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:

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

Funders that have responded to the crisis but are not currently open to applications are listed on a separate page of currently closed funds, for information only.

We are working hard to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. If you have information that you feel we should add to the page, please send it to info@lcvs.org.uk.

Capacity Building

The LCVS Capacity Building Team is still here to help you:

Funding Opportunities and Information

The following list of funders details what funding is currently available and how individual funders are adapting to support charitable organisations throughout the crisis.

7 Stars Foundation – launching July 2020

An unrestricted grant funding programme for charities across the UK looking after at risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; homelessness and those who are supporting young child carers.

Grants are available up to £2,500 for charities with a turnover of under £1.5M, to be directed on overheads; salary costs and however else the charity sees fit to ensure their survival and sustainable service in the future.

Visit the 7 Stars Foundation website.

Albert Hunt Trust

Funding for capital projects or running costs available to registered charities that provide hospice care, provide support for the homeless or promote health and wellbeing.

Get the details and apply to Albert Hunt Trust.

Antonio Carluccio Foundation

Current level of grants for 2020 extended to £500,000. Amongst the core objectives of the foundation are the ideas to support hospitality related training and development, to promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition and to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need.

Charities working in these areas are invited to apply for grants up to £10,000.

Get the details and apply via the Antonio Carluccio Foundation website.

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.

Art Fund

Respond and reimagine grants from Art Fund provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

Visit the Art Fund website.

ASDA Foundation

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation has developed 2 new grant streams:

  • Hygiene Grant: This 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. We would expect applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.
  • Healthy Holiday Grant: This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

Get  the details and apply via the ASDA Foundation website.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – next round 1 – 31 July 2020

Registered charities working within the UK, with a minimum operating income and expenditure of £100,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000, can apply for up to £1,000. The July 2020 round seeks to support projects that focus on supporting the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Applications will be accepted between 1 – 31 July 2020.

Visit the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust website.

Barnardos

As part of the £7 million relief fund provided by the Department for Education Barnardos is launching the See, Hear, Respond charity partnership on June 15th. There will be tailored support for children and families, to help reduce levels of harm. This will include online and digital support, face-to-face interventions, using social distancing measures and PPE, and wider targeted work with children who will need help reintegrating back into school.

Barnardos will be approaching national, regional and local partner organisations in the coming weeks to work with them on delivering the service across England. If your organisation is interested in working with them, you can get in touch with your regional coordinator now, using details found on the website.

Visit the Barnados website.

BBC Children in Need

The current grant programmes have been temporarily paused as they launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants, to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under.

Booster Grants – Current grant-holders can apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period

Next Steps Grant – registered not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month perio.

Get the details from the Children in Need website.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust

Grants for charities, CIOs and organisations with ‘exempt’ status with the Charity Commission, in the categories of community, education, health and social welfare. The funding is for capital projects, and in particular ones that include new buildings, extensions, refurbishments, recreational spaces or new minibuses.

The majority of grants issued are in the small grants category (under £5k) but the trust also issues medium grants (under £20k) and large grants (over £20k).

Visit the Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust website.

Big Society Capital

A £100 million programme of loans and investment to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Get the details via the Big Society Capital website.

CEO Sleepout

Local community volunteer groups working in response to the coronavirus crisis can apply for a £250 grant, to help them get essential supplies to people isolating alone. Distribution of funds will begin once the emergency fund has raised £2,500.

Apply to the Community and Volunteer Groups Emergency Fund.

Or find out more about the fund and what it supports on the fundraising appeal page.

Childs Charitable Trust

Emergency funding available for Christian based organisations facing financial difficulty. Applicants must meet the trust’s usual funding criteria.

Get the details of the Childs Charitable Trust website.

Clinks

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19.

Clinks wants to hear from 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 in the context of Covid-19.

Visit the Clinks 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.

Here are a list of coronavirus funding FAQs from Comic Relief.

Visit the Comic Relief funding page for more.

Discretionary Business Grants

See our Government Covid-19 Funding page.

Dulverton Trust

For the immediate future (including June and October Board meetings), Dulverton Trust’s grant-making will be focused on:

(a) charities which meet funding criteria and are well-placed to support vulnerable communities through this crisis (previous grant recipients will be prioritised, but they may consider new charities as an exception)

(b) supporting charities with which they have an existing relationship to overcome funding challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis

Get the full details on the Dulverton Trust website.

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

Open to community organisations and charities in Merseyside, operating in a wide range of areas. In light of Covid-19, trustees are particularly interested in applications which seek support for activities which have particular burdens placed on them because of the infection, such as foodbanks, organisations providing domestic violence support, volunteer organisations specifically supporting communities including those with restricted mobility or other disabilities and animal welfare activities.

Visit the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund website.

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

Continuing to accept applications for funding from: (i) charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and (ii) charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.

Information about how to apply for funding can be found in the “Guidelines & Applying for Funding” section of the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation website.

Esmee Fairbairn

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

£14 million in fast-response grants will be offered to some of the organisations they currently support and £2 million will be made available for contributions to emergency funding schemes in collaboration with others.

Get more information on the Esmee Fairbairn website.

Foyle Foundation

Small grants scheme remains open. The scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level. Applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.

These are one year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Visit the Foyle Foundation 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. The funder remains open  to new applications.

Find out more on the Garfield Weston website.

George Bairstow Charitable Trust

Emergency aid for communities, the encouragement of volunteering and skill development in young people. Not specifically COVID funding, but the current challenges are recognised and this funder remains open for business.

Visit the George Bairstow Charitable Trust website.

Government funding

Visit our separate subpage for details of all Covid-19 funding available from the Government.

HDH Wills Charitable Trust

General charities – small grants for registered charities. Grants from the Trust are generally in the region of £250 – £500 and can be for core costs, capital or project funding. Their online application is simple and fairly quick to complete, and applications are assessed monthly – no deadline dates.

Wildlife and environmental charities – focuses on conservation and maintenance for the benefit of the public of the natural environment and its indigenous woodland flora and fauna, with particular reference to the conservation and maintenance of the character and amenity of rural areas. Grants are typically between in the £1,000 to £2,000 range, though sometimes up to £5,000.

Visit the HDH Wills 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.

Historic England – closes 28 June

The Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund will award grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at some of England’s locally-cherished historic buildings and sites.

The work funded will help heritage sites reopen to the public and thrive once again as quickly as possible – subject of course to Covid-19 restrictions. The business generated will help heritage specialists who have been severely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Visit the Historic England website.

Independent Age

Trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

The Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round £500,000 will be available and organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each. This fund is open to reg charities (only), with an annual income less than £1m, working to support older people. The two key priorities for the fund are:

  • older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations and
  • older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind

Find out more and apply via the Independent Age website.

John Moores Foundation

John Moores Foundation remains open for applications. Its trustees are aware that this crisis is very likely the precursor to a secondary, maybe bigger one once the lockdown is over. They think there will then be a good chance that a significantly weakened VCS is going to have to deal with much higher levels of poverty and disadvantage than before. Therefore they want to continue with their normal funding programme, albeit with shorter timescales, to help support groups to maintain their cashflow and continue delivering their much-needed projects and services in the medium and longer-term. If groups want to discuss their specific needs at this time with the JMF team, they are, as always, more than welcome to get in touch.

Visit the John Moores Foundation website.

Jospeh Rowntree Charitable Trust

A Covid-19 Organisational Support Fund has been established for existing JRCT grantees. The fund is designed to help grantees adapt their work to the changed context arising from COVID-19.

This might involve assistance with the transition to remote and online working, including costs of computer equipment, digital infrastructure, development of online content, or services for staff and volunteer wellbeing; up to £1,000.

Get the details on the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust website.

LCRCares COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

*Grant amount increased from £5k to £10k.*

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.

LCR Pride Foundation Community Fund – closes 3 August

A £20,000 fund, for projects that support the LGBT+ community in the Liverpool City Region. Includes open grants of up to £1,000 for projects that aim to bring the LGBT+ community together, inclusive physical activity and sport grants of up to £500 and short film commissions of up to £1000.

Visit the LCR Pride Foundation website.

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant – next deadline 3rd August 2020

UK registered charities working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Visit the Leeds Building Society website.

Lord’s Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK)

The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, is accepting applications through its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. SEN Schools and organisations catering for young disabled people in the UK can apply to the Lords Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses.

Visit the Lord’s Taverners website.

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.

Morris Church Conservation Grants – 31 August 2020

The William and Jane Morris Fund accepts applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896, for grants of between £500 and £3,000 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments.

Visit the Society of Antiquaries website for details.

Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials, delivery of services in hostels and shelters and information and advice. Grants of up to £10,000 are available but the emphasis is on smaller amounts to enable as many charities as possible can be supported from the fund.

Get the details and apply to the Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund.

Movement for Good Awards – closes 24 July 202

The second round of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards is open for applications to charities with an income of under £5million. 10 grants of £50,000 will be made to UK registered charities for projects that will enable them to either take their existing work to the next level, or begin providing a new area of work. To be eligible, projects must lie within one of the scheme’s priority aims:

  • the advancement of education and skills
  • the advancement of citizenship or community development
  • the advancement of arts, culture or heritage

Visit Ecclesiastical’s website.

Music for All

Application Deadline extended to 1 November 2020. Grants are available to UK-based community groups and schools who would benefit from a ‘helping hand’ to bring music to their community and fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes.

Visit the Music for All website.

National Churches Foundation Grant 

Churches across the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs through the National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Programme.

Visit the National Churches Trust website for details.

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

Awards for All and Reaching Communities are currently operating under the name of Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Get further details on our Government Covid-19 funding page.

Apply directly via the National Lottery Community Fund website.

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.

Nesta Arts and Culture Impact Fund

A £20 million fund offering loans between £150,000 and £1 million to help social enterprises in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors innovate and grow.

Get the details on the Nesta website.

NSUN Covid-19 Fund

As part of the Mental Health Response funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Get the details via the NSUN 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.

Rank Foundation

Two funds launched:

  1. Emergency Fund, for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships, available to the foundation’s existing network and not just current grant recipients
  2. Resilience Fund, for grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income challenges relating to the current Covid-19 related climate, available to RankNet members. This includes those facing significant, unplanned demand on services

For full details, visit the Rank Foundation website.

Red Cross Hardship Fund

Financial help for people who can’t afford the essentials such as food and toiletries, somewhere safe to sleep, access to a telephone and the internet and fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm.

You must be a referral partner organisation to register people for cash assistance (referral partners are chosen by Red Cross. Available grants include a £120 one off payement or  a three month grant of £360, paid in monthly instalments of £120 each. Families with children or other dependants can receive up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three months.

Visit the Red Cross Hardship Fund website.

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

An open call for women’s organisations to apply for what they identify as a short-term funding need. There is no deadline for applications – Rosa will consider them on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Get the details and apply via the Rosa website.

Social Investment Business (SIB) Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund

A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

Open for applications from charities and social enterprises that have been trading for a minimum of two years and have a turnover of between £400k and £45m. The loan size will be £100,000 – £1.5million.

Get the details from the SIB Group website.

Souter Charitable Trust – next deadline 31 August 2020

Grants primarily for Christian charities in the UK, for projects that relieve human suffering. They are particularly keen on projects that promote spiritual welfare, and will consider grants for most purposes except capital building and renovation projects. Most grants are in the range of £1,000 – £3,000.

Visit the Souter Trust website.

Steel Charitable Trust

Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 available to UK charities and CICs operating in priority categories including arts and heritage, education, environment, social or economic disadvantage and health.

Get the details and apply to Steel Charitable Trust.

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.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund – closes 31 August

A fund made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks. Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000. In doing so they must demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community. Applicants will also have to demonstrate how their project contributes to delivering the Illegal Money Lending Team’s (IMLT) priorities, which include raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks, promoting the work of the IMLT in communities and encouraging the reporting of loan sharks.

Visit the Stop Loan Sharks Website.

Support Adoption for Pets

A rolling programme providing grants of up to £10,000 to projects that have a direct impact on animal welfare. In light of the current coronavirus situation, they are currently only funding vet bills, boarding costs, food, aalaries of (non-furloughed) animal care staff, utilities and consumables.

Get the details and apply via the Support Adoption for Pets website.

Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide grants of £250 – £1,000 to existing small swimming and aquatics organisations so that they may continue to operate in these especially difficult times.

Read the criteria and apply via the Swimathon Foundation website.

Tampon Tax Fund

Applications for grants of of £1m or more are open to individual, and consortia of, charitable organisations UK wide, for projects in 3 categories: violence against women and girls, young women’s mental health and well being, and a general programme.

Get the details and apply via gov.uk.

Tesco Covid-19 Communities Fund

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. Typically the fund will support organisations that have experienced increased demand or disrupted services, as well as those that have had to introduce new services.

Visit the Tesco Bags of Help website.

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.

UK insurance and long-term savings industry Covid-19 Support Fund

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.

Get the details.

UNISON

If you are a UNISON member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, you can apply for a grant of up to £250.

Get the details from the UNISON website.

Wooden Spoon

£200,000 to support small charities helping vulnerable children. Funds for UK children’s charities that are struggling to run essential services due a reduction in funding caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get the details and apply to Wooden Spoon.

Youth Futures Foundation

A rolling grants programme funding organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

Not-for-profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, or statutory organisations with annual turnover over £100,000 can apply for large development grants or impact grants.

For details, visit the Youth Futures Foundation website.

If you were looking for a particular funder and didn’t find it above, it may be included in our list of funds that are not currently accepting applications or on our Government Covid-19 Funding page.

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.

Resources to help your organisation exit lockdown:

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 info@lcvs.org.uk.

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