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: 5 June

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

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

    The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020. Although they recommend you apply as soon as possible.  Further information and details of how to apply are available 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

  • Barclays: 100x100 Community Relief Fund

    Barclays describe themselves as moving, lending, investing and protecting money for customers and clients worldwide. Their community relief fund is for registered charities only with incomes of over £1 million.
    They are making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

    Charities applying should demonstrate a track record of delivering impactful, on-the-ground support to directly meet the needs of vulnerable communities facing social and economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Applications can be made between 4 and 22 May. They expect to begin distributing funds in June.

    Find out more and apply

  • Charity Link and The LeicestershireLive There With You Fund
  • 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

  • Community Foundation Leicestershire & Rutland -Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants

    Applications will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on Education, Health and Scial needs. Grant up tp £2000 are available and must be spent within a year. Deadline 29 May 2020 at Midday.

    Visis the LLRC Community Foundation Website

  • 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

  • Discretionary Grant: Blaby District Council:

    Blaby district council  is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Blaby. Blaby district council haven’t released the application form as yet.

    They explain that the pot of money for this fund is relatively small, around 5% of the value of the previous Business Grant Scheme.  Stating that these further grants will be aimed at small businesses that must be able to demonstrate they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures and therefore the grants are likely to be targeted at the following business types:

    • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces (examples include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
    • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment
    • Bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business Rates
    • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief

    All enquiries should be directed to
    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.  Details of Blaby district council’s webpage article  can be found here.

  • Discretionary grant: Charnwood Borough Council

    Charnwood Borough Bouncil is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Charnwood borough. 

    The business discretionary grant scheme was launched on 3 June. Businesses will have until 8am on Monday, 22 June, to apply online.
    All applications will be assessed after this date, with funding paid directly to businesses from 29 June. The council is particularly keen to see applications from businesses that support local jobs and provide services that will be important to communities when recovering from the pandemic.

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.

    The announcement by Charnwood borough council can be found here.
    The application form and FAQs can be found here.

  • Discretionary grant: Harborough District Council

    Harborough District Council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Harborough District.   

    The scheme will follow an online application process which will have a two-week application window, starting on Wednesday 3 June until Wednesday 17 June 2020.  The scheme is aimed at 4 national and 4 local priority areas. The 4 national priority areas are:

    • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
    • regular market traders with fixed building costs
    • bed & breakfasts which pay Council Tax
    • charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relied (with a rateable value less than £15,000)

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.

    Details of  the application form can be found here.
    Details of the council policy can be found here.
    Details of the council’s announcement can be found here.

  • Discretionary Grant: Hinckley and Bosworth District Council:

    Hinckley and Bosworth district council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Hinckley and Bosworth. Applications for grants from this fund are likely to close on 14 June 2020 (midnight).

    Grants awarded by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council from this fund will range from £500 to £25,000, although the vast majority will be £10,000 or less to ensure as wide support as possible.

    In order for your business to qualify for the grant, you must provide evidence that you meet all of the following criteria:

    • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property related costs which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
    • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
    • Business with fewer than 50 employees
    • Businesses that were trading on or before 11 March 2020

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.
    Details of Hinckley and Bosworth’s article on this and application form can be found here.

  • Discretionary grant: Leicester City Council

    Previously we advised you that Leicester City Council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Leicester city.  The grant scheme is now live. The first application round closes on 22 June 2020.

    They expect to announce a second round of applications in due course, covering more priority businesses. Businesses and charities thinking of applying must:

    • not be eligible for the small business grant or the retail, leisure and hospitality grant. This rule is set by the government.
    • have suffered at least a 40% fall in income due to COVID-19;
    • have relatively high, ongoing, fixed property costs such as mortgage or rent; and
    • be trading now, have been trading on 11 March 2020, not be insolvent or in administration, and not subject to a striking off order.

    Businesses can still apply even if they have furloughed staff through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Support Scheme and/or applied to the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

    Each eligible business or charity will receive one grant, regardless of the number of properties.  The council’s funding policy can be found here.

    Details of the grant scheme and application process can be found here.

  • Discretionary Grant: Melton Borough Council:

    Melton borough council  is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Melton.  Applications can be made from 09:00 Wednesday 27 May to 11:59  on Wednesday 10 June 2020

    This grant is to support small businesses and charities, that are not eligible for the small business grant or retail, hospitality and leisure grant.
    The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into 5 main priority areas :

    • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces,
    • Regular market traders with fixed building costs
    • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax
    • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief
    • Suppliers of the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector who were not considered eligible for the previous grants

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here. Details of Melton borough council’s news article can be found here.
    Their funding policy guidance can be found here.
    The application form can be found here.

  • Discretionary Grant: North West Leicestershire District Council:

    North West Leicestershire District Council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in North West Leicestershire. Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 14 June 2020 and they plan to start to pay the first grant awards from 22 June.

    The Government has provided North West Leicestershire District Council with a £1 million fund to allow them to further support small businesses at this difficult time.  The fund is aimed at small businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed costs that have suffered a significant fall in income due to Covid-19. The maximum grant available through their scheme is £10,000 but they expect the vast majority of payments will be much lower to ensure they can distribute the £1 million as widely as possible.

    You may be eligible if your business:

    • Has ongoing fixed building-related costs
    • Can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis
    • Has fewer than 50 employees
    • Was trading on 11 March 2020.

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.
    Details of NW Leicestershire’s scheme can be found here.
    The application form can be found here.
    If you have any queries about the scheme, you can contact the council on

  • Discretionary grant: Oadby and Wigston Borough Council:

    Oadby and Wigston borough council is administering part of the government’s Covid-19 support to the sector in Oadby and Wigston.  

    Applications can be made from Monday 1st June to midnight on Sunday 14 June. In addition, taking into account local priorities and issues that have arisen during the implementation of the business grant scheme, the Council wishes to support a range of other businesses and charities.

    To apply for a grant, businesses and charities will have relatively high on-going fixed property costs and be able demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Council considers ‘significant’ to mean an income reduction of at least 40% month on month due to the Coronavirus

    Potential applicants are asked to note that:

    • Grants under this scheme will be subject to tax in line with the applicant’s tax arrangements. For businesses, the Government advises this is only where there is an overall profit once this award is included.
    • Grants awarded under this discretionary scheme will not generally affect the Council’s business ratings list or any rates charges payable by the recipient.
    • Notwithstanding this, any applicant who should be in fact be added to the rates list will be, which may result in a rates bill. This may also result in a grant being claimable from the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Fund, rather than this discretionary fund. Such grants are of fixed value of £10,000 or £25,000 and are likely to be higher than a discretionary grant.

    Details of the government’s guidance to local authorities about this grant can be found here.
    Details of the council’s announcement can be found here.
    The application form can be found here.
    For any additional queries contact

  • 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

    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 Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS): Loneliness Covid-19 Fund

    The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. The plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness.

    National organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.

    The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 29 May.

    Details of the fund and how to apply

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Fair 4 all finance: Affordable Credit Scale-up Programme

    On 21 May applications opened for the next phase of the Affordable Credit Scale-up Programme.  
    The programme is designed to increase the provision of fair and affordable credit, and to help the sector develop a sustainable model for serving people in vulnerable circumstances. Applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 22 June.

    The programme is to develop the tools and assets that will enable the affordable credit sector as a whole to scale. The support package will comprise one or both of the following components:

    • Long-term patient capital at the equity layer or equivalent to strengthen balance sheets in order to enable organisations to scale their lending through leveraging commercial debt.
    • Grant funding to develop organisational capability, either to support organisations towards significant scale later on, or alongside equity funding.

    Details of the programme can be found in their brochure here.
    This programme is part of the government’s unlocking of £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response. The government’s press release can be read here. The application form can be found here.

  • Forestry Commission – Urban Tree Challenge Fund

    The Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to support the planting of more than 130,000 trees across England’s towns and cities. Planting more trees improves health and wellbeing, connects people with the outdoors, absorbs noise, reduces flood risk, cools temperatures through shading, and creates green spaces to help communities come together. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

    Learn more about the Urban Tree Challenge Fund

  • 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: Our Heritage Emergency Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has set up a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Applications open 2pm on Wednesday 15 April and closes 30 June 2020. The application process can be found here

    Visit the Heritage Fund website

  • Heritage Lottery Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund – new update:

    Previously we provided details of the emergency grants of £3,000 to £50,000, which are still available. The new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants are worth £50,000-£250,000 – Applications are now open and until  Tuesday 30 June

    The grants are  to help organisations in the heritage sector address immediate risks, become more stable,  and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis.
    The criteria includes being a :

    • Not-for-profit organisation
    • Current or previous recipient of a grant directly from them for a project relating to a heritage asset at risk
    • Owner or manager of a heritage asset that is at risk due to the financial needs of your organisation over the next 4 months

    Details of the funding can be found here  The application process can be found here

  • 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:

  • 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: 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 –

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rahma Mercy: British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

    This is a joint project with Rahma Mercy, Drop of Compassion,  and Peace & Relief International.
    This fund is to help VCSE organisations, irrespective of faith, working towards ameliorating the impact of Covid-19.
    Whilst the fund has already given out a large chunk of their funding, they haven’t received many applications from Leicester/ Leicestershire and are keen to receive applicants from organisations supporting communities in those localities.

    Details of the fund can be found here.
    The funding application can be found 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

  • The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

    The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future. The process at this stage for all situations is just to register your interest.

    Visit the Princes Trust Enterprise Relief Fund

  • Youth Endowment Fund: COVID-19 grant round

    Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have seen access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services dramatically reduced.

    The dual aims of this grant round are to help reach and support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and to learn the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000, with no maximum. However, they expect the average grant to be around £50,000.

    In this round they will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

    1. Digital/virtual delivery of programmes
    2. Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines

    Details of the fund can be found here & application form can be found here

  • Youth Futures Foundation: Emergency Covid-19 funding

    The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. They have developed an emergency funding response.

    Their emergency funding response consists of :
    Increased funding available for development and impact grants to rapidly increase youth employment provision. This funding is on a rolling basis with no deadlines.
    Launching an emergency levelling up youth fund to support young people from the hardest hit communities.
    The emergency levelling up youth fund is part of the government’s unlocking of £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response. The government’s press release can be read here.

    Not-for-profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, or statutory organisations can apply individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia.  The grant prospectus can be found here.
    Their FAQs can be found here.
    Details of the funding and their  contact details, if you have an additional query,  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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