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! 


Upcoming Deadlines


Social Enterprise Support Fund - Opens: Thursday 13th August for 1 week only!

Round Two of the Social Enterprise Support Fund is open on Thursday 13th August at 1pm. The fund is providing essential financial support to help social enterprises during COVID-19. The aim is to help social enterprises meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces COVID secure, and manage liquidity during the next six months.

The fund is only open for a week and will close at 1 pm on Thursday 20th August. 

The Heritage Fund - Culture Recovery Fund - Deadline: 17th August 2020

Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is open to heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction; private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction; organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections; businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers; organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections; and non-accredited museums are eligible.  

Coronavirus Community Support Fund - Deadline: 12 noon on 17th August 2020

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the deadline for applying to Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) is 12 noon on the 17th August 2020. Until then, the CCSF can fund activities supporting people and communities in England affected by COVID-19 as well as supporting organisations to overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic. After this date organisations can still apply for National Lottery element of the fund to help user-led equality groups supporting black, asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + communities; and disabled people. This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100,000. Other National Lottery funding will be available again later this year.  

The Art Fund - Deadline: Monday 17th August 2020

The Art Fund have funding available through their Respond and reimagine grants. These grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to challenges connected to the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants are available UK wide, from £10,000 up to £50,000. 

Clinks - Deadline: 9:00am on Monday 17th August

CLiNKS has launched phase two of its COVID-19 Response Grants, targeted towards recovery, as opposed immediate needs. Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income of less than £500,000.  

Baring Foundation - Arts and Mental Health Programme - Deadline: 18th August 2020

Grants are available for established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems, using the skills of professionally trained artists. Organisations do not need to apply for a specific amount of funding. The Foundation expects to be making grants of between £12,000 and £15,000. The final grant awarded will depend on the level of demand.  

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust - Deadline: 19th August 2020

Grants to help not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.

Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.  

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Positive Pathways Programme - Deadline: 25th August 2020

The Trust is offering funding to support projects developed by and for veterans that improve the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK. Grants of £35,000 are available. The funding is to be used for activity-based projects that fall within the following themes:

  • Sports: adventurous and other sports including adaptive and disability sports.
  • Arts/culture activities: music, theatre or drama projects.
  • Getting outside: gardening, outdoors activities such as forestry or bees.
  • Heritage projects: including conservation or archaeology.

The grants can be used to pay towards most of the costs needed for delivering the project, such as: salaries and fees, travel, equipment, materials, and venue hire.  

University of Nottingham - Grant Scheme - Deadline: Friday 28th August 2020

The UoN capital grant is for businesses who wish to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions or who are implementing sustainable energy technologies. We can fund 40% of an energy related project, up to a maximum of an £8,000 grant.


  • The minimum cost of the project must be no less than £2,500
  • The maximum cost of the project must be no more than £20,000
  • It is a capital funds grant that is 40% match funded
  • The monies are awarded once the work/purchase is completed
  • You must be an SME in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire

Recipients will be chosen by an independent panel and their decision will be deemed to be final.

Please email if you are interesting in applying.  

The Waste and Resources Action Programme - Deadline: 28th August 2020

The Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) Covid–19 Emergency Food Surplus Grant has opened for Phase 2 of applications from small not-for-profit organisations in England who redistribute surplus food to people in need. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000. Grants close on 28 August but are awarded on a ‘first come first served basis’.  

The King’s Fund - 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards - Deadline: 14th September 2020

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000 plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.  

The Radcliffe Trust - Deadline: 14th September 2020

The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education, especially for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and for projects at secondary and higher levels. Conscious of the fact that traditional performance-based projects will be impractical in the foreseeable future in the light of the current pandemic, the Trust has temporarily amended its grant-making programmes.  

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Derbyshire County Council - Youth Action Grants

These grants are aimed at projects for children and young people aged 0 to 19, or up to the age of 25 if they have a disability. The following are examples of the things we are looking to fund:

  • New activities such as short-term holiday programmes, and the costs involved
  • Developing the quality of existing provision via such things as staff training, new equipment, or improvements to buildings.
  • Expanding the range of existing provision through more equipment, or the creation of new activities.
  • Equipment and resources which support Derbyshire’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Events, specialist training or other ways to encourage different groups of young people to attend activities.
  • Increasing attendance rates

If you’d like to check whether the project and items you are requesting funding for are eligible please email  

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

The following support is available:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
  • An additional grant of £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £18,000.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.  

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s - Force for Change Programme

The Force for Change Programme has been set up in response to the findings of a recent Trust consultation which indicated that the three areas most in need of support are: mental health, veterans at risk of isolation and support for Armed Forces families.

Established registered charities or community interest companies with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; Armed Forces unit or bases; local authorities; and schools can apply for grants of up to £20,000 for projects lasting up to a year.

Projects must fit under one of two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.  

Theatre Reopening Fund

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to not-for-profit theatres across the UK to help make Covid-19 related adaptions and prepare for re-opening. The scheme will run an a rolling basis throughout 2020.  

Comic Relief - Change Makers

This funding opportunity is about looking to the future and making a bigger change. We’re looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – for example, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work. We are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to our social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.

Themes funded:

  • Children Survive & Thrive
  • Gender Justice
  • Safe Place to Be – Homelessness
  • Safe Place to Be – Migration
  • Global Mental Health

Funding of £150,000 to £600,000 is available.  

The Phoenix Fund

The £1m Phoenix Fund will support Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are four short application windows with deadlines on 21 August, 2 September, 16 September and 13 October.  

The Centre for Social Justice Awards Live!

The Centre for Social Justice Awards are open for applications for 2021. An annual, high profile award ceremony honouring the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain, this is definitely an award to consider applying for if you are working hard to prevent and tackle poverty in Britain. The application process closes on 11th October 2020, and four winners will receive a grant of £10,000 to help them scale their impact.  

The Screwfix Foundation

After being closed for nearly three months, the Foundation is now open for applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK.
  • Be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need.

This can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability. Projects should be environmentally friendly.  

Co-op Community Dividend Fund

Grants are available to support local causes and make a positive difference across the central region of England. You can apply for up to £5,000. Grants average around £2,000. Normally, grants are awarded four times a year to a wide range of organisations; however, during the next four months (from July 2020), grants will be awarded on a monthly basis to support those suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic and others looking to step in to help those affected.  

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales. You can apply for up to £250 for projects, activities and organisations that will be of real direct benefit to families and have a direct and tangible social impact on people’s lives.  

Comic Relief - Project Delivery Grant

Project delivery grants of up to £4000 will support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Projects should be able to clearly show, the local need for the project, robust planning, and legacy.

Examples of project delivery grants:

  • Training for parents and carers to help support their children’s development before starting school
  • Activities for girls or women to help them make healthier life choices
  • Supporting people with mental health issues to improve an outdoor space or create a meeting space
  • Setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness
  • Hire of room where homeless people can access support

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of projects that can be funded. all projects must be completed in 12 months. Core organisational costs, may be included but the fund will not fund projects which only contribute to organisational general running costs or solely a continuation of services. Project delivery grants do not require match funding, however if they do the Comic Relief Community Fund should be the main funding source.  

AHF - Transforming Places Through Heritage

This programme supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Our programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. We will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

What types of funding are available and when can I apply?

The AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs or to match funds raised through Crowdfunding and Community Shares. We will also provide a small number of capital (delivery) grants for Transformational Projects. Below you will find the dates for the opening of initial grant applications.

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects, open now for applications. Deadline for applications: 30th September 2020, for a decision in December 2020
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.  

Fat Beehive

Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit. You can apply for up to £2,500.

Priority projects for support include those in the following areas:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and diversity
  • Social justice, refugees and housing
  • Education
  • Art and culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation  

The Volant Trust - Covid-19 Response Fund

The Trust will be accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding will be available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.  

The BFI - Cultural Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas

The BFI has announced the £30 million Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, which will offer support to non-profit and independent cinemas who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.  

Do It Now Now - Common Call COVID Fund

Do It Now Now is inviting applications for the Common Call COVID Fund. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to ensure that they are able to survive the COVID period. Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 are available.  

Patient and Public Involvement Funding - Deadline: 20th September 2020

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Funding.

Up to 15 awards of £1,000 will be offered to successful groups in the East Midlands region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups, who want to involve patients and citizens in research and healthcare.

Applications for the funding will be considered by a panel including representatives from the East Midlands Patient Public Involvement Senate, an independent group of patients and carers with varied health and service user experience.

For more information, for terms and conditions and to apply you can visit

Or contact Emma Coates by email or call 07773 610744. 

DM Thomas Foundation – New deadlines

The Foundation has decided to postpone its next quarterly deadline until 6 October 2020. All applications for 22 July deadline will be automatically submitted into the October date.

Applications from organisations working in the following areas are welcomed:

• Children and young people with disabilities

• Children and young people who are sick in hospital

• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

• Mental health of children and young people  

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET)

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET) is repeating its own funding scheme in 2020/21. In view of the Coronavirus pandemic there is a preference for awarding a larger number of small to medium sized grants, thereby benefiting a greater number of organisations, rather than one or two larger awards. The Scheme has operated annually since 2016/17 and a decision about future years will be made in due course. Applications will be considered from not-for-profit community/environmental organisations and parish/town councils. The minimum grant request of £2,500, maximum of £15,000. Examples of the type of project that would be eligible include the provision, maintenance and repair of: children's play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas, sports fields and other recreational facilities, nature reserves, footpaths/bridleways, community centres/village halls.

Contact: Derbyshire Environmental Trust, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG, Telephone: 07787 266 578 (Sarah) or 07812 472 979 (Sally), email: 

Postcode Community Trust - Opens: 4th August 2020

Postcode Community Trust is delighted to announce that applications for funding open on the 4th August 2020 for community groups and good causes across Great Britain. Applications will remain open until the 19th August 2020, with groups able to apply for awards from £500 up to £20,000 to support a whole host of activities that benefit their communities. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Covid Recovery Fund - Opens: 3rd August 2020

Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced a £7.4 million COVID recovery fund for small and medium-sized charities that support people with complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. Around 140 charities will be given a two-year grant of up to £50,000 as well as a development partner. To ensure funding is distributed equally, at least a quarter of the funding will be given to charities that are led by, or that benefit people from BAME communities.  

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. We have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of projects providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the UK’s former coal mining communities, has joined forces with Company Shop to award fast track funds to projects responding to these growing challenges. Company Shop is the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of food and household products, and sells surplus food and household items from well-known retailers and brands at hugely discounted prices.

Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.  

The Arts Council: Culture Recovery Fund - Opens: 10th August 2020

This grants programme is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19. This fund will support cultural organisations. This fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.

This funding is available to:

  • Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and are able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.
  • Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply.

Organisations can apply for grants between £50,000 and £3 million.  

North East Derbyshire District Council - Community Action Grants - Deadline: 30th September 2020

Community Action Grants enable groups operating in North East Derbyshire to access up to £500 grant funding to support residents to tackle local issues in the District that support their Council Plan -

In the past small groups which were not constituted were precluded from the scheme, but they can now apply if they get a sponsoring organisation like a parish or town council to vouch for them.

The Community Action Grants which are available from the authority are for helping those leading initiatives to help improve their local area or raising awareness of important issues such as climate change and reducing littering.

The grants will be awarded to projects which relate to the Council Plan and help or promote awareness of the benefits physical activity, successful community events, local community improvements, reducing social isolation, raising awareness of climate change, improving recycling rates and reducing litter, enhancing biodiversity, supporting development of local volunteers and groups, addressing parking issues and reducing anti-social behaviour. 

Derbyshire County Council - Good news for community groups

The proposed £53,000 increase would bring the total for infrastructure groups – umbrella organisations which offer information, support, guidance, training and funding to the local charitable sector – to more than £450,000.

The move follows a 12-week consultation by us into new funding principles for distributing grants to Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) infrastructure organisations.

Proposals outlined in the consultation suggested grants could be given out:

  • equitably across Derbyshire
  • based on what each group achieved
  • over a longer period to encourage sustainability

But due to the impact of COVID-19, we say now is not the time to redistribute funding which could have seen some areas gain while others lose out.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Carol Hart praised the local voluntary and community sector for their work throughout the pandemic, which helped us care for Derbyshire’s most vulnerable residents.

Councillor Hart said: “Their support and help has been outstanding.” “We’ve always acknowledged how important their work is, but never has it been as vital as during these difficult times. I’d like to thank them and all the volunteers who have helped us support local people during the pandemic for all their hard work.”

More than 800 people responded to our consultation, broadly agreeing with the principles of creating a fairer approach to funding, encouraging organisations to work together while creating stability through longer-term funding.

By adding an extra £53,000 to the funding pot we are ensuring that areas that would have gained from a fairer distribution of funding would not miss out.

We are set to take forward principles outlined in the consultation and we are proposing to extend funding for another 12 months to give us and the VCS groups time to embed the work.

Councillor Hart added: “More than ever, COVID-19 has highlighted the need to ensure that in future there is a core, consistent offer of support to the community and voluntary sector across all parts of the county.

“But now is not the time to introduce proposals which could have reduced funding to some infrastructure providers.

“We will continue to work with them in the coming months to ensure the new principles are being applied. This will include taking stock of the last 4 months and understanding and applying the learning from COVID-19."

The new funding proposals are due to be discussed by our Cabinet on Thursday 30 July 2020.

Cabinet is also being asked to ensure we continue to support the third sector during the difficult months ahead by extending grants to voluntary and community groups totalling almost £1 million. These groups deliver a wide range of services including dementia support and advocacy, furniture projects and support for BME communities.  

The Masonic Charitable Foundation - Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme

The Masonic Charitable Foundation Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

Charities can apply for a small or large grant, depending on their income. Grants are available for core costs.

There are two scales - small grants from £500 to £15,000 and large grants up to £60,000.  

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds. The first round opens for registration on the 20th July and a second round of funding will open for registration in September.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  

Arts Council - National Lottery Project Grants

The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants are now open for applications. If you're looking for funding towards an arts, museums or libraries project that benefits the public in England, Project Grants could be for you.  

Allchurches Trust - Hope Beyond

Grants are available for churches and Christian charities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.  

Comic Relief’s 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.  

Government releases latest tranche from £750m coronavirus package for charities

The Community Match Challenge opened over the weekend, and is funded from the £750m coronavirus support package for charities announced by the Treasury in April. The scheme will be open until 31 August and charitable funders can apply for a share of £85m. It is also available to individual philanthropists, and the government anticipates matching applications in the range of £5m to £20m.  

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund

Applications are open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds
BAME-led organisations can apply. This includes a range of not-for-profit organisations such as registered charities, faith groups which are exempted from charity registration, and uniformed groups.

For the purposes of this fund, a BAME-led organisation is defined under the following terms issued by the Race Equalities Funders Alliance:

  • The organisation’s mission and purpose is to benefit BAME communities.
  • The majority of the leadership (ie, at least half of the senior team and the Trustee board) are from the BAME community(ies) that it serves.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • They are a BAME led organisation.
  • They are both run by and run for the BAME community.
  • How they will benefit BAME groups and people by improving access to Community Foundations resource and the NET funding they are distributing.
  • The work that the grant will fund. For example, awareness raising via marketing and communications or mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process, provision of micro grants, support with monitoring and reporting etc.
  • They can effectively help groups begin the process of building a relationship with their local Community Foundation. 

Power to Change - Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

The Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will offer grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations that are providing vital support to communities and are struggling financially because of Covid-19. The £9.5 million scheme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business. 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, who are particularly encouraged to apply.  

Food Solidarity Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified a global crisis of food security. Around the world, Social Gastronomy organizations are responding to address the inequities in the food system and re-imagining a more sustainable, equitable, and healthy future.

The Food Solidarity Fund was designed to support these organizations from our trusted network, who are developing solutions for relief and recovery, using the power of food to create social change.


  • Provide critical financial assistance to Social Gastronomy organizations responding to the food insecurity challenges during and post COVID-19
  • Connect Social Gastronomy organizations to foster collaboration and innovation
  • Raise awareness about the power of food in building more resilient local communities  

Football Foundation - Club Preparation Fund

£500 grants available to community football clubs to help them to re-open.  

Rural Action Derbyshire - Rural Hardship Fund

To view fund please click link below 

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. Fund reopened for bids and successful applicants announced. 

Government offers £1.5bn support package to the arts

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans. Of the £1.57bn, £1.15bn will go to cultural organisations in England, made up of up to £270m of repayable finance and £880m in grants. 

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is now open for new enquiries.

Our Trustees recognise the incredible response our coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed us to alter the funding support we offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.

We are still offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs during this difficult time.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.

More details on new guidance and deadline dates can be found here  

ESF Community Grants - East Midlands

Grants are available for small third sector organisations to offer local skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals aged 16 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive and from the hardest to reach communities in the East Midlands.  

Biffa Award - Partnerships Projects

Expressions of Interest are invited for both the Built Environment and Natural Environment Partnership Grants Scheme in the second of two rounds in 2020.

The Partnership Projects scheme offers grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 for inspiring projects that will create a significant impact.

The funding is for large-scale projects that address the following:

  • Built Environment projects should transform cultural, heritage or visitor centres. They should inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation on a grand scale.
  • Natural Environment projects should restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it, promoting nature’s recovery. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 2020, England’s Biodiversity Strategy to reduce biodiversity loss, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.  

Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent have re-opened their Community Fund to general applications. The aims of
the fund are focused on improving community well-being and they are looking to fund new
projects, rather than general organisational running costs.
To be eligible for a grant your organisation must be a registered not for profit, and the
project you would like funding for must benefit Severn Trent customers.
The programme distributes grants of £2,000 to £250,000 for local initiatives that meet the
following aims:

  • People - Projects that facilitate healthier lifestyles and skills development
  • Place - Projects that help create better places to live in and use
  • Environment - Projects that facilitate a healthier natural environment, greater access to that environment or support the preservation of water

There are three sizes of grants:

  • £2,000 - £10,000 (open to many types of groups and orgs)
  • £10,001 - £75,000 (to apply for over £10,000 you must be a registered charity, local authority, parish council or business registered with Companies House
  • £75,001 - £250,000

Grants of over £10,000 must be match funded with at least 10% of your own funds.
Panel meetings are held in March, June, September and December. They recommend
that you allow a minimum of five months between submitting your application and project
start date to allow time for processing and decision making.  

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

This prospectus provides prospective bidders with information on how to apply for funding and how the assessment process will work. 

FCC Community Action Fund - England

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility. The nearest site is based in Thurcroft, some areas of North East Derbyshire are eligible. Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 are available.  

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Early 2021 Projects

Not-for-profit organisations can apply now for funding for environmental or community-based projects that are located within five miles of an operating Veolia site in England and starting from 11 January 2021. Further information, including the postcode checker and examples of previously funded projects, can be found on the Veolia Environmental Trust below.  

Motor Neurone Disease Association - Coronavirus Emergency Grant

The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association have opened a new grant scheme to support people living with MND while they have to stay home during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Emergency Grant is a one-off grant of up to the value of £250 and can be used to cover additional living costs incurred as the result of lockdown, such as food shopping or bills. The Association will also consider claims for costs of equipment before they are purchased.

An application form should be downloaded from their website to be filled it by applicants. This grant scheme is being reviewed at the end of June so applicants should apply soon.  

NatWest Social and Community Capital

NatWest Social and Community Capital are launching a £1m Coronavirus Response Fund on Monday 22 June. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Applications will open through NatWest’s websites at 9am on Monday 22 June and the fund will stay open for at least one week.  

The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

In recognition of the fact that the homeless are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of increased likelihood of underlying health conditions and less access to basic sanitation, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards its Homeless Support Fund. Registered charities that serve the homeless through outreach and support; delivery of services in hostels and shelters; and/ or the provision of information and advice can apply for grants to a maximum of £10,000. Applications are being considered on a weekly basis until the £500,000 emergency fund is depleted. After this, homeless charities are still welcome to submit applications for support under the established grant funding process.  

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has issued an update on its grant-making policies in the light of COVID-19. Its Small Grants Scheme has now reopened, as of 1 June. This is designed to support charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000, especially those that work at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.  

Rosa - Covid-19 Response Fund

Rosa, which is a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women has announced that is making small grants of up to £10,000 available to specialist women’s organisations across the UK through its Covid-19 Response Fund. The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria. Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, LGBTQ+ women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK. 

Historic England - COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund

Historic England has launched a second emergency fund to support the heritage sector recovery from the effects of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  

George Bairstow Charitable Trust

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT) awards grants to registered charities for:

  • the provision of Emergency Aid in communities
  • the encouragement of volunteering among young people
  • 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, small grant applications. 

Pebble Grant - The Rank Foundation

If you are raising money for a particular project for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and have already raised a third of the total costs, you may be eligible for a Pebble Grant from the Rank Foundation:

  • Are you making a funding application on behalf of either a UK-based Charity, CIC, CIO, CBS or Cooperative that is registered with the Charities' Commission and/or Companies House?
  • Are you looking for funding for a capital works or a short breaks programme which will benefit UK residents and take place in the UK?
  • Are the total costs of your project £150K or lower?
  • Have you already raised at least 1/3rd of the project costs and your organisation's income is below £500K?  

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.  

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.  

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 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.  

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.  

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

Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund

Details of the £7.6 million Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund and how to apply. Added ‘The Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund: clarification document’ and an updated version of the application form.  

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund - Deadline: 31st August 2020

The England Illegal Money Lending Team is accepting applications from local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to support projects that raise awareness of the issues of the dangers of illegal money lending in their community. Groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for community projects that demonstrate a positive impact on their community and that meet the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks.
  • Prevents crime and disorder and makes a difference in local communities.
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities.
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks and signposts victims to the team. 

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation

The Trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation have made additional funding available for their next grants phase, running from May to December 2020. There are new funding opportunities for existing grantees, offering emergency funding; 12 month grant extensions and grant increases for adaptation costs. In the summer, the Trust will launch a new COVID-19 Initiatives Fund, which will be open to both grantees and non-grantees. Funding will be available to support new initiatives rooted in the values of equity, rights, peace, climate change and power and accountability.  

Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund

Details of the £7.6 million Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund and how to apply. 

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust

The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust is offering grants to 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. Grants can be used to fund items for children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items such as white goods or specialist items for children with additional needs. However, grants to pay household bills or food costs, or grants to replace lost income, will not be made.

To apply for a grant, one parent or carer must have worked in the UK fashion and textile industry for at least one year within the last nine years. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, see here. The Trust offers a number of other grants programmes for different circumstances such as rehousing or therapy – further details are also available on the charity’s website.  

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 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. 

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.

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.