COVID-19 Funding

Many funders are now offering funding to help and support charities through this challenging time. We'll share the latest funding opportunities here.


Sport England Return to Play Small Fund Grants offer grants between £300 and £10,000 to CICs, not-for-profit organisations including registered charities, sports clubs, voluntary groups and organisations, social enterprises, leisure operators and not-for-profit companies to respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid safe environment. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Sport England Return to Play Community Asset Fund offers capital grants between £10,001 and £50,000 to help clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sports and physical activity can happen during the pandemic. CICs, not-for-profit organisations including registered charities, sports clubs, voluntary groups and organisations, social enterprises, leisure operators and not-for-profit companies are eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Petplan Charitable Trust have announced that their next and final round deadline for the Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund will be Friday 15th January 2021. The average grant will be £2,500. The aim of the grant is to support smaller equine welfare organisations who have been significantly impaced by the current crisis.

The CAF Resilience Fund deadline is approaching on Tuesday10th November. Grants between £10,000 to £100,000 available to registered and unregistered charitable organisaitons, including CIC's and social enterprises. This is a rapid relief fund in response to Covid-19.


The Postcode Recovery Fund offers grants up to £1,000,00 to charities who are seeking to develop innovative solutions that address the issues people are facing as society recovers from the effects of the pandemic. 6 main themes; education inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, social exlcusion and isolation and poverty. The deadline for applications is Friday 30th October at 5pm.

Comic Relief under their BAME Communities Surviving COVID-19 Fund offers grants up to £10,000 to BAME led VCSEs. CIOs, CICs, constituted community groups, constituted but unincorporated associations or clubs, faith groups, registered charities and voluntary and community organisations are able to apply. Grants can be used for project activities, engagement, equipment, running costs and staff salaries. The deadline for applications is Friday 30th October.

Grants up to £3,000 available from Yarlington's Community Fund. Available to Community and Voluntary organisations in Yeovil and Chard who are delivering initiatives that are actively alleviating the impacts of Covid-19 on the community. The deadline for applications is Friday 30th October.


GARFIELD WESTON have announced a new £25 million fund to support the cultural sector as it attempts to recover following Covid-19. Museums, performing, visual and literary arts organisations are able to apply. Organisations must have a pre-Covid income of at least £500,000 to be able to apply for the grants (ranging between £100,000 to £2 million) Applications open on Monday 5th October and close on Monday 9th November.

Community Groups in Somerset West and Taunton can apply to grants up to £7,500 from Somerset West and Taunton Council's Community Chest Fund. Groups running one-off initiatives that are supporting Covid19 recovery, supporting people in a vulnerable area and/or have not been able to secure mainstream funding are able to apply.  Priority will be given to small community groups with incomes under £10,000 per year and no paid staff.

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation have emergency grants of £1,000 available in response to Covid-19. Charities, CICs and registered societies working in: education relating to non-domestic animals, visual and performing arts, medical research, relief of disability or severe illness and/or accommodation of those in need. Applications can be submitted at any time, the Trustees aim to have a response within three weeks.

Wessex Water Recovery Fund in partnership with the Somerset Community Foundation is supporting charitable and community projects across the Wessex Water region who have been impacted by the pandemic. They have 4 priority areas for groups working with: people in financial difficulty, helping to build stronger communities, supporting green recovery, and restoring and protecting nature and wildlife for community health and wellbeing. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th December with outcomes in January 2021.

*Reminder* Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund offers emergency grants up to £4,000 to VCSEs working at a grassroot level within their communities. Application deadline is Thursday 31st December but the fund may close earlier if the available budget has been awarded.

Commissioner’s Community Action Fund (CCAF) from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Police are offering grants of up to £5,000 to local charities, community and voluntary groups who have been impacted by the demands of the pandemic. Bids must include supporting comments from your local police teams, or other organisations included. The next deadline is Wednesday 30th September then again on Monday 30th November.

LGBT+ Futures Grants Programme offers grants to organisations supporting LGBT+ communities who have been impacted by Covid-19. Organisations must have objects in their constitution specifically outlining their support of LGBT+ communities and they are openly inclusive. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Volant Trust  have launched a Covid-19 response fund to registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises. Funding available to support running and core costs. No funding levels indicated and awards will be given at the discretion of the Trustees. The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st December.

*REOPEN*  Hope for the Young COVID-19 Emergency Fund offers micro-grants up to £250 to support groups working with young refugees and asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation is launching a Covid Recovery Fund on 3 August. to help small and local charities recover from the coronavirus crisis. Open to charities with an annual income between £25,000 - £1m that are engaged in tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. 140 charities will receive awards. At least a quarter of the funding will go to charities that are led by and for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

The Allchurches Trust Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic with grants of up to £50,000. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.

The Volant Trust will open its Covid-19 Response Fund on the 1 August 2020 and will be accepting applications from registered charities, CICs, community organisations or social enterprises that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding will be available to support running and core costs. Closing date: 31 December 2020.

The Foyle Foundation has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning. The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. The Foundations seeks to support organisations to stabilise and recover from the impact of Coronavirus. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has announced an additional £200,000 to support local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to help deal with the consequences of Coronavirus through the Community Action Fund. Organisations are urged to apply for grants of up to £5,000. The deadline for applications is Monday 30th November.

BBC Children in Need - Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. The programme will provide items that meet a child's most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child's wellbeing. Applications must be submitted by a registered refferrer, you can register to become a refferal partner on the same link.

7 Stars Foundation are offering charities who work with at-risk young people affected by the Covid-19 crisis unrestricted grants up to £2,500. The organisation must have a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year.  The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs and wherever else the organisation needs to ensure it's future and sustainability. To apply, please email the Foundation.

British Red Cross has launched a Hardship Fund in partnership with Aviva and the Aviva Foundation. It's aimed at individuals who have been financially impacted by coronavirus. It will provide short term financial help for people who can't afford the essentials such as food and toiletries, somewhere safe to sleep, access to a telephone and the Internet and fuel to keep the lights on, cook and stay warm.

South Somerset District Council are offering Business support and have a handy tool to see what support your organisation can apply for from Government support schemes. More information available here.

Spark Somerset has launched a Small Essential Items Fund - Groups providing COVID-19 related support can apply to this fund to cover the cost of small essential items, up to the value of £250.

The Greggs Foundation are providing urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants (average £500) to charities, community groups and schools who support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Email them to request support -

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.

The British Horse Society (BHS), has launched the BHS Approved Centre Hardship Fund to help support riding schools affiliated to the charity through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Morrisions Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund will support charities caring for the homeless with grants of up to £10k to ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Support for smaller organisations or groups As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details will be available from Monday 20 April on the NSUN website.

Sports England Community Emergency Fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the Coronavirus crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities, making single payment awards of £500 on a rolling basis for the next few months. Applications encouraged from organisations such as; Women’s refuges, Food banks, Hospices, Homeless charities, Charities supporting the elderly, Charities supporting children’s activities, although this list is not exhaustive.

Grants Online have produced a list of funding available to support groups responding to COVID-19. It's free to access, click here.

*UPDATED* Somerset Community Foundation has launched the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal to get vital funding to local charities and community organisations that are helping the most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications are now open here for grants of up to £10,000 with a 3 working day turnaround. 

We've also put together some advice for fundraisers and information on how funders are responding to the COVID-19 crisis, which can be found here.