A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.

This list will be updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available.

Last updated:  10th June 2021


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The Art Fund (UK)

Name of Fund: Reimagine Grants Scheme

To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Art Fund has launched a new project grant scheme. The Reimagine grants scheme will award small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 and large grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 to museums, galleries, historic houses, archives, libraries, agencies and festivals across the UK to help them as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic, and build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the sector. Applicants must address at least one of the Art Fund’s four priority areas for support: collections; digital; engagement; and workforce. The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on the 5th July 2021.


Mayor of London (London)

Name of Fund: Designing London’s Recovery Programme

The deadline for applications to the Mayor of London’s Designing London’s Recovery programme has been extended to midday on the 30th June 2021. The aim of the Fund is to deliver a collaborative and innovative design-led approach to supporting London’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Organisations and individuals from across all areas of expertise can apply for a share of £500,000 in funding to help them respond to three key challenges. These are Helping Londoners into Good Work; Building Strong Communities; and a Green New Deal and High Streets for All. The programme is funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and delivered in partnership with the London Office for Technology and the Design Council. 


VisitScotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Destination and Sector Marketing Fund

To help the Scottish tourism sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has made £3 million in funding available to promote key visitor destinations in a responsible and sustainable way. The Destination and Sector Marketing Fund will help destination and sector groups promote visitor experiences to the UK and Irish markets year-round, while also working with communities to rebuild local visitor economies. The fund is split into three tiers focusing on city, regional and national tourism groups. Eligibility requirements and closing dates differ for each tier. The Fund will be managed and delivered by VisitScotland.


Asda Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Bringing Communities Back Together Fund

The Asda Foundation has launched a new grant to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK during July, August and September. Through the Bringing Communities Back Together fund, grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to either get activities back on track such as gardening clubs, lunch clubs and recreational activities; hold a get-together event such as a welcome back party or community celebration; or a combination of the two. The types of groups that can apply include PTAs, local community groups, charity, Community Interest Group, sports group, not-for-profit, elderly clubs, lunch clubs, arts and crafts groups, other hobbyist clubs, council-run groups and parish councils. Applications forms are available from Asda stores. Registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, CICs, and unincorporated clubs or associations have until the 16th August 2021 to submit their applications instore to an Asda Community Champion. 


Museums, Gallaries Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Summer Programme Museums Fund

Museums across Scotland can apply for a share of £266,000 in Scottish Government funding to support opportunities for children and young people to participate in activities and experiences this summer as part of the national summer of play 2021. Museums that have already been verified as eligible for Museum Galleries Scotland’s Covid related funds can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help restore the well-being of children and young people by enabling museums to provide fun, safe and local opportunities for these groups to connect, play, be active and enjoy themselves. Funding could be used for example to purchase new play equipment or repair existing equipment, cover fees for performers/artists/workshop leaders, and for event equipment. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until 5pm on the 21st June 2021. 



UK wide schemes


Alec Dickson Trust (UK)

UK-based volunteering or community projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, can apply for up to £500 for actions that directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. The funding is being made available through the Alec Dickson Trust. Applications must align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic. The deadline for applications is 8 pm on the 23rd June 2021. 


Allchurches Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: 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. 


Alpkit Foundation (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors. Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis. 


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: Force for Change Programme

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for community projects supporting Armed Forces communities. In particular, funding is available to support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area, and to support needs that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school. The funding is being made available through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme. The closing date for applications for this funding round is the 2nd August 2021. 


Association of Independent Music (UK)

Name of Fund: 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. 


BBC Children in Need  (UK)

Name of Fund: Emergemcy Essentials Programme

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Children in Need are expanding their Emergency Essentials programme to include a broader range of basic essentials to support children and young people living with severe poverty across the UK. The fund supports families with children who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as kitchen appliances, furniture, baby equipment, beds, clothing, and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing. Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person. The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. Applications can be made at any time.


Clinks (UK)

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Response Fund

Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic.  Clinks is pleased to be distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time.  The funding is available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community.


Common Call (UK)

Name of Fund: Do it Now Now

Grants of between £5,000 and £12,500 are available to UK based Black-led organisations working in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call grants programme and is specifically aimed at supporting charities and social enterprises led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. Priority will be given to organisations led by people with lived experience and that are creating impact in underserved communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financial sustainability. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25th June 2021. 


The Foyle Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund:  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. 


Hellenic Society (UK)

The Hellenic Society makes grants of various kinds to schools, universities and other institutions, undergraduates, graduate students and young researchers which are engaged in Hellenic Studies at all levels. In response to the coronavirus, the Society is temporarily offering small hardship grants to those who have been affected by the crisis. Funding of up to £200 will be made to: those who have held a temporary post in a UK HEI in the last twelve months and whose employment has come to an end during 2020; self-funded PGRs, especially those in their third or fourth year; and self-funded MA/MPhil/MSt students. Applications should be received by the last day of every month. They will be dealt with as soon as possible in the month after they are received and monies disbursed by the 15th day of that month. 


Little Lives UK (UK)

Name of Fund: Children's Community Support Programme

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Little Lives UK are making grants of up to £1,500 available to support London based organisations working with underprivileged children who are in need of support during the crisis. Charitable children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, can apply for funding from the Children's Community Support Programme to provide a range of initiatives which allow children to access free services and support. Funding could also be used for the purchase of equipment such as sports equipment or to help groups remain sustainable during the crisis. Little Lives UK will also promote successful applicants on their social media and website. Applications from start-up projects are also encouraged. The deadline is the 1st of each month. 


Made by Sport (UK)

Name of Fund:  #ClubsInCrisis Fund

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Made by Sport, in partnership with the Cash4Clubs scheme, has launched a new Covid-response fund to enable grassroots community sports clubs across the UK to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people affected by the pandemic. The #ClubsInCrisis Fund will provide grants of up to £2,021 to local sports clubs and third sector organisations using sport to help young people develop life skills, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve employability skills, or tackle mental health issues. Match funding is encouraged. Funding will be made available through local Community Foundations. Please check your Postcode for the deadlines as these vary.


Musician Union (UK)

Name of Fund:  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. 


National Emergencies Trust (UK)

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has announced plans to distribute £12 million from its Coronavirus Appeal to a range of charity partnerships offering support to some of the UK’s most at risk groups. Just over £2 million of funding will be distributed in a first wave to Disability Action NI and LGBT+ Consortium to support these disproportionately impacted groups which the NET believes may not have received adequate support through the pandemic. Funding will support helpline services and organisations providing specialist advice and hands-on support to at risk individuals. Decisions on how these onward grants will be awarded will be made by people with lived experience of the issues faced. Further funds to be distributed to additional partners and consortia will be announced in the coming weeks. 


National Lottery Heritage Fund (UK)

Name of Fund: National Lottery Heritage Fund

Applications for National Lottery Grants for Heritage have re-opened for applications. The focus for 2021 – 22 will be to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will award grants of between £3,000 and £5 million to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK. Priority will now be given to heritage projects that: boost the local economy; encourage skills development and job creation; support wellbeing; create better places to live, work and visit; and improve the resilience of heritage organisations. Applications should fully reflect the changed circumstances brought about by pandemic. Applications can be made at any time.


Nationwide Building Society (UK)

Name of Fund: Community Grant Scheme

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to housing-related registered charities, co-operatives, and projects to support their work in tackling housing issues affecting vulnerable people. The grants are being made available through the £4 million Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme. The funding can be used to help charities get back on their feet after the impact of Covid 19 and supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. The program will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of projects which last up to two years. This year applications will be capped by region, meaning the date on which applications close in each region may be earlier than the final deadline date of midnight on the 17th June 2021. 


Support Adoption for Pets (UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands)

Name of Fund: Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme

Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount. Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK)

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Support Fund

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100 million, with £82.6 million already having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector. The Fund will work in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust. The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need.


Volant Trust  (UK / International)

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust has announced that its Covid-19 Response Fund has opened for applications. The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees. The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2021. 



England-wide schemes


Arts Council England (England)

Name of Fund: Culture Recovery Fund

The UK Government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund. Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for Cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse. £300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered to support organisations’ transition back to their usual means of operating from April 2021. The Fund will be administered by the Arts Council England. Further details will be released in due course. 


Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (England)

Name of Fund:  Restart Grant

In response to the Covid-19 restrictions, the UK Government has launched a support scheme to help businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors in England to reopen safely. The Restart Grant scheme will provide eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector with a one-off grant of up to £6,000, and businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors with a one-off grant of up to £18,000. Local councils will determine whether businesses meet the eligibility criteria, and the sum received will be based on their rateable value. Grants will be available from the 1st April 2021, but applications can be submitted in advance through local council websites. 


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (England)

Name of Fund: 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. 


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (England)

Name of Fund: Dormant Assets Scheme

The Government has announced a major expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme to support the UK as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, which allows banks and building societies to donate funds to good causes and charities from dormant accounts, will now include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment, wealth management, and securities sectors. More than £800 million will be made available to continue supporting urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances. This funding is in addition to the £150 million unlocked in May 2020 to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (England)

The UK Government has announced £7 million of funding to tackle loneliness this winter and will be aimed at those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will be targeted at sectors that are well-known for having the power to bring people and communities together such as the arts, libraries, charities and radio. It will also support cultural organisations, charities and local community groups who are delivering much-needed work to ensure no one feels isolated in their local community. The funding will be distributed via a number of existing schemes such as Arts Council England; the Government’s Loneliness Fund; the Audio Content Fund and the Community Radio Fund. 


Department for Education (England)

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. The Government has also launched a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help. The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. The £350 million National Tutoring Programme will comprise of at least 3 parts in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, including a 5-16 programme; a 16-19 fund for school sixth forms, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers; and a reception year early language programme. 


Department for Education (England)

The Department for Education has issued guidance for schools and colleges on how to get internet access, digital devices and support to provide remote education for disadvantaged children and schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This will include digital devices such as laptops and tablets as well as internet access. Laptops and tablets will be provided for disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them. Internet access will be provided through 4G hotspot devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils, care leavers and young people aged 11 to 19 with a social worker. People aged 16 to 19 without a suitable device for education will be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and social care can apply. 


National Lottery Community Fund (England)

Name of Fund: National Lottery Awards for All England

The UK Government and The National Lottery Community Fund are awarding emergency funding of up to £10,000 to enable organisations to continue delivering services for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities affected by Covid-19. The funding will support registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, and other not-for-profit organisations in England for initiatives lasting up to six months which support people and communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Funding will also support organisations that have experienced an increase in demand for their services and are facing immediate financial pressure as a result of the pandemic. Applications from organisations that are led by people with lived experience, such as disabled people and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time although eligibility is changing after 17th August 2020. 


Power to Change (England)

Name of Fund: 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 that help local people disproportionately affected due to the crisis, by match-funding each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000. Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in deprived areas and 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. 


Sanctuary Housing (England - Various Locations)

Name of Fund: Community Investment Fund 

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.


Sport England (England)

£10.1 million of funding is being made available to enable schools in England to open their sports and swimming facilities outside of the school day to encourage pupils to be more physically active once the Covid-19 pandemic is over. The funding, which will be distributed through Sport England and Active Partnerships, who will distribute the funding in areas and schools who need it most, especially those with high inactivity among children. This new funding will help Active Partnerships support their local schools to open their facilities in a Covid-secure manner and could include helping them to buy new equipment for sports and activities, as well as arranging additional cleaning and clear signage to help maintain social distancing. 


Sport England (England)

Name of Fund: Return to Play: Small Grants Fund

Sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the challenges of the new lockdown measures and to return to play in a coronavirus-safe way. The funding which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund and can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs. Applications can be submitted at any time until the 30th June 2021. 


Sport England (England)

Name of Fund: Active Together Programme

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder. Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised. 


Scotland wide schemes


BEMIS (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Scotland Vaccine Information Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities and community organisations to hold engagement sessions and create information resources to raise awareness of the Covid-19 vaccine and vaccination programme amongst minority ethnic communities in Scotland. The BEMIS Scotland Vaccine Information Fund will provide grants for initiatives which help develop a fully informed consent for the Covid-19 vaccination programme amongst groups such as asylum seekers, multi-generational minority ethnic groups, newer migrant individuals and communities, and African and Black communities. Ideas could include online engagement sessions to discuss the vaccine and dispel misinformation, or developing a mother tongue resource that can be used to help share information. Applications can be made at any time. 


Coalition for Racial Equality and Right (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Global Majority Fund

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community organisations in Scotland can apply for a share of £250,000 in funding to continue delivering services to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities facing racial inequality who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights will distribute small grants of up to £5,000 or large grants of up to £20,000 from the Comic Relief and National Emergencies Trust’s Global Majority Fund to organisations led by and/or serving BME communities to support project costs, core costs, or a mixture of both. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 17th June 2021. 


Creative Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations within the creative industries to help them explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to stabilise existing activity. The total amount of funding available is £7.5 million. There are no deadlines for this fund and applications can be submitted at any time during the year. 


Creative Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund 

The Scottish Government is making an additional £7.1 million in funding available to secure the future of as many grassroots music venues and independent museums as possible. £4 million will be made available through the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund which will re-open to live music venues that were financially sustainable before the pandemic to help prevent their permanent closure and keep them stable until April 2021. This fund will go live in January. In addition, the Museums Recovery and Resilience Fund will receive an extra £3.1 million to meet demand. This funding will help secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic and protect the vital role they play in communities. 


Creative Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund:  Creating Sustainable Development

Funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 is available to support arts organisations, cultural agencies, individual artists and creative people from the arts, screen and creative industries who are affected by the coronavirus in Scotland. . The aim of the fund is to allow organisations and individuals to find ways of working in response to the current changing conditions due to coronavirus. A total of £7.5 million has been made available and can support activity for up to twelve months. Applications can be made at any time.


Creative Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund:  Sustaining Creative Development

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the current challenging circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations to help them to explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to stabilise existing activity. Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners, and organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries can apply for funding to support activity for up to twelve months.  Applications can be made at any time. 


EventScotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Events Recovery Fund

A new £2.75 million fund has been launched by EventScotland and the Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of Covid-19. Scotland's Events Recovery Fund aims to help restart the events sector as restrictions are eased, and address additional costs which may be incurred as a result of new hygiene and health and safety requirements. Two funding streams are available to eligible event organisers: grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for smaller community events, and events with existing EventScotland funding offers; and grants of between £5,000 and £35,000 are available for larger scale events supporting the visitor economy. Applications can be made at any time. 


The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland)

Name of Fund:  Awards for All

Awards for All has relaxed the application criteria for organisations that need help to respond to Covid-19 and will consider an application even if the applicant has already had a National Lottery Awards for All grant for something else (or have had a grant in the last 12 months). Applications will also be dealt with more quickly than normal.  The fund is open to voluntary and community groups and grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.


Scottish Government (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Third Sector Growth Fund

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Scottish Government is establishing a new £30 million fund to help Scotland’s third-sector organisations access loans to recover and grow. The Third Sector Growth Fund will help charities and social enterprises access loans and explore forms of social investment to become more sustainable in the long-term. The Fund will have three elements: a £15 million Social Catalyst fund will offer investment to small businesses and start-ups to be repaid based on turnover; a £10 million Circular Economy Fund will offer loans for social enterprises and third sector organisations over a period of 18-24 months; and a £5 million Social Impact Venture Portfolio will offer equity investments into mission-driven businesses. Further details will be published in the spring. 


Scottish Government (Scotland)

Funding of £1 million has been made available by the Scottish Government for childminding businesses which have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on them. Grants of up to £1,000 will be made available to eligible childminding providers based on their level of need, to support their sustainability and recovery from the crisis. Further detail on the funding is still to be developed and the Scottish Childminding Association will be involved in these discussions. Further information on eligibility and how to apply will be published shortly.


Scottish Government (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Connecting Scotland Programme 

In response to the coronavirus, the Scottish Government has announced a new £5 million programme to offer internet connection, training and support, and laptops or tablets to vulnerable people who are not already online. Through the Connecting Scotland Programme 9000 people who are considered to be clinically high risk, and at risk of isolation and loneliness will be provided with a device with a mobile internet package. For six months they will be paired with a ‘digital champion’ so they can access support and services, and connect with friends and family during the crisis, after which longer term support will be evaluated. Local authorities and the third sector will identify those in need and will distribute equipment, and provide training and support. 


Wales-wide schemes


Community Foundation Wales (Wales)

Name of Fund: Voluntary Services Emergency Fund

The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time.   Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000. Initial funding will be for up to six months; however, this may change depending on how the crisis develops.


The Moondance Foundation (Wales)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Relief Fund 

The Covid-19 Relief Fund has been created to help Welsh charities continue with their operations during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is available to registered charities working in Wales to help with any of the following: Staff Retention; Current activities and services in jeopardy; Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis. Moondance encourages only those who are truly in need to apply. 


National Lottery Community Fund (Wales)

Name of Fund: Supporting Great Ideas Fund

Community organisations and registered charities in Wales can now apply for a share of £1.5 million. Support is available for innovative projects that encourage positive social change. Grants are awarded for up to five years and can fund project activities, operating costs and organisational development costs. To be eligible, projects must be supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges; supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19; and supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises. The funding is being made available through the National Lottery Community Fund’s - Supporting Great Ideas Fund. Projects must have a minimum value of £10,001 and no maximum grant amount is specified. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


Sports Wales (Wales)

Name of Fund: Be Active Wales Fund

Sports Wales have launched a £4 million fund to help protect Grassroots sports clubs and community organisations in Wales that are at risk of closing because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and help them prepare to re-start activities safely. The Be Active Wales Fund has two main priorities: to ‘protect’ clubs and organisations that are at immediate financial risk and need support by providing grants of between £300 and £5,000; and ‘prepare’ by providing grants of between £300 and £50,000 to help groups restart, respond to, or grow participation. Organisations that receive grants over £5,000 will need to contribute 15% which could be from the club's own funds, or grants from elsewhere. The funding is being made available from the Welsh Government and from the National Lottery. 


Welsh Government (Wales)

Name of Fund: Economic Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government has announced a further £30 million in funding for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. The latest round of the Economic Resilience Fund will support small, medium and large businesses employing ten or more staff in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors as well as related supply chain businesses. This targeted support has been made available in recognition of the relatively higher level of operating costs that these businesses face. Businesses should access the eligibility checker and calculator on the Business Wales website to help them work out what support they can expect to qualify for and for application details. 


Northern Ireland-wide schemes


The Halifax Foundation (Northern Ireland)

Name of Fund: Small Community Grants Programme

In response to the coronavirus, The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is making emergency funding available to registered charities and constituted groups which have been adversely affected by the crisis. The Small Community Grants Programme will provide funding of up to £2,500 to help organisations react to the pandemic, prepare to reopen or adapt services accordingly, and to restore/renew in order to enable ongoing service provision. Funding can be used for projects which must commence within the next three months, and can be used to cover core costs such as salaries, administrative costs and general running costs of projects. Organisations must have an income of less than one million. Applications can be made on a rolling basis. 


Regional and Local Schemes

South West


Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (Dorset)

Name of Fund:  Safer Dorset Fund Covid-19 Grant

The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a new funding scheme to support charities affected by the Covid-19 health crisis. Charities are being invited to apply for up to £5,000 from the Safer Dorset Fund Covid-19 Grant.  The funding can be used either as an emergency stop-gap for charities struggling financially due to the effects of Covid-19, for them to help with the emergence of new issues due to Covid-19 and social isolation measures, or for issues which arise as the UK begins recovering after the lockdown measures are lifted.


Gloucestershire Community Foundation (Gloucestershire)

Name of Fund:  Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

The Gloucestershire Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to charitable organisations and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims that are based and working in Gloucestershire. The initial focus of the fund is on providing emergency grants to coordinated volunteer programmes, and those picking up extra demand such as foodbanks, counselling services, advice organisations and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping the most vulnerable people in the community who have been impacted as a result of the virus.


South East


Sussex Community Foundation (Sussex)

Name of Fund:  Sussex Crisis Fund

The Sussex Community Foundation has reopened the Sussex Crisis Fund in a new Support and Recovery phase to support community and voluntary sector organisations working to help disadvantaged people experiencing greater health inequalities and financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support both online or in person activity that reconnects people and communities, offers mental health and well-being support, provides advice and support services, supports digital inclusion, and provides food and other vital support. Applications which support those disproportionately impacted such as women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and children and young people are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time, with decisions expected within three to four weeks of submission.


Sussex Community Foundation (Sussex)

Name of Fund: Food Security Fund 

The Sussex Community Foundation are accepting applications from community and voluntary sector organisations that support people who are struggling to afford to eat. The ESCC Food Security Fund will support initiatives in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) which tackle food security and reduce reliance on foodbanks. Funding could be used for activities which support community allotments and food growing; food pantries, community fridges and community food cooperatives; improve food preparation and cooking skills; give advice and guidance on healthy eating and nutrition; provide equipment for food preparation and access to food shopping, including transport and computer literacy. Applications which support those disproportionately impacted such as Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities and others most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time. 




Mayor of London (London)

Name of Fund: Community Spaces at Risk Support Programme

Local charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations affected by the pandemic can apply for grants of up to £25,000 of last resort to protect at-risk spaces such as cultural, youth and education centres, and social clubs. A total of £750,000 is available through the Community Spaces at Risk support programme which also provides one-to-one crisis support, specialist business and property advice. Eligible organisations will start to receive support and advice from March, with grants awarded on a rolling basis. 


Pathways (Ealing and Brentford)

Name of Fund:Covid–19 Emergency Grant

Pathways has launched a Covid–19 Emergency Grant to help support local charities working with vulnerable communities impacted by Covid–19. The funding can be used for any costs which will help deliver a service to support and assist vulnerable people, impacted by Covid-19. For example: staffing, volunteer expenses, equipment, food, essential supplies, communications, travel costs, support for those who are self-isolating and any other essential costs which will support those impacted. The applicants must be a registered charity.  Grants of up to £1,500 are available.  Applications can be submitted at any time.


East of England


Fowler Smith Charities (Essex)

Fowler Smith Charities (FSC) incorporates three Trusts that award grants to projects within Essex. FSC have been able to offer over £100,000 to local charities and groups to help with the immediate effects of the Pandemic. Organisations that would like to discuss a potential application, should email FSC and they will call back. 


West Midlands


Heart of England Community Foundation (Coventry and Warwickshire)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Constituted groups based in the West Midlands can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to help those most affected get the support that they need. The fund is open to groups who are providing (but not limited to) the following services: Food banks or social eating projects; Delivery of emergency food/medicine parcels to those isolated due to the virus; Street pastors or those engaging in outreach activities; Befriending services supporting the elderly or vulnerable through isolation. 


Wesleyan Foundation (West Midlands and Warwickshire)

Name of Fund:  Large Grants Fund

Registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises with an income of less than £500,000 can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £10,000 to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable affected by coronavirus in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Funding from the Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants Fund will support projects that help to help combat loneliness amongst the vulnerable and elderly, provide mental health and domestic violence support and help people get back to work through reskilling and travel schemes. Funding can be used for a wide range of purposes including consumables, and project or activity costs such as pilot projects, salaries, equipment or volunteer costs. Applications can be made at any time. 


William A Cadbury Charitable Trust (West Midlands)

The William A Cadbury Charitable Trust exists to support the welfare and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the West Midlands. In response to the coronavirus, for the time being the Trust has cancelled its May meeting and will respond on an ad hoc basis to grant applications from charitable organisations in Birmingham and the surrounding areas which are dealing with the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic. Applications can be submitted online at any time.


East Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber

Community Foundation for Calderdale (Calderdale)

Name of Fund: The Community Resilience Fund

The Community Resilience Fund has been launched to support local charities on the front line that are helping those most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and will provide grants of up to £3,000 to help support the most vulnerable in Calderdale.


George Martin Trust (West and North Yorkshire)

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, for the next few months the Sir George Martin Trust will focus its giving on grants to locally based, registered charities and churches that are helping vulnerable members of their community through the Coronavirus crisis.  During April and May the Sir George Martin Trust will only be providing Fast Grants up to £500 for small, frontline organisations which are providing immediate help in disadvantaged communities. 


Orsted (Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midland, East of England)

Charities, community groups, and local councils on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts can apply for funding from renewable energy company Orsted’s £465,000 East Coast Community Fund. Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available, to support organisations who are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery from Covid-19, or who have lost significant core income and require financial assistance to recover quickly. The deadline for applications is the 28th July 2021. 



North West


Cheshire West and Chester Council (North West)

Cheshire West and Chester Council have launched a £500,000 Community Response Fund to help voluntary organisations, community groups, and small charity or not-for-profit organisations continue to provide much needed support to communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for funding of £500 or over will be considered, and it is expected that most grants will be in the region of £2,000. Groups must show that they are providing a service or initiative that benefits others in their community in response to the crisis. The Council have put £250,000 into the fund, and an extra £250,000 has been donated by the Westminster Foundation. Applications can be made at any time, and the Trust aims to respond within seven days. 


North East


Believe Housing Association (County Durham)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Crisis Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, social enterprises, and town, parish or community councils supporting the most vulnerable affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Believe Housing Association area. The Coronavirus Crisis Fund will support projects in County Durham that are tackling isolation and financial hardship during the crisis. Support could include foodbanks, help with shopping for vulnerable people, providing food packs to the community, wellbeing phone calls, creating online social groups, online activities and workshops, and providing extra equipment to encourage outdoor activities within the community. A minimum of 15% of beneficiaries need to be Believe Housing tenants. Applications can be made at any time. 


Darlington Borough Council (Darlington)

Name of Fund: Darlington Covid Fund

Darlington Borough Council has launched a special fund in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation to help organisations that are providing support and services to the most vulnerable in Darlington during the COVID-19 crisis; and to help support organisations that are financially challenged as a result of the Covid-19 crisis to survive. Grants are available of up to £10,000 although it is envisaged that the majority of grant awards will be around £5,000.