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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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

Please see below for information on the 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 the following services: 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. £1500 Ongoing Heart of England Coronavirus Resilience Fund
The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Martin Lewis - Money Saving Expert They are especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation. They are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up. Charities with a turnover under £10m £5,000 - £20,000

Closed 25 March 2020 at 11:59pm.

May open again if further donations received

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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
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund Charities Aid Foundation CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community. Please make only one application. Multiple applications will slow the process down and only one grant is possible for any organisation. Please remember that this is intended as an emergency fund to enable your charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed; it is not designed to replace other lost income in the longer term. They are not be able to fund: Individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities Any organisation more than once. Please ensure that only one application is submitted from your organisation £10,000 Ongoing CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Awards For All The National Lottery All the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible, so that they can get money to where it needs to be.

To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, they will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.
  • If an organisation has already received money in the last 12 months they will consider applications that respond to the needs of people/communities as a result of COVID-19.
  • Make sure that any application references COVID-19 /coronavirus as they will be prioritised
£10,000 Ongoing National Lottery - Awards for All England
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations Arts Council Arts Council England has launched an emergency response fund for organisations outside of the National Portfolio. This funding has come from reallocation of National Lottery Project Grants, Developing your Creative Practice and Development Funds, for the 2020-21 period, and uses up almost all of their reserves. The main focus for this fund is ensuring the arts and culture sector can continue and survive during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Any applications should demonstrate how the development they want to undertake will enable the organisation to do this. This fund is to support organisations to get back on their feet, or to continue making work in the future that will mean they can contribute to delivering the new strategy, Let’s Create. Eligible organisations must have experience of delivering work that was funded (directly or indirectly) by bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, local authorities, universities, public sector bodies, trusts and foundations, libraries, etc. Deaf and disabled led organisations/creative practitioners will be prioritised. A total of £50 million is available through this fund and organisations may apply for grants of a maximum £35,000. There will be two rounds of this fund. Applicants can apply to only one of these rounds. £35,000 The deadlines are as follows: Round one: opens on 9 April 2020, with a deadline of 16 April 2020 Round two: opens on 16 April 2020, with a deadline of 30 April 2020. Applicants will need to register for Grantium before submitting an online application form. Arts Council England
In this Together (£5,000) Crisis Crisis want to support groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have established an emergency grant fund for this purpose.
  • UK Wide
  • Local organisations (i.e. providing specific and direct services in a set number of locations)
  • Registered charities who provide services which address homelessness (homelessness may not be their primary focus, but the funded activities must address or alleviate homelessness)
  • Funding to be restricted to assistance needed to cope with the impact of COVID-19, and not simply to meet wider funding gaps
  • Funding could be to meet additional demand or reduction in staffing or other resources caused by impact of COVID-19.
• Awards up to £5k for short-term emergencies (projects within 3 months), following a limited/fast-tracked application process (payments made in advance) Submission of written application form with consideration and decision within 24 hours of receipt of form. Crisis £5,000 application form
In this Together (£50,000) Crisis Crisis want to support groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have established an emergency grant fund for this purpose.
  • UK Wide
  • Local organisations (i.e. providing specific services in a set number of locations – not national or sub-regional)
  • Registered charities who provide services which address homelessness (homelessness may not be their primary focus, but the funded activities must address or alleviate homelessness)
  • Funding to be restricted to assistance needed to cope with the impact of CV19, and not simply to meet wider funding gaps
  • Funding could be to meet additional demand or reduction in staffing or other resources caused by impact of CV19
  • Awards up to £10k to fund more structural needs, following a full application process (see below) (payments made in advance)
  • Awards up to £50k to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery, following a full application process (payments in advance, but potential for staged payments over a specified period)
Submission of written application form with follow up phone / Skype discussion with Crisis Best Practice team and decision within 48 hours of receipt of form Crisis £50,000 application form
In This Together - Community Matters Fund Western Power Distribution This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within WPD’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations. Your organisation’s activity must take place within the WPD network area (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales) as defined by WPD’s postcode database. You are a local authority, parish or town council, registered charity or community group. The funding you require must directly benefit people within your community who are affected by Coronavirus, particularly those who are vulnerable at this time such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. Examples of support could include welfare services, food and medical supply deliveries, advice schemes, befriending services or support to essential coronavirus care such as hospitals charities. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000. Ongoing Western Power Distribution - In This Together - Community Matters 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
Small Grants Programme The Leathersellers' Company This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

The small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients
£3000 You can expect a decision in a maximum of 4 weeks of applying In order to distribute maximum funding to organisations urgently, applications will close for summer on 11 May, with the final allocations made the week after. The Leathersellers' Company - Small Grants programme
Covid19: Clothworkers Emergency Capital Programme Clothworkers Foundation 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 the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period. Income of less than £2 million per annum Work of the applicant organisation must fall within their nine programme areas They do not support organisations that promote a particular religion or that only provide services to people of a particular religion Applications are only open to charities whose beneficiaries are not based in London They will award capital grants of up to £5,000 (but they will not award grants equal to more than 50% of your annual income) Capital projects that are planned as part of your organisation's ordinary course of business are not eligible. £5000 If a large volume of applications are received it may take up to two weeks for a decision to reach you. Covid19: Clothworkers Emergency Capital Programme
Community Emergency Fund Sport England The Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on: Rent Utility costs Insurances Facility or equipment hire Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020. £300 - £10,000 31 July 2020 Sport England: Community Emergency Fund
Heritage Emergency Fund National Heritage Lottery Fund The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature. Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply. Priority will be given where: there is limited or no access to other sources of support where heritage is most at risk where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to coronavirus (COVID-19) £3,000 - £50,000 To be confirmed. National Heritage Lottery 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
Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund Mind Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months. To be eligible organisations: Must have a track record of delivering services for people with, or at risk of developing, mental health problems. Be applying for a grant that constitutes less than 25% of the organisation’s annual turnover. Depending on the level of demand, priority may be given to organisations that: Are in greater financial risk from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic due to a reliance on trading or community fundraising income streams. Have limited reserves, putting them at greater financial risk. Have already taken a number of steps to address the risks posed to their organisation, such as putting certain projects on hold, repurposing unrestricted funding to scale up day-to-day operations, taking additional cost saving approaches to essential activity. Small Grants - Up to £20,000 Large Grants - Up to £50,000 Minimum grant - £5,000 Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the funding pot is allocated (which is anticipated to be within eight to ten weeks). Applications submitted by: 24 April 2020 will receive a decision by 14 May 2020. 8 May 2020 will receive a decision by 28 May 2020. 22 May 2020 will receive a decision by 11 June 2020. 5 June 2020 will receive a decision 25 June 2020. Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Flexigrant Application Portal accessible through Mind’s website. Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
Neighbourly Community Fund Microgrants of £400 Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland that are actively supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials. £400 None but 73% awarded as of 28 April 2020 Neighbourly Community Fund
Community Initiative Fund West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner A new £200,000 Community Initiatives Fund has been launched by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to community and voluntary organisations to help overcome social effects of Coronavirus isolation. Following a surge in voluntary and community activity to help those self-isolating under COVID-19 restrictions, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, has made £200,000 available over the next six months, to help fund voluntary and community activity which helps and supports people having to self-isolate under COVID-19 restrictions. To help fund voluntary and community activity which helps and supports people having to self-isolate under COVID-19 restrictions. Up to £5,000 Funding launch 3 May 2020. Application deadline for submission to Partnership Inspector 1 June 2020 Scrutiny Panel date: w/c 8 June 2020 West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner: Community Initiative Fund
Community Radio Fund Ofcom Emergency funding due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The Community Radio Fund helps to fund the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. For 2020-21, grants will be provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus (“Covid-19”) outbreak. They expect to only hold one funding round in 2020-21. This is to ensure that emergency funding can be accessed as soon as possible. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence. A total of £400,000 is available in 2020. There is no limit to how much can be applied for. However, applicants should only apply for what is really needed and should consider which payments could be deferred. Because of the expected high demand for funding, those who request lower amounts are more likely to be awarded the full amount requested. The window for applications opens on 4 May 2020 and closes at 5pm on 11 May 2020. The awarding Panel will meet in May 2020 to consider the applications. Ofcom: Community Radio Fund
Youth Endowment Fund Youth Endowment Fund - COVID round

£6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. This grant round will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

1. Digital/virtual delivery of programmes, specifically:

  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of programmes delivered on a one-to-one basis
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of group-based programmes
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of guided self-help or interactive content

2. Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines, specifically:

  • Face-to-face activity delivered within schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school
  • Face-to-face delivery of detached youth work

An application can be made by any legally constituted organisation delivering in England and Wales.

This could include:

  • Charities and social enterprises
  • For-profit companies
  • Public sector agencies, such as councils, schools, health or police forces
The average grant is expected to be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. There is no maximum, however grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying. Because of the financial pressure they are under, 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises. Applications close: 12pm Wednesday 3 June 2020 Youth Endowment Fund - COVID round
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

Download a printable version of the funding information.

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