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

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 22 May 2020

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.

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.

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 21 May 2020

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.

Indigo Trust 

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

Read the statement on the Indigo Trust website.

John Lewis & Waitrose

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

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

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.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

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

Read the full Lloyds Bank Foundation coronavirus response.

Martin Lewis – this fund is now closed

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

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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

Visit the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

Sport England – closed 14 May

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 8 May

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.

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