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 Tampon Tax Fund - Applications for this round of funding include activities that seek to address the consequences of COVID-19 for disadvantaged women and girls. Grants may be for one or two-year projects, and separate applications for more than one project may be submitted. The deadline for applications is midnight on 7 June 2020.

BBC Children in Need has launched two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. Current grant-holders will be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period through the Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme. From the 8th June registered not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply to the Covid-19 Large Grants programme for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month period.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available for its second phase of support for the period May-December 2020. Funding will include emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis; 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects; and grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work. The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund is a £200 million fund open to organisations who are supporting people and communities experiencing challenges and difficulty during the pandemic, and a demand in services to support vulnerable people. The fund has two key objectives: increase community support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and to reduce temporary closure of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services have the financial resources to operate. Grants are broken down into two categories, between £300 to £10,000 and £10,000 and above.

The Baring Foundation Strengthening Civil Society COVID-19 Legal Action Fund offers grants up to £40,000 to UK registered charities to support legal action that protects vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of COVID-19. Applicants must have relevant and demonstrable legal expertise in their area of focus and an annual income under £5 million. The next closing date is 12 noon on Tuesday 11th August.

The Independent Age Grants Fund is a £2million fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus.  Funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds with up to £500,000 available.  Charities working with older people will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.  The first closing date will be at 9am on the 4 June 2020.



**CLOSED** The Coronavirus (Covid19): Homelessness Response Fund will provide support for frontline homelessness and rough sleeping charitable organisations directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of between £10,000 - £100,000 are available to incorporated charitable frontline organisations to help alleviate the financial impact of Covid-19, and enable them to provide new or adapted services to homeless and vulnerable people affected by the crisis. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on the 27th May 2020.

Barclays‘ Bank has announced the launch of its £10 million 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme and will make 100 donations of £100,000 each to qualifying UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Community radio stations that are facing severe financial difficulty and are at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 crisis can bid for grants to meet their urgent needs. The £400,000 Community Radio Fund administered by Ofcom will be redirected to provide emergency support for relevant stations to help meet their core costs. Applications close 5pm on the 11th May 2020.

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 OneFamily Foundation is inviting its customers to nominate a local charity, group or cause for a Community Grant of up to £2,500 to help them to continue providing support to those affected by the coronavirus, or who themselves are struggling to maintain their usual services. Examples for nominations might include foodbanks, support groups or homeless charities. Nominations close on 12 May 2020.

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 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 RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore Trusts) programme opens at 10am on 22 April to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis. The RAFT Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 so that small charities are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery for when the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic is over. 

The Western Power Distribution ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’ is a £500k fund to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within WPD’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly to people in vulnerable situations.

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.

**CLOSED** The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust Early Years’ Preventative Work Fund will make one-off payments of £5,000 available to small and medium-sized registered charities with an income of less than £750,000 working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3 years. Closing date - 28th April 2020.

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

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.

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that its Awards for All England funding programme will remain open to all applications but, for the next six months, will prioritise applications from voluntary and community groups that need help to respond to Covid-19. Grants of between £300-£10,000 are available.

The Leathersellers' Company small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless; provision of food and essential supplies; victims of domestic violence; and nursing care to vulnerable patients. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

**CLOSED** The Princes Trust Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups providing support to counter the effects of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to £2,500 are available.  Deadline: Wednesday 15th April at 12pm

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.

Crisis (UK) has established an Emergency Grant fund to support local groups financially affected by additional demands on their resources who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 for short-term responses to coronavirus and up to £50,000 to fund long term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery.

** FUND PAUSED** Grants of up to £10k are available from the from the Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical areas. CAF will aim for grants to be awarded to selected organisation within 14 days of application.

Lloyds Bank Foundation has adapted their Enhance Programme to meet identified needs in response to COVID-19.

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

Neighbourly UK has launched it's Community Fund. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in the UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak.

**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.