COVID-19 Funding for Organisations

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Latest Additions to Funding Sources

Coronavirus Community Support Fund - apply now

This new  government funded programme is open for applications for grants of £300 to £10,000 and is aimed at small to medium organisations in England.  It has two key objectives of increasing community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis and to reduce  temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises.  Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. They will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs.  Applications should ask for amounts to cover 6 months expenditure.  Find out more and apply here.

Team London Supporting Volunteering Small Grants - apply by 22 May 2020

Local community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of £500 to  £1,000 to help cover volunteer expenses and extra volunteer-related costs.   It's a short application form with a quick turn around and grants will be awarded week commencing 1 June 2020.  The fund is open to 2nd tier organisations such as local networks and community groups, multi-purpose community organisations, volunteer and community hubs and Mutual Aid groups (if you are a recently created group and not previously funded, you will need to partner with another group in your borough that has been funded in the past 18 months).  Full details and the online application form can be found here.

Barclays 100 x 100 UK Covid 19 Community Relief Fund – apply by 22 May 2020

The Barclays Foundation will award £100,000 to 100 charity partners who meet the immediate needs of people in local communities, including low incomes families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly and key workers. A minimum turnover of £1 million is needed in order to apply so if you are part of a national organisation, make sure your central office knows.   See details here.

Esmee Fairbairn: Sustaining Engagement with Collections (for museums) – apply by 26 May 2020

Esmee Fairbairn are diverting £350k to small grants of up to £30k for projects of up to a year. This will enable them to support 12-15 organisations to explore different ways of engaging with collections while physical access is not available or is severely limited. It is a one-off funding round with a quick turnaround that has been developed to complement other funding streams, in particular those from Art Fund and the NLHF Digital Skills for Heritage. Applicants are particularly encouraged to think about experimental or innovative interventions with collections online and/or collections of work that will put their museum in a stronger position when it is able to reopen, eg. building audiences and income generation through work with collections.  See full criteria and application details here.

GLA Stronger Community Fund – next deadline 28 May 2020

Up to £5,000 is available for projects that use sport and physical activity to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and that help combat social isolation or loneliness.   Apply here.

Loneliness Covid-19 Fund – apply by 29 May 2020

The Government has launched this major new fund to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.  Charities or benevolent and philanthropic organisations providing frontline services can apply for £500,000 to £1,000,000 to provide immediate targeted relief to those most at risk of loneliness, and to contribute to the evidence base on Covid-19 and loneliness.  It will not fund more than 20% of an organisation’s turnover through direct grants and not more than 50% through grants made by umbrella organisations.  The majority of any award made (80%) must be spent by 31 October 2020 and the full amount used by 31 December 2020.  It will not fund costs that will be covered by other funding but can match other grants which have a common purpose.  Eligible spend includes frontline services, costs associated with the activity around increasing the evidence base around loneliness and Covid-19, and sharing best practice, administrative costs, delivery costs including salaries and on costs and IT equipment and training.  It will fund umbrella organisations who wish to give funding to local organisations underneath them.  Award decisions will be made in mid-June.  Apply here.

Youth Endowment Fund – apply by 3 June 2020

The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.  The average grant is expected to be around £50,000, with the minimum grant that be applied for being £25,000.  The focus will be on digital/virtual delivery of programmes and face-to-face activity (observing government guidelines).  Apply here.

Comic Relief Community Fund

This is for small grassroots groups and charities with a turnover less than £250k, either to help their development or to deliver projects that fit with their four strategic themes  - Children Survive and Thrive, Fighting for Justice, A Safer Place to Be and Mental Health Matters.  Apply here.

Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Emergency Fund

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for up to £10,000 to cover work in three broad areas of outreach and support for rough sleepers, including the provision of essentials, delivery of services in hostels and shelters, and information and advice.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling weekly basis.  Apply here.

Edward Gostling Foundation

The Foundation supports people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness and has four themes of Health and Wellbeing, Independent Living at Home, Respite and Transition.  They have changed their focus to help smaller charities providing front line community services.  Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to eligible charities with less than 6 months of free reserves.  The funding can be used to support core operating costs.  Apply here.


Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support user-led community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress.  The fund is to provide additional support or sustain existing support using connecting technologies with a focus on making a difference to people’s lives now.  Examples could be Zoom subscription, laptops or additional mobile data, website creation, printing costs, petrol costs, DBS checks or sessional facilitators to move online.  Apply here.

Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots Support Now

Alpkit are prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis.  They welcome applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by Coronavirus, such as community projects to help elderly or vulnerable people, those that minimise the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care, support for foodbanks and meals on wheels deliveries to the elderly, support  the homeless or anything that brings adventure indoors and overcomes obstacles that prevents us from benefiting from going outdoors.  Apply here.

Schroder Charity Trust

This is an independent grant-making family trust that supports a wide range of registered charities including education and young people, communities, heritage, arts and culture, environment and the armed forces.  They offer grants of up to £5,000.  They have added a question to their online application form to enable you to illustrate the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation.  Apply here.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID 19 Communities Fund
One-off awards of £500 are available to organisations supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in a time of crisis, rather than to fund specific projects. Examples include activities affected by service disruption which require a different way of delivery to be put in place, new services to meet the need and increased demand on services. The voluntary sector, registered charities, schools, health bodies, social enterprises, community interest companies and social housing organisations are eligible Apply now



Previously Posted Funding Sources

Local Fund: Coronavirus Emergency Grant Fund - rolling weekly deadline
Richmond Council has launched a fund to support voluntary and community sector groups in Richmond upon Thames delivering emergency support to those affected by COVID-19. Grant awards are anticipated to be in the region of £10,000 and will only be available to meet the costs of delivering services directly to residents in response to COVID-19.  Proposals could include, for example, building organisational capacity, building stronger communities or improving health and wellbeing.  Application is via an online form, with a weekly deadline of every Friday.  They will aim to give decisions two weeks after each application deadline.  See the full details and apply here

Round 2 - Arts Council England Covid-19 Emergency Funding - register by 27 April 2020

Round 2 offers a maximum award of £35,000.  Applicants must register on the Grantium system by 27 April.  Prepare your application on a downloadable Word document and copy information into the portal in the submission period of 27 and 30 April.  See the full guidance here.  

CLOSED:  Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – current round open for applications until 28 April 2020

This trust supports early years preventative work and is offering funding for small and medium sized charities (income less than £750k) working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3 years.   Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand on their services, or a loss of anticipated income,  attributable to the current pandemic, can apply for up to £5,000 in unrestricted funding.   Apply here.   


London Community Response Fund - Wave 2 open for applications
This fund is an amalgamation of funders from across London who have come together to provide a one-door approach for fast emergency funding.  Wave 2 is comprised of two programmes.  Crisis response is for grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.  Delivering Differently (paused from 19 May) offers  grants of £10,000 to £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances grants above £50,000 maybe considered but there must be a strong rationale for this.  For full details, click here.

CLOSED: Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
Grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months to help VCS organisations continue to provide mental health services, or provide additional support.  (Funding for user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant, is due to be announced by the National Survivor User Network on Monday 20 April.)  Apply here.

National Lottery Awards for All
Awards for All is prioritising COVID-19 related applications for the next six months.  This includes organisations supporting people at high risk, those supporting communities that are facing increased demand and challenges as a direct result of the virus and organisations with high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.  Grants are for a maximum of £10,000.  Organisations that are already funded can apply for  COVID-19 related projects. They are allowing groups to hold a maximum of two awards within a 12 month period.  Apply here.

National Lottery Reaching Communities
This fund is also currently focused on activities supporting people affected by the crisis and also supports organisations who may be be struggling as a result of the impact of COVID-19.  The fund is looking at covering six months of expenditure, anticipated at between £10,000 to £100,000.  Consideration will be given to to larger awards or longer timeframes by exception.  Application can be made via their online form, by email or video.  Find out more here.

Standard Life Foundation - Coronavirus Fast Track Applications                                                                                                                                                              Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.    Projects funded maybe short or long term and grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.  Organisations already funded by the foundation can apply, as well as those that are currently under consideration and any organisations that have previously been rejected.   The fund will close when they have funded a number of projects they believe can make a difference.  Application is initially by submission of a one page document outlining your idea and you will only be contacted if they wish to take it forward.  Their usual funding round in June will also still go ahead.  See the full details here. 

Applications paused - CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund 
Apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency. This is unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies, equipment and communications. You must be able to clearly demonstrate how the grant will improve the situation for your organisation. The response time is aimed to be 14 days.  Apply here

Yorkshire Building Society Foundation COVID 19 Response Fund 

This fund is aimed at charities with an income of less than £100k and is offering £250 to £2,000 to groups that are helping communities - including running costs, staff and travel costs, as well as small capital items which directly relate to supporting activities linked to the pandemic. It will support a range of activities, including loss of income for charities supporting vulnerable groups.   Organisations need to be nominated by an employee or  customer of YBS (branches in Kingston and Epsom).  Share the link with your supporters to get nominated.   Get the link here. 


Youth Music Network Emergency Fund - rolling weekly deadline
Apply for up to £10,000 if you are a music making organisation affected by COVID-19. Priori-ty will be given to people and organisations in the most immediate need.

The Heritage Emergency Fund - apply by 30 June 2020
Grants of £3,000 to £50,000 are available to support heritage organisations.  Applicants must be a current or previous recipients of a HLF grant, or the owner,manager or representative of a heritage organisation or site, or be able to evidence previous delivery of participatory heritage activity.

Antonio Carluccio Foundation
Organisations working to feed those in need can apply for grants of up to £10,000. The foundation has extended its level of grants in 2020 in response to the crisis. Application is via a downloadable form.  Apply here.

CLOSED: Neighbourly Community Fund
Apply for up to £400 if you are an existing member of Neighbourly and work to support members of the community suffering economically and socially, or from ill health, as a result of the pandemic. The funding is unrestricted and can be used for food, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.  Apply here.

Thomas Pocklington Trust Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector
Apply for up to £10,000, or the equivalent of up to 2 months running costs, to use over the next six months if you are a sight loss organisation providing critical services for the physical and emotional well being of the blind and partially sighted.  Apply here.

Crisis - In This Together
This fundraising appeal is raising money for their services but will also deliver a grants programme to support local homelessness organisations across the UK to respond to this emergency. Grants of up to £5,000 are already available to support
assistance needed to cope with the impact of COVID-19, to meet additional demand or reduction in staffing or other resources caused by the impact of CV19
for work in the next three months.  It is hoped that larger grants of up to £50,000 will be available to support  the sustainability of local homelessness organisations. Apply for a small grant here.   

Connected Communities
This is a match fund from Trust for London and Crowdfunder which offers up to £10,000 of match funding to support organisations responding to needs created by  COVID 19. They are particularly keen to support projects responding to the needs of older people, deaf and disabled people and those in high risk groups who are particularly vulnerable. It is also open to activities responding to needs such as co-ordinating volunteer schemes or the provision of advice and support remotely.  Additionally, Crowdfunder are waiving 100% of their usual fee.  Find out more here

The Yapp Charitable Trust
This trust is offering small grants of up to £3,000 to  small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19.  Registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.  Apply here.

The Leathersellers Company - apply by 11 May 2020
Fast track (4 weeks) grants of up to £3,000 are available, with priority to those that support the homeless or those at risk of homelessness, provision of food and essentials, victims of domestic violence and nursing care to vulnerable patients.  Apply as soon as you can as their panel will meet at least three times during the application period.  Apply here.

Champions for Children Fund:  23 -30 June 2020
The Childhood Trust has launched this campaign to support vulnerable children affected by COVID-19. It is a match giving scheme where every £1 raised by your supporters gains an £3.   To take part, register your organisation here.  

Sports England Community Emergency Fund - open to 31 July 2020
Sports clubs and organisations that have a role in keeping people active can apply for £300 to £10,000. Eligibility includes local sports clubs that have been forced to close at short notice and who are facing ongoing costs and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.  You do not have to have an existing relationship with Sports England to be eligible.  Apply here

The London Community Foundation
The Foundation's initial release of urgent funding is available through London Community Response.  All other monies coming to the Foundation, via their London Communities Coronavirus Appeal and the National Emergencies Trust, will also be distributed through this portal.  There will be future rounds which will focus on organisational needs. 


We will keep this page updated with any new funds we become aware of, as they come on line.  

If you are an organisation with an income of less than £100k a year, you can also search for funds for free on Funding Central.