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 3rd March 2021.

 

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Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust (UK)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is being made through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and is available to UK registered charities with a minimum income and expenditure of £1,000,000. The next funding round will run from the 1st to the 30th April 2021.

https://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/ 

 

Birmingham Airport Community Trust (West Midlands)

Name of Fund: Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund 

The Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund has re-opened to applications from small community-based organisations in areas most affected by the Airport's operations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available for local projects which benefit the community and environment through heritage conservation, environment improvement, sport, recreation and other leisure activities, and which improve health and wellbeing. For this round of funding, the Trustees will particularly welcome applications from those organisations in Birmingham City and Solihull working to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local communities. Priority will be given to projects where the Trustees can see evidence that organisations have made efforts to raise funds from their own resources. The deadline for applications is the 19th March 2021.

https://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/about-us/community-and-environment/community-investment/community-trust-fund/

 

Central England Co-operative (Central England)

Name of Fund: Community Dividend Fund

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund will provide immediate financial support for charities, community groups, and local good causes suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic. Grants of between £100 to £5,000 (the average grant is £2,000) are available to employees and members of Central England Co-operative for projects which help local communities deal with the impact of Covid-19. The aim of the fund will be to reduce the potential for loneliness and feeling of isolation of vulnerable people, ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is maintained. Funding will also provide emergency support such as foodbanks. The Society will consider funding a defined part of a larger project, such as the refurbishment of premises. The deadline for applications is the 31st March 2021.

https://www.centralengland.coop/community-covid/ 

 

Alec Dickson Trust (UK)

UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old can apply for grants of up to £500 for actions which 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 midday on the 21st March 2021.

http://www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/apply/ 

 

 

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 

 

Asda Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Grants - Hygiene Grant

In response to Covid-19 the Asda Foundation has stopped its usual grant making activities and launched its Covid-19 Grants. The Hygine grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.  The maximum grant available is £500.

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

 

Asda Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Grants - Healthy Holiday Grant

This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply.  If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

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

 

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 

 

Association of Mental Health Providers (UK)

Name of Fund: Mental Health Response Fund

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

https://amhp.org.uk/mental-health-response-fund/ 

 

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

 

Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities (UK)

Name of Fund: LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme

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

https://www.consortium.lgbt/NETFund/

 

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/ 

 

The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Tons of Help

The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation is launching Tons of Help from Jack and Ada to support those most in need, affected by Coronavirus across London and Birmingham. Grants of £100 for individuals to support essential and basic needs. The foundation commits to funding this programme. Recipients will remain anonymous and their personal details never be published across any of our marketing or to donors. Although case stories will be published on our website/twitter.

To apply, go to www.tonsofhelp.com/apply for full details. To donate to the programme please click here

https://tonsofhelp.com/apply

 

John Lewis Partnership  (UK)

Name of Fund: Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. 

https://waitrose.pressarea.com/pressrelease/details/78/NEWS_13/12169 

 

Morrisons Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/covid-19/ 

 

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 Emergencies Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme

A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is available to any UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people. The funding is being made available through the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme and is financially supported by the National Emergencies Trust. There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

https://www.consortium.lgbt/NETFund/ 

 

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

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund (UK)

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

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/new-project-funding-and-loans-support-sector-resilience 

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund and School for Social Entrepreneurs (UK)

Name of Fund: Heritage Trade Up Programme

The School for Social Entrepreneurs has partnered with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to provide funding and a support programme to build the capacity of heritage sector organisations to strengthen their resilience and overall sustainability. The Heritage Trade Up Programme will support leaders of up to 52 heritage organisations across the UK to develop and strengthen their entrepreneurialism by providing eight days of cohort-based learning, a £10,000 Trade Back grant to help organisations recover from the Covid-19 crisis, and access to a support network of like-minded peers. The Fund will help to build the capacity of organisations to develop or increase traded income, and to bring heritage to a wider audience. The deadline for applications is 1pm on the 9th April 2021.

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/heritage-trade-up-programme/ 

 

Prince’s Countryside Fund (UK)

Name of Fund: Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund 

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities. The Prince’s Countryside Fund will award funding from the Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund to support farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. Applications are encouraged from community-led organisations with a turnover under £500,000 per year, from communities with a population of up to 3,000 residents. Examples could Include rolling out longer term food and medicine delivery services; social groups to support isolated people; or mental health support. The Fund will close when enough eligible applications have been received.

https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme 

 

Prince’s Countryside Fund (UK)

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities. Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the Prince’s Countryside Fund will provide one year of grant funding to locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations for innovative projects that build resilience through community-led solutions in villages and hamlets with populations of less than 3,000 residents. Project outputs could include increased wellbeing; reduced isolation; improved service provision; greater resilience for rural communities to weather, future outbreaks of Covid-19, or similar events; etc. The Fund is particularly encouraging applications from Norfolk, Suffolk, South East England and Wales. The deadline for applications is the 19th March 2021.

https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

 

 

Rank Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme 

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

https://rankfoundation.com/dcms-funding-scheme/ 

 

Rank Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Emergency and Resilience Funds 

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

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

https://rankfoundation.com/covid-19-update/

 

Rosa UK (UK)

Name of Fund: Women Thrive Fund

Grants of up to £40,000 are available to charitable women’s organisations across the UK working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. With funds from the Tampon Tax Fund, Rosa UK and Smallwood Trust have collaborated to create the Women Thrive Fund which will enable organisations to respond to the crisis and support women and girls to overcome the barriers they face. Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs to strengthen their organisation. Proposals are particularly welcome from organisations working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented groups such as Black and minoritised groups, older women, those with disabilities, and LGBT+. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25th March 2021.

https://rosauk.org/funds/women-thrive-fund/ 

 

Seafarers UK (UK)

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

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

https://www.seafarers.uk/news/new-2-million-fund-from-seafarers-uk-to-help-seafarers-impacted-by-the-covid-19-pandemic/

 

7 Stars Foundation (UK)

From July 2020, UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation. To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation.

https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/ 

 

Social Investment Business (UK)

Name of Fund: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The £25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months. The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand. The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st March 2021.

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund

 

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/ 

 

UK Aid Direct (International) 

Name of Fund: Small Charities Challenge Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working with the most vulnerable people in countries that are ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Up to two years funding is on offer for organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, DFID will be prioritising applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer term impacts of COVID-19. The fund remains open for applications addressing a wide range of Global Goals in a variety of contexts. However, DFID will expect all applicants to be able to explain: how their project will address anticipated longer term impacts of the virus and outline how the risks of COVID-19 to project delivery could be mitigated as part of their application. The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will remain open and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis. The closing date for the next review of proposals is the 21st March 2021.

https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/ 

 

UK Research and Innovation (UK)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting proposals from UK businesses for research projects and related data collection of up to eighteen months to address the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The UKRI will support innovative proposals on any topics which gather critical data and resources quickly for future research use and which support the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential. Funding is for new research projects. In addition, researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants can apply to re-purpose existing funding to address the objectives of this call. If a grant is awarded, funding at 80% of the full economic cost will be provided. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/ukri-open-call-for-research-and-innovation-ideas-to-address-covid-19/ 

 

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/

 

Wolfson Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund:Covid-19 Support Fund

The Wolfson Foundation has allocated £10 million to provide unrestricted funding to organisations working in heritage and the arts; and health and disability.  The Foundation is offering to support organisations to responds to their own specific needs – at this critical moment and as they plan for the months to come.  The Foundation is planning  planning to use this funding to support organisations who they have been working with over the past few years (generally through supporting their capital infrastructure projects). The Fund will not be open to speculative applications, and the Foundation will be in contact directly with organisations who are eligible for funding. 

https://www.wolfson.org.uk/10m-covid-19-support-fund/  

 

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.

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

 

 

England-wide schemes

 

Anglian Water (Egland - Various Locations)

Name of Fund:  Positive Difference Fund

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

https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/in-the-community/charity-work/positive-difference-fund/ 

 

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 

 

Department for Education (England)

Name of Fund: Covid Workforce Fund

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-to-support-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-pandemic 

 

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 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 Education (England)

Name of Fund: Wellbeing for Education Return Programme

The UK Government has put new funding in place to help teachers cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. Support from the new £8 million Wellbeing for Education Return programme will be available in schools and colleges in England from September to provide them with access to resources and the knowledge they need to improve how they respond to the emotional impact of the pandemic on their students and staff. This might include the additional pressures some students may be feeling, as well as any emotional response they or their teachers may still be experiencing from bereavement, stress, trauma or anxiety over the past months. The programme will be delivered to nominated staff in schools and colleges by mental health experts via interactive webinars through to March 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/8m-programme-to-boost-pupil-and-teacher-wellbeing 

 

National Lottery Community Fund (England)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Government’s new £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund has opened for applications. The fund which is being administered through the National Lottery Community Fund has two key objectives. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis; and to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services. Charities and not for profit organisations will be able to apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 or for grants above £10,000. Decisions on funding will be made within weeks. Applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england 

 

Near Neighbours (England)

Name of Fund: Community Covid Relief Grants

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to local projects that support communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, addressing their emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives. Grassroots organisations, charities, community groups, religious and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding from the Near Neighbours Programme - Community Covid Relief Grants for projects that keep people safe, connected and informed. The fund operates in specific areas of Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, East Midlands, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London and will support new or developed work which should finish before the end of March 2021. Organisations should discuss their applications with their local Near Neighbours Coordinator in the first instance.

https://www.near-neighbours.org.uk/covid-grants 

 

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

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: Active Together Fund

An additional £1.5m 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 and organisations in England affected by the crisis are invited to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs. Through the Fund, Sport England will also provide expert guidance and support. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

 

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.

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

 

Sport England (England)

Name of Fund: The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play. The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play. Priority will be given to projects located in areas of high deprivation and to organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus. Applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-community-asset-fund

 

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 

 

Sports England (England)

Name of Fund: Return to Play Fund

Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19. The Return to Play Fund, is made up of three parts: a £10m small grants which will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment; a £5m Community Asset Fund that will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely; and a £1.5m Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds

 

Youth Music Network (England)

Name of Fund:  Emergency Fund

Youth Music have launched an Emergency Fund for music-making organisations affected by the coronavirus. Through this fund grants of up to £10,000 are available.  Priority will be given to people and organisations in the most immediate need.

https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/youth-music-launches-emergency-fund

 

Scotland wide schemes

 

Aberdeenshire Council (Aberdeenshire)

Name of Fund: Community Food Fund

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support local community or resilience groups tackling food security in Aberdeenshire communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations can apply for funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Food Fund for local projects such as community food growing, community shops, cooking projects, and community kitchens to promote the availability of good quality, affordable food in communities. Funding could be used to cover costs such as white goods, kitchen equipment, accredited training in food hygiene, volunteer expenses, and seeds, plants and gardening equipment. Projects should link to local community planning priorities. Applications can be made at any time, with funding allocated on a first come first served basis.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/community-food-fund?fbclid=IwAR094ycwbFyZhaYgdO0Sgzw7l-NHanKUQB17TVClPhtfOxWoVCUJVElN3xw 

 

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 

 

Faith in Community (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund

Local faith groups and related community organisations in Scotland can apply for small grants of a few hundred pounds to help support families and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The focus of the fund is to support people most at risk of becoming disconnected during social distancing by meeting their needs, helping them to maintain safe relationships and allowing neighbours to support each other. This might include the use of online technology to safely connect people together or ensuring the safe delivery of food and essentials.

https://www.faithincommunity.scot/covid19info

 

Foundation Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund

Foundation Scotland has opened phase 2 of its Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The Fund supports charities and constituted community groups in Scotland which are helping vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Phase 2 of the Fund will provide grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help organisations with an annual income of up to £250,000 to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations, and to continue providing emergency support for those who need it most. Applications can be submitted at any time but organisations are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience due to limited funds.

https://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk/2020/response-recovery-and-resilience-fund/

 

Foundation Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund

The fund has been created to support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from the impact. Immediate funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 is available to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community. Examples of the type of support available include: mobile phone credit for a youth service provider to give to vulnerable young people so they can stay in touch; supermarket vouchers for foodbanks to hand out in place of goods as their stock becomes limited; additional cash to allow a community run shop to purchase extra stock so they can remain open or add a delivery service.

https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/community-response,-recovery-resilience-fund/

 

The Gannochy Trust (Scotland)

Name of Fund: COVID-19 – Recovery and Renewal Fund 

The Gannochy Trust, one of Scotland’s largest independent funders, has launched a £500,000 COVID-19 – Recovery and Renewal Fund to help charities working in Perth and Kinross cope during the pandemic. The new fund will provide relief from the financial and operational pressures facing charities during the outbreak, as well as enabling development and delivery of vital support services to people and communities affected by the virus. Small grants will provide up to £10,000 of funding; main grants offer up to £30,000 of financial support; and a major grant can provide up to £50,000. The fund is available from 1st June 2020 and will remain in place until June 2021, or until the allocated funds are exhausted.

https://www.gannochytrust.org.uk/grant-making-news/the-gannochy-trust-launch-covid-19-support-fund-for-local-charities/ 

 

Museums Galleries Scotland (Scotland)

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Adaptation Fund

Museums Galleries Scotland has launched a £330,000 fund to support museums in Scotland with the costs of re-opening safely while restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Adaptation Fund will provide grants of up to £7,500 for museums, and up to £10,000 for partnerships, to support the costs of essential adaptations, equipment and training that will ensure the safety and confidence of staff, volunteers and visitors, and enable them to reopen safely in accordance with government guidance. Funding can be used to cover costs such as PPE, screens and barriers, signage, and contactless payment technology. Applications can be made on a rolling basis until all funding has been distributed and the fund is expected to close on the 22nd March 2021.

https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/covid-19-adaptation-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 Council for Voluntary Organisations (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme, supporting third sector organisations and communities through the transition from lockdown to recovery, is now open for applications. Charities, community and voluntary groups, and social enterprises can apply for funding to provide ongoing crisis support, and plan and implement ways to adapt and become more sustainable. The £25m Scottish Government-funded programme has two strands: the Adapt and Thrive Programme which provides tailored support and funding to organisations so they can operate sustainably post coronavirus and continue to have a positive impact in their communities; and the Communities Recovery Fund, which will support the delivery of services and activities in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19, or the creation of new services. Applications can be made at any time.

https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/community-recovery/ 

 

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (Scotland)

Name of Fund:  Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector resilience fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations which already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulty as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The fund aims to help provide finance to stabilise and manage cash flow during these challenging times. Interest free loans will also be available.

https://www.visitscotland.org/news/2020/third-sector-resilience-fund-announced

 

Scottish Government (Scotland)

Zoos and aquariums in Scotland can apply for a share of an additional £2.5 million in funding to help them continue to care for their animals through the coronavirus pandemic. Establishments covered by the Zoo Licensing Act which are experiencing severe financial difficulties will be able to apply for a 0% unsecured loan or grant of up to £100,000 from the Scottish Government to pay for three months of animal care costs. Loans are the primary support mechanism, with grants considered where a zoo or aquarium has 16 weeks or less operating costs remaining. The deadline for applications is the 10th March 2021.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-zoo-and-aquarium-animal-welfare-fund/ 

 

Scottish Government (Scotland)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for Legal Aid

The Scottish Government has made £9 million in funding available to enable legal firms and law centres in Scotland to continue to offer legal aid services to the public. The Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for Legal Aid is open to any legal firms whose turnover is usually at least 20% derived from legal aid payments, and who have experienced a drop in projected legal aid revenue because of the restrictions in place, once any other form of Covid-related government support is taken into account. The fund aims to bring firms back up to the income they could reasonably have expected had the pandemic not impacted on their levels of new legal aid business. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st March 2021.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-resilience-and-recovery-fund-for-legal-aid/

 

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/ 

 

 

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: Sport Sector Private Provider Fund 

Commercial sport and leisure businesses which have suffered financially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for funding from Sport Wales' latest Covid-19 support package. Grants of £5,000 and £15,000 are being made available through the Sport Sector Private Provider Fund to help a wide range of privately-run businesses directly delivering activities to the public including commercial gyms, dance and fitness studios, horse riding centres, trampoline parks, and skateparks. Applicants will need to show that they have a net loss from operations since April 2020 as a direct result of the pandemic. Funding could be used to cover costs such as utilities, rent, salaries, and for new service development. The deadline for applications is 4pm on the 19th February 2021.

https://www.sport.wales/sport-sector-private-providers-fund/

 

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: Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grants

Freelancers working in the cultural and creative sectors in Wales that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions will be able to apply for a share of £7 million in funding. Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grants will provide funding of up to £2,500 to freelancers whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes in the sub sectors of the arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, and culture and heritage who are facing financial challenges due to loss of earnings as a result of the pandemic. Funding is provided by the Welsh Government and will provide support during the period from April 2020 to March 2021. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

https://gov.wales/wales-launches-fund-support-creative-freelancers-affected-covid-19 

 

 

Northern Ireland-wide schemes

Arts Council Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)

Name of Fund: The Artists Emergency Programme 

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding programme to support artists and performers during the COVID-19 crisis. The Artists Emergency Programme (AEP), worth £500,000, offers freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £5,000 each.

http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/arts-council-opens-emergency-programme-for-artists-and-performers

 

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

 

Devon Community Foundation (South West)

Name of Fund: Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund

In response to the current lockdown measures, the Devon Community Foundation has re-opened their Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund. Charities, voluntary and community clubs, social enterprises, parish and town councils, schools, faith groups, and other not-for-profit organisations working to support vulnerable and isolated people affected by the pandemic can apply for funding to deal with issues which are arising due to the virus and the need for self-isolation. This might include co-ordinating community response, support for volunteers, helping to adapt activities and existing services or setting up new ones, and providing mental health, bereavement and emotional support. There is no maximum award amount. The Fund will remain open for as long as funding is available.

https://devoncf.com/news/latest-news/dcf-ready-support/ 

 

Devon Community Council (Devon)

Name of Fund:  Community Food Programme: Winter Support Grant 

The Devon Community Foundation has re-opened their Community Food Programme: Winter Support Grant to charities, community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency food support for vulnerable families in Devon who have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme, which is run in partnership with Devon County Council, will provide support during the winter months, with a particular focus on February half-term and Easter school holidays, for vulnerable households with at least one child. Applications will also be considered for vulnerable households without children. Funding will cover direct costs such as the provision of emergency food parcels and hot meals, energy bills and essential items. There is no maximum amount that can be applied for. Applications will be regularly assessed until the 8th March 2021.

https://devoncf.com/apply/community-food-programme-2/ 

 

Devon Community Foundation (Devon)

Name of Fund: Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

The Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund has been set up to support local charities and community organisations across Devon who are supporting vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The fund will continue to evolve and currently supports the following: Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained; Groups that support vulnerable people self-isolating; foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger; Community response coordination; Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations; additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community; Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support.

http://devoncf.com/apply/applying-devon-coronavirus-response-recovery-fund/ 

 

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/

 

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

 

Wiltshire Community Foundation (Wiltshire)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response Grants

The Coronavirus Response Grant provides funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 to charities and other not-for-profit organisations to help them to respond to the immediate needs arising in the community as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Applications can be for any reasonable costs related to relieving the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This can include: core costs (provided there is a direct link to the coronavirus impact); capital costs; other revenue costs including salaries, training, equipment, insurance or volunteer costs.

https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/Corona%20Response%20Grants#overlay-context=user

 

South East

Berkshire Community Foundation (Berkshire)

Name of Fund: Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding 

The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations who are either affected by or are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funding will be available to help organisations respond better and will help meet needs arising as a result of the crisis. Priority will be given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including: Older people; People with physical or learning disabilities; People with mental health needs; People on low incomes; Families with young children.

https://www.berkshirecf.org/

 

Milton Keynes Community Foundation (Milton Keynes)

Name of Fund:  MK Emergency Appeal Fund

The MK Emergency fund has been launched to provide grants of up to £2,000 to Charities, Community groups and other not for profit organisations operating in the Milton Keynes area, that have either been affected by COVID 19 or that are supporting people directly affected by the virus. Support is available for: activities that help vulnerable people; community response coordination, volunteer costs, foodbanks and organisations working to combat child hunger and poverty; core costs for organisations providing support to vulnerable groups; domestic abuse organisations during self-isolation periods.

https://www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk/mk-emergency-appeal-criteria

 

London

 

London Community Respose (London)

Name of Fund: Renewal Grants

Local charities and not for profit organisations in London can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help their recovery and renewal in a post Covid-19 future. The funding is being made available through the London Community Response Renewal grants and will support organisations over a full year starting from April 2021. The focus of the Renewal grants is on building strong communities; a new deal for young people; and ensuring a robust safety net. Renewal grants can either be for a specific project, for a partnership, or for the core costs of running and growing organisations. The closing date for applications is 12pm on the 15th February 2021.

https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/apply-0 

 

Mayor of London (London)

Name of Fund: Food Roots Incubator Programme

The Mayor of London has launched a Food Roots Incubator programme. The programme will offer grants of £10,000 - £15,000 to new and existing cross-sector food partnerships. The aim is to help them grow, diversify, become more sustainable and take forward initiatives that address food insecurity amongst marginalised and excluded Londoners who have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 18th February 2021.

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/food/food-roots-incubator-programme 

 

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 

 

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

 

Essex Community Foundation (Essex)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme

Grants of up to £15,000 are available through the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme to help voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep vital services running. Priority will be given to those delivering vital services to older and vulnerable people, organisations helping to relieve pressure on public services and those co-ordinating a local community response.

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

 

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/ 

 

Norfolk Community Foundation (Norfolk)

Name of Fund: Winter Resilience Fund

Charities, voluntary and community groups, churches, parish/town councils, and social enterprises can apply for funding of up to £5,000 to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in Norfolk affected by coronavirus during the coming winter months. The Norfolk Community Foundation’s Norfolk Winter Resilience Fund will support groups and activities that will help those facing very real challenges as the weather gets colder; including the frail and elderly, disabled people, people with chronic medical conditions, and the homeless. Funding could be used to help reduce isolation, provide food supplies or warm clothing, and help vulnerable people access local services and information. Funding must be spent by the 31st March 2021, and can also assist immediate community action where local outbreak restrictions are imposed. Applications can be accepted on a rolling basis.

https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/norfolk-winter-resilience-fund/ 

 

Plunkett Foundation and Hopkins Homes (East of England)

Name of Fund: Hopkins Plunkett Communities Scheme

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support established and new community businesses in the East of England through the current pandemic. The funding is being made available through a partnership between East Anglian housebuilder Hopkins Homes and national charity the Plunkett Foundation. As well as funding, the scheme is also providing free support and expertise from the charity’s central support service and network of advisors. Grants of £200 to £1,000 will be made available until the end of March 2021. The grant scheme may close before March, if all the funding has been allocated before this time.

https://plunkett.co.uk/hopkins-plunkett-communities-scheme-extended-in-east-of-england/

 

Suffolk Community Foundation (Suffolk)

Name of Fund: Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund

The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support charity groups and community organisations throughout Suffolk, to reach the most vulnerable during this pandemic. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

https://www.suffolkcf.org.uk/grants/suffolk-coronavirus-community-fund/

 

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/ 

 

Staffordshire Community Foundation (Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Grants

The aim of the fund is to support charities and other not for profit organisations operating in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent with the immediate and unexpected costs the COVID-19 virus has created. To be eligible to apply organisations need to be supporting members of the community in this first phase. Grants are not intended to replace loss of income but is more to help with the costs of providing a vital service. Three tiers of grants are available: Up to £1,000, most grants are expected to fall into this category; £1,000 to £5,000, a more detailed project plan is required for these grants; £5,000 +, these grants have a more strategic aim and applicants will need to contact the foundation to discuss the project before applying.

https://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/covid-19-emergency-grants/#1585662715971-0fc711f4-30c9

 

Steve Morgan Foundation (North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire)

Name of Fund: Covid - 19 Emergency Fund

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund has been introduced to support charities and not for profit organisations in Merseyside, North West and Cheshire (west of the M6). The fund will provide help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus, it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

https://www.tfaforms.com/4811567 

 

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/ 

 

West Midlands Combined Authority (West Midlands)

Name of Fund: Community Recovery Innovation Challenge

Residents, community organisations and businesses with innovative ideas to help local areas recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are being offered the chance to win support worth up to £15,000. The West Midlands Combined Authority’s Community Recovery Innovation Challenge invites applications from anyone with a new idea which will help local communities build back better. Twenty shortlisted proposals will each receive £500 and will be invited to attend one masterclass session to help develop their project. In addition, the top three proposals will each receive investment and bespoke support worth up to £15,000 to help them take their project to the next stage of development. Applicants should submit a YouTube film clip or a written summary by the 21st March 2021.

https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/public-service-reform/community-recovery-innovation-challenge/ 

 

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

 

Foundation Derbyshire (Derbyshire)

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Fund

The fund has been established to support community groups and organisations working to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus in Derbyshire. The initial focus of the fund will be to provide emergency grants of up to £1,000 to Food banks (that may be experiencing a fall in food donations and/or increases in demand) and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping those in self-isolation. Grants of up to £5000 are also available from the Coronavirus Response General Grants programme. This funding is available to community groups and infrastructure and front-line delivery organisations involved in the supply and delivery of food and/or services to those who are medically, socially or financially vulnerable. A small number or larger strategic grants are also available to organisations that have capacity to deliver the above on a multi-district/county wide basis

https://foundationderbyshire.org/foundation-derbyshires-coronavirus-fund/

 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland)

Name of Fund: Prevention Fund 2020/2021

Voluntary and community organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can apply for a share of £100,000 to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people affected by Covid-19. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire’s Prevention Fund 2020/2021 has been expanded to include applications which can support the welfare and wellbeing of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged affected by the crisis and to allow organisations to continue to deliver much needed emergency support within their communities. Projects which mobilise resources and have  a positive impact on the challenges posed by Covid-19 will be of particular interest. Grants of up to £25,000 are available from the fund which has already invested £250,000 into communities affected by the crisis.  There are no application deadlines and applications can be made at any time.

https://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Planning-and-Money/Commissioning/Current-Funding-Available/PCCs-Prevention-Fund-2020-21.aspx 

 

Nottinghamshire County Council (Nottinghamshire)

Name of Fund: Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Community Fund

This is a £1million pound fund that has been created to help communities as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months. The fund aims to support local charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable Nottinghamshire residents impacted by COVID-19. Nottinghamshire charities and voluntary groups can now apply for a grant of anywhere between £200 to £10,000 to deliver projects or services  that directly help vulnerable people affected by the effects of COVID-19, such as by providing access to food, toiletries, necessities, as well as projects to help vulnerable people in isolation; and Projects that are already set up and helping vulnerable people. Next deadline is the 31st March 2021.

https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/business-community/community-and-voluntary-sector/supporting-voluntary-sector/covid-19-community-fund

 

Yorkshire and Humberside

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/ 

 

Leeds Community Foundation (Leeds)

Name of Fund: Leeds Fund Strategic Grants – Resilience

Funding of £30,000 over two years (£15,000 per year) is being made available by the Leeds Community Foundation to support the development of community organisations. The ‘Leeds Fund Strategic Grants – Resilience,’ will focus on developing charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations themselves; rather than a specific project or group of people. Funding can be used to cover core costs and encourage strategic development work alongside daily delivery to give the sector the best chance of becoming more stable and resilient, and surviving the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding is designed to release the time of key personnel, so they can spend two years focusing on moving the organisation into a stronger position for the future. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 12th February 2021.

https://leedscf.org.uk/grants/the-leeds-fund-strategic-grants-resilience/ 

 

 

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 

 

Manchester City Council (Manchester)

Name of Fund: Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers 

A new hardship fund has been launched for freelancers who work in the cultural and creative sector in Manchester who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers is making up to £500,000 available in grants of £1,500 to individual freelancers, including artists, whose work has been lost or disrupted because of the crisis and who are experiencing financial hardship due to reduced demand for, or capacity to deliver, their services, and the part of the sector they work in is temporarily unable to trade. Funding is provided by the Savannah Wisdom Foundation and B&M Retail PLC and will be administered by Manchester City Council and HOME. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis until all funds are allocated.

https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500362/covid-19/8121/cultural_hardship_fund_for_freelancers

 

Salford City Council (Salford)

Name of Fund: Community Response Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations supporting communities most affected by Covid-19 in Salford. Through the Community Response Fund, Salford CVS will award funding for activities that support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents to stay well nourished, connected, warm and well during the months of April to September 2021. Activities might include food parcels, welfare/keep-in-touch phone calls, IT equipment and connectivity, and benefits advice, training and mentoring. Priority will be given to projects supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, Disabled people and other economically disadvantaged groups. Funding is provided by Salford City Council. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 15th March 2021.

https://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/live-grants 

 

Steve Morgan Foundation (North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire)

Name of Fund: Covid - 19 Emergency Fund

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund has been introduced to support charities and not for profit organisations in Merseyside, North West and Cheshire (west of the M6). The fund will provide help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus, it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

https://www.tfaforms.com/4811567 

 

North East

 

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/