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 Local Initiatives Fund: 

Information: During this time there will be an open programme for Local Initiatives Funding with no deadlines for applications in order to ensure that the process of awarding funding is not delayed.  Please note that priority for decisions will be given to those applications directly responding to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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(2) Islington Giving Young Grant Makers:

Information: This grants available for people running projects that are looking to support young people in a safe and supportive space where they can talk and be themselves.  Applications should be submitted by 9am on 20th July 2020.

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General Funding:

(1) Big Society Capital:

Information: They are launching a £100m emergency loan fund to help charities deal with cash-flow problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. BSC said its Emergency Liquidity Facility would allow trading charities and social enterprises to borrow money for working capital or to help with cash flow.

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(2) Cadent Foundation:

Information: Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent, opens for applications.

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(3)  Community Justice Fund Grant

Information: The fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal. Wave one is open now and will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet our eligibility criteria and priorities set out below. They understand that organisations have been responding quickly to the situation, so grants can be used towards the costs of your work from 1 April 2020. To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be: registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK, and able to demonstrate a track record of delivering legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits;

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(4)Coronavirus Community Support Fund: 

Information: 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 1) to increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations. 2) 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.

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(5)Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: Food Charities Grant Fund

Information:  Front-line food charities are now eligible to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help them continue to provide food to vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis as part of Defra’s new Food Charities Grant Fund. The fund is operating on a first come first served basis with Defra assessing applications in the order that they come in.

Charities are eligible for the grant if they are unable to meet the increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals and supporting charities and have the capacity to distribute all the food purchased with this grant by 9 August 2020. The grant can be used to purchase food for people who are unable to afford food or have moved into contemporary accommodation due to Covid-19, such as domestic abuse victims, those recently released from prison, or newly homeless people. The fund cannot be used to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, as they are being supported by the government.

To apply, charities have to have registered with the eSourcing portal and apply through that.

(6) Energy Saving Trust:

Information: The latest round of the Energy Redress Funding Scheme is now open for applications. There is £13m available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty. Energy Saving Trust (EST) has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from Ofgem regulated companies who may have breached rules. Registered charities, in England, Scotland and Wales, can apply for grant funding to deliver energy related projects that meet the scheme priorities. Successful projects are selected with input from an independent panel of experts.

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(7) Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund:

Information: The one-off £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been set up by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust in response to their ongoing concern about the economic impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on the nation’s charities. The grant funding aims to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities with a beneficial area within the UK and an income of less than £5 million. Deadline 5pm on 27th July 2020 and the funding must be used by the end of April 2021.

Guidance for applications | Frequently Asked Questions | Online Application

(7) London Community Response – Wave 3: 

Information: Wave 3 is now open which is available to make it easier for charities to get the resources that they need during these unprecedented times. Three types of grants are available; crisis, enable and adapt.  1) Crisis grants are for organisations that need to urgently provide food, essentials and support to communities through crisis. 2) Enable grants supports work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis.  3) Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future. Deadline 31st July.

Guidance for applications |  Apply here

(8) Magic Little Grants 2020: 

Information: Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500. The fund will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application. The deadline for applications will be 31st October 2020.

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(9)  Morrinsons COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund:

Information: The trustess have pledged support for the Homeless Support Fund, aiming to fund charities caring for the homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.  There is a total of £500,000 for this fund. Awards up to £10,000 are available. However, smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund.

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(10) Neighbourly:

Information: The micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.

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(11) Premier League Community Facility Fund:

Information: They are committed 6 million per year for the next three years into a ring fenced facility pot, to be called the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF), to be accessed by professional clubs through their community organisations and managed and administered by the Football Foundation. There is no application deadline.

Contact or on 020 7864 9171 for more information.

(12) The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

Information: The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have 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 provision of essentials, Delivery of services in hostels and shelters, Information and advice. 

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(13) The Austin and Hope Pilkington trust 

Information: They are offering grants of £1,000 rather than the usual £5,000 for grant round 3, which is for projects to deal with people aged 60 and over. You can apply for a grant from the Trust if you have an operating income and expenditure of between £100,000 and £1,000,000, and applications should be submitted between 1st and 31st July.

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(14) The National Lottery -Coronavirus Community Support Fund: 

Information: The National Lottery have launched a £200m fund aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. The fund is part of the Government’s £750m financial support package for charities and social enterprises announced by Government on April 8. They will distribute the Government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. 

The application you need to fill in is the same whether your funding comes from the Government or from The National Lottery.   If you’re a group that’s looking for government funding, because you can’t accept funding from The National Lottery, please mention this in the application. 

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