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COVID-19 emergency support funds.

Many trusts, foundations, statutory bodies and social investors have launched Covid-19 emergency support funds in recent weeks. We have provided links below to available funds and will be updating this page as new funds emerge.
Sector specific funding

Sector specific funding

Arts, culture and heritage

Arts Council England

Arts Council England has made £160m available to support individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector  during the Covid-19 crisis. £50m has been set aside for organisations outside of the National Portfolio, a further £20m for individuals and £90m for National Portfolio Organisations.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

A £50m fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available.

Youth Music

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Organisations do not need to have held a Youth Music grant to be eligible to apply.

Sports

Sports England

A £20m community fund for sports clubs, voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport has been set up. Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere, and regional or county level organisations are eligible. The fund can be used to cover various expenses and retrospective losses from 1 March 2020.

Poverty relief and support of the vulnerable

Thomas Pocklington Trust

£500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations, which  provide critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people. 

The Leathersellers Company

This is a  fast track application process for small, one-off grants, up to £3,000. It invites   UK registered charities to apply which support: the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients.

The YAPP Charitable Trust

Grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities (annual expenditure of less than £40,000) in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Funding work focusing on the following priority groups: elderly people, children and young people, people with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges, social welfare, education and learning.

Greenham Trust (Berkshire and Hampshire)

£250,000  funding is available to local charitable and voluntary organisations who  support  elderly and vulnerable people through this crisis in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Foundation Derbyshire's Coronavirus Fund

Grants up to £5,000 available to  community groups and charities who support vulnerable people.

Kent Community Foundation

Priority is being given to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs with an average annual income of less than £200,000 and to those who  support the most vulnerable people at this time. Grants of up to £10,000 are available, covering either additional costs that have been incurred in the response to coronavirus, or to compensate for loss of income that has been incurred/will incur due to the pandemic.

Barclays Covid-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays Bank has set aside £100m to establish The Barclays Foundation, to provide support to charities working to help vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Medical Research

Wellcome Trust

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard, the Wellcome Trust is committing $125 million of seed funding to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, which will coordinate research efforts and remove barriers to drug development.

Regional funding

Regional funding

London and the South East

London Community Response Fund

Wave 1 Small Grants closed at 12 noon on 9 April and will be replaced by Wave 2 Grants for crisis responses and delivering differently. Wave 2 will provide funding for service transformation costs and on-going work to support communities. 

Connected Communities

Crowdfunder and Trust for London have teamed up to offer up to £10,000 match funding to support communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in London. Applicants will need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding and should start or continue adding to their  projects andeligible applicants will be  prompted to apply.

Young Barnet Foundation

Community and Charity groups operating within the London Borough of Barnet are able to apply for grants of up to £500. Funding may be used for: food to support food banks, supporting smaller groups and PPE equipment for volunteers.

Oxfordshire Community Resilience Funds

Grants from £500 to £10,000 are available for charities with a maximum annual income of £3,000,000, covering core costs, project work, general expenses.

Greenham Trust (Berkshire and Hampshire)

£250,000 put in place of emergency Coronavirus funding available to local charitable and voluntary organisations who  support the elderly and vulnerable people through this crisis in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Heart of Bucks (Bucks Coronavirus Appeal)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations who work for the benefit of Buckinghamshire residents (excluding Milton Keynes) including town and parish councils.

Kent Community Foundation

Priority given to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs with an average annual income of less than £200,000 and who  support the most vulnerable people at this time. Grants of up to £10,000 are available, covering either additional costs that have been incurred in the response to coronavirus, or to compensate for loss of income that has been incurred/will incur due to the pandemic. 

Worthing Community Chest

An emergency funding opportunity for anyone setting up small, ad hoc, neighbourhood projects in response to the coronavirus pandemic, in particular any group considering to reach isolated people, deliver food or medicines, run additional food banks or supplies, provide meals for children etc.

East

Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund

A Collaborative fund established to support community groups through this unprecedented time. Grants are available of up to £7,500 and the fund has two clear streams of activity. Stream 1 - Project Costs Only, Stream 2 - Core Costs.

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered. The focus will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (60+) and other vulnerable people.

Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund

The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund is providing grants for a variety of Coronavirus related projects, including those supporting the ongoing needs of vulnerable people, foodbanks and community response co-ordination.

South West

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Devon Community Foundation has set up the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to raise funds for local charitable groups that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.

Somerset Community Foundation

The aim is to focus funding on local charities and community organisations that meet the usual criteria for funding and to provide funding for work that is directly responding to needs that have arisen because of the outbreak of coronavirus.

Wiltshire Community Foundation

The Wiltshire Coronavirus Response Grants Programme supports the community and voluntary sector in response to the pandemic and its impact on individuals, communities and the voluntary sector. 

Midlands

Foundation Derbyshire's Coronavirus Fund

Grants up to £5,000 from community groups and charities supporting vulnerable people.

Heart of England Community Foundation (West Midlands and Warwickshire)

Opening the fund to constituted groups who are providing, but not limited to the following services: Food banks or social eating projects, Delivery of emergency food/medicine parcels to those isolated due to the virus, Street Pastors or those engaging in outreach activities, Befriending services supporting the elderly or vulnerable through isolation.

Wales

Steve Morgan Foundation

£1m a week pledged for an initial 12-week period to charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Covers organisations in the remit area covered by the Steve Morgan Foundation (Charities/Projects in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Shropshire, which help children, those with disabilities, the socially isolated and the elderly).

Yorkshire and the Humber

Two Ridings Community Foundation

The fund will support the following: community organisations that are preparing themselves to appropriately respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, the development of advice and support initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services, groups that provide vital community support to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times.

North West

Forever Manchester

Priority given to groups with an annual income of less than £200,000. 

Steve Morgan Foundation

£1m a week pledged for an initial 12-week period to charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Covers organisations in the remit area covered by the Steve Morgan Foundation (charities/projects in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Shropshire, which help children, those with disabilities, the socially isolated and the elderly). 

Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants for groups providing charitable activities in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Cumbria. The foundation hopes to offer smaller grants (circa £250) to community-based groups mutual aid and self-help groups, and larger grants (over £1,000) to organisations offering district or county level support.

Salford Crisis Fund

The Salford Crisis Fund is a responsive fund offering VCSE organisations grants of up to £500 to help address immediate need arising from the coronavirus crisis. Examples of what can be funded are: provision of food and household items to vulnerable groups, phone-based and other practical support to vulnerable groups/self-isolated households, emotional wellbeing and mental health support to those in need.

North East

Community Foundation (Tyne & Wear and Northumberland)

Currently up to £200k: grants will go to small, local charities and community organisations that meet the normal criteria for funding. Grants will be focused on those who work directly with vulnerable groups or their carers.

National funds

National funds

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust has launched a coronavirus appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who'll be supporting some of society's most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. Charities seeking support should apply through their local accredited Community Foundation.

The National Lottery Community Fund

All funding for the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Standard Life Foundation

Funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. 

Charities Aid Foundation

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency. Please note that applications to this fund were paused on 6 April 2020. 

Clothworkers Foundation

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increases services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open to charities whose beneficiaries are not based in London. 

The Fore

The Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts (RAFT) Emergency Fund offers grants up to £5,000 to help organisations address the changing needs of their beneficiaries and increase their organisational resilience in the current crisis. Currently this is only open to existing grantees.

Barclays Covid-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays Bank has set aside £100m to establish The Barclays Foundation to provide support to charities working to help vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

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