Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme Opens for Applications (UK)

The Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme provides National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support charities, voluntary and community groups run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue to share those experiences and play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.

This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.

Funding is available for up to two years and can be used to either focus on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or help communities recover, renew and become more sustainable after the impact of COVID-19, or both. The National Lottery Community Fund expects to fund between 30 and 40 projects.

The programme will fund a wide range of items including:

  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • staff and training costs
  • transport, utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th October 2020.

Further information about the Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 Programme Opens for Applications (UK) is available here.

Garfield Weston Foundation announces £25m arts fund (UK)

Garfield Weston Foundation has announced a £25m one-off fund to support museums, performing and visual arts organisations across the UK.

The Western Culture Fund is open to performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, accredited museums and galleries (excluding those who are local authority maintained) with a minimum annual income of £500,000 in a typical year. Grants will range from a minimum of £100,000 up to a maximum of £2 million based on the size of the organisation.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched the fund in addition to providing its usual funding for charities from many different sectors to continue to support cultural organisations that have been badly affected by the pandemic and need help to get back on their feet.

The Weston Culture Fund will open on Monday 5 October and remain open to applications until the 9 November.

Further information about the Garfield Weston Foundation announces £25m arts fund (UK) is available here.

Funding for Youth Projects In Response to Covid -19 – Round 2 deadline (UK)

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on individuals and communities, the Alec Dickson Trust has launched a new fund to help young people take a positive role in responding to this issue.

Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-based community organisations and groups organised and run by people under 30 years old for volunteering projects which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19.

Applications must also align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic.

The closing date for applications is 8 pm on the 27th September 2020.

Further information about the Funding for Youth Projects In Response to Covid -19 – Round 2 deadline (UK) is available here.

Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme (Torfaen)

The Welsh Government Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme will provide eligible applicants with a grant of £2,500 each. Each local authority area has been allocated a set proportion of the budget – Torfaen County Borough Council has been allocated £222,500 to support 89 applications.

Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, and who work in the four key sub sectors:

  • The Arts;
  • Creative Industries;
  • Arts and Heritage Events;
  • Culture and Heritage.

Applicants will also be eligible if employed part-time and also have a freelance professional creative practice.

Freelancers that received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme and are experiencing financial challenges are still eligible for this fund.

The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme will open on Monday 5 October.

Further information about the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grant Scheme (Torfaen) is available here.

Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations - Deadline Extended (UK)

The deadline for homelessness organisations to apply for funding to the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund has been extended to the 28th September 2020.

Homeless Link still has £3.380 million of funding to distribute from The National Lottery Community Fund, and are encouraging charities based in England that have been financially affected by COVID-19 to apply for a grant of up to £100,000.

The fund is available to homelessness organisations at risk of closure, service cuts or redundancies due to increased operational costs and a loss of income caused by COVID-19, or needs to expand or adapt services to safely support people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund is an initiative hosted by Homeless Link and supported by National Lottery funding. The National Lottery Community Fund has committed £4.8 million to the fund, providing emergency financial assistance to small and medium sized homelessness organisations to support their response to COVID-19. This funding is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider COVID-19 emergency response for communities.

The Comic Relief stream of the Fund has also been extended; homelessness charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland still have an opportunity to apply for grants from this strand, with approximately half of the £680,000 funding not yet distributed.

Further information about the Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations - Deadline Extended (UK) is available here.

Circular Economy Fund to Support a Green Recovery Re-Opens for Applications (Wales)

The Welsh Government has launched the second round of their £6.5 million Circular Economy fund for local authorities and publicly funded bodies, including town and community councils, which has been expanded to support the post-Covid response and green recovery in Wales.

Funding will support actions which encourage companies to recycle more plastic and thereby avoid waste. The Fund is an important part of a green recovery from the impacts of the pandemic which has brought an increasing awareness of the importance of resources and aims to help to shorten supply chains. Among the sustainable goods the fund will help produce are items to fight the coronavirus, such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

Organisations of any size, which are operating in Wales, may apply for a capital grant to invest in infrastructure and equipment for eligible circular activities. Small Scale grants are now available from £6,000 to £200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold) and Large Scale grants are available from £200,000 to £750,000.

The deadline for applying to the Small Scale grants programme is the 18th December 2020. The deadline for completing and Online Questionnaire for the Large Scale grants programme is the 18th December 2020.

Applicants successful at this stage will have until the 1st March 2021 to submit a full application.

Further information about the Circular Economy Fund to Support a Green Recovery Re-Opens for Applications (Wales) is available here.

£14m funding package for Wales’ sport and leisure sector

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas has today announced a funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector.

The Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund will support the sector with the ongoing challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and provide longer-term sustainability.

The fund is intended to provide essential support to sports clubs and organisations, independent providers and sporting events who have all faced significant challenges during the crisis and continue to be severely impacted. The fund will help in driving innovation for local authority leisure centres and Leisure Trusts to complement the Hardship Fund for local government

The funding package will be allocated to Sport Wales and managed by them on the Welsh Government’s behalf.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: For clubs and groups looking for immediate support I would urge them to consider the Be Active Wales Fund which has already protected hundreds of clubs and is helping them to prepare for a safe and responsible return to sport. We will now work at pace with partners and the Welsh Government to ensure the funding is distributed efficiently and effectively to reach those that have the greatest need.

Further information about the £14m funding package for Wales’ sport and leisure sector is available here.

Comic Relief LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund (UK)

Comic Relief has launched a funding scheme to address the additional needs of LGBTQ+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support and strengthen LGBTQ+ organisations through the impacts of the crisis and beyond. Funding is available to local LGBTQ+ community-led grassroots organisations and groups across the UK that work with and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer + (LGBTQ+) communities. Different levels of funding are available through the LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund: micro and small grants of up to £1,000; and medium or large grants of up to £15,000. Micro/small grants applications will close at 5pm on the 22nd September 2020. Medium/large grants applications will close at 5pm on the 30th September 2020.

Further information about the Comic Relief LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund (UK) is available here.

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Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for a share of a new £1.5 million emergency fund to help them respond to the COVID-19-related needs of disabled people. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available.

Funding is being distributed to grassroots DPOs across the UK to try to ensure disabled people are less isolated, more independent and their voices are heard and reflected in recovery strategies. The £1.5 million funding has been awarded to a consortium of regional and national DPOs by the National Emergencies Trust (NET) that will award grants to local DRPs.

Disability Wales will allocate the funding to local DPOs in Wales who will be encouraged to apply for funding, support them with their applications, monitor how funding is spent, and evaluate the success of projects.

The application process for DPOs will last from early September to 5 October, with funding distributed by the end of October for projects that must be completed by the end of June.

The fund will open for applications from early September 2020.

The closing date for applications is the 5th October 2020.

Further information about the Disabled People’s Organisations Secure £1.5 Million to Help with Impact of the Pandemic On Disabled People (UK) is available here.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 (UK)

A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is available to any UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people. The funding is being made available through the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme and is financially supported by the National Emergencies Trust. There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

Further information about the New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 (UK) is available here.

Funding for Data Analytics Projects to Help the Social Care Sector Respond to Covid-19 (UK)

The Health Foundation has launched a new £300,000 funding programme for projects which demonstrate how data analytics can be used to improve social care and help the social care sector respond to COVID-19 and its aftermath. Through the Strengthening Social Care Analytics programme, funding of up to £60,000 will be available to support up to five projects across the UK that can present the effective use of data in improving outcomes for vulnerable people and building a resilient, safe workforce. Teams must be prepared to share their learning with other social care analytics teams. A webinar will be held on the 10th September to discuss the programme. Social care providers and commissioners, including domiciliary care providers, must complete an expression of interest form by 12pm on the 2nd October 2020.

Further information about the Funding for Data Analytics Projects to Help the Social Care Sector Respond to Covid-19 (UK) is available here.

Music for All Extends Application Deadline to 1st November 2020 (UK)

Grants are available to UK based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in bringing music to their community. The funding can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up to £2,500 are available. The funding is being made available by the charity Music for All and applications are assessed three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the deadline for applications has been extended for this bidding round from the 1st July 2020 to the 1st November 2020

Further information about the Music for All Extends Application Deadline to 1st November 2020 (UK) is available here.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund Closing Date Announced (UK)

Tesco’s Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund will be closing to applications on the 18th September 2020.

The short-term fund is open to registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish, Town and community councils, social enterprises, local authorities and social housing organisations across the UK. Grants of £500 are available to organisations that support vulnerable groups whose demand for services has been increased or disrupted, or which need to put new services in place. This might include stock for food banks, new home services for the elderly, telephone service to support beneficiaries, holiday hunger clubs, new online patient services, and help for hospices, homeless charities, and women’s refuges. The Fund is set up to support organisation need rather than fund specific projects.

Further information about the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund Closing Date Announced (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Disabled Children and Children with Life Limiting Conditions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the True Colours Trust has adapted its small grants scheme for the next funding round. Through the Small Grants UK Covid-19 Support programme, funding of up to £5,000 will now be available to help smaller charities to adapt their services to enable them to continue or resume supporting disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families during the pandemic. This might include normal running costs of programmes which are resuming, or adaptations to existing services to allow them to take place safely. Priority will be given to organisations which support BAME communities, operate in areas of high deprivation or which are experiencing a second lockdown. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on the 21st September 2020.

Further information about the Funding to Support Disabled Children and Children with Life Limiting Conditions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK) is available here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches New Infrastructure Fund for Charities (England and Wales)

As part of their response to Covid-19, the Lloyds Bank Foundation has launched a new Infrastructure Fund. A total of £480,000 is available to support local and regional infrastructure organisations that provide organisational development support to and advocate for small and local charities. The Foundation anticipate making 16 one-off grants of £30,000. Grants will be available for core costs and can be used over 1-2 years. 25% of the grants for this programme will be ring-fenced for infrastructure organisations that are specifically supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic-led charities and that are led by members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The funding will also be focused on areas in England and Wales particularly hard hit by Covid-19. The closing date for application submission is 5 pm on the 9th October 2020

Further information about the Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches New Infrastructure Fund for Charities (England and Wales) is available here.

Commonwealth Foundation (UK & the Commonwealth)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Foundation is launching a special call for proposals to enable quicker and more efficient support to be delivered to Commonwealth civil society organisations.

Through the Special Grants Call: Covid-19, awards of between £10,000 and £30,000 will be made available to registered, not-for-profit civil society organisations from all Commonwealth Member States to support national initiatives that engage constructively with government to strengthen relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. Applications should relate to one or more aspects of the COVID-19 situation and response.

Applications can be made from 1pm on the 1st September 2020 until 1pm on the 18th September 2020.

Further information about the Commonwealth Foundation (UK & the Commonwealth) is available here.

Funding to Reduce Inequalities Emerging from the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales)

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has launched a new fund to focus on reducing inequalities across society which have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure a fair and just recovery.

Charities and other voluntary sector organisations in Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 from the Voluntary Services Recovery Fund to enable them to continue to deliver essential services to communities, to adapt to meet new needs and respond to new challenges, for example relating to mental health and social well-being. Funding is being made available by the Welsh Government and is primarily focused on revenue funding, however, requests can be made for purchases of smaller capital equipment such as PPE, screens etc.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information about the Funding to Reduce Inequalities Emerging from the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales) is available here.

Comic Relief Change Maker (UK)

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief has launched a new funding programme to support changes in the way which community and voluntary sector organisations work. Funding of between £150,000 and £600,000 will be available for projects lasting up to 3 to 5 years. The focus is on work in areas that are of particular interest to Comic Relief. This includes addressing homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.

Organisations will be able to apply in one of two categories. Grants for small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led; and grants for medium-sized organisations. 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities.

The deadline for applications has been extended from the 28th August 2020 to 12pm on the 25th September 2020.

Further information about the Comic Relief Change Maker (UK) is available here.

£25.5 Million Revenue Support Package for Arts Organisations Affected by Covid-19 (Wales)

The Arts Council of Wales are making grants of between £100,000 and £3 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond.

The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts will support activities until March 2021, and will pay particular attention to those who are experiencing significant financial pressures, including the consequences of the ending of the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme. Funding can be used for costs such as fixed business costs including staff, rent and IT systems, and other costs such as adaptations to prepare for reopening. The budget for this Fund is £25.5 million which has been made available by the Welsh Government. The closing deadline for applications is 5pm on the 9th September 2020.

Further information about the £25.5 Million Revenue Support Package for Arts Organisations Affected by Covid-19 (Wales) is available here.

Next Round of Independent Age’s Funding to Support Older People (UK)

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to registered charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus.

Independent Age’s £760,000 Grant Fund will give priority to organisations working with:

  • Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations, such as having no network of family, friends or community to call on; have a disability or long-term health condition; be caring for a dependant adult with learning disabilities or dementia or be facing other circumstances that make it harder to manage at this challenging time
  • Older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group

Funding should be used to continue to keep these vital services running, providing advice, support, opportunities, and practical help.

Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million, with at least one paid member of staff, and should request enough funds to see them through the next six months of delivery.

The closing date for applications in this round is 9am on the 11th September 2020.

Further information about the Next Round of Independent Age’s Funding to Support Older People (UK) is available here.

Next Round of Funding to Help Musicians (UK)

Grants of £3,000 are available to help professional musicians aged 18 and over with no significant backing, who are finding their health, and performance and teaching commitments affected by the Coronavirus.

The Covid-19 round of Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund aims to do the following three things:

  • Offers a package of support for professional, creative and wellbeing development
  • Enable creative independence for music creators who wish to explore working innovatively through digital methods
  • Encourage new habits and good practices of sustainable wellbeing

Groups of 6 members or less can also apply.

There will be multiple rounds of the Fund over the next three months but applications can only be made once. The deadline for applications for this round is 5pm on the 14th September 2020.

Further information about the Next Round of Funding to Help Musicians (UK) is available here.

Next round of Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund (UK)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000.

The deadline for this round of applications is 16th October 2020.

Successful applicants notified by 23rd October 2020. Payment made by 30th October 2020.

Further information about the Next round of Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund (UK) is available here.

Arts Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants – Round 3 deadline (UK)

UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply for funding to help them respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and to adapt and reimagine ways of working in the future.

Funding of between £10,000 and £50,000 is available to support the priority areas of audiences, collections, adaptable digital skills and infrastructure, and supporting the workforce. Funding can be used to provide immediate practical support connected to reopening such as staffing, equipment, training, or planning for future activities, and to provide opportunities for organisations to help them adapt for the future.

The deadline for applications in the 12th October 2020.

Further information about the Arts Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants – Round 3 deadline (UK) is available here.

Funding for Childcare Providers Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales)

Funding of over £4million is being made available to support childcare providers in Wales which have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the Childcare Provider Grant, childcare settings who have been unable to access other business support schemes offered by the UK and Welsh Governments will be eligible for a one-off grant of either £2,500 or £5,000.

Funding can be used for costs such as rent, utilities and unmet wages to help ensure more providers re-open as schools return in September. The Fund will also aim to help make the sector more resilient by requiring settings to register as a company limited by guarantee, a private limited company, a Community Interest Company or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Applicants need to be registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) .

Childcare providers cannot get the grant if they have applied or got funding from the following schemes:

  • Business rate grants administered by your local authority
  • Economic Resilience Fund (ERF)
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  • Welsh Government Start-Up Grant
  • Third Sector Resilience Fund (WCVA)
  • Mudiad Meithrin grant scheme
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

Applications can be made from the 24th August 2020 until the 31st October 2020.

Further information about the Funding for Childcare Providers Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wales) is available here.

Volant Trust Covid-10 Response Fund update

The Trust is 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 is 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 and the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.

The closing date for applications will be the 31st December 2020.

Further information about the Volant Trust Covid-10 Response Fund update is available here.

Theatre Reopening Fund (UK)

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. In response to the coronavirus crisis, the scheme will now be able to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. This can include:

  • alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing
  • changes to ventilation systems
  • purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations
  • any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening

To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

To be eligible the applicant:

  • must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings;
  • demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year;
  • and have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Applications can be made at any time up to the 5th October 2020.

Further information about the Theatre Reopening Fund (UK) is available here.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (UK)

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust has re-opened for applications until the 19th August 2020. The Trust aims to provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Constituted community organisations and groups can apply for awards of up to £2,000. Both core funding and project funding will be available to help organisations increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are particularly welcomed from smaller charities and community groups, with preference given to charities with a turnover of under £1 million. In addition, depending on the volume of high impact applications received, the Trust may further prioritise smaller organisations, giving particular preference to those with a turnover of less than £500,000. Funding can deliver activities up to 12 months in duration.

Further information about the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (UK) is available here.

Common Call Grants Programme (UK)

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK based social organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black that have a positive impact on deprived communities and are providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially.

The grants are specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period.

The funding aims help grantees:

  • Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post-COVID19
  • Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies
  • Test the viability of specific propositions
  • Develop clear implementable action plans for such activity.

This is a flexible fund that can be spent on anything that will help organisations best deliver impact to their beneficiaries. The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call Covid Fund.

Further information about the Common Call Grants Programme (UK) is available here.

Grants of up to £1 Million Available for the Recovery of Foundation Industries (UK)

UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of £8 million in grant funding for projects supporting the recovery and growth of foundation industries such as cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals. Grants of between £100,000 and £1 million are available through Innovate UK .

Projects must demonstrate how they address resource or energy efficiency of foundation industries and support resilience and sustainability of the sector and its supply chains. Applicants can include techno-economic assessment of new products, services and business models and must:

· help the UK’s foundation industries remain globally competitive and become more environmentally sustainable · indicate how the innovation helps meet the needs of business and/or industry as it emerges from Covid-19 pandemic and aids rapid recovery · demonstrate that the business has the capability to deliver the project

UK businesses of any size and research and technology organisations can apply. The closing date for applications is 11am on the 11th November 2020.

Further information about the Grants of up to £1 Million Available for the Recovery of Foundation Industries (UK) is available here.

Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs – supporting out of school childcare businesses

Following the announcement that childcare settings will be able to increase the number of children they care for, they are now supporting childcare settings with their plans to re-open including the following:

  • network webinars – 8 free network webinars to be delivered in August to support the Childcare Sector which will run over a series of mornings, afternoons and evenings on the following topics preparing to re-open your childcare setting after Covid-19 and play work post Covid-19
  • resources and guidance – Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs has also developed a range of resources and guidance to support Out of School Childcare Clubs during the Covid-19 crisis including re-opening guidance and templates and financial planning and funding resources
  • training – the training team have developed online delivery methods for qualifications and CPD training following ‘lockdown’, currently delivering work apprenticeships in Level 2, 3 and 5 and are able to offer online deliver of the CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Play work (from early years) and online safeguarding training

Further information about the Clybiau Plant Cymru Kid’s Clubs – supporting out of school childcare businesses is available here.

£40 million to support employment and training in Wales

The Welsh Government have pledged to support everyone to find work, education or training or help to start their own business as it launched a £40 million skills and jobs fund.

The package will provide:

  • more than £20 million to incentivise employers to recruit and retain 5,000 apprentices, increase the capacity of traineeship programmes and support more graduates to access work experience, work tasters and paid work placements
  • almost £9 million to help workers access retraining and find new employment, including in areas of skills demand, through ReACT and the Union Learning Fund
  • funding for traineeships, Working Wales and Communities for Work Plus will be increased to help match people to job opportunities and promote self-employment and new ways of working
  • support for a new Barriers Fund, offering up to £2,000 to support people who may not have previously considered self-employment, in particular women, young people, people from BAME communities and disabled people

Further information about the £40 million to support employment and training in Wales is available here.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Force for Change (UK)

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area and the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be:

  • An established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities
  • An Armed Forces unit or base
  • A local authority
  • A school

The Trust will fund a wide range of projects under this programme. However, applicants must be able to show that their project fits under one of these 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

This year, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust will be particularly welcoming applications for projects that help Armed Forces communities move to the ‘new normal’ while continuing to support local needs and reduce isolation. There will be a particular focus on ensuring volunteers can carry out local projects.

There will be two funding rounds between now and noon on the 30th November 2020.

The first closing date will be noon on the 11th September 2020.

To be considered in Round 2, applications need to be submitted by noon on Monday the 30th November 2020.

Further information about the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Force for Change (UK) is available here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation's COVID Recovery Fund

Applications for Lloyds Bank Foundation's COVID Recovery Fund opens on 3 August. Join a live panel Q&A to learn more about the grant programme on 11 August, 2pm - 3.30pm.

The £7.4 million COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they may be facing. The webinar is for small and local charities in England and Wales with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues who are considering applying to this fund.

Further information about the Lloyds Bank Foundation's COVID Recovery Fund is available here.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (Wales)

Update: the deadline for applications has been extended. Applications can be submitted up until 5 pm, 10 August 2020.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund is designed to help mental health organisations based in Wales continue to provide services - or provide additional support. Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem.

Further information about the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (Wales) is available here.

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales

WCVA is still accepting applications from the Third Sector Resilience Fund - Welsh Government funding to provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The fund is part of the £24m of support announced by Welsh Government and will involve a blend of 75% grant and 25% initially interest free loan to be available to incorporated voluntary sector organisations towards the costs of ongoing revenue expenditure, including salaries. Organisations can apply for up to £75,000.

This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income. We realise that many organisations will have a mix of fundraising/donation income and trading income. If your financial situation is predominately because of a loss in trading income, your first port of call should be the grant support made available by Welsh Government rather than this funding.

Further information about the Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales is available here.

Volant Trust Announces Launch of Covid-19 Response Fund (UK / International)

The Volant Trust has announced that it will open its Covid-19 Response Fund on the 1st August 2020.  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 closing date for applications will be the 31st December 2020.

Further information about the Volant Trust Announces Launch of Covid-19 Response Fund (UK / International) is available here.

Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making grants of up to £50,000 available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need within communities across the UK & Republic of Ireland.

The Hope Beyond Programme will look to address three themes:

  • Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities, including making buildings COVID-19 safe for access – as long this is to enable new and/or enhanced support to be offered.
  • Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
  • Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.

Grants are available to help fund:

  • Capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment
  • Project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities

The amount awarded will depend upon the cost of the project and (where applicable) the level of need in the community (which will be assessed based on applicable deprivation indices), ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.

Further information about the Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

METRO Charity in partnership with Umbrella Cymru in Wales will be cascading the fund from Comic Relief, with money raised from ‘The Big Night In’.

Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

Further information about the Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund is available here.

Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK)

The Foyle Foundation has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning.

Within the Arts programme, the Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. The Foundations seeks to support organisations to stabilize and recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

Within the Learning programme, the Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and learning and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are libraries, museums and archives; special educational needs; projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated; projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.

In light of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application. In addition, more grants will be available to cover core costs, favouring those charities with no, or without significant, public funding.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines.

Further information about the Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK) is available here.

Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations can apply for grants of between £25,000 - £75,000 through the new Community Justice Fund. The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

To be eligible for funding an organisation must be registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK; and able to demonstrate a track record of delivering specialist legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits.

The fund is not able to support generalist advice agencies, private sector legal aid practices or individuals.

Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.

Further information about the Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications (UK) is available here.

Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations (UK)

Local homelessness organisations that require emergency financial assistance can apply for grants of up to £100,000 to the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund. A total funding pot of £5.5 million is available to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively. The funding is available to organisations with a turnover of less than £5 million per year.

The deadline for the Comic Relief funding stream is the 3rd August 2020, with decisions made during August.

There are two deadlines for the National Lottery Community Fund funding stream. The 3rd August 2020 for decisions in early September and the 14th September 2020 for decisions made in mid-October.

Further information about the Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations (UK) is available here.

Funding to Help BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Community Foundations is making a £250,000 Infrastructure Fund available for BAME-led infrastructure organisations that can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergency Trust (NET) grants though their local Community Foundations.

Grants of between £50,000 and £20,000 are available to fund work such as for example:

  • Awareness-raising via marketing and communications
  • Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process
  • Support with monitoring and reporting
  • Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations
  • Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities

Applications can be made on a rolling basis and will be considered by an independent panel every week with awards made as quickly as possible thereafter.

For more information and/or to talk to the Community Foundation about applying please email: b.a.m.e.support@ukcommunityfoundations.org

Further information about the funding to Help BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds (UK) is available here.

Sustainable Management Scheme - Natura 2000 Restoration Grant

A grant scheme of at least £4m has been launched to help improve sites of natural significance around Wales, supporting land managers, charities and communities to take forward their vital work and contribute to the nation’s recovery from Covid-19.

The Welsh Government, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, has opened a new round of grant funding for large-scale capital projects to maintain and improve Natura 2000 sites.

Organisations and individuals who can demonstrate action to improve Natura 2000 sites by March 2021 are encouraged to apply. The grant window will be open for five weeks.

Further information about the Sustainable Management Scheme - Natura 2000 Restoration Grant) is available here.

Funding for Projects that Bring Museum & Gallery Collections Closer to People (UK)

Museums and galleries in the UK can apply for funding for projects that bring art collections closer to people by demonstrating their significance, distinctiveness and power. Provided by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and administered by the Museums Association, the Collections Fund will award more than £3.75 million through two types of grants:

  • Collections Innovation and Engagement Grants will award funding of up to £90,000 over two to three years. The deadline for expressions of interest is the 14th September 2020;
  • and funding of up to £250,000 for up to five years will be awarded through Collections Strategy and Development Grants, however, organisations are advised to delay contacting the Association until September 2020 when suitable projects will be invited to submit expressions of interest in Spring 2021.

Further information about the Funding for Projects that Bring Museum & Gallery Collections Closer to People (UK) is available here.

Sport Wales Be Active Fund launched

A new fund of up to £4m has been launched by Sport Wales to help grassroots sports clubs and community organisations.

The new ‘Be Active Wales Fund’ will provide a major source of support to protect community clubs and organisations that have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and help them prepare to re-start activities safely. Grassroots sports clubs and organisations at risk of folding because of the Covid-19 crisis can apply for a grant of between £300 and £50,000 to help pay rent, utility costs, insurances or any fixed costs they may have for facility or equipment hire.

Further information about the Sport Wales Be Active Fund launched is available here.

Intermediate Care fund Third Sector Small Grants

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance, in partnership with the Gwent Regional Partnership Board are pleased to announce a small grant fund with an overall allocation of £37,600 for Torfaen. The grant fund is specifically to support the delivery of Third Sector services and activities under the following themes:

  • Older people
  • People with learning disability
  • Children with complex needs
  • Carers
  • Early intervention and support to children & their families

Further information about the Intermediate Care fund Third Sector Small Grants is available here.

£1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus.

The funding package includes:

  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

Decisions on awards will be made working alongside expert independent figures from the sector including the Arts Council England and other specialist bodies such as Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

Further information about the £1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK) is available here.

UK Government Support Packages to Protect UK University Research (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has launched two support packages to give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities. Around £280 million will be made immediately available to enable universities to continue their cutting-edge work, such as research into antibiotics resistance and the effects of coronavirus on society. £80 million of this funding will be redistributed by UK Research & Innovation to support research and development. From the autumn, a new research funding scheme will cover up to 80% of universities income losses from a decline in international students through long term, low interest loans, supplemented by a small amount of government grants. Further details will be available in due course.

Further information about the UK Government Support Packages to Protect UK University Research (UK) is available here.

Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines.

Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000. The deadline for this round of applications is the 24th July 2020. Payment will be made by the 7th August 2020.

There will be a further funding round with a deadline of the 16th October 2020.

Further information about the Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund is available here.

The Theatres Trust Small Theatres Improvement Grants (UK)

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. In response to the coronavirus crisis, the scheme will now be able to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures.

To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme. To be eligible the applicant:

  • must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings;
  • demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year;
  • and have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 5th October 2020.

Further information about The Theatres Trust Small Theatres Improvement Grants (UK) is available here.

The Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants (UK)

UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help them respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and to adapt and reimagine ways of working in the future. Through the Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine the grants are available to provide immediate practical support connected to reopening such as staffing, equipment, training, or planning for future activities, and to provide opportunities for organisations to help them adapt for the future.

There are three funding rounds for these grants:

  • Round 1: Apply by Monday 6 July 2020
  • Round 2: Apply by Monday 17 August 2020
  • Round 3: Apply by Monday 12 October 2020

Further information about the The Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants (UK) is available here.

7 Stars Foundation (UK)

From July 2020, UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation. To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation.

Further information about the 7 Stars Foundation (UK) is available here.

Welsh Government Nature Funds

Applications are now open for two funds to help communities and organisations fulfil their role in responding to the climate emergency.

National Forest Community Woodland Grant Fund - will allow not-for-profit organisations to apply for funds for woodland projects, which help meet the needs of local communities and help boost ecosystems. This could include the creation of new woodland on derelict sites; the planting of trees on streets in urban neighbourhoods, or creating new corridors of trees to link existing woodlands.

Local Places for Nature Capital Fund - will and give people the chance to create nature on their doorsteps. The scheme is aimed at community organisations to restore and enhance nature in their local areas, particularly in Wales’ most disadvantaged communities, and those with little access to nature.

Further information about the Welsh Government nature funds is available here.

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme Re-Opens (UK)

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

The funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information about the Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme is available here.

Economic Resilience Fund (Wales)

Businesses can now find out if they are eligible to apply for financial support from the next phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF). The online eligibility checker has reopened and businesses will be able to make applications for support from this phase of the fund by the end of the month.

The ERF is designed to support businesses, social enterprises and charities, which are not eligible for other Welsh Government and UK Government support schemes.

The next phase of the fund will enable businesses to access a further £100m of financial support. It is being targeted at microbusinesses, SMEs and large businesses of critical economic importance, which have yet to receive financial assistance from the ERF.

This latest phase will operate in broadly the same way as the first phase but with an update to the eligibility of the micro scheme. This will enable some limited companies which are not VAT registered to access the fund, subject to other criteria being met.

Large businesses, which have suffered more than a 60% reduction of turnover since 1 March 2020 may also qualify for funding if they meet other conditions.

Work is continuing to develop further options to support those businesses, which have not yet been able to access help, such as start-up firms not eligible for the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Check if you are eligible for the COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund - please note that if you received support under the first phase you will not be eligible to apply a second time.

The Health Foundation (UK)

Funding of between £100,000 and £200,000 is available for projects of up to twelve months which seek to understand the impact of Covid-19 on the health and social care system in the UK, and to use this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions for the future.

The Health Foundation’s new Covid-19 Research Programme is open to suitable qualified and experienced research teams to help understand the impact of the crisis in two areas:

  • how service delivery has changed,
  • the impact of the virus on health inequalities and the wider effects of health.

Applications for projects from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines, involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are welcome.

Applications can be made at any time until the 30th September 2020.

Further information about The Health Foundation (UK) is available here.

Rosa Covid-19 Response Fund Small Grants (UK)

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund Small Grants is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria. There is no deadline for applications – they will consider them on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June.

Further information about the Rosa Covid-19 Response Fund Small Grants (UK) is available here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Changes to it Grant Making in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic (England and Wales)

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced changes to their grant making programmes in response to the Covid-19 crisis. These changes include fast tracking those organisations that have already made significant progress with their application. However, the Foundation will only fund projects for 12 months. These charities have also been able to access organisational development support as they made their applications. The foundation has also set aside £2 million to support its current grantees that are facing difficulties. Current grantees can apply for grants of up to £15,000 to fund unanticipated costs incurred as a result COVID-19. The Foundation will also launch a new grants programme in the summer including organisational development support.

Further information about the Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Changes to it Grant Making in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic (England and Wales) is available here.

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Hygiene Grant (UK)

In response to Covid-19 the Asda Foundation has stopped its usual grant making activities and launched its Covid-19 Grants. The Hygiene grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters. The maximum grant available is £500.

Further information about the Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Hygiene Grant (UK) is available here.

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Healthy Holiday Grant (UK)

This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply. If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

Further information about the Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants - Healthy Holiday Grant (UK) is available here.

Coronavirus Future Fund (UK)

The Future Fund will provide UK Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Further information about the Coronavirus Future Fund (UK) is available here.

Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million (UK)

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the UK Government Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).

The maximum loan size available under the scheme will be increased from £50 million to £200 million to help ensure those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during the outbreak.

The expanded loans, which have been introduced following discussions with lenders and business groups, will be available from 26 May 2020.

Further information about the Larger businesses to benefit from loans of up to £200 million (UK) is available here.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for JRCT grantees.

A Covid-19 Initiatives Fund will be launched over the summer which is open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives which build support for systemic change. Full details will be published on the website.

Further information about the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in Response to Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Clinks Covid-19 Response Fund (UK)

Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic. Clinks is pleased to be distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time. The funding is available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community.

Further information about the Clinks Covid-19 Response Fund (UK) is available here.

Independent Age Grants Fund (UK)

Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus. The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round Independent Age will make £500,000 available. Charities working with older people will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.

Further information about the Independent Age Grants Fund (UK) is available here.

The UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK)

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100 million, with £82.6 million already having been pledged in voluntary contributions from firms within the sector. The Fund will work in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust. The key aim is 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.

Further information about the UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry (UK) is available here.

Funding to Increase Mental Health Support in Schools (Wales)

The Welsh Government have announced £3.75 million of funding for mental health in schools that will include new support for children under the age of 11 (year 6). An increase in demand for mental health support among younger people is anticipated as a result of social restrictions and school closures due to the coronavirus.

Further information about the Funding to Increase Mental Health Support in Schools (Wales) is available here.

The Edward Gostling Foundation (UK)

Up to £10,000 is available to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis it is clear that a number of smaller community charity partners will struggle to deliver their vital services to the most vulnerable in society. With immediate effect therefore the Foundation have taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M and to focus on helping smaller charities providing front line community services.

Further information about The Edward Gostling Foundation (UK) is available here.

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust Grants for Single Parent Families (UK)

Grants to help single 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. Or those who were struggling financially before the outbreak. If you're finding it difficult to make ends meet, our grants can fund items for your children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items.

Further information about the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust Grants for Single Parent Families (UK) is available here.

Association of Independent Music Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors (UK)

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that AIM and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

Further information about the Association of Independent Music Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors (UK) is available here.

Childs Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK)

The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.

Further information about the Childs Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK) is available here.

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund (UK)

In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Musicians Union have set up a £1 million hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to. Grants of £200 are available.

Further information about the Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund (UK) is available here.

The Will Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK)

The Will Charitable Trust is currently focussing on providing grants of up to £5,000 to charities in urgent financial need that have previously received support, so that they can concentrate on their response to the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further funds will be made available next month for potentially larger awards.

Further information about The Will Charitable Trust Emergency Funding (UK) is available here.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation (UK)

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from:

  • charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and
  • charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities

Further information about the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors. Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.

Further information about Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Funding for ideas that address the impacts of Covid-19 (UK)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting proposals from UK businesses for research projects and related data collection of up to eighteen months to address the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts
  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Funding is for new research projects. In addition, researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants can apply to re-purpose their existing funding to address the objectives of this call.

If a grant is awarded, funding at 80% of the full economic cost will be provided. Proposals can be submitted at any time and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Further information about Funding for ideas that address the impacts of Covid-19 (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Pet Rescue Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus

Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.

Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Further information about Funding to Support Pet Rescue Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus is available here.

Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, Hope for the Young have launched a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support vulnerable young refugees or asylum seekers up to 30 years of age who are in need of immediate financial support. Grants of up to £250 will be available for up to twelve weeks and will be allocated on a case by case basis to help relieve social isolation and financial hardship. Funding is available to help with costs such as purchasing food, medication and toiletries, and essential utilities. The fund is open to external applications, however, in the first instance, priority will be given to young people receiving support from the Hope for the Young who meet the fund criteria. Hope for the Young aims to respond to all applications within one week of receipt to discuss the application further.

Applications can be submitted at any time. For further details about the Emergency Relief Fund please contact the Grants and Advocacy Coordinator at pamela@hopefortheyoung.org.uk or on: 074481 55126.

Further information about Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Coronavirus Funding (UK)

Organisations that are already in receipt of funding from the Esmee Fairbairn foundation may be eligible to receive a share of £16million of additional funding which has been made available in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Further information about the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Coronavirus Funding (UK) is available here.

The FORE COVID-19 Response: RAFT (UK)

The RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore Trusts) programme has been launched to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis. The RAFT Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to existing grantees so that they are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery for when the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Further information about the The FORE COVID-19 Response: RAFT (UK) is available here.

The Oakdale Trust

Provides funding for charities and voluntary bodies working in Wales on social and community projects, penal reform and medical support. For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the trustees will provide support to registered charitable organisations in Wales that are working to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on communities. The trustees will meet monthly to process grant applications, prioritising those that can demonstrate an immediate and pressing need. Applications should be submitted online via the charity’s website, specifying the new COVID-19 grant programme.

Further information about The Oakdale Trust is available here.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund

A package of programmes is being finalised to delivering emergency funding quickly to support veterans who are particularly vulnerable. Grants will be available for projects supporting vulnerable veterans, particularly those who are isolated and unable to access services or who have limited social contact during the pandemic.

Anyone interested in applying to the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten programme should contact Armed Force Liaison Officers, Stephen Townley, or Ian Pritchard the first instance: Tel: 01978 292267, email: stephen.townley@wrexham.gov.uk or Ian.Pritchard@wrexham.gov.uk 

Further information about the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund is available here.

Young Women’s Trust - The Young Women’s Emergency Fund

The Young Women’s Trust is providing an emergency fund to help young women struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund can provide relief payments of £150 to young women aged 18-30 struggling to afford essentials such as food, utilities and rent for themselves and their families.

Applications will be via Women’s Aid, Women’s Resource Centre and Women for Refugee Women, who are referral partners, and will refer women who are economically vulnerable, experiencing domestic violence and those who are living in insecure housing to the fund.

Further information about the Young Women’s Trust - The Young Women’s Emergency Fund is available here.

SWARM Collective Hardship Fund for Sex Workers

The Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM Collective) has set up a hardship fund for in-person sex workers who are in, or at immediate risk of, financial crisis as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The hardship fund grants of £200 per person are for in-person sex worker without any savings. Applicants can apply by filling out a Google form available on the website and will be asked to prove they are a sex worker in an uninvasive and respectful manner, either by proving details of their online advertising profile, or a phone call.

Further information about the SWARM Collective Hardship Fund for Sex Workers is available here.

Wavelength – Free DAB radios for vulnerable over 70’s

The scheme will see thousands of free DAB radios offered to vulnerable people aged over 70 to help them stay connected during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Vulnerable people aged over 70 who can be nominated through an online application form at www.wavelength.org.uk

£100 million Programme of Loans and Investment for Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus (UK)

Charities and, social enterprises in disadvantaged areas facing financial hardship and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus will be able to apply for emergency funding from a £100 million programme of loans and investment. The emergency package is made up of a £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide emergency loans with no fees or interest for the first twelve months; £29 million for smaller, emergency loans to small businesses in more deprived areas; and up to a further £50 million over the coming months for existing and future investments as needed. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are expected to open in mid-April, with the first loans completed by the start of May. Further details on the programme will be available shortly.

Further information about the £100 million Programme of Loans and Investment for Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

Association of Mental Health Providers (UK)

The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems.

Further information about the Association of Mental Health Providers (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK)

The Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to support registered charities that ate helping local communities affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support groups and activities that:

  • Help vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
  • Ensure supplies for foodbanks and organisations, in particular to alleviate the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.
  • Help community response coordination, including volunteer costs.
  • Cover additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Cover the loss of income for charities providing support for vulnerable groups

The £100,000 fund will make donations of between £250 and £2,000 to help with costs such as running costs, staff and travel costs, and volunteer expenses. Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

Further information about the Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK) is available here.

COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

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

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

Further information about the COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund is available here.

The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants (Wales)

The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.

Grants will be made available to independent heritage attractions and museums in Wales. These are small independent historic attractions that are themselves historic buildings or sites and Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation museums. The grants enable these organisations to survive this difficult period of closure and income loss.

Further information about The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants (Wales) is available here.

In This Together – Community Matters Fund (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales)

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations. Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.

Further information about In This Together – Community Matters Fund (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales) is available here.

Rank Foundation Emergency and Resilience Funds (UK)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Rank Foundation has temporarily suspended its major grants programme to focus on the immediate operational needs of its network. The Foundation has launched two funds to help existing network and current grant recipients:

  • The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
  • The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.

Initially, funding will only be available to the Foundation’s RankNet members, but public access may be given at a later date.

Further information about the Rank Foundation Emergency and Resilience Funds (UK) is available here.

Social Investment Business Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (UK)

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.

Further information about the Social Investment Business Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (UK) is available here.

Torfaen Voluntary Alliance COVID-19 support grant

In collaboration with Torfaen County Borough Council we are able to offer funds for organisations. If yours is providing COVID-19 support for communities in Torfaen you can apply for a grant of up to £500.

Further information about the Torfaen Voluntary Alliance COVID-19 support grant is available here.

New Government Funds to Provide Support for Charities Affected by Coronavirus (Wales)

The Welsh Government has announced two new funds to help charities, community groups and social enterprises affected by the Coronavirus. Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available through the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund to help organisations maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable and disadvantaged in their communities. The second fund, the Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales, will involve a blend of 75% grant and 25% initially interest free loan to organisations who have been affected financially due to a fall in fundraising and donation income. Organisations can apply for up to £75,000 to help with ongoing revenue expenditure. In addition, this fund offers a bridging loan for the equivalent of two months’ furloughed wages (up to £25,000) whilst waiting for reimbursements from the Government. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Further information about the New Government Funds to Provide Support for Charities Affected by Coronavirus (Wales) is available here.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Emergency Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides funding to organisations in the arts world which aim to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, enabling them to realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In response to the coronavirus, the Foundation has created a £20 million Emergency Fund to provide additional support to some organisations already funded by the Foundation. The aim of the funding is to support immediate and longer-term concerns which may include help with adapting activities and existing services or setting up new ones, channelling funds to front line groups or providing financial support and flexibility. The Foundation will contact organisations they currently fund.

Further information about the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Emergency Fund is available here.

Awards for All

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

We will be prioritising applications that are COVID-19 related over the next six months.

This means we will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19, as highlighted through our stakeholder engagement and external analysis
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Further information about Awards for All is available here.

The Barclays Foundation COVID-19 Community Aid Package (UK)

The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package - The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees' personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.

Further information about the The Barclays Foundation COVID-19 Community Aid Package (UK) is available here.

The Clothworkers Foundation Emergency Capital Programme (UK wide excluding London)

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Charities, CIO’s, CIC’s and other not for profit organisations can apply, priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups.

Further information about The Clothworkers Foundation Emergency Capital Programme (UK wide excluding London) is available here.

The Cwmbran Trust

The Cwmbran Trust aims to benefit the community of Cwmbran Town in the NP44 area by providing funding to schools, communities and individuals. The goal of the charity is to provide the advancement of education, the provision of social amenities and the relief of poverty, distress or sickness.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis the Trust has developed a swifter process to assess applications and enable those most in need to receive support as quickly as possible. This applies to individuals, families and organisations (e.g. foodbanks, community groups, etc.)

Further information about the Cwmbran Trust is available here.

Neighbourly Community Fund (UK)

The giving platform Neighbourly which connects businesses to good causes is 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.

Further information about the Neighbourly Community Fund (UK) is available here.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

A new fund specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

The impact of the Coronavirus on musicians’ lives and careers is unprecedented, and it’s been recognised that the charity’s normal person-centred approach of Health & Welfare support needs to be boosted in this exceptional period to give as many musicians as possible immediate financial relief. A fund of £5m has therefore been created to help reduce the worry many musicians are experiencing about their mounting household expenses.

Further information about the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund is available here.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund

The Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.

Further information about the John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund is available here.

Community Foundation Wales

Community Foundation Wales is launching the fund with an initial £200,000. Funding for charities, community groups and not for profit organisations working in Wales, who provide activities to vulnerable groups. It will also support organisations who are adapting the way they work to respond to the rapidly changing needs in their communities.

Further information about Community Foundation Wales is available here.

Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Further information about the Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK) is available here.

£100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced funding to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Scheme will be available from the Development Bank of Wales for a limited period. It is intended to provide support to businesses who are experiencing cash flow difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

The loan scheme will work alongside the UK wide Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, other Welsh Government and UK Government support offers, providing more vital options for Welsh businesses.

Key features:

  • Loans between £5,000 to £250,000, maximum loan levels apply
  • 12-month capital and interest repayment holiday
  • No arrangement or monitoring fees
  • 2% interest fixed for 6 years (includes the 12 month holiday)
  • Partially secured lending depending on the size of the loan, see below for details

Who can apply?

All Wales based SMEs who have been trading 2 years or longer including sole traders and partnerships.

If you need to contact us please email info@developmentbank.wales

Further information about the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme is available here.

Sports Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales. The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.

Further information about the Sports Wales scheme is available here.

The Moondance Foundation (Wales)

The Covid-19 Relief Fund has been created to help Welsh charities continue with their operations during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is available to registered charities working in Wales to help with any of the following: Staff Retention; Current activities and services in jeopardy; Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis. Moondance encourages only those who are truly in need to apply.

Further information about The Moondance Foundation (Wales) is available here.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Fund (UK)

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.

Further information about The National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Fund (UK) is available here.

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (UK)

Grants are available to help 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. Parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead. These can include essential clothing; baby clothing, equipment or bedding; children's bedroom furniture; essential White Goods; specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g. sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers.

Further information about the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (UK) is available here.

Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund (UK)

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. 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. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it.

Further information about the Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund (UK) is available here.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund (UK)

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations that support vulnerable groups will be encouraged to apply for a grant of £500 to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish and Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations.

Further information about the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund (UK) is available here.

The Leathersellers’ Company

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000. In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients

Further information about the The Leathersellers’ Company is available here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants

Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.

Further information about the The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants is available here.

UK Government announces £750 million emergency support package

The Government has announced a £750 million emergency support package for charities across the UK to ensure they can continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak.  The funding package consists of £360 million direct from government departments to charities such as hospices and victim support charities that are providing vital services and helping vulnerable people through the current crisis;

These will include:

  • hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
  • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
  • victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
  • vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
  • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time

£370 million will also be available to smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund is currently discussing with Government on how best to distribute the funding.

Government departments will identify priority recipients, with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational within a similar period of time.

The Government also announced they will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

Further information about the UK Government announces £750 million emergency support package is available here.

Free business support is available for charities from the Cranfield Trust

During the coronavirus outbreak we are keen to do everything we can to help frontline charities keep going. Managing through a crisis is challenging, and although the demands of maintaining services and meeting need are growing, managing your organisation is critical too. Contact us: We’re keen to see how we can help you.

Further information about the free business support available for charities from the Cranfield Trust is available here.