16 Jul Funding Information as of 15th July 2020
15th July – The following have been added
- Aviva Community Fund Grants of up to £50,000 (Closing date 28th July)
- Baring Foundation Funding to Strengthen Creative Opportunities for People with Mental Health Problems (Closing date 18th August)
- British Red Cross Launches Hardship Fund (UK)
- Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme
- Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations
- Energy Saving Trust Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers
- Funding for Social Enterprises
- Independent Age Grants Fund (Opens 27th July, closing date 21st August )
- £10 Million Package to Help Kick Start Tourism in Time for the Summer
- New Funding for UK Charities Dealing with Income Loss Due to COVID-19 (Closing date 27th July)
- Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (Closing date 17th November)
- Funding to Help BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds
- Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children
- Funding to Help Museums, Galleries and Cultural Organisations Affected by Coronavirus
- Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People
- Anglian Water
- South East Creative Grants for businesses
Good Finance Covid-19 Resource page for Charities & Social Enterprises
This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.
Grants Online Covid-19
No login details required to access this information. A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available. This list will be updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html
Linkedin Charity Funding appeals and information
Southend Borough Council
Contact your commissioner or SAVS for more information on how to access support.
The following is a link to business rate grants.
Southend Borough Council Business Grants to support 30% of costs for Business Growth Initiatives
The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme has secured further funding to extend the delivery of business grants to Small Medium Enterprises(SME’s). These grants are non repayable and cover 30% of the costs incurred by a business to implement business developments that will generate business growth and employment. Applications must be made and approved before costs can be incurred.
From 15th June 2020, the popular 30% Growth Grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 can be accessed by Essex SMEs who have not received any other type of support from the SEBB programme to date.
- WHAT IS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- A 30% Grant for eligible Essex SMEs who are in the position to or are planning to carry out a Growth project.
- WHO CAN ACCESS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- The Growth Grant is available to support eligible small to medium enterprises and trading sole traders whohave not previously received support via the SEBB programme and require funding for their specific eligible Growth project.
- HOW MUCH GROWTH GRANT FUNDING CAN ELIGIBLE SMEs ACCESS?
- The total Growth Projectcost must be between a minimum of £3,333 and a maximum of £35,000. The SME would self-fund 70% of the project cost and the Growth Grant would fund the remaining 30% from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000.
- HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE GRANT APPROVED?
- Approximately as little as 8 weeks.
- NEXT STEPS – TELL ME MORE!
- If you would like more information in relation to this Growth Grant, please email email@example.com:
o your name
o business name and address
o confirmation that your business is registered or that you can provide trading evidence (for sole traders this would be business bank account details/HMRC number)
o phone number
o confirmation that you have not received any support previously via the SEBB programme.
The Grants Officers look forward to hearing from you and will endeavour to contact you within 5 working days of receipt of your email.
Southend Emergency Fund – Open for donations
We have created an emergency fund so the most vulnerable, in the Southend borough, anywhere from Leigh to Shoebury, can obtain the financial help they need to get them through this difficult time. We will be using existing organisations, agencies, community groups and charities, who are already in touch with the most at risk. This will be the fastest way to get help to where it is needed and minimise abuse of the system. We will be able to direct the funds to which ever channels are able to remain open to support those needing help.
Essex Community Foundation – Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme
Grants of up to £15,000 are available through the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme to help voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep vital services running. Priority will be given to those delivering vital services to older and vulnerable people, organisations helping to relieve pressure on public services and those co-ordinating a local community response.
Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust – Emergency Support
LATEST COVID 19 Update (09/06/20)
We are still receiving a large number of applications for Emergency funding during these troubled times. I am reporting these back to the Trustees at regular ‘remote’ meetings. Very urgent cases are considered immediately.
Following the latest Emergency meeting, we have been able to offer nearly £50,000 between many local charities and groups (nearly £150,000 since the pandemic began). ECF and the Lottery have both allocated significant funds to help with the immediate effects of the Pandemic, and are continuing their support at this critical time.
However, the Trustees recognise the potential problems which may now arise as communities begin to ease out of the current Lockdown restrictions. The focus of this is for vulnerable children, families and the isolated elderly.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please email and we will call you back.
Non-Covid related applications which were on the Agenda for the May have been deferred to the subsequent meeting (likely to be held in September).
For September applications: Please include an estimate of how the pandemic and Lockdown has effected the charity’s finances / fundraising. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Coronavirus Emergency Community Fund
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council’s Coronavirus Emergency Community Fund. £10,000 has currently been set aside for the fund, from an existing volunteer programme but Council will consider further funding in due course if necessary.
External not-for-profits groups/organisations along with charities, are welcome to apply for grants from £250 up to £1000, to directly help support residents within Leigh. Additional applications can also be made again where proof of expenditure is provided.
Applications cannot be considered from political parties, commercial organisations or for projects that benefit individuals, private businesses, projects that fall outside the Town Council remit, or those that improve private land or property.
Grants will be reviewed within one week of being received by a panel of Councillors.
Full details of the application criteria and how to apply can be found on our website at http://www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/emergency-community-fund
South East Creative Grants for businesses
We know that many businesses in the creative sector, as with many others, are finding this an extremely difficult time. South East Creatives has been supporting companies to develop their businesses and we will try to continue to do this. We have found ways to move many of our workshops and mentoring programme online so that they can be accessed remotely. We will also continue to offer our Top-up and larger grants.
The grants can be used to buy new equipment, to work with a consultant, perhaps on a new website or for training. For top up projects of between £3000 to £4000 it’s a simple application process to get back 35 per cent of your spend as a grant. For example, a £3000 spend would give you a £1050 grant. We can also support larger grants up to a value of £20,000.
We appreciate that for many people this is a time of trying to stay safe and struggling with loss of income, so developing your business may not be your top priority.
If you would like to look at a grant or find out more about the workshops and mentoring please get started by confirming you are eligible for a grant at southeastcreatives.co.uk
Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK) – Currently paused to new applications
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application. https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
Alpkit Foundation Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis.
Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include
- helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating,
- supporting the homeless,
- providing access to food, medicines or social care,
- supporting foodbanks,
- increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries,
- bringing exercise indoors.
Applications up to £500 can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.
Anglian Water is working with fifteen Community Foundations in the East of England, East Midland and Yorkshire to allocate their £1million Positive Difference Fund to support communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Charities and community organisations who are supporting vulnerable people who are isolated, considered high risk and in need of practical support can apply to their local Community Foundation. Half of the fund is being made available immediately, with the remaining half released later in the year to meet emerging needs from the fallout from the pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £5,000. Projects could include support for foodbanks, services which tackles homelessness, and which provide groceries and/or ready-made meals. Larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership. Essex Community Foundation
Aviva Community Fund Grants of up to £50,000 (Closing date 28th July)
Aviva has announced that it has expanded the Aviva Community Fund application criteria to include projects that allow causes to adapt or continue their vital services, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.
Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.
Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:
- Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive and resilient
- communities; or
- Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt
In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas.
The closing date to apply to the Aviva Community Fund is the 28th July 2020.
Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to. Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations. https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/
The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package
The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package – The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees’ personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK. barclayscovid-19-community-aid-package/
Baring Foundation Funding to Strengthen Creative Opportunities for People with Mental Health Problems (Closing date 18th August)
The Baring Foundation has announced the first call for applications for their new Arts programme supporting Arts and Mental Health to strengthen the creative opportunities available for people with mental health problems.
The long-term funding programme is being made available to established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists. £900,000 is available for this work in 2020 and it is envisaged that one-off unrestricted grants of between £12,000 and £15,000 will be awarded to be used to serve the organisation’s charitable purpose as they best see fit.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 18th August 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September
For any queries about this funding opportunity, particularly regarding eligibility, please get in touch with the Director on email@example.com
British Red Cross Launches Hardship Fund
The British Red Cross are providing financial support to help the most vulnerable financially impacted by the covid-19 crisis. The British Red Cross Hardship Fund provides short term financial help for individuals who can’t afford essentials such as
- Food and toiletries
- Somewhere safe to sleep,
- Access to a telephone and the internet
- Fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm
The fund aims to help people who can’t afford the essentials because they have:
- No income or welfare support
- Delays to accessing income or welfare support
The money will be delivered on a pre-paid card by either a one-off payment of £120 or a three-month grant of £360 which will be paid in three monthly instalments of £120. Families with children or other dependents can receive up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three months.
The British Reds Cross will be working with statutory and voluntary partner organisations to ensure we are helping the people in greatest need but will only accept referrals from official Referral Partners who are registered with the Hardship Fund. https://hardshipfund.redcross.org.uk/
The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)
We are now suspending applications to our emergency capital programme in order to process the high volume of those already received. We will provide a further update on the programme after outstanding grant assessments have been completed. If you have already started an application, it can still be submitted. https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/clothworkers-emergency-capital-programme/.
Co-op Group Covid-19 fund to support communities
The Co-op Group has launched a Members’ Coronavirus Fund to support foodbanks, a funeral hardship fund and community causes.
Co-op Covid-19 Fund
Projects through online grant applications:
People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations; Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment; Communities – Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use. Grants can be applied for up to £100,000 by UK charities or groups* with charitable purposes. https://cadentgas.com/cadent-foundation/
Grants designed to help nursing and midwifery professionals support their living costs like rent and utility bills
Some of the money that is raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus, who are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people, likely to be affected. If you are one of Comic Relief’s funded partners, please do get in touch with your contact person to talk through how this is affecting your work and your teams. We really want to see how we can support you at this very difficult time.
Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme
Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.
The funding is available to
- help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
- provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. T
he recovery scheme will open on Tuesday 28 July for applications from 10am till 1pm. And then for a further two rounds on Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.
Potential applicants can join a free webinar on Thursday 23 July from 3.30-5pm where they will be able to find out more about the fund and application process and take part in a live Q&A.
New £10 Million Fund for Domestic Abuse Charities (Closing date 20th July or earlier if funds are exhausted)
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has re-opened the Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund. During this funding round a total of £1.85 million will be available.
The fund will help ensure that:
- Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
- Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.
The Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund is part of a wider £76 million fund promised to domestic violence and abuse charities to support domestic abuse safe accommodation charities.
Grants of up to £100,000 are available per individual bid. More may be available for consortium bids.
The fund will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue to accept bids until the funding has been exhausted or until 20 July 2020, whichever is sooner. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-covid-19-emergency-support-fund
Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations
Local homelessness organisations that require emergency financial assistance can apply for grants of up to £100,000 to the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund. A total funding pot of £5.5 million is available.
The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.
The funding is available to organisations with a turnover of less than £5 million per year,
There are two funding streams available
£4.82 million is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund for homelessness charities in England.
A further £680,000 is from Comic Relief, which raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives, and will primarily be allocated to charities based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The deadline to apply to the Comic Relief funding stream is the 3rd August 2020, with decisions made during August. There are two deadlines for the National Lottery Community Fund funding stream. The 3rd August 2020 for decisions in early September and the 14th September 2020 for decisions made in mid-October.
Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (Currently paused)
In response to the coronavirus, Hope for the Young have launched a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support vulnerable young refugees or asylum seekers up to 30 years of age who are in need of immediate financial support.
Grants of up to £250 will be available for up to twelve weeks and will be allocated on a case by case basis to help relieve social isolation and financial hardship. Funding is available to help with costs such as purchasing food, medication and toiletries, and essential utilities.
The fund is open to external applications, however, in the first instance, priority will be given to young people receiving support from the Hope for the Young who meet the fund criteria. Hope for the Young aims to respond to all applications within one week of receipt to discuss the application further.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
For further details about the Emergency Relief Fund please contact the Grants and Advocacy Coordinator Pamela: Email: Pamela@hopefortheyoung.org.uk Telephone: 07448 155126. https://hopefortheyoung.org.uk/covid-19-emergency-relief-fund/
Energy Saving Trust Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers
The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for funding through the Energy Redress Scheme (Round 8). The scheme which distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
There are three funds open in the Round. These are:
The Main Fund contains £6.5 million and is aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £1 million.
The Small Project Fund contains £500,000 and is aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999.
The deadline for applications to the above two funds is 5pm on Thursday 30 July 2020.
The COVID-19 Crisis Fund contains up to £6 million and is open to charities that support vulnerable households who are at crisis point and unable to top up their prepayment energy meters. The fund awards grants between £20,000 and £300,000 to help charities deliver crisis interventions and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 27 July 2020. The fund will be reviewed and may be reopened dependent upon any remaining funding being available.
Only charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to the open funding rounds. Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found online at: www.energyredress.org.uk
The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme
The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding for Social Enterprises
Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver a new £18.7 million Social Enterprise Support Fund. The fund will make grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 to support Social Enterprises affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This can include:
- Meet additional demands
- Changing the way Social Enterprises work
- Making their spaces COVID-secure
- Managing liquidity during the next six months.
To be eligible for support social enterprises must have been incorporated for at least a year and most of their beneficiaries need to be in England. In addition, the social enterprise’s annual income must have been between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19, and financially stable.
The support agencies delivering the programme are:
- Big Issue Invest
- The Key Fund
- The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)
The closing date for applications is 1pm on the 20th July 2020. There will be two further funding rounds during the summer.
Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (Closing date 17th November)
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
- Living in Poverty
- Physical & Mental Health Problems
- Health & Wellbeing
- Living with Disability
The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 17th November 2020. For any questions about the application, or problems with the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7605 767 Grants application form
Funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs. Give As You Live – cancels donation fees for food banks.
Independent Age Grants Fund (Opens 27th July, closing date 21st August )
Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus.
Initially, Independent Age will begin by supporting work with two groups of older people, who can too easily miss out:
Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations. This can include older people that may have no network of family, friends or community to call on; have a disability or long-term health condition; be caring for a dependent adult with learning disabilities or dementia or be facing other circumstances that make it harder to manage at this challenging time.
Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind. Independent Age are looking to help organisations connecting with older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group. They may be part of an isolated, neglected or very poor community, be facing stigma or discrimination or have needs which make it hard for them to access services, perhaps because they are homeless, live with HIV or are hidden from view in an abusive relationship.
To be eligible to apply the applicant organisation must be registered as a charity with The Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The applicant organisations must have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years).
The applicant organisation must be already working with older people in one or both of the two priority areas above. Organisations that do not specialise in work with older people are welcome to apply – but you must already be providing services for older people as part of their work.
The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round Independent Age will make £500,000 available.
Charities are able to apply for grants of up to £15,000.
The next funding round will be open from the 27th July 2020 until 9am on the 21st August 2020. https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund
John Lewis new community support fund
A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.
Kennel Club Grants
£10 Million Package to Help Kick Start Tourism in Time for the Summer
Grants of up to £5,000 will be made available to small businesses in tourist destinations across England to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the government’s drive to boost the recovery of the economy, funding will be distributed immediately from its new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package to help kick start tourism in time for the summer.
Funding will be allocated to Local Growth Hubs based on how much of their employment base is linked to tourism and hospitality businesses, and can be used to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems, or to purchase new equipment.
The Kick-Starting Tourism Package is supported by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020.
Association of Mental Health Providers – Mental Health Response Fund
The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems.
National Lottery – Coronavirus Community Support Fund – Opened 22nd May
All the funding decisions for next 6 months (up to £300m) will be devoted to crisis and they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes
National Lottery – Coronavirus Community Support Fund
All the funding decisions for next 6 months (up to £300m) will be devoted to crisis and they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible.
This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.
The Fund has two key objectives:
- To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
- To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
Please see our funding pages for further details and to apply.
National Zatak have 2 funds available.
• Apply to our Hardship Relief Fund for essentials such as food, clothing and small debts.
• Apply to our Housing Fund for help with rent or council tax arrears.
New Funding for UK Charities Dealing with Income Loss Due to COVID-19 (Closing date 27th July)
Small and medium size charities across the UK facing increasing demands, immediate financial pressure and uncertainty because of the coronavirus outbreak can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £250,000.
The aim of the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s Charity Survival Fund is to help charities with an annual income of less than £5 million overcome this impact and offset lost income. A total of £10 million is being made available to support the costs of existing programmes and their day-to-day work.
Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities working within the Trust’s three priority areas:
- health and wellbeing;
- welfare and education;
- and arts and culture.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 27th July 2020.
Donations are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally we like to fund something specific so we can measure the difference our donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.
We are most likely to approve funding request which meet one or more of our four areas of interest: Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience; Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community; Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities; Advancing education and experiences for young people
NSUN Covid-19 Fund
Pet Rescue Funding to Support Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.
Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. https://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/
£5million fund entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30, grants and tailored support to maintain core business operations, as well as meet any existing financial commitments.
The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Programme – Currently open to applications for November Meeting
UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Small Grants programme.
To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £150,000, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.
Applications can be submitted at any time and the Foundation is currently accepting applications for the November 2020 meeting of Trustees. Please note that the Foundation do not publish deadlines or maximum amounts as this is dependent on the number of applications received.
Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.
Any applications received after early October 2020 will be seen in the January 2021 meeting. https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – Big Society Capital
Charities and, social enterprises in disadvantaged areas facing financial hardship and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus will be able to apply for emergency funding from a £100 million programme of loans and investment. The emergency package is made up of a £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide emergency loans with no fees or interest for the first twelve months; £29 million for smaller, emergency loans to small businesses in more deprived areas; and up to a further £50 million over the coming months for existing and future investments as needed. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are expected to open in mid-April, with the first loans completed by the start of May. Further details on the programme will be available shortly.
Rosa (UK) – Update 24th June
Applications suspended: Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)
We made the difficult decision to suspend applications to our Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) due to the incredibly high number of applications received. This also means decisions will take slightly longer than originally anticipated, but we’re doing our very best to respond to all those who applied as quickly as we can. You can expect to hear from us soon as we announce the first round of grantees.
We’re therefore calling for additional funding to enable us to get money to more specialist women’s organisations. You can donate to our Covid-19 Response Fund here, and we’d appreciate you forwarding this email to anyone who might be able to help.
Rosa, which is a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women has announced that is making grants of up to £10,000 available to specialist womens organisations across the UK through its Covid-19 Response Fund. The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria. Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that address the critical needs of marginalised women and girls that miss out the most and operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK. There is no deadline for applications. Rosa will consider them on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June 2020 and aim to notify applicants of the decision within approximately two weeks of submitting an application. http://rosauk.org/funds/rosas-covid-19-response-fund-small-grants/
Sport England Launches £20 Million Community Emergency Fund (Closing date 31st July 2020)
Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis. This can include rent payments, utility costs, insurances, core staffing costs, etc. The types of organisations eligible to apply 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. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000. Applicants should have exhausted all other government funding sources before applying to this fund. Sport England expect that the Fund will be open until the 31st July 2020.
£1 Million Crowdfunding Support for Sports Clubs and Organisations
Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder.
The Crowdfunder platform is scrapping all fees for the Active Together programme and is covering transaction charges to ensure every penny raised by a club goes to them. They’re also providing a series of monthly webinars offering advice and examples of successful previous Crowdfunder projects involving sport.
Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.
Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised.
To be eligible, organisations must be:
- Local sports clubs
- Charity, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community – including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations – for the benefit of people residing in England.
- If the application is approved, projects get match funding of up to 50% towards their initial crowdfunding target – up to a maximum of £10,000.
To receive a pledge, projects need to do two things:
- Raise at least 25% of the initial target
- Raise this from a minimum number of supporters (dependent on the size of the initial target).
Support for Theatre professionals
£30 million support for local communities, including £25 million food donations programme. Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500, including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly.
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times. Up to £10k.
Woodward Charitable Trust Grants for Small Organisations Making Good Use of Volunteers (Closing date 31st July)
The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, ensure that funds awarded are being well used and fall within the following areas:
- Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people;
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and in particular organisations that work to discourage individuals getting involved in gangs or violent behaviour;
- Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues, particularly where it relates to our other priority areas;
- Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups;
- Disadvantaged families including parenting support;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families;
- Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly amongst minority groups, refugees and traveler communities.
Closing date 31st July 2020. http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/
Yapp Charitable Trust
Small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19, grants up to £3k. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k; core costs and staffing.
Youth Futures Foundation (Closing date 31st July)
Grants to Support Infrastructure Organisations
The Youth Futures Foundation aims to transform the lives of young people by unlocking potential and addressing the root causes of youth unemployment. Key community-sector infrastructure organisations (with at least 20 organisations in their network, membership or movement) that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment can apply for funding to help build resilience in response to the significant income shortfalls due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to support future planning and delivery. Organisations can request up to 30% of their annual income. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 31st July 2020. https://youthfuturesfoundation.org/infrastructure-grants/
Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation – Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus
The Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to support registered charities that are helping local communities affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support groups and activities that
- Help vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
- Ensure supplies for foodbanks and organisations, in particular to alleviate the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.
- Help community response coordination, including volunteer costs.
- Cover additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
- Cover the loss of income for charities providing support for vulnerable groups
The £100,000 fund will make donations of between £250 and £2,000 to help with costs such as running costs, staff and travel costs, and volunteer expenses.
Priority will be given to:
- Charities that have an income of £100,000 or less.
- Charities that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained.
- Charities that support the ongoing needs of people suffering from poverty or those who have suffered a loss of income
Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis. https://www.ybs.co.uk/your-society/charitable-foundation/index.html
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Closing date 3rd September 2020)
The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 3rd September 2020 for projects that will start between 23rd September 2020 and the 5th January 2021.
Grants of between £10,200 and £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards:
• Community buildings
• Parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities
• Nature reserves
• Bio diversity projects.
To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (please see post code checker below); the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 10% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application. https://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/
Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children
Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.
Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
- Parental support, including whole family approach
- Pastoral and advocacy support
The type of activities that could be funded include:
- Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy
- Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring
- Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing
- Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.
- Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers
- Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.
The programme offers both small grants of up to £5,000 per year for up to 3 years to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 ; and grants on average of between £20,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is 4pm on the 31st August 2020 and 5pm on the 31st July 2020 for stage 1 applications to the large grants programme. https://mcf.org.uk/get-support/grants-to-charities/children-and-young-people/
Funding to Help Museums, Galleries and Cultural Organisations Affected by Coronavirus
UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply for funding to help them respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and to adapt and reimagine ways of working in the future.
Through the Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine grants, funding of between £10,000 and £50,000 is available to support the priority areas of audiences, collections, adaptable digital skills and infrastructure, and supporting the workforce. Funding can be used to provide immediate practical support connected to reopening such as staffing, equipment, training, or planning for future activities, and to provide opportunities for organisations to help them adapt for the future.
There are two further funding rounds for these grants:
- Round 2: Apply by Monday 17 August 2020
- Round 3: Apply by Monday 12 October 2020
Funding to Help BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds
In response to the coronavirus, the UK Community Foundations is making a £250,000 Infrastructure Fund available for BAME-led infrastructure organisations that can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergency Trust (NET) grants though their local Community Foundations.
Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to fund work such as for example:
- Awareness-raising via marketing and communications
- Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process
- Support with monitoring and reporting
- Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations
- Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities
Applications can be made on a rolling basis and will be considered by an independent panel every week with awards made as quickly as possible thereafter.
For more information and/or to talk to to the Community Foundation about applying please email: email@example.com
Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People
Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50.
Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
- Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
- Advocacy, social and welfare support
The type of activities that could be funded include:
- Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life
- Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services
- Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends
- Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition
- Advice and information on options for those with health conditions
- Carers and respite support
The programme offers both small grants of up to £5,000 per year for up to 3 years to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 ; and grants on average of between £20,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is 4pm on the 31st August 2020 and 5pm on the 31st July 2020 for stage 1 applications to the large grants programme.
Funding to Support the Most At-Risk Young People Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis
The 7stars foundation exists to support the most challenged, at-risk young people in the United Kingdom. In July The Foundation is launching an unrestricted Charity Support Fund for UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5m, who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis.
The funding will be made available across the themes of
- and for those who are supporting young child carers.
The charity is offering grants of up to £2,500, which can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to apply the money to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future.
To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation. https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/
Funding for Research to Better Understand the Link Between Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm (Closing date 31st July)
Alcohol Change UK are inviting applications for their New Horizons Grants Programme for innovative and future-facing academic research on ‘Groups, Communities and Alcohol Harm’ to explore how people’s use of alcohol relates to their membership of, or identification with, groups and communities.
Funding of between £20,000 and £65,000 is available for up to four two-year research projects to explore different groups such as cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic or other social communities of interest and identity, and people diagnosed with the same condition, disorder or disease.
The aim of the Fund is to see how interpretations within a community may promote or prevent alcohol harm amongst its members.
Applications from researchers of all academic disciplines are welcome by midday on the 31st July 2020. https://alcoholchange.org.uk/research-hub/alcohol-research-grants/what-we-fund/new-horizons-2020-call-for-applications
Funding to Help Understand the Impact of Covid-19 on the Health and Social Care System (Closing date 30th September)
Funding of between £100,000 and £200,000 is available for projects of up to twelve months which seek to understand the impact of Covid-19 on the health and social care system in the UK, and to use this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions for the future.
The Health Foundation’s new Covid-19 Research Programme is open to suitable qualified and experienced research teams to help understand the impact of the crisis in two areas:
- how service delivery has changed,
- the impact of the virus on health inequalities and the wider effects of health.
Applications for projects from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines, involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are welcome.
Applications can be made at any time until the 30th September 2020. https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/covid-19-research-programme
Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives
The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations (charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises) that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
The charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need. These are:
• Help at a critical moment – Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse.
• Positive choices – Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices.
• Accommodation / housing support – Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation.
• Employment and training – Supporting people to move towards or gain employment.
• Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements – Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.
• Support networks and family – Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships
Grants can cover running costs, salaries and project costs for organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).
Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.