Funding opportunities for community groups responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

If you need any support/guidance with completing a funding application please contact the Community Resilience Team who may be able to assist.

Funding streams available for community groups to bid for

Fund Funder Outline Criteria Value Closing date Further information
Coronavirus Resilience Funds (Currently sourcing funding) Heart of England Community Foundation Heart of England Community Foundation and its donors are keen to make sure that the organisations helping those most affected get the support that they need, so have launched a Coronavirus Resilience Fund.

They are opening the fund to constituted groups who are providing, but not limited to food banks or social eating projects Delivery of emergency food/medicine parcels to those isolated due to the virus Street Pastors or those engaging in outreach activities Befriending services supporting the elderly or vulnerable through isolation.

£3000 Ongoing Heart of England Coronavirus Resilience Fund
Coventry 2021 Coronavirus Resilience Fund City of Culture Trust Coventry 2021 want to support those in the community for whom the cancelling of public events has hit the hardest across Coventry and Warwickshire.

This hardship fund will support arts organisations and individual artists to help them through this difficult time.

For organisations, they want to hear about the impact that COVID-19 has had on your work.

As an individual artist, they require evidence of cancellation of work or proof of loss of earnings.

£1,000 for organisations

£500 for individuals

Ongoing Coventry 2021 Coronavirus Resilience Fund
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund Tesco Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations; whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock. require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries. Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies,community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. £500 Ongoing Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund Morrisons Foundation The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. 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. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

To be considered for a grant from the COVID-19 Homeless Emergency Fund applicants should:

  • Be registered with the Commission/OSCR for a minimum of one year and have filed their documents (i.e. Trustee's Reports and Financial Accounts) on time
  • Work directly with homeless people and provide support of one (or more) of the areas the fund cover
  • Accept payment electronically over the phone (i.e. by Credit Card or BACS)


Applications will be considered up to a maximum of £10,000, but the emphasis is on smaller amounts to enable as many charities as possible can be supported from the fund Applications will be accepted until the £500,000 emergency fund is depleted, after which time homeless charities are still welcome to submit applications for support, but will be considered through the established ‘Grant Funding’ process. Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund
Homelessness Response Fund Homeless Link Emergency funding is available for frontline homelessness charitable organisations in England who are directly affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Incorporated charitable organisations that have one of the following legal structures can apply: Registered charity. Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Community Benefit Society. Community Interest Company (with asset lock). To be eligible for funding organisations must:

  • Be working directly with people experiencing homelessness, with more than 50% of their beneficiaries being people experiencing homelessness.
  • Be based and operating in England.
  • Be small to medium sized, with an annual turnover of less than £5 million as shown in their 2018/19 published annual accounts.
  • Have forecast unrestricted cash reserves of below three months following the impact of COVID-19 this financial year.

The size of the grant available depends on the turnover of the organisation:

  • Turnover of less than £100,000: grants of £10,000.
  • Turnover of between £100,000 and £ 1 million: minimum grant size is £10,000; maximum grant size is 10% of the organisation’s turnover.
  • Turnover of between £1 million and £5 million: minimum grant size is £25,000; maximum grant size is £100,000.

Applications close: 12pm Wednesday 3 June 2020 The first deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.

Funding for this round will be allocated in June 2020. There will be further opportunities to apply for funding for both emergency relief and to develop new services, in this financial year.

Guidance notes and an online application form are available on the website of Homeless Link.

Homelessness Response Fund: Homeless Link
Coventry Building Society Fund Heart of England Community Foundation

The aim of the funds are to support projects addressing local needs in Coventry and Warwickshire during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants can be awarded for applications demonstrating how the project will meet one or more of the following aims:

  • Mental Health Bereavement support
  • Domestic Violence Support (including women’s refuges)
  • Isolation / befriending / listening services
  • The vulnerable and elderly
Small Grants - Up to £2,000 Large Grants - Up to £10,000   Coventry Building Society Fund
Wesleyan Foundation Grants Heart of England Community Foundation The aim of the fund is to support projects addressing the needs of the community in the West Midlands and Warwickshire during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Grants will be considered from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups that focus on supporting communities by issues caused that are intrinsically linked with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grants can be awarded for applications demonstrating how the project will provide services and improve outcomes in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement support
  • PSE (Personal Social Education)
  • Domestic Violence Support (including women’s refuges)
  • Isolation / Befriending / Listening Services
  • Vulnerable and Elderly
  • Dementia / Quality of Life
  • Social prescribing – alleviating the pressure from the NHS
  • Getting back to work – innovative travel (cycle schemes) / reducing carbon footprint
  • Employment – reskilling people (not so much those that support with CV writing) but those that actively prepare people for a new job / new career, interview prep etc
  • Outdoor projects – making changes so that services can be delivered outside
Small Grants - Up to £2,000 Large Grants - Up to £10,000   Wesleyan Foundation Grants
All Churches Hope Beyond Their Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. They aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. Churches and Christian charities. Up to £50,000 for projects tackling issues of loneliness and isolation, growing community resilience, promotion of mental health, or developing technological capabilities/online support. Funding may include capital costs and salaries. Up to £50,000   Hope Beyond
Covid19 Support Fund Barrow Cadbury Trust

The programme was designed to support small to medium sized organisations with a mission to support refugees and migrants and was open for a three week period. The fund closed on 2 August, but has been re-opened for a second round of applications and extended the eligibility criteria. The programme is now open to organisations with an income of £10,000 to £3 million that provide services and support targeted at refugees and migrants. This includes organisations that only work with these groups and those that have more general objects but are seeking to maintain or expand existing services targeted at refugees and migrants.

You can apply if: Your organisation is a charity, company limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with: an income of between £10,000 and £3 million in your most recent year of operations; at least three unrelated Trustees or, if you are a company, a Board with a majority of Directors (at least three unrelated) with no financial interest in the company. Your organisation’s main purpose and activities or you have a track record of supporting refugees or migrants. For the purposes of this fund, by “migrants” we mean people born overseas who are experiencing barriers to accessing services and whose difficulties are compounded by the pandemic. They may for example have restricted or unclear rights to live in the UK, have no recourse to public funds or be destitute as a result of their immigration status.    Up to £50,000   Barrow Cadbury

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