Currently closed funds – for information only

This page includes:

  • a list of Covid-19 funds that are currently paused or closed
  • coronavirus response statements from funders that are not currently accepting new applications

If and when these funds reopen they will be added to our main Covid-19 Funding and Information page.

Audio Content Fund – both funds currently closed

For organisations that are broadcasting and that may be able to improve people’s lives during coronavirus by doing so.

1. ACF Standard Round 4 – closed 27 April

2. Rolling round, supporting audiences during coronavirus – closed 11 May

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – closed

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.

Aviva Community Fund – closed

Every three months, £250,000 is shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees decide how the funding is distributed.

Criteria for the current funding round has broadened to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

Get the details via the Aviva Community Fund website.

Barclays – closed 

Through Barclays’ 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, the organisation will make 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The programme will focus on supporting charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers.

Details available via the Barclays website.

BBC Children in Need Inspiring Futures Programme – closed

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

Eligible organisations can apply for £10,000 – £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020, to cover project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future.

Visit the BBC Children in Need website.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – paused

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

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

Find out more on the CAF website.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation – paused

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within the foundation’s programme areas during this period. Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London.

Find out more and apply via the Clothworkers’ Foundation website.

Community Radio Fund – closed

£400,000 fund administered by Ofcom. This year will deliver emergency cash funding to support community radio stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus.

Visit the Ofcom website.

Crowdfund Liverpool – closed

Crowdfund Liverpool is a springboard for locally-led ideas to attract funding more easily, while enabling everyone who cares about Liverpool to contribute. The Mayor is putting forward a dedicated fund of £100,000 to support project ideas. Organisations running campaigns can pitch for up to £10,000 to help hit their targets. This project was launched prior to the Covid-19 crisis and is still going ahead. Since the crisis, the crowdfunding platform Spacehive has decided to wave its fees, to make crowdfunding free.

To be a part of the spring funding round, you needed to have created your project page and pitched to the Mayoral Inclusive Growth Fund by 30th April.

Find out more and create a project via the Spacehive platform.

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund – closed

A £10m government fund supporting domestic abuse safe accommodation charities from 1 April to 30 September 2020. The fund will cover costs associated with maintaining existing services and additional capacity to meet the increase in demand caused by Covid-19.

Currently closed but details are available via the government website.

Elton John Aids Foundation – closed

The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund previously accepted applications for solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get the details via the Elton John Aids Foundation website.

Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund – closed

A £2.25 million fund seeking to ensure the survival of grassroots music venues in England. The fund is being launched at the request of DCMS who have also set the criteria. It will be administered, awarded and monitored by the Arts Council on behalf of DCMS. The portal is open until midday August 3rd.

Visit the Arts Council website.

The ESF Community Grant Programme – Re-Connect Priority Grants – closed

Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the programme has launched a targeted grant programme called Re-Connect, in response to COVID-19. This round is seeking 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.

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Find out more and apply via the WEA website.

Football Foundation Pitch Preparation Fund – closed

A £9.56M fund to help clubs get natural and artificial pitches ready for when the government allows football to start being played again. Grants of up to £5000.

Visit the Football Foundation website.

Historic England – closed

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.

Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities – closed 

Administered by Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, grants up to £60,000 (or £125,000+ in exceptional circumstances) are available to organisations with a year’s worth of published accounts, able to show a strong history of work with people from Armed Forces communities.

Get the details on the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website.

Indigo Trust 

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

Read the statement on the Indigo Trust website.

John Lewis & Waitrose – closed

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

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

John Spedan Lewis Foundation – closed

Grants of up to £20,000 for UK registered charities for which natural history topics and horticulture are explicitly stated among their charitable purposes. Natural history topics can include wildlife conservation, entomology and ornithology. Horticultural charities must directly benefit UK wildlife.

Visit the John Spedan Lewis Foundation website.

LCR Pride Foundation Community Fund – closed

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.

Legal and General Emergency Community Fund – closed

£500,000 emergency community fund for charities and voluntary organisations which are supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID 19 crisis.

The application process closed on 20 April. Charitable organisations who generate under £1.5m of income doing amazing community work for the elderly or vulnerable people, can receive a grant of £5,000-£10,000.

Read more on the Legal and General website.

Martin Lewis – closed

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

Mental Health Response Fund – paused

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant, from the Association of Mental Health Providers.

Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Get the details on the AMHP website.

Movement for Good Awards – closed

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.

MSD – closed

MSD’s UK COVID-19 grants programme is open for applications until 31 July 2020. The programme is designed to help UK-based health charities recover from the negative effects of the pandemic and support patients and families who are vulnerable to infection. Grants of up to £20,000 or 20% of annual turnover are available.

Visit the MSD website.

Neighbourly – closed

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

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

Visit Neighbourly Community Fund page.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – closed

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

Visit the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

Pride of Britain Fund – closed

The Mirror has teamed up with the Pride of Britain Fund to give a £100,000 helping hand to community projects across the country. They are offering 50 projects a £1,000 fund and 20 projects £2,500 to help them get back on their feet as we all adapt to a ‘new-normal’.

You can put forward your own community project or nominate one on the Mirror’s website.

Reuse Network – closed

£600,000 grants launched to support charity electrical waste reuse organisations in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Visit the Reuse Network website.

Sport England – closed 

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

Read more on the Sport England website.

Standard Life Foundation – closed 

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for.

Get the details via the Standard Life Foundation website.

Thomas Pocklington Trust – closed

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has launched a £500,000 emergency fund to support sight loss organisations which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The TPT COVID-19 Emergency Fund is open to applications from any registered sight loss charity. The amount of funding available to each organisation is a maximum of £10,000 or up to two months’ running costs (whichever is less).

This is only available to those organisations with unrestricted reserves of less than six months’ running costs (or where it is expected that unrestricted reserves will reduce to below this level within the next two months due to the COVID-19 crisis).

Get the details via the Thomas Pocklington Trust website.

VINCI UK Foundation – currently closed but may reopen

€400k for charities assisting in the fight against Covid-19 in one of three main target areas:

  1. Assisting doctors/nurses/hospital staff (but not buying PPE), such as fitting out break out areas in emergency hospitals – furniture/coffee machines etc., providing assistance with transport for staff, accommodation, food and other logistical assistance.
  2. Assisting schools and students to maintain contact and continue education – examples could be providing computing equipment, remote learning material etc.
  3. Wider healthcare/social care in the community – providing shelter to homeless, food to those who cannot afford it, house care cleaning products, assistance to carers in the community etc.

This fund is currently closed but you can still get further details here – VINCI UK Foundation.

Youth Endowment Fund – closed

The Youth Endowment Fund has committed up to £6.5m in new grants to find the best ways to reach “increasingly invisible” vulnerable young people during the current COVID-19 restrictions. Half of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.

Organisations working with young people (aged 10-14) at risk of youth violence in England and Wales will be able to apply for funding of £25,000 and over. Activities that will be funded include the delivery of digital and virtual programmes; face-to-face work in schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school; and detached youth work.

Get the details and apply via the Youth Endowment Fund website.

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