GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards (UK)

The 2021 GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are now open to applications from community-based health and wellbeing charities. The awards are designed to recognise success and achievements for existing work by providing mentoring and funding. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

Judges will be looking for applications which provide evidence of :

  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Partnership
  • Achievement
  • Community focus
  • Targeting need

Up to ten winners will receive £30,000, with one overall winner receiving £40,000. Ten runners-up will receive £3,000. Award winners will also be offered high quality training and development valued at an average of £9,500, have a film made about their work and receive help with press and publicity.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 14th September 2020.

Further information about the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards (UK) 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.

Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects (UK)

Aviva has announced that it has expanded the Aviva Community Fund application criteria to include projects that allow causes to adapt or continue their vital services, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.

Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive and resilient communities
  • Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt

In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas.

The closing date to apply to the Aviva Community Fund is the 28th July 2020.

Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to. Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Further information about the Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects (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.

Initially, Independent Age will begin by supporting work with two groups of older people, who can too easily miss out:

Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations 

This can include older people that may have 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 in danger of being out of sight and out of mind

Independent Age are looking to help organisations connecting with 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. They may be part of an isolated, neglected or very poor community, be facing stigma or discrimination or have needs which make it hard for them to access services, perhaps because they are homeless, live with HIV or are hidden from view in an abusive relationship.

To be eligible to apply the applicant organisation must be registered as a charity with The Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Organisations must have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years).

The applicant organisation must be already working with older people in one or both of the two priority areas.  Organisations that do not specialise in work with older people are welcome to apply – but you must already be providing services for older people as part of their work.

Charities are able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. 

The next funding round will be open from the 27th July 2020 until 9am on the 21st August 2020.

Further information about the Independent Age Grants Fund (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.

£191 Million Package to Help Innovative Businesses Recover from the Impacts of Coronavirus (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

The UK Government has announced a £191 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to provide UK registered businesses with urgent financial support to help them recover from the impacts of coronavirus and keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive.

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million in round one for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19, such as technology that supports a reduction in single-use plastics to greener modes of transport, or more energy-efficient office buildings.

The deadline for applications is 11am on the 29th July 2020

A further £10 million is available to help businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner.

The deadline for applications is 11am on the 5th August 2020

Further information about the £191 Million Package to Help Innovative Businesses Recover from the Impacts of Coronavirus (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is available here.

Funding to Help Clubs Return to Football (England & Wales)

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief is launching 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.

Football clubs can apply for funding to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow their buildings to safely reopen in line with Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Through their £2.19 million Club Preparation Fund, the Football Foundation will make grants of £500 available to grassroots football clubs and organisations, FA National League System clubs, Welsh Cymru Premier League clubs, and clubs in The FA Women’s Pyramid to help them return to football.

Funding should be used on three key areas:

  • promoting good hygiene;
  • keeping facilities and equipment clean; and
  • maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion.

This might include hand sanitiser dispensers, signage and floor markings, and installing safety screening and contactless payment systems.

The deadline for applications is the 19th July 2020

Further information about the Funding to Help Clubs Return to Football (England & Wales) is available here.

Funding for Charities Supporting the Over 60’s and BAME Communities (UK)

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to UK charities that focus on the often complex issues that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic for people aged 60 and over. The funding is being made available through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. The Trust will also be prioritising charities that work in BAME communities, in light of Black Lives Matter and the growing awareness that these communities are being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The funding is available to UK registered charities that have an operating income and expenditure of between £100,000 and £1 million.

The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2020

Further information about the Funding for Charities Supporting the Over 60’s and BAME Communities (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.

Comic Relief Announces Change Makers Programme (UK)

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Comic Relief is launching 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 will be 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 fund will open for applications on the 13th July 2020 and close at 12pm on the 28th August 2020.

Further information about the Comic Relief Announces Change Makers Programme (UK) is available here.

Funding to Support Heritage Organisations Affected by Coronavirus (UK)

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks.

The funding can cover unavoidable costs organisations will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months.

Organisations should only apply for essential costs. This might include independent heritage attractions that are highly dependent on visitor income, contributions towards increasing digital activities, and testing new activities to help recovery.

The closing date for applications has been extended from the 30th June 2020 to the 31st July 2020.

Further information about the Funding to Support Heritage Organisations Affected by Coronavirus (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.

The Edge Foundation (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, the Edge Foundation has launched a one-off £250,000 fund to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. Through the Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund, grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to all educational establishments or not-for-profit organisations working within the education sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build a better future. The deadline for applications is midday on the 9th July 2020.

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

British Red Cross Launches Hardship Fund (UK)

The British Red Cross are providing financial support to help the most vulnerable financially impacted by the covid-19 crisis. The British Red Cross Hardship Fund provides short term financial help for individuals who can’t afford essentials such as food and toiletries, somewhere safe to sleep, and access to a telephone and the internet. Money will be delivered on a pre-paid card by either a one-off payment of £120 or a three-month grant of £360 which will be paid in three monthly instalments of £120. Families with children or other dependants can receive up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three months. Those in need will be registered for assistance by the Red Cross’s network of Referral Partner organisations which include Local Authorities, charities, and other groups working with vulnerable people.

Further information about the British Red Cross Launches Hardship Fund (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.

Welsh Dairy Support Scheme set to open for applications

Applications for the new Welsh dairy support scheme will open on 18 June, supporting farmers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions due to COVID-19.

The scheme application window will be open until 14 August 2020.

Further information about the Welsh Dairy Support Scheme 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.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust (UK)

In response to the Coronavirus, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust have reviewed their grant criteria to enable them to spread their funds as widely as possible to help those with greatest need. The Trust awards grants to UK registered charities or organisations that are exempt from registration with projects that address specific categories set out by the Trust each year.

The next round of funding will be aimed at supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people aged 60 and over affected by the crisis. UK registered charities with an income and expenditure of £1,000,000 and over will be able to apply for grants of £1,000 to continue their much-needed support.

The next round of funding will be open for applications from the 1st of July 2020 through to the 31st July 2020.

Further information about the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust (UK) 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.

Aviva Community Fund (UK)

Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020.

Further information about the Aviva Community Fund (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. More details will be made available over the next two weeks.

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.

Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications (UK)

Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. Modelling of new proposals such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions. Grants from £5,000 upwards are available.

Further information about Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications (UK) is available here.

Thomas Pocklington Trust COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector (UK)

To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times. Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

Further information about the Thomas Pocklington Trust COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector (UK) is available here.

Crisis Emergency Grant (UK)

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Local organisations and charities providing services to those experiencing homelessness can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency; and grants of up to £50,000 to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery.

Further information about the Crisis Emergency Grant (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.