Covid-19 Funding and Support

This page pulls together all of the key information that we have found to support you during this time of crisis. It includes:

  • details of available funding pots, along with coronavirus response statements from a range of funders
  • Lots of information and guidance to help you keep your organisation running smoothly and support staff and service users

The LCVS Capacity Building Team is working hard to keep this information as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. If you have information that you feel we should add to this list, please send it to

Please keep in mind that the Capacity Building Team is still here to help you at this time. Find out what we could help you with or complete our enquiry form to have a member of the team get back to you.

Funding Opportunities and Information

The following list of funders details:

  • what funding is currently available
  • how individual funders are adapting to support charitable organisations throughout the current crisis

Arts Council England

Making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis. Arts Council has also changed its funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding, to help alleviate pressure as best they can.

Find out more about Arts Council England’s measures.

Awards for All

Provides grants of £300 – £10,000 for activities that bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities and help more people to reach their potential.

Visit National Lottery Awards for All.

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital to is to set up a £100m emergency loan fund for charities. The social lender will release more details about its Emergency Liquidity Facility next week, and has asked the culture secretary for financial support.

Follow this link to read the full story on We will add more details to this page when they are available.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – paused

CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, so CAF aims to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. The fund is now paused and applications will reopen when additional money is available.

Find out more on the CAF website.

Comic Relief

Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus. Support is available for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes or re-budgeting remaining funds.

Visit the Comic Relief funding page for more.


£1.5 million of essential food products to  is being donated to FareShare’s 23 regional centres, then supplied to a network of local community groups across the country.

Find out more on the Co-op website.

Esmee Fairbairn

Due to start a new funding strategy in May 2020, so will close to new applications on 3 April 2020, reopening in May.

Also taking a range of actions to support organisations they currently fund, including: moving payments and relaxing reporting guidelines, expanding grants plus programme and making top-up or emergency grants to those they already fund.

Get more information on the Esmee Fairbairn website.

Garfield Weston

Trustees have given a first-response donation of £1million to the National Emergency Trust. In addition, Garfield Weston has provided simple guidance for charities wishing to change the use of existing grants, and is offering flexibility to current grant holders about times and reporting.

Find out more on the Garfield Weston website.

Henry Smith

Still assessing applications and awarding new grants. Henry Smith has not changed its criteria.

For the full response to the current crisis, visit the Henry Smith website.

Indigo Trust 

£1m donated to the Trussell Trust for food banks.

Read the statement on the Indigo Trust website.

John Lewis & Waitrose

launched a £1m Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic.

Read more about the John Lewis and Waitrose Community Support Fund.

LCRCares COVID-19 Community Support Fund – Phase 1 now open

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside, has launched the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. Funding has also been provided by the National Emergencies Trust (NET) to support local need.

Get the details and apply for the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Cupport Fund.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Currently funded organisations, if you would like to change the focus of your grant so you can respond to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on your service users, the funder can support you to do this. They also won’t withhold payments if you have not met your outcomes for the year as a result of disruption from Coronavirus.

Read the full Lloyds Bank Foundation coronavirus response.

Make A Difference Trust

Small pockets of financial assistance are available to those in theatre, experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to theatre closures as a direct result of Government advice aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.

Visit the MAD Trust website.

Martin Lewis – this fund is now closed

£1m has been made available, to fund urgent coronavirus grants of £5k to £20k for small registered UK charities. These grants are to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. His intention is to get the money is distributed within the next couple of weeks. The fund closed on 25 March but you can read and update relating to applications on the Money Saving Expert blog.

The National Emergencies Trust

Fundraising appeal launched, to help those most effected by the outbreak. The National Emergencies Trust collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money, and to support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.

Visit the National Emergencies Trust website.

National Lottery Community Fund

Planning to continue delivering services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as they can. At the moment, their priority is to keep money flowing to support people, communities and the organisations. All the funding decisions made for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.

Read all recent statements from National Lottery Community Fund.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis. They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites we have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

Get the details via the Heritage Fund website.


Micro-grants of up to £400 are available to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners have partnered with Neighbourly to create the Neighbourly Community Fund to channel microgrants directly to community organisations helping those most at risk. For existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland only.

Visit Neighbourly Community Fund page.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has signed up to a joint funder statement coordinated by London Funders. Read the funder’s response to the crisis online now.

Visit the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

PH Holt

Emergency fund that welcomes applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities, operating in any Merseyside borough. Grants from £1,000, with most falling between £5,000-£10,000 for a single year. Can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help to keep your vital charity services running.

Get full details and apply via the PH Holt website.

Sport England

Making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, they have also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

Read more on the Sport England website.

Steve Morgan Foundation

Up to £1m per week for an initial 12 weeks is available via hardship fund, to help with costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus. Open to charities and not-for-profit groups in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire (west of M6).

Apply to the Steve Morgan Foundation for emergency coronavirus support.

Tudor Trust

Continuing to accept applications (by email only) and still making grants, with trustees meeting each week so that they can make decisions quickly. Also prioritising getting payments out to our current grant holders.

As regards short-term term emergency funding, Tudor Trust has made a first donation of £500,000 to the National Emergencies Trust.

For full details, visit the Tudor Trust website.

Other useful information and guidance

Anything that doesn’t fit into either of the above categories but feels to  us like important or useful information, we have included in the lists below.

Click on any bullet point to be taken to an external site that we have read through thoroughly and deemed to be helpful.

Guidance for voluntary organisations:

Information for employers and employees:

Resources to assist your team with home working:

Information to help you support service users:

Things are changing quickly right now. We are doing our best to keep the information on this page as up-to-date as possible but if you spot anything that is no longer correct please let us know on

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