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 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. Next open for applications on Monday 17th August with a closing date of Friday 11th September.

The Common Call Fund offers grants between £1,000 to £3,000 to organisations led by communities providing services to people that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially. The grants are specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and thrive. The deadline for applications is Monday 31st August.


The Baring Foundation has launched a new Strengthening Civil Society programme, offering grants of up to £40,000 to registered charities, including current grant holders. This fund will support legal action that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19.  Open to organisations who can demonstrate legal expertise and with an income of less than £5 million. Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of Tuesday 11th August.

Covid-19 Community-Led organisation Recovery Scheme reopens for the final time on Tuesday 11th August from 10am to 1pm. Grants up to £100,000 available to organisations working to help people and communties experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19.

Art Fund are offering grants between £10,000 to £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges from Covid-19. The grant aims to provide practical support to fund what organisations need now, including reopening and staff costs. The next deadline for applications is Monday 17th August.

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the deadline for applying to the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) is 12pm on Monday 17th August. After the 17th organisations can still apply for the National Lottery element of the fund to help user-led equality groups supporting black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities; LGBTQ+ communities; and disabled people. This is for six months' emergency funding for small and medium sized organisations.

The Next Steps Accommodation Programme  makes funding available to councils and their local partners to help break the cycle of homelessness by ensuring as few people as possible helped off the streets and into emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic return to sleeping rough. Deadline for submitting bids is 11:59pm on the 20th August.


Somerset Equality Officers Group (SEOG) have announced grants of up to £8,000 to fund innovative work which challenges inequality, advances equality and celebrated diversity. This should be new work that will benefit communities in Somerset including: carers, disability, gender reassignment, race, age, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.  Work/projects should be new and not completed in Somerset previously. The first deadline for proposals is Wednesday 26th August with a following deadline of Friday 25th September.  Download an application form here.

The Petplan Charitable Trust have come together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to offer grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations who are experiencing unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of Covid-19. Priority will be given to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. The next deadline for applications is Friday 16th October.

The Aviva Community Fund have announced a new deadline of Tuesday 13th October. They are looking to fund small charities and constituted community groups working to benefit their community in new and innovative ways. In response to Covid-19 Aviva has temporarily opened up the fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts caused by Covid-19.

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 Fore's Raft Transition Fund will be offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 in the Autumn to help smaller charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and strengthen in a post Covid world. Registration opens in September.

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.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for change programme will support local Armed Forces Communities as they address the needs arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants up to £20,000 for organisation working with Armed Force families and Veterans. Applications are currently open with a deadline of Friday 11th September.

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 Wednesday 30th September.

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.

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.

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.

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* 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 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.

*PAUSED* 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.

*PAUSED* 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.

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.

*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.

*PAUSED* Lloyds Bank Foundation has adapted their Enhance Programme to meet identified needs in response to COVID-19. Reopening funding in the Summer, sign up for updates here.

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.