Coronavirus

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.

This page was last updated on the 21st September 2021.

New this Month

 

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

Name of Fund:  Loneliness Engagement Fund

Charities and other charitable organisations can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 to engage with people in England most affected by loneliness during COVID-19. The funding is open to organisations that have a track record of delivering effective communications and engagement activity at a national level; and who have a proven reach and track record of engaging with one or more of the target groups most affect ted by loneliness. This includes young people aged 16-24; people with diagnosed mental health conditions; people living alone; people from lower income households; unemployed people; and disabled people. This funding is for organisations to continue, adapt or expand existing activity that reaches groups at a higher risk of loneliness and supports the government’s loneliness objectives. The total funding available is £260,000. The closing date for applications is the 13th October 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/loneliness-engagement-fund 

 

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust (UK)

Name of Fund:  Hospice Fund Programme

In recognition of the continued pressures that many hospices are experiencing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust is running an additional round of its Hospice Fund Programme. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the core costs of hospices that are UK registered charities, and are members of either Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives whose current level of free reserves is equivalent to 12 months or less of their operating costs. Hospices which received an award from the Hospice Fund in May 2021 will not be considered for funding in this round. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 3rd October 2021.

https://julesthorntrust.org.uk/programmes/hospice-fund/ 

 

Sport England (England)

Name of Fund:  Return to Play - Active Together Fund

An additional £5 million of National Lottery funding has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain them through the Covid-19 pandemic and return to play. Sport England’s Return to Play: Active Together Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns by up to £10,000. Sports clubs, charities and other community organisations delivering sport or activity in England are invited to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, additional coaching, facility hire, and any other Covid-19 related needs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-active-together#applicationprocess-10212 

 

National Heritage Memorial Fund (UK)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Response Fund 

Charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations can apply for funding to help save nationally important heritage assets at risk of loss due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund’s Covid-19 Response Fund will support a broad range of heritage, from fine and decorative arts to museum collections and archives, historic buildings and land, and items of industrial, transport and maritime heritage. £20 million is available to support UK organisations, with an additional £20 million available to those in England. Funding could be used to support acquisition costs, urgent conservation work, and fixed term support to enable heritage assets to be sustainably rehomed. The fund will remain open to applications until the end of April 2023. There are no deadlines for applications.

https://www.nhmf.org.uk/funding/covid-19-response-fund

 

Dorset Community Foundation (Dorset)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme 

NHS Charities Together are making grants of up to £4,000 available to support partnership work between community organisations and the NHS, working together to address health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Charities, community organisations and social enterprises already working with the NHS can apply for funding from the Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme for projects lasting up to one year which support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged Dorset communities affected by the pandemic. Both established services and proposals for new services are eligible for funding. The fund will be administered by Dorset Community Foundation in partnership with Dorset County Hospital Charity. The deadline for applications is midday on the 15th October 2021.

https://www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/funds/nhs-community-partnership-grants/ 

 

Womens Resource Centre (UK)

Name of Fund:  Black & Minoritised Women's Fund

Charities and groups that are led by and delivering services for black and minoritised women that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of £10,000 towards the running costs of their organisation. Grants can be used towards salaries, rent, utility bills, IT costs, insurance, etc. The funding is being made available by the Womens Resource Centre and priority will be given to small organisations the have limited access to funds and without funding may have to reduce their services or closing. The closing date for applications is 3pm on the 1st October 2021.

https://www.wrc.org.uk/pages/category/black-minoritised-womens-fund 

 

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (England)

Name of Fund:  Faith New Deal Pilot Fund

Faith groups in England can apply to a new £1 million pilot fund to support projects combating loneliness and isolation, providing debt advice and helping those who were unemployed during the pandemic get back to work. The funding is being made available through the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s new Faith New Deal pilot fund and aims to meet the Governments Covid-19 recovery objectives. Organisations can bid in their own right or as part of a consortium of organisations. The maximum grant available is £200,000. The closing date for applications is the 7th October 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-1-million-fund-to-help-faith-groups-support-communities 

 

UK wide schemes

 

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.

http://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/hopebeyond/ 

 

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.

https://alpkit.com/blogs/foundation/adapting-to-the-coranavirus-crisis 

 

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 noon the 19th November 2021.

https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/#guidance-and-resources 

 

Asda Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Bringing Communities Back Together Fund - Phase 2

The Asda Foundation has launched phase 2 of its Bringing Communities Back Together Fund. The fund aims to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK. 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; or 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, etc. Applications forms are available from Asda stores and applicants have until the 1st November 2021 to submit their applications instore to an Asda Community Champion.

https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply 

 

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 December 2021.

https://www.volanttrust.org/how-to-apply-covid-19/ 

 

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.

https://www.aim.org.uk/#/opportunities/view/aim-crisis-fund-for-independent-music-contractors 

 

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.

https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/

 

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.

https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19

 

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.

http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/ 

 

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.

https://www.hellenicsociety.org.uk/grants/ 

 

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.

https://www.littlelives.org.uk/campaigns/childrens-community-support-programme/ 

 

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.

https://www.madebysport.com/clubsincrisis

 

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.

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/hardshipfund 

 

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.

https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/first-new-charity-partners-to-enhance-support-for-at-risk-groups/ 

 

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.

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/full-range-national-lottery-funding-resumes-refocused-priorities-2021-22

 

Rank Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Re-imagining Day Hospice Services

The Rank Foundation is inviting applications to their 2021 grants programme: Re-imagining Day Hospice Services, aimed at re-opening Day Hospice care forced to close as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme aims to award between five and seven grants of up to £20,000 to hospices that are members of Hospice UK in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands for projects which use new approaches to both virtual and safe face-to-face services. Funding could be used to cover capital costs for redeveloping a Day Room to include use of technology; equipment, marketing/publicity material and resources; staff training; equipment for patients; and telephone support. Only adult hospices that are members of Hospice UK located in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is the 10th September 2021.

https://www.hospiceuk.org/what-we-offer/grants/open-grant-programmes/details/rank-foundation-grant-programme-2020

 

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.

https://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/ 

 

Theatres Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: Small Grants Programme

The Theatres Trust has launched a £100,000 small grants programme for not-for-profit theatres across the UK to carry out essential works, particularly improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance. The Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support small projects that make a big impact to a theatre's resilience, sustainability or accessibility. Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works that make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres reopen as Covid-secure. The deadline for applications in this round is 5pm on the 8th November 2021.

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/smallgrants 

 

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.

https://www.covid19support.org.uk/

 

Visit Britain (GB)

Name of Fund: Domestic Support Fund

A new fund supporting the recovery of the UK business events industry from the Covid-19 pandemic will provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations hosting domestic events up to the 17th December 2021. Visit Britain’s Domestic Support Fund provides funding to not-for-profit organisations, including associations and charities, holding meetings or conferences of between one hundred and five hundred people to a maximum value of £15,000. Support is based on the number of delegates attending a live event, or the live component of a hybrid event. Approved applications will receive financial support after the event has taken place, and after the submission of evidence to support the total number of attendees. There is no deadline for applications, but organisations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

https://www.visitbritain.org/domestic-support-fund 

 

 

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.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/culture-recovery-fund-more-support-arts-and-culture 

 

Arts Council England (England)

Name of Fund: Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support 

Cultural organisations at imminent risk of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply for emergency funding to help them return to financial viability. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support will provide funding between £25,000 and £3 million to not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations in England which haven’t received funding and face collapse within twelve weeks of their application date. Up to £1 million is available to commercial organisations. Funding will be distributed by Arts Council England. Applications are subject to permission to apply being granted. Organisations must submit a permission to apply request by 12pm on the 30th September 2021.  The closing date for applications is midday on the 14th October 2021.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

 

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-165-million-youth-covid-19-support-fund 

 

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-announces-major-boost-to-coronavirus-recovery-through-expansion-of-dormant-assets-scheme

 

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-75-million-funding-to-tackle-loneliness-during-winter 

 

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

Name of Fund: The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund 

Public sector organisations, charities, voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of £40 million in funding to protect nationally important heritage which is at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund will allocate £20 million in funding to safeguard nationally important heritage assets within England such as works of fine and decorative art, museum collections, archives, and historic buildings. This funding has been made available by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Cultural Assets Fund to distribute alongside the NHMF’s own commitment of £20 million to applicants across the UK. Funding is available until the end of April 2023 and applications can be made at any time.

https://www.nhmf.org.uk/funding/covid-19-response-fund 

 

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

Name of Fund: Culture Recovery Fund

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched the third and final round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the cultural, heritage and creative sectors move towards reopening at full capacity. Approximately £220 million in funding will be available via two funding streams: the Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support programme will help organisations that have already received funding from the Culture Recovery Fund; and the Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support programme will provide support to organisations which haven’t received funding and are at imminent risk of failure. Funding will be distributed by Arm’s Length Bodies, including the Arts Council England. Guidance for each funding stream will be published shortly.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/third-round-culture-recovery-fund-secure-future-thousands-organisations 

 

Department for Education (England)

Name of Fund: Children’s Social Care Covid-19 Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund

The UK Government has announced a new £24 million recovery fund aimed at tackling harms facing vulnerable children, and boosting Covid-19 recovery for the children’s social care sector in England. The Children’s Social Care Covid-19 Regional Recovery and Building Back Better Fund will support projects tackling the issues facing society’s most vulnerable children, including Female Genital Mutilation abuse, care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, preventing adolescents from being caught up in harms outside the home such as gangs, and reducing the pressure on the system by reducing court backlogs or improving technology. Funding will be distributed through England’s network of nine Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliances according to plans based on local priorities. Each region will be allocated funds worth between £2 and £3 million including a flat rate of £50,000 for each region to help local authorities play their part in accommodating unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-recovery-fund-to-tackle-harms-facing-vulnerable-children 

 

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium 

 

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. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19 

 

Department for Work and Pensions (England)

Name of Fund: Covid Local Support Grant

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced an extension to the Covid Local Support Grant. The boost is worth an extra £160 million to families in England who are struggling with food, key utility costs and other essentials. The scheme will now run until the end of September 2021, in line with the end of other Covid-related support. Councils will be able to continue to provide support and adapt their offer to suit the needs of families. Since the beginning of the scheme, support has included food vouchers and help with heating costs. Those in need are encouraged to contact their council.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/english-families-get-extended-support-with-food-and-utility-bills 

 

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.

https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-crowdmatch/ 

 

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.

https://www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/community-investment-fund

 

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.

https://www.sportengland.org/news/new-funding-help-schools-open-their-sports-facilities 

 

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 immediate challenges of returning 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 end of 2021.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-small-grants 

 

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.

https://www.sportengland.org/news/%C2%A31-million-crowdfunding-support-clubs-and-organisation 

 

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.

https://bemis.org.uk/vif/ 

 

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.

https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-fund-sustaining-creative-development 

 

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.

https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/12/additional-funds-for-grassroots-and-independent-venues 

 

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.

https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-fund-sustaining-creative-development

 

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.

https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-fund-sustaining-creative-development 

 

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.

https://www.visitscotland.org/news/2020/scotlands-events-recovery-fund 

 

Museums Galleries Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Small Grants Fund

To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, Museums Galleries Scotland has launched a new funding round of their Small Grants Fund. This round of funding will continue to support accredited museums with grants of up to £15,000 to help them build resilience, re-engage with audiences, cover critical repairs and maintenance, and become more environmentally sustainable. Non-accredited museums can now also apply for grants of up to £10,000. Funding could be used to cover costs such as staff and volunteer training; new exhibitions or events; improving digital access; urgent repairs to buildings and facilities; and upgrading heating or lighting to more energy efficient systems. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 3rd September 2021.

https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/small-grants-fund/ 

 

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.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-scotland

 

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.

https://www.gov.scot/news/third-sector-growth-fund/ 

 

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.

https://www.gov.scot/news/support-for-childminders/

 

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.

https://connecting.scot/ 

 

Scottish Grocers Federation (Scotland)

Name of Fund:  Go Local Grant Fund

Convenience stores in Scotland are invited to apply for grants of up to £5,500 to install dedicated, long term display space for fresh and healthy locally sourced products. The Scottish Grocers’ Federation’s Go Local Grant Fund will award funding for the upgrading of local displays and the associated marketing costs to support businesses and help with the recovery and regrowth from the Covid-19 pandemic. All Scottish convenience retailers may apply, however, multi-site operators will be limited to one application per company. Funding is made available by the Scottish Government and is being delivered in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink. Match funding is required. The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2021.

https://www.sgfscot.co.uk/go-local 

 

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.

https://www.gov.scot/news/promoting-tourism/

 

 

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.

https://wcva.cymru/funding/volunteering-wales-grants-scheme/

 

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. 

https://moondancefoundation.org.uk/c19fund 

 

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.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/supporting-great-ideas 

 

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.

https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/ 

 

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.

https://gov.wales/additional-funding-hospitality-leisure-and-tourism-businesses 

 

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.

https://www.halifaxfoundationni.org/programmes/community-grant-programme 

 

Regional and Local Schemes

South West

 

Denman Charitable Trust (Bristol, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire)

Small, local charities in Bristol, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for emergency funding from the Denman Charitable Trust. Due to the ongoing impact of the crisis, the Trust is making £100,000 in funding available for distribution before April 2022. Priority will be given to organisations who have previously received funding, but requests will be considered from any charity struggling to survive. The closing date for applications is the 17th September 2021 for consideration at the next Trustees meeting.

https://denmancharitabletrust.org.uk/ 

 

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.

https://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/working-in-partnership/safer-dorset-fund-community-grant/

 

Dorset Community Foundation and BCP Council (Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole)

Name of Fund: Living Legacy Fund 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dorset Community Foundation and BCP Council have launched a new fund to help grassroots groups supporting local communities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. £50,000 in funding is available through the BCP Living Legacy Fund to support registered charities, community and voluntary organisations, CICs, and social enterprises with the recovery and strengthening of local communities following the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on isolation, loneliness, poverty health and wellbeing. Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to support services and activities that bring people together to support one another, provide healthy social activities, support personal aspirations and skills, and promote volunteering opportunities. The deadline for applications is midday on the 10th September 2021.

https://www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/funds/bcp-living-legacy-fund/ 

 

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.

https://www.gloucestershirecf.org.uk/news/gloucestershire-coronavirus-emergency-response-fund-news

 

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.

https://sussexgiving.org.uk/apply-for-grants/how-it-works/

 

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.

https://sussexgiving.org.uk/food-project-funding-for-east-sussex/ 

 

London

 

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.

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/cultural-infrastructure-toolbox/culture-risk-0/community-spaces-risk-fund 

 

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.

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/civil-society/grants-and-funding 

 

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.

https://www.yourpathways.org.uk/grants/covid-19-emergency-grant-application-form/

 

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.

https://fsjtrust.org.uk/ 

 

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.

https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/coronavirus-resilience-fund/ 

 

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.

https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/wesleyan-foundation-grants/ 

 

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.

https://wa-cadbury.org.uk/covid-19/

 

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.

https://www.cffc.co.uk/

 

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.

https://www.sirgeorgemartintrust.org.uk/ 

 

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 9th February 2022.

https://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/eastcoastcommunityfund/ 

 

Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Culture Consortium (Sheffield)

Name of Fund:  Arts and Cultural Workers in Sheffield: Freelance Fund 

Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Culture Consortium has launched round two of the Arts and Cultural Workers in Sheffield: Freelance Fund to provide grants and support to freelance arts and cultural workers negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. £100,000 in funding is available in two strands: strand one will provide grants of up to £3,000 to freelance arts and culture workers to adapt their businesses and develop their creative practice through research and development, training or upskilling and creating new work; strand two will provide grants of up to £15,000 to organisations to enhance existing or develop new equipment resources for arts and cultural freelancers. The deadline for applications is 9am on the 6th September 2021.

https://visual-arts-sheffield.com/ff2-freelance-fund-two/ 

 

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.

https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news-and-views/incidents/coronavirus-covid-19/how-you-can-help/funding-for-community-initiatives.aspx 

 

Covid Health Equity Manchester Group (Manchester)

Name of Fund - Targeted Engagement Grant 21/22

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations can apply for funding to support communities in Manchester disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid Health Equity Manchester – Targeted Engagement Grant 21/22 will award funding of up to £10,000 to help organisations engage with specific groups and communities such as those in high-risk jobs, Disabled People, those experiencing racial inequality, and LGBTQIA+ communities, to help them live safely and well, and reduce the spread of Covid, severe illness and death. Funding will also provide support for those experiencing the indirect consequences of Covid-19 e.g., mental health, domestic violence & abuse, and income loss. Funding is provided by the Covid Health Equity Manchester group. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 20th September 2021.

https://manchestercommunitycentral.org/news/covid-health-equity-manchester-%E2%80%93-targeted-engagement-grant-2122 

 

PH Holt Foundation (Merseyside)

Name of Fund: Resilience Fund 

The PH Holt Foundation has opened a new £250,000 Resilience Fund which aims to address the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon charities already supporting vulnerable or disadvantaged communities in Merseyside. This is a one-off grant fund available to eligible organisations with a track record of delivering successful and effective programmes, and who can demonstrate how the funding will make a difference. New and previous applicants can apply for grants starting at £5,000 up to around £10,000. Grant requests above £10,000 and up to a maximum of £20,000 are only considered in exceptional cases Charities should already be working with people in one of the following priority areas: Children and young people; Mental health support; Victims of domestic abuse. Applications can be made at any time with decisions expected within 4-6 weeks from submission.

https://phholtfoundation.org.uk/ 

 

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.

https://www.believehousing.co.uk/in-your-neighbourhood/believe-housing-community-grants/coronavirus-crisis-fund-1000-grant/ 

 

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.

https://www.cdcf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups/darlington-covid-fund/