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New funding sources following the COVID-19 outbreak

This is intended as a guide to where groups, charities and social enterprises might find additional funding which they need as a result of Coronavirus and the resulting restrictions on our society.

Many grant funders are being flexible with their grantees – so if you already have a grant, talk to your funder about redeploying resources to meet the new and emerging needs facing your organisation and beneficiaries. Talk to them too about any additional funding they could make available – again many funders are willing to release additional funds to grant holders, or to re-profile current grant agreements, so that more monies are made available now.

Funds are listed alphabetically, with new or updated entries marked with * so if you are a regular visitor to these pages you can spot additions more easily. Funds now closed to new applicants have been removed.

We hope you are finding this list useful – let us know if and how you have used it. Please feel free to distribute this information to wherever it might be useful. We make regular updates as new information becomes available. If you come across a fund or funder which could be of interest across the sector, please let us know so we can include it here and help as many organisations as possible access funding. Just email: millie@macc.org.uk

Thanks to the many sources of information used to compile this update. Apologies if text has been lifted unedited from other people’s materials – hopefully it will be seen in the spirit of co-operation and mutual support in these difficult times.

If you need any support with making an application to any of the funders listed below, or indeed any funder, Macc can help. Just get in touch on 0333 321 3021 or email: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org. From sourcing potential funders to helping with an application, Macc can be your friend through the process.

Updated 06.08.2020

Funding available now (grants)

Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond
Grants of up to £50,000 to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis becomes clearer. Applications considered on a rolling basis. More information here

Allen Lane Foundation
Grants to organisations with an income less than £250,000 working with adults. Deadline early August for October meeting. More information here

Alpkit welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by coronavirus, across the country. Examples include:

  • Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation

Grants of £500 are available. More information here

Answer Cancer Fund
This fund has amended its guidelines following Coronavirus to include remote ways of engaging with wider communities regarding cancer. In particular, the next round of funding will look to benefit the following priority groups with low levels of cancer screening:

  • The LGBTQ+ community
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities 
  • People who care for others
  • People with disabilities
  • People in poor mental health

Grants of £1,000 or £2,000 are available. More information here

ARIS GMP Fallowfield, Withington, Levenshulme and Burnage
Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme (ARIS) is the opportunity for Police to support local groups with funding for community projects. Awards of up to £1,500 for projects which either support tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, protect vulnerable people and/or build and strengthen partnerships. Email wythenshawe@gmp.police.uk to request an ARIS application form. Decisions in August. More information here

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Positive Pathways Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
Fixed grants of £35,000 for one year are available towards project costs to charities or community interest companies working with Armed Forces veterans who need support to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Deadline: 25 August 2020 for round 4, and 30 November 2020 for round 5. More information here

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
In addition to working with existing grant holders, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have launched some emergency funding to support highly vulnerable veterans. Grants up to £20,000 available through the Veterans Should Not be Forgotten scheme. Other programmes to be announced shortly. More information here

Art Fund – Respond and Reimagine grants
Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. Three rounds with deadlines of: 6 July, 17 August and 12 October 2020. More information here

Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund
The Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme will focus on supporting cultural organisations affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Grants of between £50,000 and £3 million will be awarded from a budget £500 million budget from the DCMS. Round 1 opens 10-21 August. Round 2 will be open 21 August to 4 September 2020. More information here

Arts Council National Lottery project grants
The Arts Council National Lottery Project grants has reopened for applications for grants of £1,000 to £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects. Priority is for smaller independent organisations and individual creative practitioners and freelancers. More information here

Asda Foundation C-19 Grants
2 programmes currently available – Healthy Holidays and Hygiene. Max grant is £500. Healthy Holidays will provide support for families during school summer holiday whilst Hygiene Grant will provide personal hygiene items where people are unable to provide their own, e.g. for people in care homes, hospices etc. More information here

Assura Community Fund *New 05.08.20*
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to be spent over one year for community projects working to improve local people’s health and wellbeing, within 15 miles of an Assura healthcare building. Apply via Cheshire Community Foundation. Deadline: 14 September 2020. More information here

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust *Updated 06.08.20*
Inviting applications for their grant round 3 for projects working with the over 60s. Grants up to £1,000 (revised down from their usual funding level). Apply between 1 and 30 September if your income is between £100,000 and £1m. More information here

Aviva Community Fund *Updated 06.08.20*
Criteria have been broadened to respond to Covid-19. Crowdfunding process. Applicants need to be registered – charity, CIC or CBS with income less than £1m. Funder wants to support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward, so submitted project must fall within one of these two key funding areas:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent, or
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

In addition, projects should:

  • be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK
  • if submitted in connection with a religious organisation, have an outcome that is accessible to persons of any religious beliefs

For this round of funding the eligibility criteria of the Aviva Community Fund has been broadened to include covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services. Deadline: 13 October 2020. More information here

Barclays Covid-19 Community Aid package
Barclays have set up the Barclays Foundation, the initial aim of which is to support charities during the Covid-19 crisis. The package is made up of two components:

  • First, a corporate contribution of £50 million, which will be donated to, and deployed via, a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and in alleviating the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India. Funding will be deployed via partnerships to trusted charities and targeted at programmes as close to their major locations of operation as possible
  • Second, is a £50million commitment by Barclays to match personal donations made by our employees to charities of their choice, local to them, and which are working to support communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

More information here

Big Society Capital
Additional routes to loans for social enterprises and charities. Initially for the first year on a no fee, no interest basis. Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund. Managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), to enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months.
Smaller emergency loans will also be made available to smaller organisations in deprived areas. More information here

Blagrave Trust – Challenge and Change
A package of funding, mentoring and network support for 18-25 years olds, working at the hard edge of injustice and have radical ideas, dreams, visions, and imaginations for a just and fair world for all. Grants from £1,000 to £10,000. They will fund:

  • Individuals (directly) aged 18-25
  • Constituted or unconstituted groups led by young people aged 18-25 (e.g community and/or grassroots groups, networks, movements or projects etc).
  • Organisations founded by and/or led by young people aged 18-25 (e.g. charities, social enterprises).

Live stream to find out more on 9 July. Deadline: 27 July 2020. More information here

BlueSpark Foundation
The BlueSpark Foundation’s objective is to fund or part-fund projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Grants of up to £5,000. More information here

Bounce Back Loan Scheme
Financial support for businesses that have had their cashflow disrupted because of Covid-19. Loans up to 25% of usual turnover, to a max of £50,000. More information here

Chancellor’s announcement 08.04.20
The Chancellor announced that there will be £750m made available for charities. Reports can be found here and here

Charity Service
The Coronavirus Emergency Fund has now ended however their normal grant funds are still available for registered charities and CIC’s working with all disadvantaged groups and small and medium sized local organisations working ‘on the ground’ within Greater Manchester will be supported. Funds are available to:

  • Assist with the purchase or supply of activities, amenities or equipment that will improve the general welfare of the local community or an individual
  • Assist with the purchase or supply of activities, amenities or items of a medical nature NOT supplied by the NHS
  • Assist with new project costs (for a specific time)
  • Assist with any other charitable purpose that has a direct impact on the welfare of the local community or an individual

Grant funds up to a maximum of £10,000 are available (the average grant award is £1,000). The Charity Service would not normally support an organisation that has been registered for less than 3 years. To apply contact Pete Yarwood on 0793 691 7679 or email: pete.yarwood@charityservice.org.uk. More information here

Childs Charitable Trust
Applications from registered or ‘excepted’ charities, largely for Christian based organisations or those based on Christian values. More in formation here

CLINKS Covid-19 response grants phase 2
Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19 or to make adaptations as we look ahead towards recovery and a ‘new normal’. Deadline: 17 August 2020, 9am. More information here

Clothworkers’ Foundation
Emergency Capital Programme now closed to applications, but organisations with incomes of up to £1 million can apply for small grants through their normal open grants programmes. More information here

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for local voluntary and community organisations in coalfield areas to address local needs during the COVID-19 crisis. The funding can cover up to 100% core costs if required and up to 50% capital costs if required. There is a two-stage application process. Deadline for the eligibility survey 28 August 2020. More information here

Comic Relief Change Makers
New programme open to applications from organisations with an annual income of at least £75,000 who are looking to the future. 3-5 year funding investments of £150,000 to £600,000. 20% of funds are ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities. Themes are Children Survive and Thrive, Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be – Homelessness, Safe Place to Be – Migration, and Global Mental Health. Deadline: 28 August 2020, 12pm. More information here

Comic Relief and Groundwork COVID-19 Community Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 for small local grassroots organisations with an annual turnover of under £250,000 to provide emergency relief in their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and to recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services. Grants must be spent by the end of February 2021. Open for applications until the end of 2020 with decisions made on a rolling basis. Applications may close earlier if all funds have been awarded. Apply via Groundwork. More information here

Community Justice Fund
Focussed on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations, grants can be used flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation. ‘Wave one’ funding is now open and can cover costs of work from 1 April. Grants from £25,000 to £75,000 depending on size of your organisation and the project. Applicants should be registered charities with a track record of delivering advice at specialist level and carrying out end-to-end casework for clients. More information here

The Co-operative Bank – Customer Donation Fund
Grants of up to £1,000 to not for profit organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank to support special projects and fundraising activities. Deadline: September 2020. More information here

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
Grants of £250 – £1,000 to registered charities. Applications considered quarterly. The Greater Manchester Trustees are interested in:

  • Causes with which the Duchy has historical association such as Church livings, Estates etc. and purposes which will benefit the community
  • Organisations which provide care and support for the elderly, inform and disadvantaged members of society
  • Community Associations that benefit local people
  • Organisations for young people e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Youth Organisations etc.
  • Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community

More information here

Dulverton Trust
Funding for registered charities or CIOs with income between £200,000 and £10m operating at a county or regional level. Priority areas are youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation and preservation. Single year grants between £25,000 and £35,000 for charities which are well-placed to deliver vital services to vulnerable communities or charities with which Dulverton have an existing relationship. More information here

Edward Gostling Foundation
Emergency funding has now ended but Edward Gostling Foundation have reverted to their normal grants programmes. Funding is available for organisations with an annual income of £5M or less and operating front line services to support people living with mental and / or physical disability or long-term illness. Applicants should be registered charities with at least 3 years of filed accounts. Applications should meet one of their grant themes: Health and wellbeing; Independent living at home; Respite; Transition. New maximum of £5,000 for their small grants programme. More information here

England and Wales Cricket Board Emergency Support Programmes
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resumed. Loans between £1,000 and £5,000 available to cover running costs and shortfall in income over next 12 months. The ECB Return to Cricket Grant Scheme provides support to clubs and leagues in exceptional circumstances where other sources of funding are unavailable, e.g. if loans as above are constitutionally nor permitted. More information here

The Fat Beehive Foundation *New 05.08.20*
Grants up to £2,500 for small UK registered charities with an income less than £1million, for the costs of websites and digital products. Rolling deadlines. More information here

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund *Updated 05.08.20*
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. Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. Registration will open on 21 September. Applicants are recommended to register as soon as the fund opens due to high demand. More information here

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund (Phase 2) *Updated 05.08.20*
This Fund is offering grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in Greater Manchester who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income less than £200,000. Due to high demand the deadline will be 21 August 2020. More information here

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund (Phase 2) *Updated 24.07.20*
This Fund has reopened, offering grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in Greater Manchester who are supporting those suffering from hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income less than £200,000. Decisions within 4 weeks. More information here

Forever Manchester Community Centre Support Fund
Grants of up to £500 for locally managed community centres based in Greater Manchester that need to make adaptions in order to welcome groups and people back into their spaces in a Covid-secure way. Deadline: 21 August 2020. More information here

Future Workforce Fund Grants Programme
Grants to support pilot programmes of work with young people (up to age 25) across Greater Manchester city region facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training. Grants up to £25,000 available. More information here

Garfield Weston Foundation
Still open for grants to its usual programmes, but will look to speed up applications decisions. Regular grants programme for grants up to £100,000 and major grants for grants £100,000+. More information here

GM Mental Wellbeing grants – communities
GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing. The communities identified are:

  • People from BAME communities
  • People living with long term physical and mental health conditions
  • Disabled people
  • Social isolated older people
  • Military Veterans
  • People who are unemployed
  • People who identify as LGBTQI
  • Carers

The grants will be awarded, in stages, to small, grass roots voluntary and community groups and social enterprises that will support people to develop high levels of mental wellbeing. The first stage, a rolling micro grants programme, is now live. Grants of £100-£500 will be awarded on an ongoing basis during July and August 2020. They will be awarded for activities that support mental wellbeing while working within the current government social distancing restrictions. Decisions will be made within 3 weeks. More information here

GMCVO Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities
GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched an emergency grants programme to support small (income under £10,000) GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of £50-£1000 will be awarded on an ongoing basis between 27 July and 31 October 2020. Decisions within 3 weeks. More information here

Good Things Foundation
The Good Things Foundation have launched a Response and Resilience Fund to support our network of community centres, many of whom are at risk of closure due to funding issues caused by the current coronavirus crisis. The £300,000 fund will offer £3,000 per community partner in the form of a one-off grant to be used for any purpose that ensures organisations can continue supporting their communities to engage with digital. More information here

Government support – business and employer support
This page lists the general business support available, many of which apply generically to all employers regardless of the sector they operate in. Some of the rates reliefs may also apply to VCSE organisations. More information here

Government support – Places of Worship protective security funding scheme
Funding for security measures to protect against hate crime. Maximum grant of £56,000. Applicants will need to contribute 20% of the total cost of the security measures. Deadline: 9 August 2020. More information here

Government support – summary from Office for Civil Society
This page offers a summary of the many funding streams now available from government sources. Many of these are listed elsewhere in this update already, but this a useful summary and update of those many funds. More information here

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
In a joint statement from these Greater Manchester commissioners, they thank the VCSE for all their work on behalf of GM citizens and seek to reassure the sector of their continued support. Specific support offered includes:

  • Do everything we can to support your financial position – for example through more regular or upfront payment of existing grants where we can and ‘rolling over’ recurrent grants for next year without the need for formal applications
  • Continue to lobby Government about the importance of the sector and the support you need to enable you to undertake vital work with all our communities
  • Be flexible on reporting and monitoring for the foreseeable future, so that you can free up time to focus on your frontline support to communities
  • Give you the freedom you need to use your funding where you think it will have the most impact wherever we can and not tie you to previously agreed delivery targets or outcomes. Where we can’t do this (because it is outside our control) we will tell you, and work with you to agree a sensible way forward
  • Maintain an open, honest and regular dialogue about the challenges you’re facing and how we can help
  • Promote the work you’re doing to the wider public through our core channels to garner additional support and resources

Full statement can be read here

GSK Impact Awards
Unrestricted funding awards for charities with an income between £80,000 and £2.5m per annum that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. The awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. Deadline: 14 September 2020. More information here

Hymans Robertson Foundation
Hardship fund launched to give additional funding to organisations already supported by this funder. More information here

Independent Age Grants Fund
Four funding rounds, with grants between £5,000 and £15,000 to strengthen collaboration between older people and local organisations. Priority for work to stop older people missing out if they are

  • living in particularly complex and challenging situations
  • in danger of being out of sight and out of mind

Registered charities with at least one paid member of staff and an income less than £1m can apply. More information here  

The Ironmonger’s company *updated 06.08.20*
Support to registered charities providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 25, to fulfil their potential. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that will deliver clearly defined, educational benefits and develop learning, motivation and skills. The average grant awarded is £4,000. Deadline: 15 December 2020. More information here

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund
£10m available through grants of up to £250,000 (depending on income size) to registered charities with an income less than £5m who have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19. More information here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Grants up to £1,000 to enable existing grantees ‘keep the lights on’ or make adaptations to existing working, e.g. changing to home or online working. In the summer, the Trust will launch a new COVID-19 Initiatives Fund, which will be open to both grantees and non-grantees. More information here

Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund
The Sport for Good Response Fund aims to ensure that Sport for Development programmes can continue in times of crisis and that vital new channels to young people can be created to ensure that they get the support they need both now and when we begin to emerge from this pandemic. Laureus Sport for Good partners and other organisations around the world who are already using sport to deliver development outcomes can apply for funds to: Deliver new ways to support children and young people in changing circumstances; Contribute to unavoidable organisational costs that result from Covid-19 to ensure the organisation can continue to support children and young people going forward. Grants of up to 10,000 Euros (approx. £8,900). More information here

Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund
£7.4m to help small and local charities recover from the coronavirus crisis. Two-year unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 for organisations with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year. 25% of funds will be ring-fenced for charities led by and for BAME communities. Fund will open on 3 August and close on 11 September. More information here

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
Government published guidance for local authorities on 13 May. This outlines the criteria by which local authorities can award grants of up to £25,000 to small businesses – including charities. This discretionary fund is available to businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. More information here

Localgiving / Postcode Community Trust Magic Little Grants
Grants of £500 to small local organisations to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. This can include online fitness classes during a period of social distancing. Applicants need to be members of Localgiving, but this is currently free of charge and simple to sign-up to. Deadline: 31 October 2020. More information here

Local Trust has released additional funding to Big Local areas
Big Local areas can now apply to the Local Trust for additional funding to help with their response to Coronavirus. More information here

Mad Trust Hardship Fund
Small one-off crisis payments for theatres that are part of the MAD family. Grants of up to £200. More information here

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund
The next round of funding from Manchester Airport will be dedicated to projects to support groups through or alleviate problems caused by the pandemic. Priorities for the next trustees’ meeting will be:

  • 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 Covid-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

Grants up to £3,000 for grassroots organisations. More information here

Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust
Emergency grants at this time where help specific to the Covid 19 crisis is being given. Usually up to £3,500. Short application form to be sent via email. More information here

Manchester Wellbeing Fund – Fast-track Grants
The Manchester Wellbeing Fund wants to support groups which are developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable in our communities. We need to take care of the mental wellbeing of those around us – and now more than ever community groups are adapting and responding. Some examples of the types of costs that will be supported are:

  • basic mobile phones or smartphones
  • printing and distribution of information leaflets about support available
  • replacing a group's outdated laptop
  • group subscriptions to services such as Zoom
  • online training in use of social media
  • craft and creative materials

Fast-track grants of between £250 and £500 are available and we will aim to decide on applications within 10 days. We don't want to duplicate the excellent work that is already being co-ordinated across the city so kindly ask that groups do not apply for funding for food parcels or other essentials. More information here

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme
Small grants of up to £15k and large grants of up to £60k to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. Grants can cover up to 3 years. The scheme has reopened to new applications after being paused for three months in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: 31 July 2020 for large grants applicants and 31 August 2020 for small grants applicants. More information here

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Next Steps Accommodation Programme
Funding available to local authorities, registered providers, and their local partners to engage with the next stage of the COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response. Proposals accepted from Local Housing Authorities (and combined authorities). Joint bids from areas are encouraged. Deadline: 20 August 2020. More information here

Ministry of Justice Women’s Community Sector Core Costs Funding Programme 2020 – 2021
Core cost grants of between £30,000 and £60,000 to specialist voluntary organisations providing gender-specific services. More information here

Morrisons Foundation
Grants are available to support registered charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Charities can apply for support to cover the following broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

Grants up to £10,000 available. More information here

National Emergencies Trust
This is a fund that has been distributed via the Community Foundation network. In Manchester, funds from it have been added to Forever Manchester’s Community Support Fund which is currently offering grants of £1,000 to smaller VCSE groups responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. More information here

National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced it is working alongside five expert partnerships to ensure almost £45m of National Lottery funding reaches communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. Click on the links for more information about eligibility and how to apply for each fund:

National Lottery Community Fund – Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19 or to help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic. Grants of £300 to £10,000 to cover six months of costs, to give organisations time to consider their future positions. Decisions usually within three weeks. More information here

National Service User Network – NSUN Covid-19 Fund
Grants of up to £1,000 to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted groups. Funding will be available for community action, peer support, mutual aid and other support that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period. Only available to members of NSUN but membership is free. More information here

Persimmon Community Champions
Each local office is giving away up to £2,000 per month to projects for the over 70’s. More information here

Pride of Britain Community Fund
£100,000 is available for community projects to help them get back on their feet as we all adapt to a 'new-normal'. 50 projects will receive £1,000 and 20 projects will receive £2,500. Short online application form and more information here

Prince’s Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund
Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will also support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crises. In conjunction with grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to any applicants who need it. To be eligible to apply, you must be a business owner aged 18 to 30, who set up their business in the last four years and don't have any other source of income during the crisis. Entrepreneurs aged 18-30 who are not eligible for the fund but find their businesses to be affected by coronavirus can contact The Prince‘s Trust for support. More information here

Reaching Communities
Focus is on Covid-19 related funding for the next 6 months. Principally looking to cover 6 months expenditure with grants around £10,000 to £100,000. More information here

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
An emergency loan fund which could provide working capital for charities and social enterprises. Loans from £100,000 to £1.5m. Interest and fee-free for first 12 months. Scheme is managed by Social Investment Business. More information here

Resource Action Fund (WRAP) – Textiles Recycling and Re-use Small-scale Grant
To support projects that will enable textile waste materials to be recycled or re-used, diverting this waste from landfill or incineration, ensuring that it remains a valuable resource. WRAP is looking to support projects that demonstrate a level of innovation beyond normal industry practice. Deadline: 24 August. Minimum grants for the scheme is £20,000. More information here

Salford CVS Volunteer Expenses Fund
Grants of up to £750 to in order to meet the cost of paying out of pocket expenses volunteers to cover items such as travel costs, childcare, protective clothing, DBS checks. Funded by NHS Salford CCG. Grants only available to members of Salford CVS. More information here

The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust continues to accept applications from charities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £5,000 for a range of causes. Applications will be considered in November 2020. More information here

Screwfix Foundation
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. The next review of applications will be in August 2020. More information here

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
Small grants up to £1,500 available through the Ann Rylands Small Donations programme. Registered charities only with annual income below £5m. “Some funds to be allocated to charities in response to appeals of a humanitarian nature.” More information here

Sport England
Small Grants Fund, Community Asset Fund and Community Emergency Fund temporarily paused to applications. More information here

Sport England and Crowdfunder
Matchfunding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis. Groups will need to have a crowdfunding project ongoing to apply for the additional funding. Additional funding up to £10,000 available. More information here

Tesco Bags of Help
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. Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations:

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank  whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries
  • increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member

More information here

Thomas Wall Trust
Grants of up to £5,000 for projects to help people build confidence, knowledge and skills to increase their prospects of gaining employment. Applicants must have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and have an annual income of under £500,000. Decisions in November 2020. More information here

True Colours Trust
Funding for organisations working with disabled children and their families on a daily basis. Grants of up to £10,000, for smaller organisations only (i.e. where annual income is less than £300,000). More information here

UK Aid Direct
Community Partnership Grants. Impact Grants: Funding for smaller or medium sized non-governmental organisations working towards the achievement of the UK government’s global goals. Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1m for the Community Partnership grants, or less than £10m for the Impact Grants. Small Charities Challenge Fund: This programme is for international development charities with an annual income of less than £250,000. It is a rolling fund with the next review date for applications in September. Details of all UK Aid Direct programmes here

Waitrose Community Support Fund
John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose are making £1m available to their local communities for support where it is needed locally. Apply to your local Waitrose for more details. More information here

We Love Manchester Covid-19 Community Response Fund
Grants from £500 - £3,000. Use the form which is downloadable from their website here

Will Charitable Trust
Support is available for existing or previous grant-holders to apply for up to £5,000 emergency funding. More information here

Yapp Charitable Trust
Support small registered charities (annual income less the £40,000) with grants for running costs. £3,000 grants with possibility of multi-year funding. Priorities are:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5-25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

More information here

Youth Futures Development and Impact grants
Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. The foundation are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Available to not-for-profits or statutory organisations that have been operating for three and with a track record of working with NEET young people, annual turnover of £100,000 and not at risk of financial crisis. Development grants of £30,000 - £150,000; Impact grants £100,000 - £1.2m for 5 year Impact projects. More information here

Online fundraising

A fundraising platform which has agreed to waive some fees for new organisations joining to run a fundraising campaign. More information here

This is now 100% free for community organisations responding to the Coronavirus crisis. Start a campaign now

Crowdfunding support
People of the Streets are also offering to support with ‘crowdsourcing’ items that charities need. Email: hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk

Offering free support to groups to help them turn their cancelled live events into virtual ones, or to create socially integrated campaigns to help organisations replace lost fundraising income. More information here

Virgin Money Giving
Removed their usual 2% platform fee for the time being (2.5% payment processing fee remains, but donors are given the option of paying this so that charities receive all the donated funds). More information here