Coronavirus support for the voluntary and community sector

Allen Lane Foundation

Grants are available to small registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations in the UK for work that makes a difference to people’s lives as opposed to simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems and should aim to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination.

Overall, the Foundation wishes to fund work which:

  • Will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms of current problems.
  • Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination.
  • Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.

One-off grants of between £500 and £15,000 are available. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of less than £100,000. The deadline for applications in the 14 August 2020

Visit the Allen Lane Foundation website to find out more.

Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots now

Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by coronavirus outbreak. Examples of eligible expenditure include being active in local communities to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation and support food banks.

Visit Alpkit website for more information.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Force for Change Programme

Grants are available for local projects in the UK that support Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme offers grant funding to charitable organisations, including community interest companies and local authorities, for local projects that support Armed Forces communities, particularly where they have been affected by the pandemic or where volunteer-run projects need some additional help. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year.

Eligible projects must fall under one of two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

There will be two rounds of funding:

  • Round 1 – closes on 11 September 2020
  • Round 2 – closes on 30 November 2020

Visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website to find out more.

Asda Foundation

COVID-19 Healthy Holiday Grants

Grants are available to support charitable groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure vulnerable children are provided with a hot meal.

Grants of up to £500 are available per group to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals during the summer holidays. Applications are made via the group’s local Asda store’s Community Champion and a total of £1,125 can be awarded per store. Visit the Asda Foundation website for more information.

COVID-19 Hygiene Grants

Grants are available for care homes, hospices 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 crisis.

Grants of up to £500 are available and applications are made via the group’s local Asda store’s Community Champion. Visit the Asda Foundation website for more information.

Aviva Community Fund

The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for many. We know that now, more than ever, small charities need our support. That is why we have broadened the criteria of the Aviva Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or  continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

See updated terms and conditions. 

Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until Tuesday 28 July 2020.

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund

Grants for BAME-led organisations to help more BAME organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus funding.

The UK Community Foundation has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis. The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. Up to 20% of costs can be covered.

Battersea Community Support Fund

The Big Local SW11 Alliance community partnership is launching a fund directed at supporting local groups and organisations in Battersea in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will enable groups to better support and protect local volunteers, provide services and supplies to the most vulnerable and those that may not be in touch with other agencies or statutory services. This community partnership aims to work alongside other organisations delivering COVID-19 support in Battersea.

Visit http://www.biglocalsw11.co.uk for more information. If you have questions about this fund please email info@biglocalsw11.co.uk

Big Society Capital Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

A new £25m Loan Fund will provide social enterprises and charities with emergency loans with no fees or interest for 12 months. Social Investment Business (SIB) will manage the new fund which is expected to open to applications in mid-April 2020 with the first loans completed by the start of May.

Further details can be found here.

British Muslim COVID-19 Fund

Grants are available for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the fund is to support charities, voluntary groups and other organisations who are working to protect and assist vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Grants of £250 to £5,000 are available and are available to groups irrespective of faith. Please see the British Muslim COVID-19 Fund website for more information and how to apply.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Visit CAF website for more information.

Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

The £9.5 million COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. Find out about the Lottery’s other schemes.

COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by COVID-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from COVID-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

Visit Power to Change for more information.

COVID-19 Digital Response Fund

A mix of direct grants and support from digital agencies are available to not-for-profit organisations in England whose work has been affected by COVID-19 for developing the digital capabilities that allow them to continue to deliver essential services.

Funding of between £5,000 and £60,000 is available.

There are different application deadlines for the two funding streams:

  • Discovery Programme - applications must be submitted by 5pm on 7 September 2020
  • Development Programme - applications must be submitted by 5pm on 20 September 2020. A second application round will open on 26 October 2020

Visit the Catalyst website for more information.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

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.

Visit The National Lottery website for more information and how to apply.

Community Land Trust Fund – Social Investment Fund

The Community Land Trust aims to assist the development of community-led affordable housing projects in England and Wales which will help to build sustainable communities. The fund offers the following:

  • Preplanning stage: loans for up to £150,000, depending of the number of homes and the level of risk. The finance is repayable only if planning is received. A one-off legal fee of £750 is required.
  • Development finance: loans from £200,000 to £400,000 are available for schemes that have planning permission and are ready to build homes. The finance is repayable with interest and there is a £75 legal fee and a 1% commitment fee.

Applications are invited from community land trusts in England and Wales that are at least 50% housing and that are defined as a corporate body. Applications are accepted at any time.

Find out more about Community Land Trusts.

Community Radio Fund - Emergency Funding

Emergency cash funding to support Ofcom-licensed community radio stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Relevant stations will be invited to bid for emergency grants through Ofcom to help meet their core costs. The maximum grant available for the second round is £7,500.

Applications close on the 3 August 2020.

Visit Ofcom for more information.

Co-Op Foundation #iwill fund     

A limited number of grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to deliver peer support and/or youth led advocacy projects to help young people up to the age of 20 experiencing bereavement. It is expected that five grants of up to £10,000 each will be awarded in this round. To be eligible, applicants must be charities, social enterprises or voluntary groups working in one of the UK’s 30% most deprived areas.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 July 2020.

Visit the Co-Op Foundation website for more information.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

One-off grants are available to charities and not-for-profit organisations in England for work that will relieve the hardship caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic among refugees and asylum seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.

A total of £5 million is being made available through this one-off fund.  The maximum grant available is £50,000 or three months’ expenditure, whichever is less.

The Trust has re-opened the fund for a second round of applications and extended the eligibility criteria. The programme is now open to organisations with an income of £10,000 to £3 million that provide services and support targeted at refugees and migrants. This includes organisations that only work with these groups and those that have more general objects but are seeking to maintain or expand existing services targeted at refugees and migrants.

There is no deadline for applications, but the programme will close as soon as there are enough applications to ensure the funds are spent, while keeping success rates high. Organisations that met the original criteria for the programme and applied by 2 August will have priority and be assessed first. There is no set closing date; however, the Trust recommends eligible organisations apply without delay.

Find out more about the support fund.

Culture Recovery Fund - Grants Programme

Grants are available for cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the coronavirus crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience. Grants of between £50,000 and £3million are available.

For the purposes of this Fund, 'cultural' is defined as sitting within the remit of Arts Council England and therefore eligible organisations include:

  • National Portfolio Organisations, Creative People and Places lead organisations, Music Education Hub lead organisations and both Accredited museums and museums confirmed by the Arts Council as working towards accreditation.
  • Local authorities, universities and other public sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services.

The funding will support eligible organisations over a six-month period to stay afloat, so that by 31 March 2021 they can either:

  • Reopen/restart their operations, where appropriate or
  • Operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date if, for example, reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively:

  • Round 1 was open for applications between 10 August 2020 and 21 August 2020
  • Round 2 is open for applications between 4pm on 21 August 2020 and 12 noon on 4 September 2020

Visit the Arts Council's website for more information.

Culture Recovery Fund - Repayable Finance Programme

Loans are available for charitable, not-for-profit and commercial organisations operating within England's arts, museums and heritage sectors (including independent cinemas) that were financially stable before the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure.

There is a total budget of £270 million to be awarded through loan finance.

Applicants may apply for a minimum of £3 million. There is no upper limit.

The majority of applicants are expected to be awarded loans which include a payment term of up to 20 years, an initial repayment holiday of up to four years and a 2% interest rate per annum.

There will be just one round of this programme, with applications accepted from 21 August (12:00 BST) until 9 September 2020 (12:00 BST).

Applications must be submitted through the Arts Council’s online application portal Grantium. Organisations that do not have a profile on the system yet will need to set one up as soon as possible, as it can take a few days to validate profiles.

Find out more about the programme.

COVID-19 Emergency Recovery Support Fund (ERSF)

Up to £6m is available to support London’s skills providers in meeting the costs associated with online learning and creating COVID-19 safe physical learning environments. Skills providers can only apply for between £25,000 and £200,000 and match funding is not required. Successful applicants will be able to backdate claims for eligible expenditure to 1 April 2020.

Applications close on 12 August at 4pm.

See the ERSF website for more information.

Crisis Response Grants

If you are responding to the immediate needs of Londoners affected by the current crisis, London Funders is considering applications for funding to help cover your costs to enable you to support communities effectively. They are particularly keen to hear from organisations who are looking to:

  • Buy food and essentials for people in need of support
  • Provide access to services
  • Make immediate changes to existing services
  • Purchase equipment to enable people to work remotely
  • Respond to new needs quickly
  • Meet increased costs of providing services
  • Ensuring all groups can access services

Please see the Response Fund website for further information.

Culture Recovery Fund - Grants Programme

Grants are available for cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the coronavirus crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure.

The funding is for culturally significant organisations which were financially sustainable before COVID-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience. Grants of between £50,000 and £3 million are available.

For the purposes of this Fund, 'cultural' is defined as sitting within the remit of Arts Council England and therefore eligible organisations include:

  • National Portfolio Organisations, Creative People and Places lead organisations, Music Education Hub lead organisations and both Accredited museums and museums confirmed by the Arts Council as working towards accreditation.
  • Local authorities, universities and other public sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services.

The funding will support eligible organisations over a six-month period to stay afloat, so that by 31 March 2021 they can either:

  • Reopen/restart their operations, where appropriate or
  • Operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date if, for example, reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach.

There will be two rounds:

  • Round 1 will open on 10 August 2020 and close on 21 August 2020
  • Round 2 will open on 21 August 2020 and close on 4 September 2020.

Visit the Arts Council website to find out more.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Grants are available for cultural and heritage organisations in England that were financially stable before the coronavirus crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure.

The funding will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

The funding will support organisations to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent value for money, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Applications close on 17 August 2020.

Visit the Heritage Fund website for further details.

Domestic abuse safe accommodation

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (round 2)

Grants for charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation (including refuges) in England to ensure existing services remain open and to create additional capacity and support during the pandemic.

The fund will support domestic abuse charities until 31st October to ensure that:

  • Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bed spaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19
  • Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these services

The maximum bid size is expected to be £100,000. Bids will be accepted until 20 July 2020. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Disabled People’s Organisation – COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Grants are available for grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in the UK to respond to the COVID-19 needs of local disabled people. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available. The funding is for COVID-19 related work in the following three broad areas:

  • independent living
  • isolation
  • income

Applications will be accepted until 5 October 2020.

There are two webinars covering information on how to apply. These will take place on 22 and 28 September.

Find out more on Disability Action.

Drapers’ Charitable Fund

Grants are available for UK registered charities working to help improve the quality of life for people and their communities in Greater London by targeting the disadvantaged and socially excluded in the fields of social welfare; education and young people; and textiles and heritage.

Grants of up to £15,000 are normally awarded, but larger grants may be made. Charities must have a total income of less than £5 million per annum. The main focus of grant making is in areas of disadvantage areas of Greater London. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more about the Draper’s Charitable Fund.

Edge Fund    

Grants are available for organisations taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world; work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Edge Fund has launched a special Rapid Response Fund and is currently accepting applications from across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Grants of £750 each will be awarded to 30 groups. Of those, at least 15 grants will go to groups working on anti-racist struggles, and at least 10 of those 15 will go to groups fighting for Afrikan (Black/African) liberation and made up of African (Black/African) activists.

This fund is open to all groups that are working towards systemic change, and whose work is in line with Edge Fund's values. The application deadline is 25 August 2020 (5pm) with notification of decisions within three to four weeks. To be eligible, applicants should be:

  • A not-for-profit organisation.
  • Addressing issues facing a particular community (eg racism) to be led by that community (eg people of African and Asian heritage).
  • Small groups with a small annual income that struggle to get funding elsewhere. (To date, funding has not been awarded to any group with an annual income of more than £25,000; the average income of groups is around £2,500.)

Find out how to apply.

Find out the application criteria.

Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund

A fund to support grassroots live music venues in England, such as pubs, clubs and community venues that are at imminent risk of insolvency owing to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown.

The scheme is targeting venues that were financially sustainable before the pandemic, offering grants to ensure they remain solvent until 30 September 2020.

Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £1,000 to £80,000 to cover operational costs incurred between 4 August and 30 September 2020.

Applications close on the 3 August 2020.

The Arts Council has more information.

Emergency Surplus Food Grant

Grants are available to provide financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers to those in need or considered vulnerable.

Applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. Applications close on 3 July 2020. Visit the Wrap website for more information.

European Social Fund: Digital Interventions – London

This call seeks to address two of the main ‘access’ issues associated with digital exclusion. The first is that of having physical access to the internet. The second is the issue of data poverty.

Applications are invited from organisations to deliver short-term activity to existing ESF participants. The short-term activity will consist of projects procuring and loaning an appropriate device (e.g. tablet, laptop) and providing a three-month allowance of data, provided via a data dongle, to existing ESF participants.

Projects can be funded at 100% ESF through this call. No upper or lower financial limit will be applied to project applications made. Applications are invited to deliver the activity across London. All activity to enable participants to receive the equipment, any initial set up support, and defrayal of all expenditure must be completed by 31 December 2020.

Full application deadline is 15 October 2020.

Find out more about lump sum digital interventions.

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

A short-term competitive fund for environmental charities and their partners to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

There are two levels of grants available:

  • £50,000 to £250,000
  • £250,000 to £5 million

Applications will be accepted from:

Environmental charities – not-for-profit organisaitons such as a charitable incorporated organisations or company limited by guarantee, registered with the Charity Commissions. The organisation’s principle aims (or charitable objectives) will be concerned with the protection or improvement of the natural environment.

Partnerships involving at least one environment charity – in addition to at least one environmental charity, partnerships can include:

  • Other not-for-profit organisations, including non-environmental charities
  • AONBs, National Park Authorities, local authorities and universities, however these bodies can only use the grant funding to cover certain costs
  • ‘For profit organisations’ (for example utility companies) however these bodies cannot be the lead applicant or receive any of the grant funding

 

The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 September 2020.

Find out more on the Heritage Fund.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Up to £500 available to professional working musicians to alleviate the immediate financial pressures incurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Visit the Help Musicians website for more information.

Heritage Emergency Fund launched to help sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak.  

Visit the Heritage Emergency Fund for more information.

Hope for the Young - COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Small grants to support young refugees and asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the growing impact of COVID-19, the organisation has launched an emergency relief fund.

The objectives of the scheme are to support the immediate health and wellbeing of young asylum seekers and refugees during the pandemic, and to help to relieve destitution and poverty in general. Grants of up to £250 are available.

Groups assisting young asylum seekers or refugees (aged 16-38), based in the UK, who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply.

The fund has reopened for a second round. Applications can be submitted at any time as long as funds are available.

Find out more on the Hope for the Young website.

Inspiring Futures Programme     

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in the UK to improve the employment prospects of children and young people who face discrimination or disadvantage. The fund has been created in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 are available for work commencing in October 2020. Work should target those who have faced additional disruption as a result of the crisis.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

Visit the BBC Children in Need website to apply

In This Together: Emergency Grants Fund (Crisis)

Emergency grants to support local organisations that are meeting the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK and who are affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Grants of:

  • Up to £50,000 are available for long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery
  • Up to £5,000 are available for short-term responses to the pandemic

Visit Crisis website for more information.about these grants.

KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme

Grants are available to support grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 years old in the UK. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available. Registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities in the UK with a turnover of less than £300,000 can apply.

The application deadline is 25 September 2020.

Find out more on KFC Foundation Community Grants.

London Community Foundation - Peabody Community Fund

Grants are available to local charities, not-for-profit groups and community organisations for projects and activities that benefit the residents of Peabody estate and housing areas which are located in London. Grants are available covering costs related to the proposed project for one or two years. Groups can request:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 per year over two years for organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less
  • Grants of up to 15,000 per year over two years for organisations with an annual income between £250,001 and £500,000

The fund is expected to open this summer. Visit the London Community Foundation website for more information.

London Community Response Fund (new round)

A new round of the London Community Response Fund has opened, with particular priority given to the following themes:

  • Equity and inclusion: organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), deaf and disabled, LGBT+, and/or women’s-led groups
  • Strong connections: groups who reach and connect with people at high risk or negative impacts from COVID-19
  • Smaller organisations: typically, those with a turnover of up to £1m per year

There are two types of funding available:

  • Small – grants of up to £10,000, using a simple application form
  • Large – grants of up to £50,000, involving a longer application form, with decisions typically made within eight weeks of the application

The fund is expected to close at the end of July. Find out more

Morrisons Foundation – COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

Grants are available to support charities caring for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards of up to £10,000 are available and there is a total of £500,000 in the fund.

Visit Morrisons Foundation website for more information.

National Lottery Awards for All

Organisations can now apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000 provided they are COVID-19 related. Applications will be prioritised from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Visit the Community Fund website for more information.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund         

Grants for heritage organisations that have received NHLF in the past and are either a current grantee or still under contract following a previous grant and are most in need during the coronavirus crisis.

There are two levels of funding, each of which has different priorities:

  • Level 1: emergency grants of £3,000 - £50,000 will support essential costs for the net four months to help organisations with immediate risks and become more stable
  • Level 2: emergency grants of £50,000 - £250,000 aim to help organisations that manage a heritage asset that is at risk over the next few months. This can include immediate costs, as well as costs to help organisations that look towards longer-term recovery

The deadline for applications has been extended by a month from 30 June to 31 July 2020.

Visit the Heritage Fund website to find out more.

Neighbourly Community Fund

Up to £400 is available for pre-existing members of Neighbourly whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill-health as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit the Neighbourly website for more information.

Power to Connect

Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station are tackling digital poverty for families during COVID-19.

  • An emergency top-up data fund has been created to help disadvantaged communities with home-schooling and keep families connected
  • The Power to Connect campaign is calling on local residents and businesses to donate old, working laptops and tablets to help families and NHS patients

Visit the website to apply to or support the project.

React Fund (Lloyds Bank)

Funding is available for any existing charitable partner of Lloyds Bank to help them get through this immediate crisis. Additional one-year grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to cover the cost or adapting or developing services to response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The deadline for this funding is 17 June, and more information can be found on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund         

The RRLF is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. The RRLF is run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m. SIB is the lender. RRLF is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted. A loan may help with this, providing working capital until normal business can commence again.

Loans of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available.

Learn more about the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund.

Road Safety Trust

Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.

Small grants are available to improve road safety at a local level. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions.

  • Major themed grants of up to £200,000 are available.
  • Small grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available.

Match funding is required.

The deadline for applications is the 21st October 2020.

Find out more about the Road Safety Trust.

Rosa COVID-19 Response Fund (small grants)

Grants are available for specialist women’s organisations across the UK to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their work. The funding is for specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK and it intended to help them meet short-term funding needs. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Visit the Rosa UK website for more information.

School Funding: Exceptional Costs Associated with COVID-19

Funding is available to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019/20 summer term. There will be some instances where schools face additional costs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and will not be able to cover these from their existing resources. This funding will support those cases. Up to £75,000 is available per grant, depending on the size of the school.

Applications must be submitted by 21 July 2020. Find out more

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This fund is to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Visit Sport England for more information.

Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants as well as to firms of solicitors that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants.

The maximum grant available is £30,000, though groups are encouraged to apply for lesser amounts. The average grant size is around £12,000.  Applications must be to find one of two kinds of strategic work:

  • The research and development of cases pre-litigation including: gathering evidence to test a hypothesis or research to establish authorities’ policy and practice, identifying potential plaintiffs/applications/appellants; researching whether to proceed; translating relevant material; and evaluating a litigation strategy
  • Third party “interventions” in existing cases, which allow a non-party intervener to assist the court in arriving in its decision in a case, acting as an amicus curiae, a friend of the court

The next two deadlines for funding are 20 October and 24 November 2020.

Find out more on the Strategic Legal Fund.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund

Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups as part of their COVID-19 emergency response in supporting local communities.

The maximum grant available is £500.

The programme has announced the final date to submit an application is Friday 18 September 2020.

Learn more about the Tesco Bags of Help programme.

The Big Give's Christmas Challenge

This gives charities' donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work. This year it will run from midday Tuesday 1 December to midday Tuesday 8 December.

The Christmas Challenge is open for applications from all charities that meet the following criteria:

• Charities with at least one set of accounts showing on the Charity Commission
• Charities with over £25,000 income as per their last financial accounts

Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000. To be funded by The Childhood Trust, charities must be working with vulnerable children and young people (aged 4 to 18yrs) based in London. Visit the website for more information.

The Fore’s RAFT Fund - COVID-19 Response

The Fore and its partners are providing grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises overcome the challenges posed by coronavirus.

RAFT now has over £1 million in funding and is open to applications from Wednesday 22 April 2020.

The first grants will be announced on 6 May 2020. Applications to RAFT Fund will be accepted in tranches with the application portal opened and closed as funding is raised and distributed.

The Fore will initially be accepting 500 applications, with places allocated on a first-come-first served basis. They will open for additional applications when funding becomes available.

Visit The Fore website for more information.

The Homelessness Response Fund

This is being funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, using money from the government’s package of support for the charity sector. It will be distributed by Homeless Link, the membership body for frontline homelessness charities.

Grants will be available to charities with an annual income of under £5m, and where more than half their beneficiaries are homeless people. Applications to the fund will close on 27 May, with grants available worth between £10,000 and £100,000. Successful applicants will receive payments next month.

Read more about the Homelessness Response Fund.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity Survival Fund

Core funding for small and medium-sized charities who need financial help due to lost income in the current financial year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in the areas prioritised by the Trust: health and wellbeing, welfare and education, arts and culture.

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available. The level of funding available is tiered based on an organisation’s income. To be eligible an applicant must have experienced a loss of income (actual or predicted) as a result of covid-19.

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2020.

Visit the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust website to find out more.

The Local Digital C-19 Challenge

Funding is available for data and digital projects to help local authorities in England with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts.

MHCLG have launched this fund to respond to the need for digital and data-enabled approaches to council operations post COVID-19. Applications are invited in three thematic areas:

  • Data and reporting
  • Community engagement
  • Developing new working practices

The programme is offering funding of up to £800,000 in total. Councils can bid for up to £80,000 per project. Lead applications and partner organisations must be Local Digital Declaration signatories.

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2020. Find out more

​The London Community Response Fund

London Funders is the network for charitable funders in the Capital and they are coordinating applications to the London Community Response Fund.

Funding wave two is now open and will provide funds for Crisis Response – meeting immediate needs of communities and Delivering Differently – changing the way you deliver your work so it continues to meet the needs of communities. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 April 2020.

Visit www.londonfunders.org.uk for more information or to sign up for updates.

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.

Visit The Yapp Charitable Trust website for further information.

Theatre Improvement Scheme

Grants are available for not-for-profit theatres in the UK for capital improvement projects on a specific theme each year. The theme for the 2020 fund is Improving Environmental Sustainability.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in the UK.
  • Demonstrate that they run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year.
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
  • Operate theatres that achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance.

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2020 (12:00). Applicants are encouraged to first contact Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser, to discuss their project before applying. An application form is available to download from the Theatres Trust website. This must be submitted by email to advice@theatrestrust.org.uk.

Find out more about the scheme.

Theatre Reopening Fund 

Grants are available to help UK not-for-profit theatres to make coronavirus/COVID-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • Demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a rolling basis. The Trust aims to make decisions on applications within four weeks.

Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the Trust to discuss the project/work before applying. Following this initial discussion, applicants should complete the application form available to download from the Trust's website. This must be submitted by email.

Find out more about the fund.

True Colours Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities and organisations with charitable status that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK.

The True Colours Trust provides grants to help support families, children and young people in the UK with complex disabilities and/or life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The Trust seeks to bring about better lives for children and their families through a broad mix of research, advocacy, service delivery and innovation.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 21 September 2020.

Find out more on the True Colours Trust website.

Trust for London

Grants are available for work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s poverty and inequality, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

The average grant will be around £80,000 and will not normally exceed £150,000. The Trust funds voluntary and community organisations undertaking charitable activity in London. Although the funding priorities remain the same during the pandemic, the Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that responds to emerging needs as a result of coronavirus. Applications must be submitted by 6 October 2020. Visit the Trust for London website for more information.

UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

Small grants are available for capital improvements to theatres in the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value this would make to their work with local communities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the scheme will also support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures.

The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020. Visit the Theatres Trust website to find out more.

Waitrose Community Support Fund

A £1m support fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic.

Further information to be released in due course. For more information and how to apply visit your local Waitrose store.

Wandsworth COVID-19 Direct Relief Fund

Managed by the Wandsworth Food Partnership, funding is available to provide aid to Wandsworth borough residents who may be struggling to obtain essential items.

The fund will be used to reimburse volunteers who will purchase and deliver basic items for the most vulnerable.

Find out more about the direct relief fund.

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations should be targeting key social issues and be able to provide evidence of the impact of their work.

Community grants of up to and including £250 are available. Not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes that are operating in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

The next deadline for applications has been extended from 12 August 2020 to 24 August 2020. Applications are considered quarterly. Decisions are typically made within six weeks of the deadline.

Find out more about the grants programme.

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund

Grants are available for smaller UK based charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement within the UK.

The fund has determined two priority groups:

  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age

The maximum grant is usually £15,000 per annum.

Applications should be submitted by the deadline on 19 November 2020.

Find out more on Weavers.

Youth Music Programme  

Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities, particularly those who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who face barriers to music making.

The following funds are currently available:

  • Fund A - grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 are available for between six and 24 months.
  • Fund B - grants of £30,001 to £200,000 are available for projects lasting at least 18 months.

Match funding is required at the following rates:

  • Grants of £2,000 to £30,000: 10% (at least 5% must be cash match funding).

The next 2020 deadline for Fund A applications is 4 December (17:00) - subject to change as the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Youth Music website. Successful applicants will be notified around three months from application deadline for Fund A applications.

Youth Music is currently finalising the changes to its Fund B programme. The revised programme is expected to open for applications on 4 September with a deadline of 2 October 2020 (17:00).

How to apply for the fund.

Youth Futures Foundation

The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. We recognise that achieving this systemic change will be a team effort involving a broad range of employers, government, funders and organisations working with young people. Our activities and grant giving are designed to reflect this. 

Youth Futures Foundation: Infrastructure Grants

The Youth Futures Foundation is inviting applications from key infrastructure organisations that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment. The funding aims to build resilience given significant income shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support future planning and delivery.

Funding is available for:

  • National infrastructure bodies that strengthen the youth and/or employment sector across England for all young people
  • National or regional infrastructure bodies that strengthen the youth and/or employment sector specifically for young people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, including those of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage

Funding closes on 31 July. Please see the Youth Futures Foundation website below for further information.

Advice and information for voluntary and community sector organisations

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance

The law firm Bates Wells have produced information and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Visit the Bate Wells website for more information.

Arts Council

A guide and toolkit are available for cultural organisations on how to manage financial difficulties.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has provided a free training course for anyone who is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. View the British Red Cross course.

DCMS

General guidance for voluntary and community organisations.

NCVO

A comprehensive guide being updated regularly, which includes sections on:

      • How to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
      • Whether to cancel events and activities
      • How to support beneficiaries and service users, including those who are vulnerable or facing discrimination
      • How to manage finances, planning and insurance
      • Contingency planning

The Small Charities Coalition

Information, guidance and resources for small charities during coronavirus outbreak.

Charity Excellence Framework COVID-19

Information, guidance and resources including a free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding.

Charity Excellence Framework - COVID-19 Funder Database

The free COVID-19 funder database is live. Searchable, using multiple criteria, with 545 funders; click through to 1,000s of funder websites. It takes 2 minutes to register and is free.

Co-operatives UK

A guide to HR issues during coronavirus outbreak.

The Federation of Small Business

Aimed at small businesses, but also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.

It includes sections on:

      • If you have to close your organisation
      • Business insurance
      • Advice for employers
      • Measures for the workplace

Charity Comms

Templates and information on communications including 'crisis communications'.

The Charity Commission

Information answering frequently asked questions of the Commission on charity governance and staffing during the coronavirus outbreak.

UK Fundraising

For information on a selection of virtual fundraising tools.

Charity Fundraising Ltd

Fundraising resources and consultancy. Free fundraising consultancy support for organisations affected by COVID-19 as well as articles on developing virtual fundraising events.