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.


The Volant Trust Covid-19 Response Fund has reopened for applications from registered charities, CICs, Community Organisations or Social Enterprises. Organisations must be able to demonstrate a focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping groups of vulnerable people who have been particularly impacted by Covid-19. Running and core costs can be covered, as well as medical equipment and the production and/or distribution of PPE.  Grants awarded will be at the discretion of the Trustees. The deadline to apply is Saturday 31st July.The Somerset Community Foundation have re-opened their Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund to offer grants up to £2,500 to Somerset based VCSEs so they can continue to provide immediate help to communities. Rolling application deadline, decisions within one month of the receipt of application.

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.

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.

*PAUSED* 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.

*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 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.

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.

*PAUSED* 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.

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.