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

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.

Arnold Clark Community Fund: Closes 11.59 pm on 31 December 2021.

Are you a UK registered charity or local community group? If so, Arnold Clarke could help you out. The Arnold Clark Community Fund is open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who fall into the following categories: food banks, toy banks, poverty relief and housing & accommodation. The fund is also open to community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises.

Successful applicants will receive up to £1,000.

For more information, please visit the Arnold Clark 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

They have open funding programmes to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to the immediate challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis.

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.


As the impact of the pandemic continues to be felt, Barclays will be making a further 50 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable people and communities impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

For more information, visit the Barclays 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 Help Group (Deadline: Friday 12 November 2021)

The Big Help Group is encouraging people and organisations based within the Liverpool City Region who have innovative ideas for projects which will support their area to apply for funding. Applicants are eligible to apply for Community Impact Funding between £500 up to £1500.

Visit the Big Help Project 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.


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.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation

Their Open Grants Programme accepts applications from UK registered charities or not-for-profits and who meet their eligibility criteria, for funding towards capital projects. The work of the organisation must fit within one or more of their specified programme areas. This Programme does not award grants for work outside the UK, even if the organisation is a UK-registered charity.

For more information, visit the Clothworkers’ Foundation website.

Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years. The online portal for applications will open on 30 July 2021.

For more information, visit the government website.


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.

CSJ Awards 2022

The CSJ Awards is an annual award that honours the best grassroots, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across the UK. Next year four winners will receive a £10,000 grant and be recognised nationally.

For more information, visit the CSJ 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.

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.

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid up to £1500. The scheme helps thousands of local projects across the country. Since 2016, the scheme has supported over 36000 community groups with more than £85 million in grants. They are currently looking for applications from charities and community groups who deliver projects that help tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Tesco Community Grants website.

Together for Our Planet

This funding programme offers grants from National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. You can get funding from £1,000 to £10,000 from a total of 2.5 million. It is suitable for voluntary and community organisations.

The programme will open on 1 September 2021 and close at 5 pm on 18 November 2021.

For more information, please visit the Community Fund website.

The Garfield Weston Foundation

For applications for grants below £100,000, applications are reviewed by their Trustees on an ongoing basis so there are no specific deadlines to worry about.  You can apply anytime when you are ready and when your plans and priorities are sufficiently clear to be able to make a compelling case – see their guidelines for details of what to include. For applications of £100,000 or more. These are reviewed at one of the Foundation’s eight Board meetings a year and are carefully planned in advance to be fair to all applicants.

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.

GSK Impact Awards / The King’s Fund

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £120,000 and £3 million.

Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000. In addition, the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials. The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

For more information visit The King’s Fund website.

GSK Grow Programme / The King’s Fund

This is open to registered charities that are at least a year old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200. Up to five runner-up charities will receive £1,000.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

For more information visit The King’s Fund website.

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.

High Sheriff and Merseyside Police Charitable Fund

This fund aims to work with voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality. Grants will normally range from £500 to £2500 and may be less than the figure applied for. In exceptional circumstances, grants of higher value may be considered. The areas of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral are covered. The next closing date is Friday 13 August 2021 but due to a limited budget, the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

You can find out more and apply on the Community Foundation Merseyside 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.

The Joseph 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.

Liverpool City Region Production Fund

This has been created to help drive the further growth of the region’s film and television sector by investing in a diverse portfolio of high-quality content. Open to qualifying local, national and international production companies, the Fund can support the production of feature films, TV drama, animation and scripted comedy series, with investments of up to £500,000 per project.

Visit the Liverpool Film Office website.

Liverpool City Region ESF Community Grants

The programme is already helping many people in the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the labour market to improve their employability and gain employment. They are now launching our Focused Futures Round.

The Focused Futures round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements, once restrictions are eased.

Deadline for applications is noon, Monday 26 July 2021.

For more information, visit the WEA website.

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

Since 1999 the Foundation has donated more than £2,000,000 to 3,000 local projects and good causes across the UK, which support those who are disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances. The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

For more information visit the Leeds Building Society website and to apply, navigate to the bottom of that page.

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.

Mental Health Sustainability Fund

The Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) has announced the launch of the second round of a small grants fund on Monday 26 July. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £0-250k.

Visit the AMHP 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.


The 2021 Therapy Area Community Grants programme is now open for applications. This programme will provide funding support for projects designed to inform and empower patients, address health inequalities and deliver improvements in patient outcomes and experience in the UK.

For more information, visit the MSD website.

The MSE Charity

The MSE Charity gives grants to UK not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities that make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. Their latest grant round is now open.

You can now apply for a cash boost of up to £7,500 to help teach money skills to someone going through a big life change – this time, the round is themed on ‘life-changing transitions’.

The grant round closes once the MSE Charity accepts 40 applications or on Thursday 30 September 2021 at the latest.

If you want to find out if your non-profit group could qualify for a grant, you can take an eligibility quiz here.

You can apply for this fund here.

Morris Church Conservation Grants

They fund smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features inside the building. This might include, for example: stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs and wall paintings.

For more information visit the Society of Antiquaries 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.

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 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

The Foundation invests around £30 million each year across six funding priorities where they wish to see change. Their commitment to social justice underpins all these priorities. They have six open application funds, and receive over 1000 applications each year. On average they fund around 20% of the applications they receive, although this varies between funds. The funds include: Art Access and Participation Fund, Arts-Based Learning Fund, Teacher Development Fund, Shared Ground Fund, Youth Fund, Ideas and Pioneers Fund and the India Open Grants Fund.

For more information, 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

PH Holt Foundation has opened a new £250,000 Resilience Fund. The fund is specifically for Merseyside charities, aiming to address the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon vulnerable or disadvantaged communities in the region. Grants of £5,000-£20,000 are available until the funds have been exhausted.

Find out more on the PH Holt website.

Prince’s Trust Development Awards

The Prince’s Trust Development Awards (DAs) helps young people (aged 16 to 30-years-old) overcome financial barriers that may prevent them from accessing education, training or employment. A typical award is usually around £150, but it can range from as little as £40 for a bus pass to around £200 for tech to take part in a college or training course.

For more information contact the Prince’s Trust via email: Alternatively, text 07483300134 or call them on 07483300134.

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.

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

Their next application deadline is 4 February 2022, 1pm.

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

They have several types of funding available such as regional grants which are multi year revenue grants for core funding, salaries and ongoing running costs for projects, major grants which are grants of over £100,000 including awards for Capital Projects and more.

Visit the Steve Morgan Foundation website for more information.

Smallwood Trust’s Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2

The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2 is a £1.5m fund that has been set up to support local networks of organisations working with and for women to make changes to systems that cause women’s poverty in their area.

Deadline for expression of interest: Friday 10 December 2021.

Visit the Smallwood Trust website.

Sport England’s Tackling Inequality Fund

Sport England’s Tackling Inequality Fund’s new round of funding aims to support more organisations across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and on the Wirral who help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds. They want to support organisations with funding grants of up to £5,000 to run physical activity initiatives, with projects to be completed by March 2022. They welcome expressions of interest from charitable organisations and constituted sports clubs. Funding is able to support organisations that are experiencing financial hardship and providing opportunities for their priority audience to be active either at home, online or in the community.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 12 pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

For more information and expression of interest documents, please visit the MSP 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.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

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.

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.

Youth Diversion Fund

Community groups that will offer safe and engaging activities for children and young people are being invited to bid for grants for diversionary projects taking place around the October school half-term, Halloween and Bonfire Night period 2021. Grants of up to £3,000 are available from a total of £50,000.

All applications must be submitted online by 4 pm on Friday 10 September 2021.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Community Foundation website.


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.

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund has a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn/winter 2021. Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations that are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021. As well as raise awareness of the management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000.

Deadline: 12 pm on 27 August 2021.

To read the information pack, please visit the NHS England website. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through their online portal.

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.

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

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