Coronavirus support for the voluntary and community sector

Grants and funding available for voluntary and community sector organisations.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

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.

Visit The National Lottery website for more information and how to apply.

Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots now

Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by coronavirus outbreak. Examples of eligible expenditure include being active in local communities to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation and support food banks.

Visit Alpkit website for more information.

Asda Foundation

COVID-19 Healthy Holiday Grants

Grants are available to support charitable groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure vulnerable children are provided with a hot meal.

Grants of up to £500 are available per group to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals during the summer holidays. Applications are made via the group’s local Asda store’s Community Champion and a total of £1,125 can be awarded per store. Visit the Asda Foundation website for more information.

COVID-19 Hygiene Grants

Grants are available for care homes, hospices and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current crisis.

Grants of up to £500 are available and applications are made via the group’s local Asda store’s Community Champion. Visit the Asda Foundation website for more information.

Aviva Community Fund

The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for many. We know that now, more than ever, small charities need our support. That is why we have broadened the criteria of the Aviva Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or  continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. See updated terms and conditions.

Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until Tuesday 28 July 2020.

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund

Grants for BAME-led organisations to help more BAME organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus funding.

The UK Community Foundation has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis. The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. Up to 20% of costs can be covered.

Big Society Capital Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

A new £25m Loan Fund will provide social enterprises and charities with emergency loans with no fees or interest for 12 months. Social Investment Business (SIB) will manage the new fund which is expected to open to applications in mid-April 2020 with the first loans completed by the start of May.

Further details can be found here:

British Muslim COVID-19 Fund

Grants are available for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the fund is to support charities, voluntary groups and other organisations who are working to protect and assist vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Grants of £250 to £5,000 are available and are available to groups irrespective of faith. Please see the British Muslim COVID-19 Fund website for more information and how to apply.

Crisis Response Grants

If you are responding to the immediate needs of Londoners affected by the current crisis, London Funders is considering applications for funding to help cover your costs to enable you to support communities effectively. They are particularly keen to hear from organisations who are looking to:

  • Buy food and essentials for people in need of support
  • Provide access to services
  • Make immediate changes to existing services
  • Purchase equipment to enable people to work remotely
  • Respond to new needs quickly
  • Meet increased costs of providing services
  • Ensuring all groups can access services

Please see the Response Fund website for further information.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Visit CAF website for more information.

Co-Op Foundation #iwill fund     

A limited number of grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to deliver peer support and/or youth led advocacy projects to help young people up to the age of 20 experiencing bereavement. It is expected that five grants of up to £10,000 each will be awarded in this round. To be eligible, applicants must be charities, social enterprises or voluntary groups working in one of the UK’s 30% most deprived areas.

The deadline for expressions of interest is the 31 July 2020.

Visit the Co-Op Foundation website for more information.

Domestic abuse safe accommodation

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (round 2)

Grants for charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation (including refuges) in England to ensure existing services remain open and to create additional capacity and support during the pandemic.

The fund will support domestic abuse charities until 31st October to ensure that:

  • Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bed spaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19
  • Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these services

The maximum bid size is expected to be £100,000. Bids will be accepted until 20 July 2020. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Emergency Surplus Food Grant

Grants are available to provide financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers to those in need or considered vulnerable.

Applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. Applications close on 3 July 2020. Visit the Wrap website for more information.

Government funding package

The Government has outlined its funding package for charities, whereby £370 million will be available for small charities delivering essential frontline COVID-19 related services for vulnerable people through the Community fund.

Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Up to £500 is available to professional working musicians to alleviate the immediate financial pressures incurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Visit the Help Musicians website for more information.

Heritage Emergency Fund launched to help sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak.  

Visit the Heritage Emergency Fund for more information.

Inspiring Futures Programme     

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in the UK to improve the employment prospects of children and young people who face discrimination or disadvantage. The fund has been created in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of between £10,000 and £80,000 are available for work commencing in October 2020. Work should target those who have faced additional disruption as a result of the crisis.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

Visit the BBC Children in Need website to apply

In This Together: Emergency Grants Fund (Crisis)

Emergency grants to support local organisations that are meeting the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK and who are affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Grants of:

  • Up to £50,000 are available for long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery
  • Up to £5,000 are available for short-term responses to the pandemic

Visit Crisis website for more information.about these grants.

London Community Foundation - Peabody Community Fund

Grants are available to local charities, not-for-profit groups and community organisations for projects and activities that benefit the residents of Peabody estate and housing areas which are located in London. Grants are available covering costs related to the proposed project for one or two years. Groups can request:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 per year over two years for organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less
  • Grants of up to 15,000 per year over two years for organisations with an annual income between £250,001 and £500,000

The fund is expected to open this summer. Visit the London Community Foundation website for more information.

London Community Response Fund (new round)

A new round of the London Community Response Fund has opened, with particular priority given to the following themes:

  • Equity and inclusion: organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), deaf and disabled, LGBT+, and/or women’s-led groups
  • Strong connections: groups who reach and connect with people at high risk or negative impacts from COVID-19
  • Smaller organisations: typically, those with a turnover of up to £1m per year

There are two types of funding available:

  • Small – grants of up to £10,000, using a simple application form
  • Large – grants of up to £50,000, involving a longer application form, with decisions typically made within eight weeks of the application

The fund is expected to close at the end of July. Find out more

Morrisons Foundation – COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

Grants are available to support charities caring for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards of up to £10,000 are available and there is a total of £500,000 in the fund.

Visit Morrisons Foundation website for more information.

National Lottery Awards for All

Organisations can now apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000 provided they are COVID-19 related. Applications will be prioritised from:

Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19

Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19

Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Visit the Community Fund website for more information.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund         

Grants for heritage organisations that have received NHLF in the past and are either a current grantee or still under contract following a previous grant and are most in need during the coronavirus crisis.

There are two levels of funding, each of which has different priorities:

  • Level 1: emergency grants of £3,000 - £50,000 will support essential costs for the net four months to help organisations with immediate risks and become more stable
  • Level 2: emergency grants of £50,000 - £250,000 aim to help organisations that manage a heritage asset that is at risk over the next few months. This can include immediate costs, as well as costs to help organisations that look towards longer-term recovery

The deadline for applications has been extended by a month from 30 June to 31 July 2020.

Visit the Heritage Fund website to find out more.

Neighbourly Community Fund

Up to £400 is available for pre-existing members of Neighbourly whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill-health as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit the Neighbourly website for more information.

React Fund (Lloyds Bank)

Funding is available for any existing charitable partner of Lloyds Bank to help them get through this immediate crisis. Additional one-year grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to cover the cost or adapting or developing services to response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The deadline for this funding is 17 June, and more information can be found on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund        

The RRLF is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. The RRLF is run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m. SIB is the lender. RRLF is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted. A loan may help with this, providing working capital until normal business can commence again.

Loans of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available.

Learn more about the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund.

Richmond Coronavirus Emergency Grant Fund

Richmond Council has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Grant Fund to support voluntary and community sector groups with meeting running costs and delivering local support to those affected by this public health emergency.

The grant can only be used to meet the costs of delivering services directly to residents of Richmond upon Thames in response to COVID-19.

Rosa COVID-19 Response Fund (small grants)

Grants are available for specialist women’s organisations across the UK to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their work. The funding is for specialist 'by, for and with' women’s organisations across the UK and it intended to help them meet short-term funding needs. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Visit the Rosa UK website for more information.

School Funding: Exceptional Costs Associated with COVID-19

Funding is available to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019/20 summer term. There will be some instances where schools face additional costs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and will not be able to cover these from their existing resources. This funding will support those cases. Up to £75,000 is available per grant, depending on the size of the school.

Applications must be submitted by 21 July 2020. Find out more

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This fund is to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

This package of funding includes:

  • A new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000.
  • A new £5 million fund for existing Sport England partners facing specific and immediate financial difficulty.
  • £55 million put aside to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions; to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and then, when it is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England, and whose current funding agreements with Sport England run out in March 2021.

Visit Sport England for more information.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund

Grants are available to a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the pandemic. The maximum grant available is £500. Applications can be made at any time but funds are expected to run out within three months.

Learn more about the Tesco Bags of Help programme.

The Big Give's Christmas Challenge

This gives charities' donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work. This year it will run from midday Tuesday 1 December to midday Tuesday 8 December.

The Christmas Challenge is open for applications from all charities that meet the following criteria:

• Charities with at least one set of accounts showing on the Charity Commission
• Charities with over £25,000 income as per their last financial accounts

Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000. To be funded by The Childhood Trust, charities must be working with vulnerable children and young people (aged 4 to 18yrs) based in London. Please visit our website for more information.

The Fore’s RAFT Fund - COVID-19 Response

The Fore and its partners are providing grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises overcome the challenges posed by coronavirus.

RAFT now has over £1 million in funding and is open to applications from Wednesday 22 April 2020.

The first grants will be announced on 6 May 2020. Applications to RAFT Fund will be accepted in tranches with the application portal opened and closed as funding is raised and distributed.

The Fore will initially be accepting 500 applications, with places allocated on a first-come-first served basis. They will open for additional applications when funding becomes available.

Visit The Fore website for more information.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity Survival Fund

Core funding for small and medium-sized charities who need financial help due to lost income in the current financial year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in the areas prioritised by the Trust: health and wellbeing, welfare and education, arts and culture.

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available. The level of funding available is tiered based on an organisation’s income. To be eligible an applicant must have experienced a loss of income (actual or predicted) as a result of covid-19.

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2020.

Visit the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust website to find out more.

The Local Digital C-19 Challenge

Funding is available for data and digital projects to help local authorities in England with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts.

MHCLG have launched this fund to respond to the need for digital and data-enabled approaches to council operations post COVID-19. Applications are invited in three thematic areas:

  • Data and reporting
  • Community engagement
  • Developing new working practices

The programme is offering funding of up to £800,000 in total. Councils can bid for up to £80,000 per project. Lead applications and partner organisations must be Local Digital Declaration signatories.

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2020. Find out more

The London Community Response Fund

London Funders is the network for charitable funders in the Capital and they are coordinating applications to the London Community Response Fund.

Funding wave two is now open and will provide funds for Crisis Response – meeting immediate needs of communities and Delivering Differently – changing the way you deliver your work so it continues to meet the needs of communities. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 April 2020.

Visit for more information or to sign up for updates.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000.

Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

Visit The Yapp Charitable Trust website for further information.

Trust for London

Grants are available for work that develops new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s poverty and inequality, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

The average grant will be around £80,000 and will not normally exceed £150,000. The Trust funds voluntary and community organisations undertaking charitable activity in London. Although the funding priorities remain the same during the pandemic, the Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that responds to emerging needs as a result of coronavirus. Applications must be submitted by 6 October 2020. Visit the Trust for London website for more information.

UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

Small grants are available for capital improvements to theatres in the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value this would make to their work with local communities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the scheme will also support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures.

The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020. Visit the Theatres Trust website to find out more.

Youth Futures Foundation

The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. We recognise that achieving this systemic change will be a team effort involving a broad range of employers, government, funders and organisations working with young people. Our activities and grant giving are designed to reflect this.

Youth Futures Foundation: Infrastructure Grants

The Youth Futures Foundation is inviting applications from key infrastructure organisations that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment. The funding aims to build resilience given significant income shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support future planning and delivery.

Funding is available for:

  • National infrastructure bodies that strengthen the youth and/or employment sector across England for all young people
  • National or regional infrastructure bodies that strengthen the youth and/or employment sector specifically for young people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, including those of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage

Funding closes on 31 July. Please see the Youth Futures Foundation website below for further information.

The Homelessness Response Fund

This is being funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, using money from the government’s package of support for the charity sector. It will be distributed by Homeless Link, the membership body for frontline homelessness charities.

Grants will be available to charities with an annual income of under £5m, and where more than half their beneficiaries are homeless people. Applications to the fund will close on 27 May, with grants available worth between £10,000 and £100,000. Successful applicants will receive payments next month.

Read more about the Homelessness Response Fund.

Advice and information for voluntary and community sector organisations

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance

The law firm Bates Wells have produced information and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Visit the Bate Wells website for more information.

Richmond CVS

Richmond CVS is commissioned by the Council to offer advice and information for voluntary organisations and can help support organisations in the following ways:

  • Supporting organisations to apply for emergency charitable funding
  • Ensuring organisations are access local funding that your organisation is entitled to
  • Providing practical advice on implementing an emergency funding plan
  • Connecting organisations to further sources of support
  • Providing a volunteering portal to match local volunteers with opportunities

Visit Richmond CVS for more information or contact them by: 

  • Email:
  • Phone: General enquiries - 020 8843 7945
  • Phone: Funding helpline number for local groups 07401 279771 (Mornings only Tuesday to Thursday)

The British Red Cross has provided a free training course for anyone who is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. View the British Red Cross course


A comprehensive guide being updated regularly, which includes sections on:

  • How to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Whether to cancel events and activities
  • How to support beneficiaries and service users, including those who are vulnerable or facing discrimination
  • How to manage finances, planning and insurance
  • Contingency planning

Updated guidance for trustees covering the technicalities of governance and serious incident reporting.

Arts Council

A guide and toolkit are available for cultural organisations on how to manage financial difficulties.

Charity Excellence Framework COVID-19

Information, guidance and resources including a free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding.

Charity Excellence Framework - COVID-19 Funder Database

The free COVID-19 funder database is live. Searchable, using multiple criteria, with 545 funders; click through to 1,000s of funder websites. It takes 2 minutes to register and is free.

Co-operatives UK

A guide to HR issues during the coronavirus outbreak.


General guidance for voluntary and community organisations.

The Federation of Small Business

Aimed at small businesses, but also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.

It includes sections on:

  • If you have to close your organisation
  • Business insurance
  • Advice for employers
  • Measures for the workplace

Charity Comms

Templates and information on communications including 'crisis communications'.

The Charity Commission

Information answering frequently asked questions of the Commission on charity governance and staffing during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Small Charities Coalition

Information, guidance and resources for small charities during the coronavirus outbreak.

UK Fundraising

For information on a selection of virtual fundraising tools.

Charity Fundraising Ltd

Fundraising resources and consultancy. Free fundraising consultancy support for organisations affected by COVID-19 as well as articles on developing virtual fundraising events. 

Updated: 15 July 2020