Covid-19 and Funding

Covid-19 and Funding

In order to further support you during this Coronavirus outbreak, we have put together some key messages and advice from Funders and sector bodies. 

With the constantly changing situation around the Coronavirus pandemic, we continue to liaise with relevant funders in London regarding their position and response to concerns that grantees may have.

We will keep adding the latest information to this page and also do keep an eye on the funding info page here.


Some key funding Covid-19 updates:

Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund

Neighbourly has launched a series of micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tescos have launced this new short-term Fund to support local communities affected by the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

Southwark COVID-19 Community Grants

Southwark Council has created a special fund of £390,000 to offer to appropriate voluntary and community groups and organisations during this COVID-19 pandemic. The details can be seen here.

The London Community Response Fund - Wave 1

The London Community Response Fund is now open for applications; it's been launched by United St Saviour’s and a group of local funders. This is to support VCS organisations providing food and other essentials to vulnerable Londoners during covid-19. Grants are available for up to £5,000.

The Charities Foundation 

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched funding for grants of up to £10,00 for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies, equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas working on the Covid-19 response.

Sports England Fund Covid-19 Emergeny Fund

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. You can see the full information here.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to support smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19 and to help deal with the national crisis.

The Childhood Trust: Champions for Children funding campaign

The Childhood Trust is launching the Champions for Children match-funding campaign to raise unrestricted Funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

Arts Council England Emergency Funding Programme

The Arts Council Lottery Programme has put together a package of measures and funding to ensure that people and organisations that make up the Arts are protected during the Coronavirus crisis. The Funder is making available £160 million of emergency grant funding and it has also changed the funding requirements for existing funding recipients. Click here for more information.

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Application

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. You can apply for the fund here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

The social media and networking service is launching a Small Business Grants Program to help those businesses experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

March Covid-19 special edition Funding ebulletin

We have compiled the position and statements from key funders and sector organisations into our March Funding ebulletin. We've called it, 'A revised coronavirus edition of our March Funding E-bulletin and you can view it here.


Grants to support charities during the Covid-19 pandemic

During the daily Covid-19 update on 8th April the Chancellor announced a £750 million support package for the charity sector. Of this, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments, and there will be £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

Charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus, as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:

  • Hospices, to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
  • St Johns Ambulance, to support the NHS.
  • Victim support charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services.
  • Vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities.
  • Citizens Advice, to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time.

As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

Departments will now work at pace to identify priority recipients, with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational within a similar period of time.

The Chancellor also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

We will update this page as soon as we learn how the application system will work. 

Full details of these funds

You can also see full details of these funds on our main funding pages here.


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