Coronavirus funding and finance

FUNDING

Arts Council England

Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the COVID-19 crisis. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.​ Read more

Charities Aid Foundation

CAF has launched an emergency fund offering one-off grants of up to £10,000 to small charities and social enterprises that are struggling during the current crisis. Organisations with a turnover up to £1m can apply. Read more

Coronavirus business grants

As part of the coronavirus financial support package announced by government Hackney Council will be administering grants to the following businesses:
  • businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value of over £15,000 and up to £51,000 will be eligible  for a £25,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates;
  • businesses who receive small business rates relief will be eligible for a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 on top of their existing relief.
For further details on eligibility criteria and FAQ’s please visit this page.​

Coronavirus Charity Help Fund

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.
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. They will accept applications from organisations other than charities – for example social enterprises or CICs.
Speed is of the essence so please highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.​​​

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities who support:
  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
  • provision of food and essential supplies;
  • victims of domestic violence;
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients.​

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London Community Response Fund

New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today pledged £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus.

The Mayor has joined City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, and London Funders, a network of investors of London’s civil society, to launch the new fund – with an initial £1 million provided by City Hall and £1 million from City Bridge Trust. Read more

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating 

£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus. Read more

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has started reaching out to grantees, partners, and other vital civil society organisations to understand how it can support communities and the sector during Covid-19. The Fund aims to share what it learns over the coming period. Read more

National Lottery Heritage 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. Read more

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future. Read more

Sport England

Up to £195 million of funding will be made available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Read more

TechForce 19

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. Read more

William Morris Big Local

The Community Chest fund: Coronavirus Response. You can apply for up to £1,000 per project, and applications will be assessed as they come in. Read more

FINANCE

Job Retention Scheme

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020, will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are being kept on the pay roll, otherwise described as ‘furloughed workers’.​ Read more

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.​ Read more

Universal Credit

This page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Read more

 

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