Funding opportunities COVID-19

Please check this page on a regular basis, as updates will appear for all coronavirus funding opportunities.

Also, check the government’s Coronavirus guidance for the charity sector.

General Funding:

(1) Culture Recovery Fund from The Volant Trust

Information: The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.  To receive a decision by April 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st August and 31st December 2020.

(2) Foyle Foundation’s Small Grant Scheme:

Information: The Small Grants Scheme has re-opened for new applications.  It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  They are keen to be as flexible as can be in  support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application. Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees. 

For more information and application form is here

(3) Morisson Foundation: COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund:

Information: 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. They 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 the 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)

There is no deadline, for more information and application form is here

(4) The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme:

Information: The Sir Jules Thorn Trust have launched the ‘Ann Rylands Small Donations,’ programme which makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives. Successful applicants are awarded grants of up to £1,500 towards the charity’s core costs or to support a specific project. This programme does not award multi-year funding or provide substantial sums for capital appeals.

Read the guidelines  | Online application form

(5) The Fat Beehive Foundation

Information: The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities. They are funding charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year. As we aren’t a large funder, we provide highly specialised grants up to £2500 and can’t fund every charity that applies to us – much as we would like to. There funding priorities over the next year are:

    • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
    • Human rights
    • International development
    • Equality and Diversity
    • Social justice / Refugees / Housing
    • Education
    • Art & culture
    • Health and wellbeing
    • Prisoner rehabilitation

To apply you need to see if you are eligible to complete the online form before it takes you to the application form.

Deadline is 31st December 2020 at 5pm

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Please note this is a work in progress – more information and resources will be added very soon!