Last updated 22 May 2020

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:


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


The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round

This will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

In this grant round, they will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

  1. Digital/virtual delivery of programmes
  2. Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines

Find out more at


COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services

MOJ has secured £25 million as part of a £76 million government package of support to charities supporting vulnerable people including victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The extraordinary COVID-19 funding will be distributed through two separate funds, one through Police and Crime Commissioners and one through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund.

Find out more at


Independent Age Grants Fund

Up to £15,000 is available to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by COVID-19.

The Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. The closing date for the first round is 9am 4 June 2020.

Further information can be found at


The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

Organisations can apply for grants of a minimum amount of £250 and up to a maximum amount of £1,000. The Fund has been established to help small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during this difficult period. These could be fixed costs or loss of revenue.

Applications will only be considered if they relate specifically to the financial impact on the applicable organisation of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic during the period from 01 March 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Further information is available at:


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.


Neighbourly Community Fund

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

Grants will be awarded to members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland that are actively supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.


Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme

100 donations of £100,000 each will be made to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The programme will focus on supporting charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers.×100-uk-covid-19-community-relief-programme/


The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
The Trust is accelerating its annual Hospice Fund programme, in recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on normal activities.

For 2020, the Trust has simplified the application process and amended its normal eligibility criteria. The available funding will be used to provide one-off grants of up to £5,000 to support hospices’ core costs.


Community Radio Fund
The Community Radio Fund helps to fund the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. 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 4 May 2020 and closes at 5pm on 11 May 2020.


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 


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 (VAWDASV). This includes funding to statutory and voluntary organisations which is directed towards delivering the objectives of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (“the Act”).

Capital Applications for project proposals are being invited in regard to the £792,600 VAWDASV Capital Grant funding budget for 2020-21.
Due to current challenges faced by the VAWDASV Sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have prioritised the funding to focus on the following projects:

white goods for refuge and move on accommodation to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination if there are consequence from having to isolate due to the virus

  • Beds and mattresses to ensure that there is sufficient beds for isolation or increase in demand for refuges
  • indoor and outdoor play equipment due to school closures and social distancing resulting in loss of access to external playgrounds etc;
  • IT equipment for children, young people and adults who have to study at home due to educational setting closures or to enable staff to keep in touch with victims/survivors or to enable those self-isolating in refuges to make contact with the outside world
  • IT equipment to enable homeworking that will ensure VAWDASV services can still be provided remotely
  • Protective provisions such as soap and hand sanitiser, which can be capitalised if are bought in bulk and follow the threshold for capitalisation. In order to qualify as capital expenditure, the threshold is £5,000.

Please send completed expressions of interest and additional documents electronically to

The closing date for receipt of the capital application is 9am – 24/04/20.  Electronic signed copies of the expression of interest are sufficient, hard copies are not required at this stage.


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


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


Arts Council of Wales – Stabilisation Fund for Organisations

For arts organisations working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to Coronavirus.

The fund opens for applications from Tuesday 21 April 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020. Find out more at


Transformation Programme 2020/21

Due to COVID19 pressures on third sector organisation in particular, the Transformation Programme governance framework has been flexed to meet ever increasing needs from local communities in the Merthyr Tydfil area.

The maximum amount that you can apply for is £10,000 and the deadline for applications is 30th April 2020.



In This Together – Community Matters Fund

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations.

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.

Further guidance can be found at 


National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

To apply for the Heritage Emergency Fund, you must be:

  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from them
  • an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or have an evidenced track record in delivering participatory heritage activity


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


The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

  • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
  • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
  • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

£100,000 total is available in this first round of funding. The fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities. Find out more at



Rosa are talking to their grantees to find out their biggest challenges and needs right now, and are asking for women’s groups to get in touch with them via email at or call 020 7697 3466 to help them make a case for financial support for women’s organisations in the UK.



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


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


The Leathersellers’ Company

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients

Find out more at


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


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


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


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 / / 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 Any supporting documents must be received before applications can be processed. CAVO will process applications within 2 weeks of receipt.


The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Up to £5,000 is available to small and medium sized charities working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales.

Funding is available to:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000


  • Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current coronavirus pandemic

Applications can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020, with grants for successful applicants being as soon as possible after the closing date.

Find out more at


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