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:

  • all of the current funding pots we know of, that are available and relevant to our demographic
  • information and guidance to help you keep your organisation running smoothly, and to 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 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 

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.

All Churches

Hope Beyond fund for churches and Christian charities. Up to £50,000 for projects tackling issues of loneliness, growing community resilience, promoting mental health, or developing online services. Funding may include capital costs and salaries.

Visit the All Churches website.

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants – the priority is helping to fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible.

Get the details and sign up for notifications on this fund.

Coronavirus response – Made £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals in need during this crisis. 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 coronavirus response 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

Transforming Communities and Improving Lives Grants are designed to support grassroots organisations at the heart of communities.

Visit the ASDA Foundation website.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust 

Grants rounds in 2021 will fund projects that help combat homelessness, and work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Visit the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust website.

Aviva Community Fund – open all year with deadlines every 3 months

Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000. Applications must:

  • Fall within one of two key funding areas:
    – Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities
    – Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK.

Visit the Aviva Community Fund website.

BBC Children in Need

Emergency Essentials Programme – The Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs, such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing. Applications must be made by a registered referrer.

Visit the Family Fund Services 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.

B&Q Foundation

B&Q has set up a new foundation and will award up to £5,000 to local charities that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces. It is not currently issuing grants but you can still register your interest, in advance of the next funding round.

Visit the B&Q Foundation page.

Burg-Wächter

Launched the Secure Communities scheme providing free security kits, worth up to £150, for community properties, equipment or outdoor areas that need extra security at this time.

Visit the Burg-Wächter website.

Childs Charitable Trust 

Unless you are an ‘excepted’ charity, all applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland.

The fund’s values are based on the Christian faith and they welcome applications from all Christian based organisations. They also accept applications for funds to help develop policy, advocacy and research.

Get the details of the Childs Charitable Trust website.

Community Business Renewal Fund

Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The £3million Community Business Renewal Fund forms part of this support package. The fund will provide grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to community businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis, helping them to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable.

Visit the Power to Change website.

Coop Community Fund – deadline 30 May 2021

Applications to the Coop Local Community Fund are now open to community groups that enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone (NB: food donations are not supported through this fund but they are through the Coop’s FoodShare partnerships), help improve people’s mental wellbeing or offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community.

Visit the Coop website.

Cosaraf

The Cosaraf Foundation’s Hardship Grants provide small grants to individuals facing significant hardship. The foundation only accepts applications from recognised social organisations such as charities, housing associations, schools and social services acting on behalf of a family or individual in need. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for eligible individuals and families. Most grants are between £500-£1,000. If any organisations need support for clients, especially those struggling as a result of Covid-19, submit an application online. Applications are assessed every six weeks.

Visit the Cosaraf website.

Dulverton Trust

To manage demand, we Dulverton Trust is prioritising applications that meet its guidelines and have national significance. The funder will look favourably on applications that can demonstrate coordination with other charities and services and robust monitoring and evaluation processes.

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 

The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK-registered charities working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. The Trustees give priority to projects where their donation can make a difference and can progress the Charity’s initiative. There is a broad remit and all applications will be considered on their own merits. No deadline. Applications are reviewed at regular intervals.

Visit the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation website.

Esmee Fairbairn

Has launched a new strategy with three key aims: improving the natural world, tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future, and nurturing creative, confident communities. The focus is on larger and longer-term grants.

Visit the Esmee Fairbairn website.

Foyle Foundation

Main grants scheme:

Key areas for the fund are arts and learning. In light of C19, the Foyle Foundation is seeking to support organisations to stabilize and recover from the impact of coronavirus i.e. value for money, long term benefit and sustainability in supported projects. The majority of Main Grants are expected to be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000 for revenue projects, with some larger grants possible depending upon need and purpose.  Organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000 may be more suited to the Small Grants Scheme (below).

Small grants scheme:

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

The Garfield Weston Foundation has announced a £25m fund to help cultural organisations recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. It will offer grants of between £100,000 and £2m to visual arts organisations, arts centres, museums and galleries with a minimum annual income of £500,000. Applications will be open between 5 October and 9 November 2020.

While the fund focuses on medium-sized and large organisations, smaller arts charities will still be able to apply for funds from the foundation’s regular programmes. The foundation accepts and reviews applications below £100,000 on an ongoing basis and charities can apply anytime.

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.

Get Togethers – closes April 2021

Grants of £150 to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and get togethers.

Visit the Get Togethers 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.

Healthcare Workers’ Foundation

Supports families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to Covid. Provides bereaved families with access to counselling, legal and financial advice, respite breaks and mentoring services on careers and education to children.

Visit the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation website.

Hemby Charitable Trust

Grants between £500 and £3,000 are available from Hemby Charitable Trust, for registered charities working in the fields of social need, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment. Grants are allocated three times a year.

Visit the Hemby Charitable Trust 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.

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.

Liverpool Film Office

Liverpool City Region Film and TV Development Fund was set up in response to the coronavirus shutdown. It is a £250,000 fund managed by the Liverpool Film Office, a department of Liverpool City Council, and funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Aims to provide targeted, fast-tracked support to producers, writers and other creative talent based in the Liverpool City Region and boost the post-COVID-19 recovery of the wider regional production sector by supporting projects that, once developed, can progress swiftly into production in the LCR via the attachment of broadcaster, commissioning platform and/or other 3rd party financier, sales agent and/or distributor.

Visit the Liverpool Film Office 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.

Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership / MSP

MSP has been appointed to commission the sports sector to provide effective projects which target young people who may be at risk of experiencing or becoming involved with violent crime, gang culture or anti-social behaviour. They are looking for organisations operating across the city region, who can create and deliver effective sport and physical activity projects that can really change people’s lives.

The total delivery fund is £112,500. Grants of £2,000 – £40,000 are available.

Visit the Merseyside Sport website.

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.

Music for All

Music for All supports every type of music maker from community groups and schools, to experienced musicians and aspirational individuals picking up an instrument for the first time.

There are three opportunities to apply each year – by 1 Feb, 1 Jul and 1 Nov.

Visit the Music for All website.

National Churches Foundation Grant 

The Foundation Grant Programme offers grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Visit the National Churches Trust website.

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 

Currently open to all grants that meet their funding criteria (under and over £10k).

Visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.

The National Lottery Local Connections Fund, run in conjunction with DCMS and aimed at reducing loneliness, will open for applications on 5 January 2021 (closing again 26 January). Find out about the Local Connections Fund.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot.

The first phase of reopening will offer grants between £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000, with the focus on supporting organisational resilience and inclusion. It is not available for capital works. NLHF anticipates that the second phase, launching February 2021, will include provision for capital works. Phase two will offer grants between £100,000 to £250,000 and £250,000 to £5,000,000.

In addition to these grants, Heritage Recovery and Resilience Loans of £50,000 to £250,000 are also available.

Visit 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.

Onward Community Fund 

Groups can bid for up to £5,000. Projects should aim to address one or more of the following:

  • Support employment, skills and training
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing
  • Support the environment
  • Bring the community together

New rounds announced throughout the year. Visit the Onward website.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Created a £20m emergency fund, in addition to the £30m already allocated to grant-making programmes for 2020/2021. Open to new applications again from late October, running a mix of recovery grants and programme grants.

Visit the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon Community Champions funds local good causes across the UK by giving up to £64,000 a month (£2,000 from each of Persimmon Homes 32 sites) to fund local community initiatives.

Visit the Persimmmon Homes 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.

Power to Change

Community Business Renewal Initiative – grants of £10,000-£20,000 available to organisations focused on delivering services to those most affected by Covid-19. This money can be used for staffing costs, adaptation of community business and the continued survival of organisations. The fund is aimed at those in the most deprived areas and communities, especially those supporting and led by disabled and BAME-led or BAME- supporting businesses. Round one closed early due to high demand. Rounds two and three will open on 12 January 2021 10am-1pm and Tuesday 2 March 10am-1pm respectively.

Visit the Power to Change website.

The Radcliffe Trust

Applications can be made to either the Music Scheme or the Heritage & Crafts Scheme.

For consideration by the trustees in June: the deadline is 31 January for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes
For consideration by the trustees in December: the deadline is 31st July for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes

Visit the Radcliffe Trust 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.

Social Enterprise Support Fund

Essential financial support to help social enterprises in England during COVID-19. Grants of £10,000 to £300,000.

IMPACT FOCUS: People who are at high risk from COVID-19 and/or who are most likely to face increased challenges as a result of the COVID-19, which are led by people from BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and leaders with lived experience of the particular issues the enterprise is addressing.

Get the details.

Souter Charitable Trust

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.

Standard Life Foundation

Fund research, campaigning and policy work, with grant sizes of £10k – £200k. Grant application deadlines are February and June each year.

Types of organisations that can apply: Registered charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities.

Get the details via the Standard Life Foundation website.

Steel Charitable Trust

The trustees make discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. The five current funding priority categories are Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage.

Grants are generally made as single payments between £2,500 and £25,000. A follow-up report is expected within 10 months of payment from any applicant in receipt of an award of £20,000 or more.

In some cases, larger grants are awarded in instalments, payable over a period of years, usually on the condition that satisfactory progress reports are submitted at regular intervals.

Visit the Steel Charitable Trust 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.

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.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation – paused for a short period from Nov 2020

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position. Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Applications must come from organisations operating in:
Education relating to non-domestic animals
Visual and performing arts;
Medical research;
The relief of disability or severe illness;
The accommodation of those in need.

Visit the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation website.

Theatres Trust

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

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.

A number of other funding programmes are also available through Theatres Trust.

Visit the Theatres Trust website.

Thomas Wall Trust Grants – deadline 31 April 2021

Grants up to £5,000 are available from the Thomas Wall Trust, for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.

For full details visit the Thomas Wall Trust 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.

Wiggly Wigglers Corona Help

Grants of up to £200 for wildlife charities.

Visit the Wiggle Wigglers 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.

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:

Community Support activities listed (and regularly updated) on the Live Well Directory:

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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