focus on the immediate operational needs of its network. The Foundation has launched two funds to help existing network and current grant recipients:

  • The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
  • The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.

Initially, funding will only be available to the Foundation’s RankNet members, but public access may be given at a later date.

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Covid-19 Response Fund

Rosa, a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations, has announced plans to build a Covid-19 response fund that gives multi-year grants to specialist not-for-profit organisations led by and for Black and minoritised (BME) women across the UK. Rosa aims to raise a minimum of £1 million for this fund to meet the holistic needs of disadvantaged BME women and girls who have been hardest hit by the pandemic such as those with disabilities, older women, LGBTQ+, homeless women, and survivors of gender violence. The Fund will provide a tailored and responsive support package including the opportunity to join an online platform, access online training, take part in smaller discussion groups, and more.

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COVID-19 Emergency Fund Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on merchant seafarers, fishers and their families, Seafarers UK has created a new Seafarers £2 million UK COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The new fund is intended for distribution in 2020/2021, with 75% allocated to the international merchant seafaring community and 25% to UK coastal fishing fleets. Grants from Seafarers UK are offered to charities and other organisations providing frontline and support services to merchant seafarers, UK fishers and their families. Applications should be made via email to Guidance to applicants is available at or phone 020 7932 0000.

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Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.  This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.  The deadline for applications has been extended to the 31st January 2021.

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