Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Funding

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 funding they have made available under the following categories;

  • Arts, Culture & Music
  • Communities
  • Heritage
  • Loans & Social Investment
  • Research & Innovation
  • Schools
  • Sports
  • Support for Animals
  • Supporting Existing Grantees
  • Young People


Arts, Culture & Music

Arts Council England


Name of Fund: Emergency Response Package

They’re launched a Emergency Response Package, which is made up of: £20 million available to individuals, £50 million to organisations outside of their National Portfolio and £90 million to our National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).


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.


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


Name of Fund:  Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund

Charities, and benevolent and philanthropic frontline organisations can apply for a share of £5 million of UK Government funding to help tackle loneliness during the period of social distancing. Through the Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000 are available to help organisations to continue and adapt their work in helping vulnerable people affected by social isolation. Funding is available for services that can provide immediate, targeted relief such as face to face contact in line with social distancing, adapting services for digital delivery, and expansion of helpline or volunteer capacity. This can include costs such as administrative costs, salaries, IT equipment and training. The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29th May 2020.


Help Musicians (UK)

Help Musicians

Name of Fund:  Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

The £5million pound Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund has been created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are currently facing with regard to their mounting household expenses. Eligible musicians can apply for a one-off payment of £500 if they are suffering significant financial hardship.

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 round of Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund

Grants of £3,000 are available to help professional musicians aged 18 and over with no significant backing, who are finding their health, and performance and teaching commitments affected by the Coronavirus. The Covid-19 round of Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund offers a bespoke package of funding and expert advice, including wellbeing and development services, to help musicians adapt and sustain their music through specific projects or activities during this period of isolation. This might include new ways to distribute music, build online presence, reshape current business plans or refocus on creative ambitions. Groups of 6 members or less can also apply. There will be multiple rounds of the Fund over the next three months but applications can only be made once.


Musician Union (UK)

Musicians Union

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.


PRS Foundation Currently Closed

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Name of Fund: Sustaining Creativity Fund 

Self-employed, freelance or unemployed music creators experiencing a significant impact on their work, income and ability to complete planned musical activities due to the coronavirus can apply for grants of £750. The PRS Foundation’s Sustaining Creativity Fund offers funding to help emerging music creators adapt and sustain their music in response to the current changing conditions.  The closing date for applications is the 11th May 2020.


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Name of Fund: Emergency Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides funding to organisations in the arts world which aim to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, enabling them to realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In response to the coronavirus, the Foundation has created a £20 million Emergency Fund to provide additional support to some organisations already funded by the Foundation.



Alec Dickson Trust (UK) – Currently Closed

Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust welcomes applications of up to £1,000 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19.  Please fully complete the short application form below and submit by email to the by 20:00 on Friday 15th May. To enable rapid response, applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made on a rolling basis as they are received, with Trustees notifying successful applicants within a few weeks of submission.


Aviva (UK)

Aviva CF

Name of Fund: Aviva Community Fund

Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020.


Charities Aid Foundation (UK)
Charity Aid Foundation
Name of Grants: Coronavirus Emergency Fund
*Please note this fund is currently paused 

Smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application.


Crisis – Currently Closed

Crisis UK

Name of Fund: Emergency Fund

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK.  Local organisations and charities providing services to those experiencing homelessness can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency; and grants of up to £50,000 to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery.


Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation (UK)

Ernest Hecht Charitable Trust

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from:
i) charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and
(ii) charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.


Homeless Link

Homeless Link

Name of Fund: The COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund

The COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund was launched on 14 May to provide £6 million of emergency funding to homelessness charities directly affected by the Coronavirus. The funding comes from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and will be distributed to frontline services by Homeless Link.


Independent Age (UK)

Independent Age

Name of Fund: Independent Age Grants Fund

Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus.  The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round Independent Age will make £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 4th June 2020.


John Lewis Partnership

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.


Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – In Partnership with Community Foundation for Merseyside

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Name of Fund: LCRCares COVID-19 Community  Support Fund

LCRCares is a new crowdfunding campaign to raise £1million to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus. Local people are volunteering their help in so many ways. They are our community heroes and they urgently need our support. The fund is being managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.


Localgiving and The Postcode Community Trust


Name of Fund: Magic Little Grants

The Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving are providing charities and community groups with the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £500. Magic Little Grants are currently accepting applications until 31 October 2020.


Neighbourly Community Fund
Name of Fund: Neighbourly Community Fund

With the support of their partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.


Persimmon Homes


Name of Fund: Community Champions

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.


OneFamily Foundation (UK) Currently Closed


Name of Fund:  Community Grants

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. The Foundation has already helped more than two hundred good causes deliver projects such as helping disability charities invest in their resources, and community groups tackle isolation amongst the older generation. Nominations for this round close on the 12th May 2020.


Ofcom – Currently Closed


Name of Fund:  Community Radio Fund

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. There is no limit to how much can be applied for but those who request smaller amounts are more likely to be awarded the full amount requested. Applicants must be community radio licensees in the UK, and be on air by the time applications are considered. Guidance will be provided from Ofcom on how radio stations can bid for funding. Applications open on the 4th May 2020 until 5pm on the 11th May 2020.


Sefton 4 Good


Name of Fund: Sefton4Good COVID-19 Appeal

In response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Sefton 4 Good have launched a trusted online fundraising appeal to support a range of local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who are working tirelessly to help vulnerable residents across the borough.


Standard Life Foundation – Currently Closed


Name of Fund: Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications

Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. Modelling of new proposals such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions. Grants from £5,000 upwards are available.


Tesco Community Grants


Name of Fund: Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.

If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Armed Forces Covenent Fund

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities Grants

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has announced £6 million in funding for Armed Forces charities and community interest companies who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families, and others from the Armed Forces community. Through the Covid-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities grants of up to £60,000 are available to help organisations continue to provide much needed support in key areas such as mental and physical health, support to the elderly, domestic violence, bereavement, and employment. This can cover costs such as staff time, costs of delivering services online or remotely, and reasonable overheads. Grants of up to £125,000 or more in exceptional circumstances are available. Applications can be made at any time until the 29th May 2020.


The Barclays Foundation


Name of Fund: COVID-19 Community Aid Package

The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package – The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees’ personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.


The Cadent Foundation

Cadent Foundation

The Cadent Foundation recently launched and is funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000.


The Clothworkers’ Foundation

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Name of Fund: COVID-19 Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

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. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period.


The Leathersellers Company – Currently closed

The Leathersellers' Company
Name of Fund: Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.


The Morrisons Foundation

Morrisions Foundation

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.


The National Lottery
Community Fund
Name of Fund: National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is to commit up to £300m over the next six months to helping charities tackling the coronavirus crisis. The Fund will accelerate the cash part of this funding to get it where it needs to be as quickly as possible, so that they can focus on supporting their communities.

Name of Fund: Awards for All

Provides grants of £300 – £10,000 for activities that bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities and help more people to reach their potential.


The National Emergencies Trust


Name of Fund: The NET COVID-19 Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The NET launched its coronavirus appeal  to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations providing support to those affected by the crisis. It will work collaboratively with organisations to ensure the  money raised is distributed securely, effectively, and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do most to help those in need.


Waste and Resources Action Programme


Name of Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant 

The UK Government in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) have launched a £3.25 million fund to support the operations of not-for-profit food redistributors to ensure that any surplus food can reach people in need or those considered most vulnerable. The COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant will be delivered in three phases. During phase 1 WRAP will be approaching a target list of small redistribution organisations who have applied previously to the fund to ascertain their immediate need for potential funding support. Phase 2 (which will be launched on the 9th April) will provide funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors, and Wrap are also launching funding support aimed at medium to larger operators (phase 3). The grants can be used to fund both capital and revenue costs associated with redistribution activities such as access to surplus food through logistical collections; sorting, storing, freezing, labelling / repackaging food, and; onward distribution of food to charities or end beneficiaries.


The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Yorkshire Building Society

Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response Fund

The Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to support registered charities that ate helping local communities affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support groups and activities that

  • Help vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
  • Ensure supplies for foodbanks and organisations, in particular to alleviate the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.
  • Help community response coordination, including volunteer costs.
  • Cover additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Cover the loss of income for charities providing support for vulnerable groups



Association of Mental Health Providers


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.


Elton John Aids Foundation

Elton John Aids Foundation

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Fund

The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund is accepting applications for solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such solutions should aim to demonstrably mitigate the threat of COVID-19 on maintaining current levels of access or increasing access to HIV-related prevention, testing, care and treatment adherence services. The Fund is looking to support local community-based organisations, which have been awarded an Elton John AIDS Foundation grant since January 2017, for solutions lasting up to six months.


Mind Charity
*Please note this fund is currently paused 


Name of Fund: Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

In March, the Department of Health and Social Care announced a £5 million pot to help mental health charities support people during the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund is administered by Mind and is open for applications as of April 16th. Grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months with details of grants for smaller organisations being available from Monday 20th April. The application process is a fast track assessment with applications being assessed every few weeks. Grants will be administered until funds run out.


Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Currently Closed

Sir Jules Thorn Charitabe Trust

Name of Fund: Hospice Fund

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has announced that it is accelerating its annual Hospice Fund programme, in recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on normal activities. For 2020, the Trust has simplified the application process and amended its normal eligibility criteria. The available funding will be used to provide one-off grants of up to £5,000 to support hospices’ core costs. Applications will only be accepted from hospices that are charities registered in the UK, and are members of either Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives. Applications will not be accepted from faith-based charities, charities operating outside the UK or for multi-year funding. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 10th May 2020.


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 


Name of Fund: The Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund – Currently Closed

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced a new £10 million fund for domestic violence charities to ensure that they can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.  The Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund is part of a wider £76 million fund promised to domestic violence and abuse charities to support domestic abuse safe accommodation charities until the 30 September 2020. Grants of up to £100,000 are available.  The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government encourages bids from consortiums of service provider partners.  The closing date for applications is the 21st May 2020.


Thomas Pocklington Trust – Currently Closed


Name of Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.  Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.



Historic England (England) Currently Closed

Historic England

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund

Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund provides grants to help small heritage organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery. Applicants are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of up to £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills. The application deadline is the 3rd May 2020.


The National Lottery 

Heritage Fund

Name of Fund: National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.


Loans & Social Investment

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital

Charities and, social enterprises in disadvantaged areas facing financial hardship and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus will be able to apply for emergency funding from a £100 million programme of loans and investment. The emergency package is made up of a £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide emergency loans with no fees or interest for the first twelve months; £29 million for smaller, emergency loans to small businesses in more deprived areas; and up to a further £50 million over the coming months for existing and future investments as needed. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are expected to open in mid-April, with the first loans completed by the start of May. Further details on the programme will be available shortly.


Power to Change

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Name of Fund:  C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme

Power to Change which supports community business in England has launched the C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme.  This is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation.  The C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme provides emergency finance in the form of small grants to community businesses in England, as a contribution towards trading income lost as a result of COVID-19.  Round 1 will open at 10am on the 12th May 2020 and the round will close when it reaches 150 applications.  Around £3 million will be awarded to around 150 community businesses.


Social Investment Business (UK)


Name of Fund: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.  This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.


The UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry

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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.


The Yapp Charitable Trust

YAPP Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (UK)


The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (WEEE Fund) has announced its “WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package” to help support the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector as a result of the impact of the coronavirus. With many household waste recycling centres closed and other waste electrical collections reduced, the flow of electricals for reuse and recycling has been constrained. The funding will provide £5 million of interest-free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £0.6 million of grants to charity sector reuse organisations. Applications for the loans are open from now until end May 2020. The application process for the grants will be confirmed shortly.


Research & Innovation

Natural Environment Research Council (UK)


Name of Fund: COVID-19 Public Engagement Grant

The aim of the fund is to help researchers find different and better ways of engagement, including data collection methods which can no longer be carried out via fieldwork. This may include the use of digital technology. A total budget of £50,000 is available, with individual grants of up to £10,000 being made available to research organisations. Funding can be used to cover costs incurred in delivering the project such as staff resources, travel and subsistence, materials, equipment and evaluation costs. Proposals will need to be sensitive to social distancing and follow current government guidelines.


UFI Charitable Trust

Name of Fund:  VocTech Now (To assist Vocational Training Providers to Digital Training)

VocTech Now provides grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to support vocational learning providers to rapidly transition to remote teaching and training and deliver accessible learning at a time of significant change. The aim of the fund is to enable those in work or training to continue to engage with their vocational learning programmes during this period of travel disruption.


UK Government


Name of Fund: Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

UK registered technology and research focussed businesses can apply for a up to £50,000 of grant funding to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak. Innovations could include: new technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK; new services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills; creating education tools which seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind.


UK Research and Innovation (UK)

UK Research & Innovation

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.



Department of Education

Department for Education

Name of Fund: Funding to Cover Additional Costs Associated with COVID-19

The Government has announced extra funding and support for schools to cover the exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) for the period March to July 2020. Funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision. This can relate to additional costs associated with keeping schools open during the Easter and/or summer half term holidays, for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers; support; the provision of free school meals (FSM) for eligible children who are not attending school; and additional cleaning – required due to confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) cases; etc. Funding will be available to schools that are unable to meet such additional costs from their existing resources, or which they could only meet by drawing down on reserves and undermining their long-term financial sustainability.

Name of Fund:  COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund

The Department for Education has announced that up to £8 million will be available to provide emergency support for adoptive families affected by the coronavirus. Through the COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund local authorities and regional adoption agencies will be able to pay for therapy for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma, and be made more anxious due to social distancing and the uncertainty of the effects of the virus.

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.



Comic Relief

Comic Releif Small

Name of Fund: Sports Relief

Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus. Support is available for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes or re-budgeting remaining funds.


Sport England

Sport England
Name of Fund: Emergency Support Package
*Please note this fund is currently paused 

They are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.


Swimathon Foundation


Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Relief Fund

Swimming and aquatic clubs and organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the effects of the coronavirus can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 through the Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund. , Funding is available to help cover loss of revenue or fixed costs such as equipment or pool hire and event hosting fees for an event which has now been cancelled, club kit subsidies, and insurance premiums. Applications which relate to the financial impact for the period of the 1st March 2020 to the 31st July 2020 will be considered. The deadline for applications is the 22nd May 2020.


Supporting Existing Grantees

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Name of Fund: Coronavirus Funding

Organisations that are already in receipt of funding from the Esmee Fairbairn foundation may be eligible to receive a share of £16million of additional funding which has been made available in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More details will be made available over the next two weeks.—reassurance-for-those-we-fund


The FORE Trust

The Fore Trust

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Response: RAFT

The RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore Trusts) programme has been launched to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis. The RAFT Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to existing grantees so that they 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 Rank Foundation

Rank Foundation

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:

  • The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
  • The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.


The Will Charitable Trust

The Will Charitable Trust

Name of Fund: Emergency Funding

The Will Charitable Trust is currently focussing on providing grants of up to £5,000 to charities in urgent financial need that have previously received support, so that they can concentrate on their response to the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further funds will be made available next month for potentially larger awards.


Support for Animals

Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption for Pets

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.



Young People

BBC Children in Need

children in need

Name of Fund:  Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people.


Childs Charitable Trust (UK)

Childs Charitable Trust

Name of Fund: Emergency Funding

The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.


Hope for the Young (UK)


Name of Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide support for young refugees or asylum seekers up to the age of 30 who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support to help in the relief of social isolation and financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications. The maximum grant available is £250.


Persimmon Homes


Name of Fund: Building Futures Scheme

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. We are calling on local groups within your area which support children to apply.


Prince’s Trust and NatWest

The Princes Trust

Name of Fund: The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it.


Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust


Name of Fund:  Grants for families financially affected by Coronavirus

Grants are available to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead.  These can include essential clothing;  baby clothing, equipment or bedding;  children’s bedroom furniture;  essential White Goods;  specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g.sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers


Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Currently Closed

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Name of Fund: Early years’ preventative work 

Small and medium-sized registered charities working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3 years in England and Wales can apply for small, grants to help them during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has changed the application guidelines and processes for the spring application round of its Early Years’ Preventative Work Fund to make one-off payments of £5,000 available to charities with an income of less than £750,000 which may need extra assistance. Charities applying must show a likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or a loss of anticipated income. The closing date for applications in this round is the 28th April 2020.


UK Government


Name of Fund: Emergency support package for charities

The Government has announced a £750 million emergency support package for charities across the UK to ensure they can continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding package consists of £360 million direct from government departments to charities such as hospices and victim support charities that are providing vital services and helping vulnerable people through the current crisis; and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund is currently discussing with Government on how best to distribute the funding. The Government also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.


Youth Endowment Fund

Youth Endownment Fund

Name of Fund: Covid-19 grant

Charities, social enterprises, for-profit companies and public sector agencies can apply for funding to a new £6.5 million fund to support and test work that supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence in England and Wales during the Covid-19 crisis. This can include the digital or virtual delivery of support programmes; and face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines. The funding has been made available through the Youth Endowment Fund. The minimum grants that can be applied for is £25,000 and the deadline for applications is midday on the 3rd June 2020.



Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


Name of Fund:  Food Charities Grant Fund

Grants of up to £100,000 are available to frontline food aid charities that are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  This includes providing food for people that can not afford food or who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless.  The closing date for applications is the 6th July 2020.


The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation

Name of Fund: Strengthening Civil Society Programme

The Baring Foundation has announced three new funding streams as part of its £1 million Strengthening Civil Society Programme to support their grant holders and broader civil society when taking legal action related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to all registered charities, including current grant holders, with legal expertise in the area they work in to help protect vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from the impact of covid-19. The deadline for this round is midday on the 28th May 2020.

Two further streams of funding will support both current grant holders and other previous funding recipients with grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations severely affected by the coronavirus, and grants of up to £30,000 to help with the increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations. Eligible organisations will be contacted directly for these two funds.


The North Face

The North Face

Name of Fund:  Covid-19 Explore Fund

In response to the coronavirus, American outdoor recreation product company The North Face have created a Covid-19 Explore Fund.  The aim of the €1 million fund is to provide critical financial support to conservation groups and organisations, outdoor charities, outdoor industry associations and organisations or companies involved in the following sports/ activities: camping, environmental education, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, indoor rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, trail running, alpinism.  Grants of up to €50,000 and the deadline for applications is the 22nd May 2020.