Updated 10th Aug 2020

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Wales Funder’s Forum look ahead

As lockdown restrictions start to lift gradually in Wales, we, the members of the Wales Funder’s Forum, would like to reassure voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Wales that work to look at how we support Welsh organisations through the next phase of the pandemic; the “recovery” phase, has already commenced.

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Funds to support the sector

As part of our response to the coronavirus crisis, we have created a new ‘coronavirus’ funding category to bring together funds that are directly supporting the sector in this time of need. Please take 30 seconds to register, for free, to view all the details for these and many others. At present, these available funds are:


Postcode Neighbourhood Trust

Due to the current pandemic, in 2020 Postcode Neighbourhood Trust will provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the following themes: supporting your organisation’s resilience & adapting/expanding services to meet new challenges.



Lloyds Bank Foundation – COVID Recovery Fund

This will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

This fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Further details can be found at https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/about-us/covid#Recover


The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

In Autumn 2020, unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 will be available to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term in a post-coronavirus world.

A second round of funding will open for registration in September. Find out more at https://www.thefore.org/applying-for-funding/


Community Justice Fund

Funding of between £25,000 – £75,000 is available to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.

Wave one is open now and will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria and priorities. Grants can be used towards the costs of your work from 1 April 2020.

Further information is available at https://www.communityjusticefund.org.uk/


MSD’s UK COVID-19 Grants Programme

Up to £20,000 of funding is available to support health charities to continue projects, or, to support the creation of new projects which are now needed.

For more information and to find out if your charity would be eligible to apply – please see HERE. Eligible organisations have until 31 July to submit their application.



Ofcom Community Radio Fund

For 2020-21, grants will be provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus (“Covid-19”) outbreak.

The window for applications opens on 21 July and closes at 5pm on 3 August 2020. If an applicant fails to provide all application documents within the deadline, or submits an application after the window has closed, they will not be considered for grant funding. The awarding Panel will meet in August 2020 to consider the applications.

Applicants should read the application form and guidance notes in full, and also read the statement from the first round of the Fund for 2020-21.


Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund – Wales

Mental health organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 31 March 2021, with £5,000 being the smallest grant available.

Please ensure you read the fund guidance notes, also available from the webpage, before submitting your application. The guide provides an overview of the fund objectives, eligibility criteria, and practical information about completing your application.


Umbrella Cymru – LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund

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.

METRO Charity in partnership with Umbrella Cymru in Wales will be cascading the fund from Comic Relief, with money raised from ‘The Big Night In’.

Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

Further details on the fund will be made available at https://www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/2020/07/13/covid-19-lgbtq-fund/


The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund

This fund will provide core funding of up to £250,000 to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

The submission deadline is 5pm on Monday 27 July. Find out more at https://www.juliahansrausingtrust.org/charity-survival-fund/


Sport Wales – Be Active Wales Fund

Grants of £300-£50,000 are available for sports clubs and community organisations or groups in direct response to Covid-19.

The Be Active Wales Fund has two main purposes – Protect and Prepare.

  • Protect – to protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk and need support.
  • Prepare – providing financial support to help prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to Covid-19.

Find out more and apply at https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/



Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) 2020 -21 Capital Application

The VAWDASV Capital Grant supports capital projects relating to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

As with this year’s initial funding round, they have introduced a simplified process for 2020-2021 for applications under £50k.  The types of projects you that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Target Harding equipment including to prepare for any increase in demand as restricted movements are eased;
  • Refurbishment work required to both office and refuge provision
  • Office furniture to allow VAWDASV organisation to return to office-based work whilst adhering to social distancing measures, including
    • Desk spacers; and
    • Perspex screens to allow face to face counselling and support services to resume

The closing date for receipt of the (under £50,000) capital application is 9am – 10 July 2020 and for (over £50,000) is 31 July 2020. For any queries regarding this grant please contact the VAWDASV Team via email at VAWDASV@gov.wales


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, offered by Social Investment Business (SIB), has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k)
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

This Fund is only for UK charities and social enterprises which fulfil the eligibility criteria of both the Fund and CBILS – the full list of eligibility criteria can be found on the SIB website. Find out more at https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund


Clinks: Covid-19 response grants

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grants of between £3,000 – £5,000 to support their work during Covid-19.

Funding is available for activities and resources which help organisations deliver support to people in the criminal justice system during the crisis. For example, this could be additional equipment or a contribution towards a salary.

Find out more at https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19


Covid-19 Support Fund

Funding will be made available to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:

  • Community based charities that are under unprecedented strain
  • Charities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in greatest poverty and older people in isolation
  • Initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across society

It’s expected that the funding will be distributed through various partner organisations. Further details can be found at https://www.covid19support.org.uk/


The Edward Gostling Foundation

Up to £10,000 is available to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves.  This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis it is clear that a number of smaller community charity partners will struggle to deliver their vital services to the most vulnerable in society.  With immediate effect therefore the Foundation have taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M and to focus on helping smaller charities providing front line community services.



The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants

The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.

Grants will be made available to independent heritage attractions and museums in Wales. These are small independent historic attractions that are themselves historic buildings or sites and Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation museums. The grants enable these organisations to survive this difficult period of closure and income loss.

Find out more at http://www.welshmuseumsfederation.org/news/60/32/COVID-19-Resilience-Grants.html 


COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

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

Find out more at https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/covid-19/


The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays have announced a new £100m package of funding, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The full announcement can be found at https://home.barclays/news/press-releases/2020/04/barclays-launches-p100-million-covid-19-community-aid-package/


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups.

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.

Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted
  • require new services to be put in place
  • are facing increased demand

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations. Full details can be found at https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/grant-schemes/tesco-cv-fund/


Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund

Moondance Foundation have made additional funds available specifically to support organisations to continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.

They will consider applications for any of the following:

  • Staff retention
  • Current activities and services in jeopardy
  • Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis

Find out more at https://www.moondancecovid19relieffund.com/


Funding support for clubs during COVID-19

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.

More information on who can apply, how to apply and when will be made available in the coming days.

Read more here.


Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund

Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund is making emergency, fast-track funding available for organisations. There will be two strands:

  • Survival Fund: to provide emergency cashflow funding for organisations at risk of closure
  • Project Fund: to support additional services that meet immediate community needs

This funding will not replace any Government support available – they will ask you to tell them what other assistance you have explored or will be receiving from all other sources, and may signpost you to other more relevant and applicable funding support.

Find out more at https://penycymoeddcic.cymru/community-covid-19-emergency-funding-2/


CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – Currently closed


Charities Aid Foundation has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Criteria and guidance are available at https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund


The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants

Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.

Find out more at https://yappcharitabletrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/


Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund

This fund has been established to assist groups and organisations providing services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Grants will only be made to groups and organisations that can evidence that they are working safely and adhering to government guidance regarding the virus.

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available for groups with an annual income of up to £200,000

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups with an annual income of between £201,000 and £500,000

Find out more at https://communityfoundationwales.org.uk/grants/wales-coronavirus-resilience-fund/


Clocaenog Community Fund – Covid-19 Response Grant

The Covid-19 Response Grant will provide funding opportunities from £100 to £5000 for groups providing support on the frontline.

For more information and an application form please contact www.clocaenog.cymru / grants@cvsc.org.uk / 01492 523856


Covid-19: Supporting Community Action Ceredigion

The Caring Communities Fast Track Fund will support new projects in Ceredigion that build community capacity and resilience to support communities to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Scheme will consider funding 100% of project costs up to £1000.

The application form is to be completed with the support of a Community Connector or a CAVO Team member. Applications and supporting documentation to be submitted to teleri.davies@cavo.org.uk. Any supporting documents must be received before applications can be processed. CAVO will process applications within 2 weeks of receipt.



North Wales – Steve Morgan Foundation

£1m per week is being made available for 12 weeks to support charities in North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside

It’s available for charities and not for profit companies within the remit area. It’s designed to help with the costs of additional emergency services to help people affected by the virus and to help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay operational.

To apply, visit https://stevemorganfoundation.org.uk/

Last updated 23 July 2020