Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Recovery 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;

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



Asda Foundation

Asda Foundation

The Asda Foundation support local grass roots organisations which benefit and involve local communities centred around Asda Food Stores. In response to the coronavirus, the Foundation has launched two new emergency Covid-19 grants:

Hygiene Grants which focus on personal hygiene dignity, and supporting residents/patients in facilities who are unable to provide their own toiletries. Applications will be accepted from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

The Healthy Holiday Grant which would normally hold summer holiday activities to ensure children have a hot meal.

Grants of up to £500 are available per group, and up to £1,125 per store. Each store has a Community Champion whose role is to support projects. Applications can be submitted at any time via the community champion.



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.


Independent Age

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.  Funding rounds continue until 18th September 20202.


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.


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.


Power to Change

power to change

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Recovery Scheme

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

The recovery scheme will open on Tuesday 28 July for applications from 10am till 1pm. And then for a further two rounds on Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.


Steve Morgan Foundation

Steve Morgan Foundation

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Fund

In response to Covid-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies. The fund, of up to £1 million a week for max. until September, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.


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 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 Edge Foundations (UK)

The Edge Foundation

Name of Fund: Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

In response to the coronavirus, the Edge Foundation has launched a one-off £250,000 fund to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. Through the Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund, grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to all educational establishments or not-for-profit organisations working within the education sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build a better future. The deadline for applications is midday on the 9th July 2020.


The Foyle Foundation

Foyle Foundation

Name of Fund:  Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.


The Merseyside Lieutenancy

The Merseyside Lieutenancy

Name of Fund: Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, established in 1993, benefits a wide range of charitable associations and organisations operating within the County Palatine, that is the three counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

It is recognised that special demands are being placed on community organisations and charitable associations because of Covid-19.  With this in mind the Trustees will be further interested in applications which seek support for activities which have particular burdens placed on them because of the infection.  The list below cannot be exhaustive and does not exclude applications from others being considered.

  • Foodbanks
  • Organisations providing Domestic Violence Support Services.
  • Volunteer organisations specifically supporting communities including those with     restricted mobility or other disabilities.
  • Animal welfare activities.
  • Other charities.


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.


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.


UK Government


Name of Fund: Infection Control Fund

The UK Government has introduced £600 million of funding to tackle the spread of coronavirus in care homes.

The Infection Control Fund will be allocated to local authorities to ensure that care homes can continue to take the necessary measures to prevent and stop the spread of the virus within their sites by restricting permanent and agency staff to working in only one care home wherever possible.

Funding will be used to:

  • help providers pay for additional staff and/or maintain the normal wages of staff on reduced hours or those self-isolating.

Other costs could include:

  • Recruitment
  • putting staff up in hotels if they opt to isolate from their own households
  • paying for taxis to avoid staff having to use public transport


The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

In response to the Coronavirus, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust have reviewed their grant criteria to enable them to spread their funds as widely as possible to help those with greatest need. The Trust awards grants to UK registered charities or organisations that are exempt from registration with projects that address specific categories set out by the Trust each year. The next round of funding will be aimed at supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people aged 60 and over affected by the crisis. UK registered charities with an income and expenditure of £1,000,000 and over will be able to apply for grants of £1,000 to continue their much-needed support. The next round of funding will be open for applications from the 1st of July 2020 through to the 31st July 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.


Comic Relief (UK)

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Name of Fund: Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.


Julia and Hans Rausing Trust (UK)

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Name of Fund: Charity Survival Fund

Small and medium size charities across the UK facing increasing demands, immediate financial pressure and uncertainty because of the coronavirus outbreak can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £250,000. The aim of the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s Charity Survival Fund is to help charities with an annual income of less than £5 million overcome this impact and offset lost income. A total of £10 million is being made available to support the costs of existing programmes and their day-to-day work. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities working within the Trust’s three priority areas: health and wellbeing; welfare and education; and arts and culture. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 27th July 2020.


UK Community Foundations (UK)

UK Community Foundations

Name of Fund:  Infrastructure Fund

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Community Foundations is making a £250,000 Infrastructure Fund available for BAME-led infrastructure organisations that can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergency Trust (NET) grants though their local Community Foundations. Grants of between £50,000 and £20,000 are available to fund work such as the mentoring/supporting of groups; awareness-raising via marketing and communications; support with monitoring and reporting; the provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations; and to help build relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities. Applications can be made on a rolling basis and will be considered by an independent panel every week with awards made as quickly as possible thereafter.


UK Government


Name of Fund: Dormant Assets Scheme

The UK Government has announced £150 million of funding is to be released from dormant bank and building society accounts to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The release of £71 million from the government’s dormant assets scheme will be accelerated alongside £79 million already recouped that will be made available to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.


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.


Music, Culture & Arts

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


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus. The funding will consist of a mix of grants and low cost loans. The funding will include £120 million to restart construction work at cultural and heritage sites paused as a result of the pandemic. Decisions on awards will be made working alongside expert independent figures from the sector including the Arts Council England and other specialist bodies such as Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.


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.


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
*Please note this fund is currently paused 

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.

Wolfson Foundation (UK)

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Name of Fund:Covid-19 Support Fund

The Wolfson Foundation has allocated £10 million to provide unrestricted funding to organisations working in heritage and the arts; and health and disability.  The Foundation is offering to support organisations to responds to their own specific needs – at this critical moment and as they plan for the months to come.  The Foundation is planning  planning to use this funding to support organisations who they have been working with over the past few years (generally through supporting their capital infrastructure projects). The Fund will not be open to speculative applications, and the Foundation will be in contact directly with organisations who are eligible for funding.


Research & Innovation


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

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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.

Name of Fund: Active Together Crowdfunder

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder.

The Crowdfunder platform is scrapping all fees for the Active Together programme and is covering transaction charges to ensure every penny raised by a club goes to them. They’re also providing a series of monthly webinars offering advice and examples of successful previous Crowdfunder projects involving sport.

Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website.  They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised.


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.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK)


In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to 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 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

7 Stars Foundation (UK)

The 7 Stars Foundation

From July 2020, UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation. To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation.


BBC Children in Need

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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.

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Next Steps Programme

The Next Steps programme will open for applications from 10 June 2020.

The Next Steps programme is our response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.


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


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.



Barrow Cadbury Trust 

Barrow Cadbury Trust

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support Fund

This funding will specifically target small and medium sized voluntary sector groups supporting migrants and refugees.

We have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.

The maximum you can apply for is £50,000 or three months’ expenditure, whichever is the smaller. The programme will open for applications on Monday 13th July and close on Sunday 2 August. Decisions will be made by mid October and grants must be spent within six months.


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.