Covid-19 and Funding

Covid-19 and Funding

In order to further support you during this Coronavirus outbreak, we have put together some key messages and advice from Funders and sector bodies

With the constantly changing situation around the Coronavirus pandemic, we continue to liaise with relevant funders in London regarding their position and response to concerns that grantees may have.

We will keep adding the latest information to this page and also do keep an eye on the funding info page here.

Some key funding Covid-19 updates:

Southwark COVID-19 Community Grants

The funding will be allocated to groups supporting the most vulnerable and at risk or to those who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with grants of up to £10,000 available. This is a monthly grants scheme starting in April until July end, with the first grant application open from 8 – 13 April. The second, third, and fourth round of applications will be accepted between the 1st and 8th of each month. Grants will be paid within three working days of each closing date - Deadline: monthly until July 2020

Southwark Community Response Wave 2

Only one of the strands is currently available:
Crisis response: provides grants of up to £10,000 to enable community organisations in Southwark to meet the immediate needs of communities. Information and guidance for applying are on the London Community Response Portal - Deadline: TBC


London Community Response Grants – Wave Two

Only one of the strands is currently available:
The Fund structure is similar to Southwark Community programme but aims to ensure it continues to meet the needs of London region communities. You can apply for up to £10,000 for the Crisis Response strand. Both the Southwark and London region programmes are now working on a new Wave 3 programme to be launched in June 2020 - Deadline: Weekly Rolling Deadline

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

This is a new Fund and is aimed primarily at small to medium-sized organisations. The objectives are to increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis; and to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services. Funding of up to £10,000 and over £10,000 are available - Deadline: TBC


Southwark Community Infrastructure Levy Fund

The CIL Fund will support projects in Southwark that benefit the local community, with a £6m Fund. The money can be spent on one-off projects that will benefit the local community, for example refurbishing a community centre or installing new play equipment in a park. Money spent on each individual project can be as little as £500 or as much as £750k (depending on how much is available in the relevant ward). The first step is to share your idea and pin your idea on the map - Deadline: 31 May 2020

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 grant

Aims to fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people - mostly aged 10 to 14, at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to the government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. It also aims to help reach and support the vulnerable young people and to learn the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. Minimum amount of grant available is £25,000, and there is no maximum. - Deadline: 3 June 2020. (midday)

Independent Age Grants Fund

The Fund aims to support smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. It is prioritising two areas of work: Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations and Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind. Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 for up to six months are available - Deadline: 4 June 2020 (9am)

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant Phase 2 & 3
The aim of the grant is to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Phase 2 is a £1m grant scheme and open to micro-to-small sized not-for-profit organisations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,00 are available for capital and revenue costs - Deadline: 4 June 2020 (1pm)

The W G Edwards Charitable Foundation

The Foundation focuses on support to the elderly and its grants are divided into Health and Community categories. Grants of between £1000 to £3000 are available, with average grant of £1,700 - Deadline: 10 June 2020

DEFRA – COVID-19 Fund for Frontline Food Aid Charities

This is a one-off COVID-19 Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis. Grant amounts of between £30,000 and £100,000 per organisation is available to front-line food charities - Deadline: 6 July 2020 (12noon)

The Steel Charitable Trust - General Fund

The Trust funds work under five priority categories of Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Heath, and Social or Economic Disadvantage. Applications must be for charitable purposes that fall into one of the five core categories. Applicants can apply for support towards capital projects, specific projects, research programmes, core costs. Grants are generally between £2,500 and £25,000 and made as single payments. Award decisions will be made in September 2020 - Deadline: 31 July 2020


Woodward Charitable Trust - General Grant Round

The Fund is targeted at small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000 where small grants can have more impact. The Trust will consider applications for core costs which will achieve a positive impact in at least one of several focussed areas. Smaller grants of under £3,000 and larger grants of over £3,000 are available - Deadline: 31 July 2020

BBC Children in Need COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme

The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme is available to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders working with children and young people who have been impacted by COVID-19. It is designed to help organisations change, adapt and expand their approach to delivering their work. Small grants of up to £5,000 is available - Deadline: TBC

Youth Futures Fund

Funding is available for organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. The Foundation is looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. The programme offers two types of grants: Development Grants - £30,000 – £100,000 per year for delivery and development, for 1-2year projects. Impact Grants: £100,000 – £800,000 per year for delivery + an independent evaluation paid for separately by Youth Futures. Projects should aim to support over 150 young people per year into employment - Deadline: Ongoing

Sport England Covid-19 Emergency Funds

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, under four strands of funding. One of the strands is aimed at local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available, with application response time of 7 - 10 working days of your submission - Deadline: TBC

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Fund will support smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid- 19 and to help deal with the national crisis. Grant amounts of up to £10,000 are available to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid- 19 emergency response activities. Priority will be given to community organisations whose established charitable activities are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable groups. The Funder aims to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application - Deadline: TBC

Power Partners Community Investment Fund

This Power Partners Fund supports initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in vulnerable circumstances and those most affected by Covid-19. Deadline: 31 May 2020

Resourcing Racial Justice fund

The aim of this Resourcing Racial Fund is to provide financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC - which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people, black indigenous, people of colour BIPOC. Deadline: 15th June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Food Charities Grant Fund

This Coronavirus Food Fund is available to charities who run a front-line food aid activity and need funds to help continue to provide food to the vulnerable. Deadline: 6 July 2020


The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

This Princes's Trust Fund offers grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. Deadline: TBC

Clarion Futures COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (Food)

Grant funding is available to support organisations to provide food relief services needed during the coming weeks and months. Applicants are required to register on the system before starting an application form. Deadline TBC

Hope for the Young: COVID-19 Emergency Fund

This Hope for the Young Fund focuses its limited funds to alleviate hardship and remove obstacles to young refugees and asylum-seekers’ education and wellbeing. It provides both financial and mentoring support. Deadline: TBC


British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

This British Muslim grant Fund is a collaboration between Rahma Mercy, Drop of Compassion, and Peace and Relief International. It aims to help charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK, irrespective of faith, affected by the impact of Covid-19. Deadline: TBC.

The RAFT Fund

Rapid Action by the Fore and Trusts Fund (‘‘RAFT’’) will provide grants for high- quality, well-managed small charities and social enterprises with great leadership doing vital work in their communities.RAFT now has over £1m in funding and will open to applications on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. The first grants will be announced on 6th May 2020. Applications to RAFT Fund will be accepted in tranches with the application portal opened and closed as funding is raised and distributed.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund: Round 2

This Urban Tree Challenge Fund provides 50% of published standard costs for planting and establishment costs such as weeding and watering, for 3 years following planting. The remaining costs of planting and establishing trees supported under the Fund must be met through match funding, either in the form of money or labour. Deadline: 31 May

The London Community Response Fund - Wave 2

The Wave 2 Community Response grants are now open. These are to continue the crisis response as well as changing the way organisations deliver their work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of their communities. Deadline: weekly rolling deadline.  

Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund

Neighbourly has launched a series of micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tescos have launced this new short-term Fund to support local communities affected by the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

The Charities Foundation 

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched funding for grants of up to £10,00 for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies, equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas working on the Covid-19 response.

Full details of these funds

You can also see full details of these funds on our main funding page here.

Grants to support charities during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Chancellor on 8 April announced a £750 million support package for the charity sector. Of this, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments, and there will be £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

Charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus, as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

Open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May. Further anouncements and details are expected from the National Lottery Community Fund

Hardship Support Funds

1. Cash grants for nurses in hardship
The Fund assists registered nurses and midwives, health care assistants in addition to retired nurses, midwives and health care assistants who are in hardship for a variety of reasons. The criteria for the grants has recently been extended to support third and fourth year student nurses working in the NHS. Grant amount: maximum one-off amount of £1,500
Funder: Junius S. Morgan Benevolent Fund

2. Hardship Grants for individuals
Grants amounts of up to £2,000 are available for eligible individuals and families (most grants are between £500-£1,000). Applications will only be accepted from recognised social organisations such as charities, housing associations, schools and social services acting on behalf of a family or individual in need.
Applications are assessed every six weeks and you can expect a response within eight weeks of your application.
Funder: COSARAF Charitable foundation






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