Funding support for community groups and charities
There is a range of funding support available to community groups and charities who are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak themselves or who are working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.
We have listed some of the funding sources we are aware of below. We will update this page on a regular basis so please let us know about any other relevant funds.
Worcestershire Community Foundation is giving out rapid grants of up to £5,000 to charities and community groups for projects focusing on the delivery of community services around Covid-19. To apply please visit the Worcestershire Community Foundation website.
The Arts Council is offering an emergency funding support package totalling £160 million for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector. Applications will open soon. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of its funding. Find out more The Arts Council website.
Charities Aid Foundation coronavirus emergency fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Find out the latest information Charities Aid Foundation website.
The Comic Relief Community fund aims to deliver long-lasting, community driven change while building on the capacity of grassroots organisations. There are two types of grants available. All projects must focus on delivering one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Find out about a Capacity Building Grant (£500) and Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000).
Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are on offer to help voluntary and community sector organisations to continue to provide mental health services or to provide additional support. Find out more on the Mind website.
Covid-19 Support Fund was launched by the UK insurance and long-term savings industry aims to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need. Potential beneficiaries include community based charities under unprecedented strain, those supporting the most vulnerable and initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health. Find out more Covid-19 Support Fund website.
The Dulverton Trust is prioritising grant applications from charities that meet its guidelines and are either well placed to deliver vital services to vulnerable communities affected by the current COVID-19 crisis or already have a relationship with the trust and need support to overcome funding challenges caused by the crisis. Find out more Dulverton Trust website.
The Edward Gostling Foundation supports charitable organisations that work with people living with a mental and/or physical disability or long term illness. During the COVID-19 crisis it is concentrating on helping smaller charities providing frontline community services with grants of up to £10,000 to support core operating costs. Find out more The Edward Gostling Foundation website
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a number of measures to support professional and recreational cricket clubs and leagues during the Covid-19 crisis, including two new emergency support schemes as well as the early distribution of funds. Find out more ECB website.
Freelands Foundation has announced an emergency fund for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK in urgent need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more on the a-n website.
Food Charities Grant Fund set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is offering grants of up to £100,000 to front-line food charities to help them continue to provide food to vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis. The fund is operating on a first come first served basis with Defra assessing applications in the order that they come in. To apply, charities have to have registered with the eSourcing portal and apply through that. Find out more UK Government website.
Free Radio Cash for Kids has launched an appeal in response to the Covid-19 outbreak to raise funds to help low-income families with children cover basic essentials such as food and heating. The fund will be open to community groups and service providers who support vulnerable children. Find out more Planet Radio and the Free Radio Cash for Kids website.
George Bairstow Charitable Trust makes grants to UK registered charities for the provision of emergency aid in communities, the encouragement of volunteering and the enhancement of skills among young people. They are endeavouring to review any priority applications quickly during this period. Find out more The George Bairstow Charitable Trust website.
Independent Age provides advice and support for older age people. In recognition of the fact that our older generation will be one of the groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the trustees have released £2 million of funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. Find our more Independent Age website.
The Junius S Morgan Benevolent Fund is offering grants for nurses, healthcare assistants, and third and fourth year student nurses volunteering with the NHS who find themselves in hardship. Cash grants of up to £1,500 are available and applications will be processed as quickly as possible. Find out more Junius S Morgan Benevolent Fund website.
LandAid, the property industry charity that supports work with homeless youth, has launched a Covid-19 emergency fund for its existing charity partners. The fund is open to applications for grants of up to £10,000, which could go to cover basic, emergency and humanitarian needs of young people, and support to keep front-line key workers safe. Find out more LandAid website.
Masonic Charitable Foundation has opened the Freemasons’ Covid-19 Community Fund to support charities and projects that are helping people through these challenging times and a national United Grand Lodge of England Covid-19 relief chest. Further details can be found on the Every Day Hero website.
National Lottery Awards for All programme has been adapted to now only fund activities that support people affected by the Covid-19 crisis and it is anticipated that this will be the case for six months. Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000. Find out more National Lottery Awards for All website.
National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund will address immediate pressures over the next three to six months for those organisations most in need. Find out more National Lottery Heritage Fund website.
National Lottery Community Fund is changing its approach to applicants. All funding decisions for the next six months will focus on addressing needs related to the current COVID-19 crisis. Find out more National Lottery Community Fund website.
National Survivor User Network is administering a new fund with grants of up to £1,000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19. The fund is to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted groups who are supporting those in their community living with mental health issues, trauma and distress during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find out more National Survivor User Network website.
Neighbourly Community Fund, backed by businesses including M&S, Lidl, Aldi and Coca-Cola European Partners, has launched a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently only existing Neighbourly charities and community groups can apply for funding. Find out more Neighbourly Community Fund website.
No Interest Loans Scheme has grants available to purchase essential items for single women in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire who are in financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lisa on 07975 562262 for information and help. Calls taken 10am-2pm Monday to Friday
Persimmon Building Futures is a £1million scheme to support children and young people aged 18 and under in sport, health and education. Find out more on the Building Futures on the Persimmon Homes website.
Persimmon Community Champions has £64,000 to give away each month. From April 2020 all funding will go directly to organisations that are supporting the over-70s. There’s a simple application process. Find out more Community Champions page on the Persimmon Homes website.
Resourcing Racial Justice has set up a fund to support BAME charities. Applicants can apply for grants between £5,000 to £50,000 to support projects that respond to the immediate needs brought about by this crisis, and other crises that may occur after the current pandemic. Find out more Resourcing Racial Justice website.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has set up a hardship fund to support naval people and organisations facing unexpected situations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity website.
SEGRO has allocated £1 million to support its existing charity partners and fund new projects which provide urgent support to people who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used to help provide necessities, such as food, medicines and household essentials, and to support other initiatives which will help alleviate the impact of the crisis. Find out more SEGRO website.
Smallwood Trust’s Women’s Resilience Fund provides grants and support for women on low incomes who are concerned about their income, employment or wellbeing. The Trust has also entered into a partnership with Glasspool Charity Trust to distribute essential needs grants directly to women on low incomes. Find out more on the Smallwood Trust website.
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help sport and physical activity through the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more Sport England website.
Tesco Bags of Help has created a new short-term Communities Fund to support local communities across the UK in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It will support organisational need rather than fund specific projects. Find out more Grantfinder website.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a dedicated fund to ensure groups at the heart of the community have the resources they need during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is for parish and town councils to apply for money to purchase essential items that will allow them to continue providing support to those that need it most. Find out more on the West Mercia PPC website.
The William A Cadbury Charitable Trust is responding on an ad hoc basis to grant applications from charitable organisations in the West Midlands dealing with the direct and indirect consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more on the William A Cadbury website.