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: 23 October

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 partnerships@shaw-trust.org.uk

  • Government Digital Service and Crown Commercial Service: Applying to the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework

    Deadline is 1pm on Friday 13 November 2020.
    The application process for this framework opened on 9 October. The user research studios and user research participant tender opportunities may be of interest to VCSE organisations. A ‘framework agreement’ is ‘an agreement between one or more contracting authorities and one or more economic operators, the purpose of which is to establish the terms governing contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard to price and, where appropriate, the quantity envisaged. The framework is open to suppliers of all sizes. Find out more

General funding advice

Available funding

  • African Health Policy Network: BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19

    Deadline: Applications close Midnight – 30 October.
    They want to help small and medium sized BAME groups and their communities build wellbeing, resilience, and capacity through their various funded projects following the pandemic. Read more

  • 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

  • Aviva Community Fund: Round 4

    Deadline: The funding closes at 23:59 on 13 October 2020

    Applications are now available for next round of funding. They want to support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward, so your submitted project must fall within one of our two key funding areas: Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent and Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities. The eligibility requirements can be found here. The application form can be found here.

  • British Film Industry (BFI): Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England

    Deadline: The fund closes on Friday 30 October.

    On 10 August the fund opened, which is being administered by the BFI for the Government. This fund is part of the UK Government’s cultural recovery package providing support world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions.

    The fund is intended for independent cinemas across England whose businesses have been unavoidably interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to be disrupted upon re-opening. The Fund will have two components – one off Safety grants to help cinemas make their venues safe for staff and audiences and Business Sustainability grants to underpin ongoing organisational viability. The application form, guidelines and further details can be found here.

  • Department of Health and Social Care: CSE health and wellbeing fund applications 2020 to 2021

    The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 30 October 2020.

    The theme of the fund is Starting Well. The Fund aims to: Improve health outcomes for children from preconception to two and a half years old in one or more of the following communities: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and Children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal area).

    Projects must:

    • Have run for at least 3 years
    • Develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
    • Be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

    The application form, information pack, risk assessment for grants and exit plan can be found here.

  • Charity Link and The LeicestershireLive There With You Fund
  • 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 choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3057233 or follow them on LinkedIn. Find out more here.

  • 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.

  • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and partners: The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

    The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. They  have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of projects providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low. This is a rolling application process, with no application deadline. The programme will close when all of our funds have been allocated. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. Details of the eligible wards can be found here. The eligibility guidance notes can be found here. Further information and FAQs can be found here.

  • Community shares booster programme: Pathways

    The programme is a funding scheme to support community share offers.
    There are three pathways of support to choose from: Pathway one: Preparing the offer. Pathway two : Investment ready and Pathway three: Live offers. Applicants for the pathway will need to have utilised the step by step tool.
    The Community Shares Step-by-Step online tool enables you to work towards launching a community share offer. It is designed to help anyone considering raising community shares at any stage of development, from those investigating the idea for the very first time, to those who are on the verge of issuing an offer.

    The guidance document for the pathways can be found here.
    The application process for the pathways can be found here.

  • 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

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

    Deadline: 16 November 2020

    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.

  • Energy Saving Trust: Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme

    Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules.

    Registered charities can apply for funds to deliver energy related projects that meet the scheme priorities and benefit people in England Scotland and Wales. Read more

  • Enterprise Development Programme: Equality strand

    Opens on Tuesday 15 September at 10am
    Deadline to express of interest is on Thursday 29 October at 4pm
    The programme offers grant and learning support for charities and social enterprises looking to increase their sustainability by developing or growing their enterprise. Equally Ours is the national partner for this strand. To be eligible for the equality strand of the programme, you must be a legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise. Find out more

  • Enterprise Development Programme: Youth strand

    Deadline: The expression of interest closes Thursday 12 November, 4pm
    The programme is about joining the enterprise movement whatever stage in the enterprise journey your organisation may be. For those looking to apply they will only be seeking details of enterprise ideas or motivations and context of how it will benefit your organisation and beneficiaries/community. To be eligible for the youth strand of the programme, you must be a charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise. Further details and who to contact about the programme can be found here.

  • Esmee Fairburn Foundation: New strategy launched

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent funders. Their new strategy will focus their funding on three interdependent aims. The three interdependent aims are, Improving Our Natural World, Tackling injustice to deliver A Fairer Future and Nurturing Creative, Confident Communities. Work outside of these aims will no longer be funded. Under the new strategy, they will be providing larger and longer-term grants as well as strategic support to organisations or initiatives with brilliant ideas working towards these aims. Read news article about their new strategy here. The application process, which consists of six steps can be found here.

  • 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

  • Garfield Weston Foundation: Weston Culture Fund

    Deadline is  5pm on 9 November 2020
    The Weston family are launching a new £25 million fund to support the cultural sector as it attempts to recover following the impact of Covid-19.  The Weston Culture Fund is a one-off fund for museums, performing, visual and literary arts organisations across the UK. The fund is aimed at mid- to large-scale cultural organisations with pre-Covid income of at least £500,000). Grants will range from a minimum of £100,000 to maximum of £2 million. The eligibility quiz can be found here. The application pack can be accessed here.

  • Geospatial Commission and Cabinet Office: Government launches £2 million transport location data competition

    Deadline for applications is midday on 4 November 2020.
    On 29 September the competition opened which includes opportunities for charities and social enterprises. It is a £2m Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Geospatial Commission and organised in partnership with Innovate UK.  Find out more

    There will be a virtual briefing event which is being held on 8 October 2020 10:00am –12:00noon. The briefing is called  SBRI: Using Geospatial Data to Solve Transport Challenges Phase 1 – Competition Briefing Book a place here.

  • Government Digital Service and Crown Commercial Service: Applying to the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework guidance

    Deadline: Applications close at 1pm on Friday 13 November 2020

    On 18 September the government updated  its guidance to reflect that the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 framework will open for applications on 9 October 2020. The Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework is open to suppliers of all sizes. The guidance can be found here. The provisional timetable for applying to be a supplier on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 5 framework 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: Community@hastingsdirect.com

    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.

  • Hastings Direct Covid-19 Community Grant Scheme:

    Whilst funding has already been given to local charities since the launch of this grant scheme in April, the fund still remains open to local charities that are helping their communities with coronavirus related projects and schemes.
    The grant gives local charities within a 20 mile radius of Conquest House (Hastings’ head office) or St George’s Way (Leicester office) the opportunity to apply for a grant. The applicant must be a registered charity. To apply or for further information, please contact community@hastingsdirect.com.
    For details of what has been previously funded see the news article here.

  • Leicester City Council: The Innovation Fund

    Any organisation or services that work with children, young people and families across Leicester City can apply for this fund. It is available to any group working with families who believe that they can improve lives with some targeted financial assistance. The applicant must demonstrate how the funded improvements will enhance the wellbeing for the families and children and young people you work with and how impact / evaluation will be evidenced. Bids in excess of £5000 will not be considered. The funding can only be used to support families residing in Leicester City only. Read more

  • Innovation Funding Service: Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

    Deadline: Wednesday 14 October at 11am
    On 1 September the government launched the awards.
    Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK.

    The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. The criteria includes that you need to be a female founder, co-founder or senior decision maker within a UK registered micro or SME business which has been operating for at least 12 months by the competition closing date. Find out more here.

  • LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

    The funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.

    Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

    Organisations applying must have Objects in their constitution specifically outlining their support of LGBT+ communities and/or be clear in their public facing materials (e.g. website) that their existing work proactively engages LGBT+ people or communities.

    The application guidance can be found here.

    This application form is for applications up to £5000 – https://www.consortium.lgbt/small-grant-application-form/

    This application form is for applications above £5000 – https://www.consortium.lgbt/main-grant-application-form/

  • 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: businessratesgrantscheme@leicester.gov.uk.

  • Leicester City Council: Crowdfund Leicester

    If you have an idea that will make your local area better, create your project today and start to make it a reality with CrowdFund Leicester. You need to submit your project and pitch before the 30 September deadline. Leicester City Council are receiving pitches for up to £10k to help crowdfund local community-led ideas.

    There’s also ward funding available that can be matched with this. You need to submit your idea using this form. Once submitted Spacehive will feed back with tips and guidance on how to get started!

  • 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 and Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF): Update on funding available

    Previously we have reported on the funding available from the foundation. This is a round-up of what funding is still open and deadlines related to them.  

    The “New Normal” Fund:

    This will close for applications on Friday 28 August at 5pm.

    Enabling Social Distance Fund (PPE):

    No deadline at present

    Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund:

    No deadline at present

    Read more

  • 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 – grants@llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk

  • Magic Little Grants 2020

    Deadline: 31 October.

    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 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

  • Morrisons Foundation: Grant Funding

    We previously reported on their covid-19 homeless support fund. Unlike other funders it seems their general grant scheme is also open. Their grant funding supports charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives. Grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

    Their grant guidance can be found here.
    The application has to be made online using this link.

  • The National Lottery Community Fund and partners: Covid-19 Digital Response Fund

    The Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Fund is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and Centre for The Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), with support from the Catalyst network. The  fund is aimed at organisations in England whose work has been affected by Covid-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. Read More

  • The National Lottery Community Fund: Leaders with Lived Experience 2020

    Deadline: Applications close 13 October 2020, 5pm
    This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19. The funding term is for 2 years. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences (and works with them to do that). Find out more information and how to apply

  • Near Neighbours: Small Grant

    The final deadline for applications is Friday 11 December 2020
    Near Neighbours brings people together from communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate on initiatives that improve the local community they live in. The grants programme which is part of Near Neighbours is being administered by our partner organisation, Church Urban Fund. Near Neighbours is funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The criteria and guidance can be found here. They cannot fund activities which aren’t allowed. Make sure you read the Leicester local restrictions before applying. As well as the meeting with others safely guidance before applying.

  • Nesta: Rapid Response Challenge

    Deadline: Applications at 12pm (noon) on 26 October 2020
    On Monday 14 September 2020 the challenge was launched. Nesta’s Rapid Recovery Challenge will find and scale tools and services that improve access to jobs and money for people within the UK, focusing on those hardest hit by the economic shock resulting from COVID-19. The challenge is funded by Nesta, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Money and Pensions Service. Read more

  • PwC : ColourBrave Charity Committee

    Deadline: Applications close on 30 October
    PwC have appointed a committee which will be allocating grants to increase their support for Black-led social enterprises, as well as charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries. Organisations that meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply for a grant in the range of £2,000 to £25,000, depending on scale, activity and impact.

    To enter, your organisation must be a UK based social enterprise that meets the Social Enterprise UK criteria, or registered UK based Charity. The organisation must have UK based Black and Ethnic Minority leadership and/or beneficiaries.
    View the application form. Further details

  • The Plunkett Foundation and partners : More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

    More than a Pub programme re-opened on Wednesday 19 August. This means that once again the Plunkett Foundation will be able to support groups at all stages of their community pub journey, from an idea through to opening and trading.

    The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

    Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and led by the Plunkett Foundation.

    Community pubs are owned by members (sometimes known as shareholders) and are run democratically on the basis of one-member-one-vote. Membership is voluntary, affordable, and open to all in a community, and is the mechanism for ensuring the community has a genuine say in how the business is run. Community pubs are thriving where private enterprise has failed

    For all community pubs enquiries please contact info@plunkett.co.uk, call 01993 810730 or use their online enquiry form.

    Details of the community  More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme

  • The Prince’s Countryside Fund

    Deadline: Applications close on November 3rd 2020 at midday.
    The fund has grants of up to £10,000 available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities. Projects are advised to apply early. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery locally-focused, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply for one year of grant funding from the Fund. Projects must be completed by 31st March 2022. The frequently asked questions can be found here. The application form here.

  • Power to Change: Community Business Trade Up

    Deadline: 1pm on Wednesday 2 December 2020
    The programme is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. It is based on an innovative funding model where grant money of up to £10,000 is allocated in equal proportion to the additional income which your organisation can generate from trading.
    They are giving priority to community businesses that are: BAME-led (with over 51% BAME leadership in staff or Trustees/Directors), or Located in and giving support to BAME local communities, or Located in and giving support to deprived or disadvantaged local communities. The guidance notes can be found here. The FAQ can be found here. Further details on their website.

  • The Premier League: Matchday Support Fund

    Deadline: Applications close on 16 September 2020. 

    Funded by the Premier League, the Fund offers a range of grants for eligible National League System (Step 1 to 6), FA Women’s Pyramid (Tier 1 to 5) and Welsh Premier League clubs to prepare for the safe return of football and supporters to their stadia. Every applicant must be a club with a minimum of 12 months’ security of tenure over their stadium for the 2020/21 season by freehold, leasehold or licence, and have the responsibility for operating it on match days. Alternatively, you must have a ground share agreement for the entirety of the 2020/21 season. Further details and how to apply can be found here.

  • 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

  • Power to Change: Community business renewal fund

    The fund offers grants between £10,000 and £20,000. These grants will be unrestricted to provide community businesses flexibility in deciding how to respond to upcoming needs and opportunities, both for their business and for their community.

    Round One takes place Tuesday 3 November 2020, 10am-1pm. Read more

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs: The Fellows Future Fund Round 4

    Deadline: Applications close at 5pm on 6 October

    If you are a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs you can apply for this funding. This round of the Fellows Future Fund invites Fellows to propose initiatives that will support their organisation’s capacity to tackle inequality and/or poverty. They are looking for a commitment to combating these most fundamental issues, and an appetite for exploring new ways of thinking or working. The guidance notes can be found here. View the application form  here. For further details click here.

  • Scottish Power Foundation: 2021 funding pot

    Deadline: Thursday 24 September 2020 – 1pm

    Scottish Power is part of the Iberdrola Group and they describe themselves as one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. They are now accepting applications for a share of their 2021 funding pot. For the current round of funding they are inviting applications ranging from £35,000 to £200,00. Details of the fund can be found here. The eligibility form can be found here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Smallwood Trust: The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

    The fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in England. Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Please apply as soon as possible. Organisations can apply for grants of between £20,000 – £30,000.
    Areas of benefit : East Midlands including rural Leicestershire and Derbyshire – Read guidance here. The online application form 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:
    https://www.spacehive.com/create

    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.

  • Tesco Bags of Help: COVID-19 Communities Fund

    Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis Bags of Help voting in Tesco stores was temporarily paused in March 2020. Instead Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. The last date to apply is Friday 18 September.

    More details can be found here. The application form can be found here.

  • Violence Reduction Network (VRN): Police and Crime Commissioner’s: VRN Community Fund

    The VRN, as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, has launched its 2020 small grants programme, the PCC’s VRN Community Fund.
    The funding closes on 25 August 2020 (11:59pm). A priority of the VRN is to build community capacity and support young people transition back into public life as COVID19 restrictions ease but social distancing measures remain in place. Therefore applications and provision are encouraged to be flexible and should demonstrate that as social restrictions change, provision can adjust and continue. Read more

  • 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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If you would like help with applying for these funds such as a read and review, please submit a request using the online contact form. Please select the ‘support for your voluntary organisation’ in the contact drop down list using the link below:

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