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.

Islington Funding:

(1) Islington Council’s Community Chest

Funding for Community Groups as we come out of lockdown. Funding of up £5,000 is available for community organisations that:

  • have an annual turnover of less than £100,000
  • works with Islington residents
  • Priority is given to organisations supporting residents that experience poverty and/or isolation

Apply here | Read the guidance here

Deadline 12 pm on Tuesday 4th May 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Cripplegate Foundation to discuss project ideas before applying.

If you have any questions please contact: Patrick Jones, Programme Manager

General Funding:

(1)  Arnold Clark Community Fund

Information: Arnold Clark, the UK’s largest independently owned, family-run car retailer, has created the Arnold Clark Community Fund to support communities across the UK in which it operates. The fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic. The grants are awarded by a monthly draw. At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month. 

Applications will be accepted from 1st March 2021 until 31st May 2021 (23:59).

For more information and application form is here

(2)  The Foyle Foundation small grant

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 Women Thrive Fund: Rosa

Information: Delivered by Rosa and Smallwood Trust, the Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience. The fund responds directly to what women’s and girls’ organisations have told us throughout the pandemic: that declining mental health, increased risk of emotional trauma and increased poverty levels are their biggest concerns for women and girls across the UK. There are two grants to apply for: Grants of up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive, Grants of up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on 25th March 2021.

Please read the GUIDANCE DOCUMENT and FAQS thoroughly before applying via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

(5) 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

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