Funding for charities during COVID-19

This page will cover funding opportunities, advice and guidance for voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

This page will be updated on a regular basis. Last updated: 10 August

We have updated the funding available below to reflect funds that have been paused or closed

Commissioning and Procurement

  • Shaw Trust: Partnership opportunity

    Shaw Trust is a charity committed to working with a diverse network of suppliers to secure the best possible outcomes for their customers.

    Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service is launching a range of Activity Hubs (CFO4) part-funded through the European Social Fund. Shaw Trust is looking for partners who are interested in working with them to develop. Activity Hubs should provide a safe and inviting space where participants can engage voluntarily in a range of activities. They will help people to move away from offending behaviour by integrating a psycho-therapeutic approach with a range of engaging and character-building activities. They are looking for a range of partners who can help them deliver a range of activities, help offenders access mainstream services and become more integrated into their local communities.

    They are asking potential suppliers to visit thier partnership page which gives further details of how to register interest. If you have any queries about the opportunity, please contact the partnership team at

  • Leicester City Council: Unplanned Care Service for People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with Learning Disabilities

    Deadline:  23 July 2020
    Contract value:  £400,000

    Leicester City Council invites tenders for the provision of Unplanned Care Service for People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with Learning Disabilities. Leicester City Council is leading the procurement and contract management function for the tender which is being co-commissioned. Find out more

  • Leicester City Council: Recommission semi-independent accommodation and support for young people

    Leicester City Council’s children’s services and the housing division are looking to recommission semi-independent accommodation and support for young people in the city from 2021.

    They are  wanting to reach out to homeless young people in the city and any providers who support them. Their aim is for eligible young people aged 16-25 will be able to access a range of accommodation, both in and out of the city, with varying levels of support (usually provided by a key worker) dependent on their needs. They want to speak with young people  and providers in the city to hear about what is important to you, what is currently working well, what is not working so well and what you feel could change. As part of the commissioning cycle they are consulting on this re-commission.

    The survey went live on 6 July and closes 31 July. View here.

General funding advice

Covid-19 financial support from the government

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

For more information visit


Available funding

  • Alpkit Foundation: Grassroots funding support

    Alpkit as a charity normally help people Go Nice Places, Do Good Things. In their response to Covid-19 they have shifted their focus to funding projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19.

    Visit the Alpkit foundation website

  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Armed Forces Covid-19 Impact Programme

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund are administering the Ministry of Defence funding to ensure that people from armed forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Armed forces charities and community interest companies can apply. Grants of up to £60,000 can be applied for. In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £125,000 or more may be awarded.

    Organisations must be working in one of nine key areas:

    • Support to the elderly (including care homes)
    • Mental and physical health
    • Welfare
    • Domestic violence
    • Housing
    • Criminal Justice System
    • Service families (including childcare)
    • Bereavement
    • Employment

    Further information and details of how to apply are available here

  • Art Fund: Respond and reimagine grants

    Respond and reimagine grants 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. Their next deadline for applications is Monday 6 July.

    Find out more

  • Asda Foundation: C-19 grant

    In response to Covid-19 the Asda Foundation has stopped its usual grant making activities and launched its Covid-19 Grants.  
    The healthy holiday grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. The Hygiene grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity. Depending on social distancing rules the healthy holiday grant might be more appropriate to apply  to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

    The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters. The grant criteria form can be found here:

  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust:

    The trust awards grants to registered charities that work in the UK. They aim to give grants to those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited.

    The next two rounds – Grant Round 3 and Grant Round 4 – will focus on projects supporting the Over 60s, but with an additional criteria that projects must relate directly to the impact of the Covid 19 crisis.
    The application form can be found here and The eligibility criteria can be found here.

  • Aviva Community Fund

    Aviva provides from car insurance to critical illness cover, investment accounts to pension plans. As well as insurance and savings products. Their community fund provides grants to small charities to help build stronger communities all across the UK. The next round of the fund, which closes on 5 May, includes a broader eligibility criteria to include – Covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in order to help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

    Visit the Aviva Community Fund website

  • BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Next Steps Grant

    The Next Steps programme opened for applications from 10 June 2020. The programme is a response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in September 2020. The deadline for this programme is 1 July 2020.

    Applying to any of their COVID-19 funding streams will not stop you applying for their other funds. Organisations are able to hold a 2020 Booster Grant and COVID-19 Next Steps grant at the same time. They will prioritise applications from organisations that:

    • Target children and young people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They recognise that the current crisis increases pre-existing inequalities.
    • Have mission statements, objects, or aims which focus on supporting and empowering a particular group or community experiencing disadvantage.
    • Respond confidently in a local area and are best placed to do so. They want to fund organisations that have the reach and trust of the communities/communities of interest they serve.
    • Can prove a track record of engaging disadvantaged children and young people over the last two years.

    The guidance can be found here. The application form process can be found here.

  • Charity Link and The LeicestershireLive There With You Fund
  • Charnwood Borough Council's New VCS COVID-19 Recovery Grants Programme

    Charnwood Borough Council is delighted to confirm the opening of their new grants programme in support of your COVID-19 organisational recovery needs. Access full guidance and application form via this link

    It is important to note:

    • ONE ROUND is open for 3-weeks and will close at midnight on Friday 7 August 2020
    • This is not an eligibility criteria, however priority will be given to groups in the most need of financial support and information will be requested about current / future pressures on reserves and significant surpluses at bank
    • Strategic Partners and existing grant holders are eligible to apply for additional recovery costs not covered by their current grants
    • Contact for enquiries:

    PLEASE submit applications as early as possible and if at all possible avoid leaving until the deadline date.

    This will assist assessment process in order to make grant awards as quickly as possible after the closing date.

  • Choose How You Move - Business Grant

    Funded by the Department for Transport, grants of up to £5000 are available to help boost the levels of active and sustainable travel amongst your staff.

    They are match funded and designed to help you overcome barriers to active travel, for instance by funding cycle parking, lockers or showers. In addition they have, Travel clinics, Cycle courses, Support with Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme) and Business Engagement Scheme. Every business is different, their team are happy to talk through how they can help your workplace. Get in touch at or call 0116 3057233 or follow them on LinkedIn. Find out more here.

  • Clinks: Covid-19 response grants
  • Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund:

    The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is now open for new enquiries.

    The trustees of the fund recognise the incredible response the coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed them to alter the funding support they offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services. The eligible wards can be found here. The eligibility guidance and eligibility survey can be found here.

  • Co-op Local Community Fund:

    Previously we advised you about this opportunity. Funding applications for some areas has now been removed. However they are still accepting applications from areas of Leicester.

    They want to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.
    If you’re successful, the funding period will begin on 25 October.
    Details of the fund can be found in our previous article.

  • Coronavirus Support Fund (National Emergency Trust) – LLR Community Foundation

    This is a new fund to help those who live and work locally and who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. The money comes from The National Emergency Trust Fund and donations from local companies, individuals or families.

    Visit LLRC Community Foundation

  • LLR community foundation: Coronavirus Emergency Fund

    In June the LLR community foundation had already given out 100 grants to help with the support the VCSE is providing during the pandemic.

    This grant scheme still remains available especially as VCSE organisations provide additional help during the local lockdown.
    Details of the scheme can be found here.

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) for SMEs

    The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders, backed by the government-owned British Business Bank. There are 40 accredited lenders able to offer the scheme, including all the major banks.

    Visit the British Business Bank website

  • COVID Recovery Fund - Lloyds Bank Foundation

    £7.4m funding pot for Covid-19 recovery – aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

    Small charities supporting people with complex social issues will be able to apply for two-year grants of £50,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales’s new Covid Recovery Fund from today.

    This fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.
    Find out more

  • DM Thomas Foundation : Central grants programme

    The foundation provides funding for organisations which work to improve the lives of children and young people across Europe. On 8 July they updated their website to explain that they have made the decision to postpone its next quarterly deadline until 6 October 2020.

    Those who have already applied for 22nd July deadline will be automatically submitted into this one. The application form and application procedure and general guidance can be found here.

  • Discretionary Business Grants Scheme - Round 2 - Leicester City Council

    The city council opened the second round of the discretionary grant on 31 July. The funding deadline is 14 August.

    Applicants will need to evidence an income loss of at least 40% due to Covid19 and relatively high on-going fixed property costs. The funding is applicable for organisations working out of shared spaces. As well as charities with premises that have a rateable value of £15,000 to £51,000. The press release about the funding can be found here.

    The scheme details can be found here.

  • Department for business, energy and industrial strategy: Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

    On 4 May the department for business, energy and industrial strategy launched the coronavirus bounce back loan. Applications for Bounce Back Loans are now open. The Bounce Back Loan scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. Whilst it doesn’t specifically state social enterprises can access the scheme, it doesn’t preclude them in the eligibility section.

    Visit the website

  • Department for business, energy and industrial strategy: Coronavirus Future Fund:

    The government published this convertible loan scheme on 20 April and the application process opened on 20 May.

    Whilst it is unlikely that many VCSE organisations will meet the criteria, we feel it is important to keep you abreast of  potential options.  NCVO continue to campaign for government support at a national level, but in the interim state “organisations not deemed to be in the front line of responding to the crisis, the only options are furloughing staff or borrowing money.”

    This convertible loan scheme is open for applications until the end of Sept 2020. The eligibility criteria includes:

    • A business that is UK-incorporated – so may apply to some social enterprises
    • Raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years
    • Incorporated on or before 31 December 2019
    • Either half or more employees are UK-based or half or more revenues are from UK sales

    Open until end of September 2020.

    Loan values range from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.
    Details of the scheme and application process can be found here.  

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme

    On 11 May the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  launched a Food Charities Grant Fund, and then on 15 May updated the eligibility to apply.  
    If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of at least £30,00 up to a maximum of £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable

    You’re eligible to apply if you are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities or you have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020.

    You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

    • unable to afford food
    • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless

    You’ll need to provide details of your current food distribution activities. If you receive food from the Fare Share network, you are still eligible to apply for this grant. The deadline for applications is 6 July 2020.
    Further information and details of how to apply are available here.

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - COVID-19 support for zoos and aquariums

    The government distributed £360 million to charities as part of the chancellor’s support package. This is one of two grant schemes still open that we haven’t featured before.

    If you run a licensed zoo or aquarium in England and are experiencing severe financial difficulties because of lost revenue, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000.
    How much you get will be based on your animals’ needs. You can use the grant to cover animal-care costs that you cannot lower such as:

    • keepers’ wages
    • animal feed and bedding
    • veterinary care and medicines
    • electricity and heating
    • waste removal

    For more details of the scheme use this link. The application can be found here.

  • ESF community grant: Futures Group

    The futures group are administering this fund. This is the last funding round of the grant.

    The community grants give small voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market.

    Round 3 opened on 15 June  and closes 15 July 2020
    Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity, including:

    • initial help with basic skills
    • taster work experience including voluntary work
    • training, advice and counselling
    • confidence building
    • job search assistance and other help necessary to secure employment
    • first contact engagement activities

    The community grant specification and guidance can be found here.

    Ashley Wilkinson, Community Grants Co-ordinator is available to help you create your application. He can be contacted  by telephone  07483120941. Or by email

  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Funding

    Up to 15 awards of £1,000 will be offered to successful groups in the East Midlands region.

    This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups, who want to involve patients and citizens in research and healthcare. They will particularly welcome applications that demonstrate the involvement of seldom heard and underserved communities. Applications to the scheme are now open and the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020. Find out more

  • The European Heritage Awards

    Every year the awards honour up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements from all parts of Europe. Up to four are selected as Grand Prix laureates and one receives a Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll. The deadline is 1 October 2020 (date of sending). Find out more

  • FA - The Football Association: Pitch Preparation Fund

    Alongside the Football Association, The Premier League, the Government and Sport England have collaborated through their Football Foundation to launch the new ‘Pitch Preparation Fund’.

    The fund is here to try and support as many clubs and organisations as possible to be ready for when football returns. Every applicant must be a club or organisation with a minimum of 12 months’ security of tenure over the pitches they wish to improve by freehold, leasehold or licence, and have the legal responsibility for maintaining them.

    It can be used for such things as : grass cutting, line marking and weed killing etc. For 3G pitches it can be used for deep cleaning etc.  Any work that has been completed since The FA suspended football on the 16 March 2020 is eligible to be funded.

    Details of the full criteria and eligibility can be found here

  • The Hargreaves Foundation: New funder

    The foundation registered as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) in January 2020 and has just launched its grant scheme. It is not covid-19 specific.

    Registered Charities or Charitable Incorporated Organisations can apply. The funding is not available for social enterprises.

    The Foundation’s objectives are underpinned by the desire to give those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential whilst improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence.

    Details of the new foundation can be found here.
    The further information document can be found here.
    Here is a link to the funding application form.

  • Hastings Direct: COVID-19 Community Grant Scheme

    Hastings Group describe themselves as one of the leading general insurance providers to the UK market. They are providing financial support to local charities that are helping their communities with coronavirus related projects and schemes.

    The community grant fund is for local registered charities. The application process involves sending an email to:

    The email must include a letter on headed paper stating what the funding need is. Include details of the charity’s bank account, sort code and charity number.

    The local charities need to be based or supporting communities within a 20 mile radius of St George’s Way Leicester office.

  • Heritage Fund: Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

    From 30 July the Heritage Fund have been accepting applications for the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. Grants of £10,000 to £3 million are available.

    The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is part of the rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across the UK from the economic impact of COVID-19.

    Applications are available until noon on 17 August 2020

    This fund is designed to support heritage organisations that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year. They are accepting applications from heritage organisations in England, this includes not for profit organisations that manage heritage sites, venues or attractions

    You can apply for the costs you need to help your organisation recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and to make sure that you are financially viable in the future. You will need to consider the most effective route to future sustainability for your organisation, and the public benefit, including economic benefit, to the wider heritage ecosystem. This may include a combination of re-opening, partial re-opening and mothballing.

    As part of your planning, you will need to factor in assumptions about social distancing, and which do not entail significant financial risks for your organisation

    The costs you apply for should cover the period from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 only.

    Details of the fund can be found here. View application form here.

  • Home Office: Places of Worship (POW): protective security funding scheme

    The places of worship (POW) protective security funding scheme is a government commitment in the 2016-2020 hate crime action plan. It provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime.

    Funding closes at 23:59 on 9 August 2020. Find out more

  • Impact Hub King’s Cross – New roots

    Applications are now open for New Roots, their free 10 month programme to support people from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds to start new enterprises. They have an online idea generation workshop on 21 May from 5.00pm – 7.00pm to develop your business idea and learn more about the programme.

    Visit the Impact Hub Kings Cross Website

  • Leicester City Council: Administering the government’s coronavirus business support grant funding for Leicester city based organisations

    There are currently two grants available with the addition of a small business discretionary grant which will be available soon. Some are available for the VCSE if you meet the criteria.  Leicester City Council are contacting all businesses who are eligible and who have not yet claimed.

    To be eligible for the small business grant of £10,000 your business must receive small business rate relief as of 11 March 2020; and occupy a property with a rateable value of less than £15,000.

    To be eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant your business or charity must:be based in Leicester; and be in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector; and receive or be eligible to a business rate reduction under the Government’s expanded retail discount scheme; and have occupied a property as at 11 March 2020 that is wholly or mainly used as hospitality, retail, or leisure venue, with a rateable value of less than £51,000. Find out more

    For any grant application enquiries, please contact:

  • Leicestershire County Council and partner: The Leicestershire Business Recovery Fund

    The Leicestershire Business Recovery Fund is managed by the Economic Growth Team at Leicestershire County Council and funded through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Business Rate Pool.
    The fund provides support for rural businesses (including tourism, agriculture and creative industries) and independent retail businesses, to enable them to overcome the impacts they may have faced or are still facing, as a result of COVID-19. Closing dates for applications: 1st June 2021

    The guidance notes can be found here and  The application form and further details can be found here.

  • Leicester City Council: Discretionary grant

    Leicester city council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Leicester city. Whilst the application process and criteria is still being worked on, you can express an interest in accessing the grant.

    This grant is to support small businesses and charities, that are not eligible for the small business grant or retail, hospitality and leisure grant. Details of which you can find here.

    The grant is for organisations that have ongoing fixed property related costs and have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis. Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.

    We recommend that you read this before completing the intention to claim form.The intention to claim form can be found here:

    Once the discretionary grant is released, we will provide a further update.

  • Leicester City Council: Funding to support community mobilisation

    A new fund has been set up to allow local councillors to support community groups that are helping vulnerable people in their wards.

    The city major announced the fund on 20 March. VAL has been advised by a city council colleague that the application process is for VCSE organisations to contact their relevant ward councillor directly who will consider their request.

    Find your ward councillor

  • Leicestershire County Council: SHIRE Environment Grant

    Leicestershire County Council is committed to improving the local environment through waste prevention and reuse to minimise the amount of thrown away, reducing carbon and improving biodiversity. In order to help eligible community based organisations achieve this, the Council is offering up to £3,000 in the form of SHIRE Environment Grants.

    There are three rounds of application deadlines:
    Friday 31 July 2020 , Friday 30 October 2020 & Friday 26 February 2021

    They are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will meet one or more of the grant scheme outcomes:

    • To reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire
    • To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities
    • To improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces
    • To raise awareness and understanding on the above outcomes as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects.

    They are keen to support projects that can maintain or build on some of the positive environmental benefits that have arisen from the current Covid 19 situation, such as; reduced carbon emissions, increased biodiversity, improved air quality, greater appreciation of nature and green spaces, reductions in waste etc. They hope such projects could help support the Council in providing a ‘green recovery’ from Covid 19.

    The guidelines can be found here.
    The application forms can be found here and further details. There is a  simplified application process for small grants up to £300.

  • Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation: Coronavirus Emergency Fund

    The community foundation have adapted the criteria of their Coronavirus Emergency Fund in response to need and feedback.

    The fund is now split into ‘Immediate Emergency Relief’ and ‘General Coronavirus Support’. Immediate emergency relief is still the main priority and where the largest % of funds are available. Some funds are available for a smaller number of important projects that will support individuals to prevent them from moving into one of the emergency groups.

    Larger organisations, with an annual income of £50,000 or more,  delivering immediate emergency relief on a larger scale can now apply for up to £10,000.
    They are also accepting repeat applications from previously funded groups following successful review and monitoring. Visit their website to find out more 

    You can email them with any queries –

  • Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation: Mercia Park Community Fund

    The Mercia Park Community Fund will be managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation and the fund will offer grants to projects which strengthen communities or improve the natural environment.
    Round one opens 1 June  and closes 17 August – Decisions made and grants funded 8 weeks thereafter

    Applications will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on:

    • Helping to strengthen local communities (particularly their quality of life and life chances) within proximity or affected by the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42.
    • Improving the natural environment within proximity or affected by the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42.

    Grant Size:  Up to £2,000 to £5,000. are available and must be spent within a year.
    Details of the fund can be found here.

  • Magic Little Grants 2020

    The Magic Little Grants 2020 programme is a collaboration with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Local giving .

    Charitable organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.  The fund opened in March and closes on 31 October. As part of their Covid-19 response, organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and they do not require specific dates for projects that you would like us to support.
    They want their funding to be able to be used flexibly and when it is safe to do so.

    They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.  You will need to join local giving to access the grant scheme, which the cost will be  funded by the postcode community trust.

    Details of joining and applying can be found here

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

    The government has recognised that as a result of COVID-19, refuge charities and other safe accommodation providers are concerned over gaps in staffing cover, other COVID-19 related costs, loss of charitable income, and their ability to expand accommodation-related support in the face of rising demand.

    The fund was launched on 7 May. It will support domestic abuse safe accommodation charities from 1 April to 30 September, and will help ensure that: 1) Safe accommodation services can continue operating and  keep bed spaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency. and 2) Safe  accommodation  services  can help  more  victims  access  these  life-saving services.

    Bids should be submitted by 21 May 2020. They strongly encourage applications from consortiums of service  provider partners. If applying as a consortium, the application should identify all the partners in the consortium who must nominate one lead partner to be the grant recipient.

    Details of the fund and how to apply can be found here

  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund

    Homeless Link are distributing the funding on behalf of the government.

    The Fund aims to provide financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, at a time when many are at risk of having to cut services and staff or close altogether due to increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income caused by the pandemic.

    Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £5 million and be incorporated charitable organisations. They will fund frontline organisations working directly with people experiencing homelessness where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness.
    The fund opened on 14 May and the deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.
    Find out more and apply online here

  • Ministry of Justice: The Community Justice Fund

    The community justice fund is hosted by The Access to Justice Foundation. The Fund is made up of contributions from a range of sources, including the government.

    The fund will help providers of  housing, debt, discrimination, and employment advice the support they need to boost remote capability and help as many people as possible during these challenging times. The fund is restricted to specialist providers of legal advice and your organisation must  be registered with the Charity Commission.

    Grants will be funded in two waves: Wave one is open now and can be used for costs backdated from 1 April 2020.
    They anticipate making grants in the range £25,000 – £75,000, but may be able to make larger grants in certain circumstances.

    The government’s news story on this can be found here
    The funding guidance can be found here
    Click here to view FAQs

    Click here to apply online

  • Morrisons Foundation: COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

    The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities. Homelessness charities are raising concerns that if someone is sleeping rough or in a crowded night shelter, it’s impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance so help is needed more than ever before. Homeless Support Fund, is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

    Visit the Morrisons Foundation website

  • National Lottery Community Foundation: Coronavirus Community Support Fund

    The National Lottery Community Foundation has launched a fund for organisations in England who are supporting people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenges and difficulty during the pandemic, and those that provide services and support for vulnerable people and have seen an increase in demand or have lost income.

    This funding is part of the support package for the sector announced by the Chancellor on 8 April. Applications will open on Friday 22 May

    Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption.  As well as enabling organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

    The government’s press release on this topic can be found here.

    We anticipate that the funding application process will be on this webpage

  • The National Lottery (TNL): The Emerging Futures Fund

    The pandemic has caused a great deal of hardship, and presented new challenges to communities across the UK. It has also created space for changes and new ways of doing things that we might not have thought of before. The National Lottery would like to support communities to consider how they can start the transition from the immediate crisis, towards recovery and renewal.

    Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 25 June.

    They want communities to explore

    • What they want to keep doing because it’s been working well
    • What they want to leave behind as they start thinking about moving into recovery and renewal
    • Any new ideas that will help when it comes to rebuilding and renewal.

    They are looking to fund 3 different types of work

    • Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling
    • Community foresight and public imagination
    • Investing in strong signals of transformation

    TNL have written a blog to accompany their vision of what this funding is about.

    The application process can be found here

    What you can spend the money on can be found here

    Who can apply can be found here

  • The National Lottery Community Fund:

    The Government’s new £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund launched on Friday 22nd May and remains open for applications. It is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

    The Fund has two key objectives:
    1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
    2. 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.
    Details of how to apply can be found here.

  • The National Lottery: Heritage Emergency Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. They are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The funds are now open for applications until 31 July 2020

    There are two grant levels:
    Emergency grants of £3,000 to £50,000 –  This grant level is for essential costs for the next 4 months to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable. This level of funding may also include some costs that help organisations look towards longer-term recovery.
    Emergency grants of £50,000 to £250,000 – This grant level aims to help organisations that manage a heritage asset that is at risk over the next 4 months.
    Further details can be found here.

  • Nationwide Community grants:

    On 1 June nationwide building society released their community grant. Helping people into homes is central to how and why Nationwide Building Society began 140 years ago, and it’s the reason they launched their Community Grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000.

    Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives who are making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. They will review applications on 1 August and projects will receive grants from February 2021.
    They  will favour projects that:

    • Help charities get back on their feet after the impact of Covid 19
    • Illustrate a clear link to Nationwide’s ambition for everyone to have a place fit to call  home and can demonstrate the impact their project will have on the local community
    • Are supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. This includes both  projects already delivering local impact and those carrying out research to find new  ways to challenge the housing crisis
    • Have the potential to inspire and be used by others across the country

    Find out more – Details of the grant guidance can be found here.
    Details of the application questions can be found here. 

  • NSUN Covid-19 Fund

    As part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s coronavirus mental health response, National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is administering a smaller fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, un-constituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. The fund opened on 4 May and provides grants up to £1000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19.

    Visit the National Survivor User Network website

  • Open Road Alliance

    Open Road Alliance is a private philanthropic initiative that serves the social sector by keeping Impact On Track in an unpredictable world. They have advised VAL that local organisations are able to apply, subject to the criteria. Charitable Grants will only be offered to organisations responding directly to COVID-19.

    Visit the Open Road Alliance Website

  • Power to change and partners: Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

    The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund.
    Community organisations in England facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, can apply for grants of up to £100,000 from the scheme.
    The guidelines can be found here. The FAQs can be found here.

    They are holding a webinar to explain the funding on Thursday 23 July 15:30 – 17:00. Click here for more details.

  • The Screwfix Foundation:

    The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013. They have a clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.

    All applications are reviewed individually by their team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November. They offer local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000.
    You can apply online here or by post – see application form here.

  • Severn Trent Water: Community Fund

    On 1 June Severn Trent re-opened their community fund, whose aims are about community wellbeing. This funding is not a specific covid-19 fund response.

    The proposed  project must be in the Severn Trent region  and the community it is benefitting must be Severn Trent customers.  Funding is available in 3 categories:

    • £2k to £10k
    • £10,001 to £75k
    • £75,001 to £250k

    For applications above £10k you must be a registered charity or a business registered with companies house, or a local authority.  Their funding priority of community wellbeing centres on 3 things:

    • People : Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
    • Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
    • Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.

    Details of the fund, who to contact if you have a query,  and the application process can be found here.

  • Social Investment Business: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

    The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. RRLF is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted. A loan may help with this, providing working capital until normal business can commence again.

    Visit the Social Investment Business website

  • Spacehive: Crowdfund Leicester

    CrowdFund Leicester is all about connecting people, communities, businesses and resources to ideas that will make Leicester City an even better place to live, visit, and study.

    Alongside this online fundraising platform, is the City Mayor’s Community Engagement Fund. The City Mayor’s Community Engagement Fund may pledge up to £ 10,000 towards your project. VAL has been discussing with Spacehive how that pledge process is working during this period. They have explained that the Mayor’s team can assess projects early if they are covid-19 related, as they control the Community Engagement Fund which is only available through the online platform.

    It’s not a covid specific fund but can be used where there is an overlap in the criteria to support covid-19 ideas. The city council community mobilisation fund is aligned to the crowdfunding programme but managed separately.   The mobilisation funding is often used to support crowdfunding campaigns.

    To set up a Leicester crowdfunding campaign use the link below:

    To access the mobilisation fund contact the ward councillors click here

  • Superhighways online funding platforms – choosing the best fit for your charity:   

    As the opportunity to have a stall at a local fete doesn’t seem likely this summer, your charity may need to look at other fundraising options.

    Superhighways  describe their organisation as using technology and digital tools to help more people fund your work and reach more supporters.  They have an online fundraising factsheet. They have researched a selection of some of the more well-known platforms, and put together further information to help you make the right choice for your organisation – Read here.

  • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust : Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

    This fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP).

    Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services  in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.  As well as having  a  primary  location  postcode  inside a  recognised coalfield community.

    • You will need to demonstrate how your organisation is addressing the current situation and how additional funding will sustain or extend service delivery
    • If your application is successful, the project must be able to start immediately
    • The project must last for a minimum of 2 months (our expectation is that projects will deliver over a six month period rather than our usual twelve month period)
    • Up to 100% core costs are available, if required

    Mid June 2020 Committee – The deadline for applications is 5pm on 22 May
    Late July 2020 Committee – The eligibility survey closes at 5pm on 29 May. The deadline for applications is 5pm 12 June –  More details can be found here

    Eligibility criteria and application process can be found here

  • The Clothworkers Foundation : Emergency Capital Programme

    The Clothworkers foundation award capital grants to charities registered in the UK and to certain social enterprises who carry out work related their programme areas.

    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 COVID-19.

    Complete the eligibility quiz

  • The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All England

    The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. All the funding decisions they will make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

    A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

    Visit the TNL Community Fund website

  • The National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities Fund

    The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. All the funding decisions they will make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

    Reaching Communities Fund – This programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for projects that last up to five years.

    Visit the TNL Community Fund website

  • The Police and Crime Commissioner's Prevention Fund 2020/2021: Emergency funding to support Covid-19 response

    The Police and Crime Commissioner has expanded the Prevention Fund to include applications which can support communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19 and channel emergency help to where it is needed most. In addition to the existing purpose of the fund.  

    There are 2 levels of funding: Up to £9,999 pa and £10,000 to £25,000 pa. However, these will be awarded only for exceptional project. The commissioner is interested in supporting projects that mobilise resources and react positively to the challenges posed by Covid-19 but can also show a demonstrable link and positive impact on the priorities of the commissioner’s priorities.

    The priorities are described in the police and crime plan, which can be found here

    The application form and guidance notes can be found here

  • Youth Futures Foundation: Development and impact grants

    Previously we reported on the emergency covid-19 funding which is no longer available. However, the foundation has a rolling grants programme designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people.

    There are two types of grants available:

    • Development Grants with level of financial support being between £30,000 -£150,000pa for delivery and development over a 1-2 year duration.
    • Impact Grants with the level of financial support being £100,000 – £1.2m pa for delivery over a 1-5 year duration

    Details of the grants can be found here.

    The grants prospectus can be found here:

    The FAQs can be found here.

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