Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding Page


Here you can find a range of sources of funding for the Covid-19 pandemic.   This page will be updated regularly so please check in when you can.  Links is here to help you.  Should you need help finding funding or completing an application please get in touch! 


Urgent Deadlines


Independent Age - Deadline: Thursday 4th June 2020

Independent Age provides advice and support for older age people. The trustees have released £2 million of funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the current pandemic. There will be four rounds of funding, in each of which £500,000 will be made available for grants of up to £15,000 per application. Applications for the first round opened yesterday, Monday 18 May.  

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The Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

The Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund will launch on Monday 8 June. This is a one-off fund with up to £250,000 of grant funding available. Applications are welcomed for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000, and the closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 9 July 2020.  

Comic Relief/Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Explore

Grant funding and 12 week support programme for charities and not-for-profit organisations to explore digital service delivery challenges. Explore is an early stage digital funding opportunity funded by Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and delivered in partnership with CAST. A strand of the funders’ Tech for Good programme, it has been designed for charities looking to:

  • scope how a digital solution can improve outcomes for the people they support, and
  • build the skills to develop a strong, user-led approach to digital service delivery.

Applications should align to one of Comic Relief’s core themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; Global Mental Health Matters.  

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK.

Your project must either:

  • bring the community together to help those in need, providing access to life’s essentials such as community spaces, food and bereavement support
  • support the mental and physical health of others through community wellbeing activities
  • enable people to develop or share their skills to foster community spirit and build resilient communities for the future  

COVID-19: Home Office extraordinary funding for domestic abuse support services

Guidance for the £2 million Home Office fund for domestic abuse charities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Added the bidder clarifications document.  

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ERDF and ESF Q&A have been updated with new questions or amended answers to existing questions. See date of update next to questions for those updated or added. 

The 7 Stars Foundation

In July, The 7 Stars Foundation is launching an unrestricted grant funding programme open to charities with a turnover of less than £1.5m across the UK who are working with at-risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; and homelessness; and for those who are supporting young child carers. The charity is offering grants of up to £2,500, which can be directed towards overheads; salary costs; and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to apply the money to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future.  

Asda Foundation

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Asda Foundation has created two new grant schemes to support communities: the Hygiene Grant and the Healthy Holiday Grant.

The Hygiene Grant is intended for residents and patients in facilities who are struggling or unable to provide their own toiletries and the Foundation expects applications to come from care homes, hospices, hospitals, and homeless shelters.

The Healthy Holiday Grant is intended for groups who would normally be providing summer holiday activities for children that would ensure they are provided with a hot meal but may be unable to do this now due to social distancing measures. If social distancing measures are relaxed before the summer holidays, community groups should apply for the standard Transforming Communities Improving Lives grants, but if social distancing measures haven’t relaxed then the Healthy Holiday Grant becomes applicable to allow groups to deliver provisions to children at home.  

Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme - Deadline: 6th July 2020

To provide immediate support to keep food charities and front-line food aid charities open and supporting the vulnerable, due to the economic impacts of Covid-19, with a continual supply of food otherwise not accessed through usual routes.

Part of the £16 million Provide Meals for those in Need package listed below.

Department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

How to apply: Defra Network eTendering Portal. Click on View current opportunities.

Geographical scope: England  

Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.  

Apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.  

£5 million funding given to mental health community projects

Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million of additional funding. 

Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations

Funding allocations for emergency active travel schemes for local authorities in the region of the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Derbyshire has been awarded £4,432,000. 

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

In order to spread the Trust’s available funding as far as possible, grants will be for £1,000 rather than the usual £5,000 for grant round 3, which is for projects that help people aged 60 and over. You can apply for a grant from the Trust if you have an operating income and expenditure of between £100,000 and £1,000,000, and applications should be submitted between 1st and 31st July.  

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust

GBCT makes grants to UK registered charities for the provision of Emergency Aid in communities; the encouragement of volunteering among young people; and the enhancement of skills among young people. The Trustees of the GBCT acknowledge the unique challenges faced by the world at this current time and remain 'open for business', welcoming new grant applications.  

The Community Justice Fund

The Community Justice Fund has been formed by a partnership of key representative umbrella bodies to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and lay the foundations for longer term renewal. The first wave, which is now open and will run for six months, will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria and priorities. Grants are likely to be between £25,000 and £75,000, but could be larger in certain circumstances. The Fund aims to assess applications on a weekly basis and decisions received within ten days of an application being submitted.  

Sport England - £1 million crowdfunding support for clubs and organisations

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.

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.  

Severn Trent Community Fund – Virtual Workshop

17th June - 10:00am

As we cannot get together to run a funding workshop in person just yet Sue Heyes, fund officer for the Severn Trent Community Fund, is offering a virtual workshop which will take you through the Community Fund, what it will support and how to apply.

The workshop will be from 10am on Wednesday 17th June and you will need a laptop or tablet and access to wifi. To book a place and receive the details of how to log into the session please email Sue at

Each session will be limited to 25 people so depending on demand Sue may need to add another date.

Once you have booked your place you will be sent all the details you need to access the session. 

The Childs Charitable Trust

Is a grant-making charity supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations working both in the UK and overseas. In the light of the present Coronavirus pandemic, the trustees have put together an Emergency Funding Application for Christian-based charities who meet the Trust's usual funding criteria, but that are in financial difficulty due to COVID-19.  

Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 28th July 2020

The Aviva Community Fund have broadened their criteria of their funding to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.  

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.  

Grant boost to help Derbyshire visitor economy businesses bounce back 'stronger than ever'

Visitor economy businesses in Derbyshire are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to rebuild their business and develop valuable digital assets in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is offering business grants to support a range of activities such as website development, new photography, the creation of virtual tours and the implementation of cashless payment systems to help businesses bounce back and drive the recovery of the sector.

The grant programme is part of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s European Regional Development Fund project, and has been recently updated to reflect new business needs that have emerged as a result of the current climate. Alongside digitalisation, grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are also available in the following areas:

Accessibility – e.g. accessible equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.
Environmental – e.g. electric car charging points, e-bikes or a water system for use by visitors that replaces the need for plastic bottles.
Cycling – e.g. secure cycle storage and maintenance equipment for use by visitors.
Internationalisation – e.g. website translation or the implementation of online booking/cashless payment systems to encourage international visitors.  

Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

The Small Charities Challenge Fund makes project grants of up to £50,000 to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations that are seeking to address the Global Goals (officially known as Sustainable Development Goals) to create a better world by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.  

Covid-19 Activity Funding

Local Funding (Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire)

Rural Hardship Support Fund

Rural Action Derbyshire has launched a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of Derbyshire suffering extreme hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Many people in rural areas are struggling at this difficult time. Household income has been significantly reduced for some families and we want to make sure people don't go hungry and can cover essential household bills.

Applications to the Rural Hardship Fund will be by referral (list of referral organisations on their website). Individuals will also need to meet the following criteria to qualify.

They are in severe financial hardship (unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, household bills, rent etc) and
They are unable to access other support such as government schemes or are waiting for payment from such schemes or
They are in severe emotional distress or poor mental health, anxious, lonely, depressed and with no current treatment plan or referral to mental health services.
In all cases, individuals must be living or working in a rural area of Derbyshire.

We are particularly targeting people associated with the farming industry including farmers and workers in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside services and people living in isolated rural areas who have been adversely affected by Covid-19. The fund can provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses. People will also be able to access information on other support available to them relative to their specific needs.  

Foundation Derbyshire Coronavirus Funding

Coronavirus Response – General Grants

Foundation Derbyshire are now also able to accept applications of up to £5,000 from community groups and infrastructure and front line delivery organisations involved in the supply and delivery of food and/or services to those who are medically, socially or financially vulnerable, for example:

  • Support for vulnerable and older people in their homes, providing food and medicines
  • Funding for community groups that are linked into the Community Response Units being established across the county to coordinate the above support
  • Special provision of crisis services for rough sleepers and those living in temporary accommodation or for refugees and asylum seekers
  • To reach (with support and information) local residents who don’t have access to the internet/smartphones – via self-care packages, coordinating volunteers and keeping the work of the Community Response Units accessible to them.

They are also able to make a small number of larger strategic grants to organisations that have the capacity to deliver the above on a multi-district/county wide basis. For further information or to discuss applications for larger grants, please contact Sarah at

Community & voluntary groups and charities can apply for a general Coronavirus Response Fund Grant by completing our standard application form.

PLEASE NOTE: There is unprecedented demand for this Fund. Before starting your online applications please check the current availability of funds by emailing 

Application Form:

Emergency £1,000 Foodbank Grants

Their initial focus has been to provide £1,000 emergency grants to:

(a) established Foodbanks in Derby and Derbyshire


(b) established organisations that already run a foodbank service as part of their suite of support

If your group would like to apply for a £1,000 Emergency Foodbank Grant, please email the Grants Team at

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

The Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant Scheme is open for applications from small groups for funds to cover running costs

Click here to download the Small Grant application form and guidance notes.

During these COVID19-affected times, there will be no closing date for applications.  We will aim to get back to you with a decision within two weeks of receipt of your form.  The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000, but grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £500-£600.  We will pause or close applications if necessary.

Please be aware that groups can only receive funds from this scheme once in any 12 month period - therefore if you have previously received a Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant you have to wait a year before applying again.  Please contact us if you are unsure when you last received a Small Grant.

If you are applying for the first time and new to Derbyshire Voluntary Action please complete the membership and database form below:

Click here to download the Derbyshire Voluntary Action membership form

Click here to open the Derbyshire Voluntary Action database form


Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme is available in each Derbyshire locality to support groups and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Grant funding up to £1,000 is available. 

Priority will be given to new projects which respond to the COVID19 crisis or applications to adapt existing projects to enable them to operate under the new conditions imposed by the COVID19 crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  We will aim to give a decision within two weeks of receipt of application.  The application window will be paused or closed if necessary.

Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme 

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Healthy North East Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the North East Derbyshire District Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Extra cash for councillors to donate to local community groups

Each year every Derbyshire County Council councillor has £3,860 which they can donate to groups in their area which aim to improve the lives of local people.

At a meeting on Thursday (23 April) the Cabinet agreed a proposal to double this amount of money, giving each councillor £7,720 for this financial year.

Anyone who runs a local group in their community and wants to find out more should contact their local councillor.  

The Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust

The Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust is a family charity making grants to charitable causes and projects in areas local or relevant to the Chatsworth, Bolton Abbey and the Devonshire Group estates, but sometimes supporting projects further afield at the Trustees’ discretion. Understanding the hardships being caused to many as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust is accepting applications specifically linked to the Coronavirus crisis, as well as applications for its current round of funding, the closing date for which is Monday, 8 June. If applying for COVID-19 related funding, the application form should be clearly headed COVID or CORONAVIRUS and emailed to, and the Trust will aim to review these applications as soon as possible. For more details and guidelines on completing the application form, see the website below.  

Derbyshire Freemasons 'COVID Grant’

The Disaster Relief Committee and the Provincial Grand Charity have together created an application form / process to allow them to award one-off grants of £250.00 to organisations supporting people during the COVID crisis. 

To apply for the grant, follow the link below and complete the form 

Please Note: Completion of the form does not guarantee a grant will be made; all applications will be considered by a committee. It is important to clearly describe in the application how an organisations is supporting people during the COVID crisis and outline what the money would be used for.

National Funding

Clinks’ Covid-19 Response Grants

Clinks, which supports charities working in the criminal justice system, is administering a small grants programme on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). To be eligible, organisations must have an existing relationship to HMPPS, an annual income of under £500,000, and must deliver, or have delivered, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community. The scheme will remain open until all funding has been allocated, which is anticipated to be within 6 months – all funds must be spent by 30 November 2020.  

Children in Need Update

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

The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundation remains operational during the COVID-19 pandemic and has made the following funds available to members of its existing network of current and past grant recipients: a) an Emergency Fund for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships; b) A Resilience Fund for grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income challenges relating to the current COVID-19 related climate.  

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is inviting emergency applications from charities which the Trust has previously supported. To benefit from emergency funding, your organisation must have less than three months’ projected expenditure in cash funds available. See here for further details of eligibility and how to apply.  

Update on Sport England's Community Emergency Fund

Please note, Sport England has announced that this fund will be paused to new applications at 11:59pm on Thursday 14 May.

If your club or group has a role in supporting the nation to be active but is experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis, then this fund might be able to help. Grants are up to £10K to support organisations up to July 2020. Submit your bid before 11:50pm on 14th May. 

Update from the Martin Lewis Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Just thought it would be good to give you all an update on the outcomes of the applications to the above fund. As you may know, we received 7,000 applications in just under a week. In the end we had about £3.4m in the fund - both from Martin himself and a few other generous donors.

The first grants were awarded within 7 days of the fund being open for applications and today we have authorised the final batch of grants. CAF are now processing those and will be distributing those grants as soon as they are able.

In the past few days we have started to email those who have been unsuccessful in their applications. 4,000 of those emails have been sent so far. As we said from the outset, we would inform everyone of the outcome, be that positive or negative.

The final grants should hit people's bank accounts in the next 5-7 days.

We have funded a total of 417 organisations across the UK, from all regions and countries and from all different communities including faith communities from all of the major religions.

The average grant awarded was £8,383.

This was a tough gig for us, having to make these discussions in such a short space of time. I hope we have got the balance right.

For all of those who were unsuccessful, I am sorry, it wasn't that your projects weren't excellent, it's just we had quite specific criteria for the immediate alleviation of poverty.

To all those who were successful, I wish you the very best of luck with your projects

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: Food Charities Grant Fund

Front-line food charities are now eligible to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help them continue to provide food to vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis as part of Defra’s new Food Charities Grant Fund. The fund is operating on a first come first served basis with Defra assessing applications in the order that they come in.

Charities are eligible for the grant if they are unable to meet the increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals and supporting charities and have the capacity to distribute all the food purchased with this grant by 9 August 2020. The grant can be used to purchase food for people who are unable to afford food or have moved into contemporary accommodation due to Covid-19, such as domestic abuse victims, those recently released from prison, or newly homeless people. The fund cannot be used to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, as they are being supported by the government.

To apply, charities have to have registered with the eSourcing portal and apply through that. 

The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation’s Strengthening Civil Society programme has today launched three new funding schemes to support its grantees and broader civil society through the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will run throughout 2020 and will amount to £1m in grant money.

The first new stream of funding is for Supporting Legal Action Related To Covid-19 and is open to applications from all registered charities, including current grant holders, with an annual income of less than £5m. Grants are available of up to £40,000 for organisations with a demonstrable legal expertise in the area in which they work.

Deadlines for this fund are staggered throughout 2020, with the first one being midday on Thursday 28 May. Further guidance for applying to the fund can be found on their website, as well as later deadlines, and an application form.

There are two additional new grants, an Operational Impacts Grant and an Increase In Demand For Advice From Frontline Organisations grant. Both of these are open to current grant holders and other organisations who have received funding from the Strengthening Civil Society programme since 2016.

The Operational Impacts Grant is offering small-scale grants of up to £5,000 to organisations who have been severely impacted by Covid-19. The Increase In Demand From Frontline Organisations strand is offering grants of up to £30,000 for hub organisations which provide legal advice to other organisations, helping them to drive social change.

The Implementing successful litigation fund, a previously established fund, is still operating with the next deadline being on May 20th at 9am. 

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government) has secured £10 million for domestic abuse safe accommodation charities as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

The fund will help ensure that:

  • Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
  • Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.

They are inviting domestic abuse safe accommodation providers within England to apply and encourage applications from consortiums of service provider partners.

Bids should be submitted by 21 May 2020. 

Resourcing Racial Justice

Resourcing Racial Justice has announced a fund to support BAME charities through crises, be it Covid-19 or otherwise. Applicants can apply for grants between £5,000 to £50,000 to support their projects that respond to the immediate needs brought about by this crisis, and other crises that may occur after the current pandemic, such as an environmental crisis brought on by global warming.

This comes after the racial justice charity #CharitySoWhite has published an open letter asking for the ringfencing of 20% of Covid-19 related funding for BAME charities citing the recently published report by Ubele stating that 9 out of 10 BAME micro and small organisations are set to close following the lockdown.

The first round of funding opens 18th May and closes 15th June. A launch event webinar will be help on 20th May that will provide more information on the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund and how to apply. 

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has changed its grants policy for the time being in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s currently offering small, one-off payments of up to £5,000 in unrestricted funding under its ‘Early years’ preventative work in England and Wales’ strand. 

Persimmon Homes - Community Champions Fund

Persimmon Homes Community Champions donates £64,000 every month in payments up to the value of £1,000. From April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.  It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling them why your group or charity, which works with or supports the over-70s, deserves their donation. 

One Family Foundation 

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. 

Alpkit Foundation Funding

Grants up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health.  The Foundation are currently prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by Covid 19.

Eligible projects include:

  • Help to elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self isolation
  • Supporting food banks
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
  • Bringing adventure indoors 

CEO Sleepout - Community Volunteer Groups Emergency Fund 

CEO Sleepout, which fights homelessness and poverty, has launched a Community Volunteer Groups Emergency Fund to provide cash grants to local community volunteer groups across the UK that are responding to coronavirus measures, such as bringing essential supplies to those who are isolating alone. Once the Emergency Fund has raised £2,500, it will begin distribution of funds. Volunteer groups who wish to register to apply for a £250 grant can fill in the form on the below link: 

English Cricket Board Emergency Funding

Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply for two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the Covid 19 pandemic.

There are two schemes:

  • Emergency Loan Scheme - aims to support affiliated cricket clubs by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day to day running and maintenance costs.  Awards are up to £5,000 for clubs with a junior section and up to £3,000 for clubs with an adult section only.
  • Return to Cricket Grant Scheme - aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances

Applications can be generated from Clubs that are prevented from taking out an Emergency Loan by their own constitution or articles, Cricket leagues (open age or junior), and Clubs that have an annual turnover of less that £15,000

Vinci UK Foundation

The Vinci UK Foundation has announced the opening of a €400k Covid-19 fund available to charitable organisations providing support to healthcare professionals (although not by buying PPE or by donating money directly to the NHS), supporting healthcare in the community, or assisting schools to keep operating during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Charities that have already received grants from Vinci UK are encouraged to apply again, and there is no need for a member of staff to sponsor the application. 

The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation supports charitable organisations that work with people living with a mental and/ or physical disability or long term illness. The Foundation has suspended its usual criteria for grant-making during the COVID-19 crisis, to concentrate on helping smaller charities providing frontline community services. It will be awarding grants of up to £10,000 to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ worth of free reserves, to support core operating costs. 

Neighbourly Community Fund

With the support 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.

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

This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

Application form -

If you would like to join Neighbourly please go here -

Arts Council - Covid-19 Support

The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.

National Lottery Community Fund 

The National Lottery Community Fund has advised that in response to COVID-19, all the funding decisions they make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

Their current priorities are:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.

On their web page detailing information about Reaching Communities they advise that they will also consider how they can support such organisations to respond to any acute financial difficulties they might face as a result of the crisis.

Grants are still being allocated either as awards between £300 up to £10K (through their Awards for All programme), or awards over £10K (through their Reaching Communities programme). There are no deadlines.

Organisations that currently have National Lottery Awards for All funding can apply for a COVID-19 related project. They are allowing groups to hold up to a maximum of two awards within a 12-month period.

A wide range of not for profit organisations can apply for the funding including clubs, groups, charities, schools and the statutory sector; although they do have a preference for supporting smaller organisations.


Dawn Austwick at the CEO at the NLCF has advised: "We are delighted to see the Government support for civil society announced today and we look forward to working with Government and others to ensure these new funds have the biggest possible impact in communities across the country."

She also said "We are now urgently discussing with government details of how the funding will be made available and will provide further information as soon as we are able to do so."

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

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 we 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. 

Sport England

Sport England funding package to help sport and physical activity manage the COVID-19 crisis. Sport England's has announced a funding package to support partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. They have launched a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available. Organisations eligible to apply include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs.

Other funding support is being provided to the sector including an additional £55 million to provide support 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.

The Heritage Lottery Fund - Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. Priority will be given where there is limited or no access to other sources of support; where heritage is most at risk; and where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.

Magic Little Grants 2020 - Deadline: 31st October 2020

Magic Little Grants will be awarding over 900 grants of £500 to community projects. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submission.

Important Coronavirus Update

  • Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and they do not require specific dates for projects that you would like them to support. They want the funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so.
  • They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. 

Morrisons Foundation – Covid 19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation has announced a Homeless Support Fund aiming to fund charities caring for the homeless during the Covid 19 outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it.

The Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid 19 because of underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. 

There is a a total of £500,000 for this fund and awards of up to £10,000 are available.  Smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply to cover the broad areas:

  • Outreach and support to rough sleepers
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

Applications can be made at anytime. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation 

Lloyds Bank Foundation are providing immediate funding to charities who have already spent a significant amount of time on their applications, or were expecting to receive new funding. They are prioritising charities who have adapted their services to meet the challenges of Covid-19. These charities will receive a one-year grant with a lighter touch assessment approach to allow charities to focus on responding to Covid-19. 

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new emergency loan fund which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises who are experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19 and is intended for such organisations who have an otherwise viable business model. It has been established to make the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to these entities.