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 Chest is provided through a partnership between Islington Council and Cripplegate Foundation which administers the fund.  The funding available up to £5,000 for community organisations which have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 and work with Islington residents.

Deadline for applications to the second round of funding 2020/21 is: 12 noon on Monday, 21 September 2020

Read the guidelines before applying | Download the application form | Download the budget form

Read more information on the grant here


General Funding:

(1) BAME Infrastructure Support Fund: 

Information: The UK Community Foundations has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups and organisations that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them. An initial £250,000 is being made available with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.

For more information and/or to talk to us about applying please email:

download the application form here | To view the privacy notice please click here

(2) 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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(3) 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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(4)  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;

Read the guidance here | Apply here

 (5)  COVID Recovery Fund from Lloyds Bank Foundation

Information: They will be launching £7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. To meet these needs, our COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future. Applications open now and will close 5pm 11th September 2020. 

Apply here

(6) 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.

(7) Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

Information: This fund is aimed at organisations whose work has been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. It will support them to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable. This funding is a combination of direct grants and payment for support from digital agencies. The Discovery Programme – deadline 7th September at 5 pm, and The Development Programme – deadline 20th September 5 pm.

The Discovery Programme application template | The Development Programme application template 

Frequently asked questions 

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(8) 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.

Apply here

(9) 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

(10) Independent Age Grants Fund 

Information: A £2m pot from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. Aims to support work mainly focusing on older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations e.g. have no family or friends or community to call on, have a disability/longterm health condition, are a carer, or other circumstances that make it hard to manage at this time. Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind e.g. very isolated, neglected or very poor community, are facing stigma/discrimination, are homeless, in an abusive relationship. Grants available between £5,000 and £15,000. Deadline for the grant is 9 am on 18th Septemeber 2020

FAQ’S | Application Guidelines | Overview document | Application form 

(11) LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund:

Information:LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

Online Application  | Apply here

(12) 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.

Apply Here | Application Guidance |

(13) Mayor of London – Stronger Communities Fund

Information: Grants are available for local grassroots organisations and groups who typically find it hard to access funding to support projects across London that reduce social isolation and loneliness through physical activity. The Stronger Communities Fund aims to improve social integration through sporting activities. The fund has two key priorities: to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures, and faiths, and to help socially isolated or lonely Londoners feel better connected to their local communities. Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available during the final funding round.

The Fund is open for applications and the deadline is 25th September 2020.

Application for Guidance | Example of Application Form | FAQS | Apply here

(14)  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.

Apply Here.

(15) 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

(16) 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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(17) The True Colour Trust – Small Grants Scheme: 

Information: The True Colours Trust has adapted its Small Grants Scheme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its next grant round has been designed to help smaller UK organisations adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. The Trust supports organisations that work with disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families. Priority will be given to applications from organisations that support a high proportion of children/families from BAME communities, those that operate in areas of high deprivation or those in areas that are experiencing a second lockdown. Grants of up to £5,000 will be available.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on 21st September. Find out more and apply here.

(18) Thomas Wall Trust – Charities Grant Programme: 

Information: The Charities grant programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist the employment prospects of people aged 11 years and older. Applications will be considered from UK charities that have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and have an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000. Priority will be given to charities working with collaborative networks. Applications are currently being accepted for funds to be awarded in November 2020.

Apply here

(19) VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund:

Information: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and Improvement, and Public Health England (PHE) are inviting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to join the VCSE health and wellbeing fund Starting Well. Projects must have run for at least 3 years, develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life and be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas). Deadline for application is midday on Friday 30th October 2020. Send completed application forms to

Application form | Risk Assessment for grants | Starting Well information pack | Exit Plan


The charities grant programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment

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