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
Aviva Community Fund
They are now accepting applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Deadline: 5 May. Read more
Barclays community relief programme
Barclays have launched a 100 x 100 COVID-19 UK Community Relief programme. Charities applying should demonstrate a track record of delivering impactful, on-the-ground support to directly meet the needs of vulnerable communities. Deadline: 22 May. 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
Childs Charitable Trust – Emergency Funding
The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations. 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 are eligible for a £25,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates. Read more
- 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.
Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
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.
Support for smaller organisations or groups
As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network
(NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details will be available on the NSUN website. Read more
Hackney grants now available through the London Community Response Fund
The Council has aligned its repurposed grants programme with the London Community Response Fund (LCRF) to allocate the remaining 2020/21 funding for local organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less. A total of £50,000 is being made available to award grants of up to £5,000 for organisations working to meet immediate needs in Hackney, from food and essentials to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.
Applications for wave two crisis response grants are open now. Please note they are not considering applications for the Delivering Differently programme. Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 18 May. Successful applicants will be notified on or before Monday 25 May 2020 via email.
To apply, visit the London Community Response Fund.
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.
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
Neighbourly Community Fund
Giving Platform “Neighbourly” is 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 existing members of Neighbourly whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. Read more
OneFamily Foundation – Community Grants
The OneFamily Foundation is inviting its customers to nominate a local charity, group or cause for a Community Grant of up to £2,500 to help them to continue providing support to those affected by the coronavirus, or who themselves are struggling to maintain their usual services. Examples for nominations might include foodbanks, support groups or homeless charities. Nominations for this round close on the 12 May. 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
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
Standard Life Foundation. Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications
Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. Read more
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
The Youth Endowment Fund
The fund opens new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. Read more
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
This page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Read more
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