Aviva Community Fund

In response to challenges small charities are facing due to COVID-19, the Aviva Community Fund has broadened its criteria 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. Funding is available for fresh ideas looking to secure up to £50,000.

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


Coronavirus Community Support Fund!

The National Lottery Community Fund logoThe National Lottery have now 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. The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) 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 new 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. Applicaton deadline: 12 noon on 17 August 2020

  • On Thursday 25th June 2020, we hosted a webinar on how to access this Fund. Click here to download the presentation delivered by the TNLCF.


COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced a £3.25 million fund to support food redistribution organisations during COVID-19. The Emergency Surplus Food Grant, administered by WRAP, will aim to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

The grant can be used to fund both capital and revenue costs associated with redistribution activities such as:

  • access to surplus food through logistical collections;
  • sorting, storing, freezing, labelling / repackaging food; and
  • onward distribution of food to charities or end beneficiaries.

Phase 2 of the grant provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors.
Application deadline: 28th August 2020, 13.00. Follow this link for more information and to apply.


Crisis – In This Together grants

The effect of the COVID19 virus has been significant on those supporting people who are experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness. Crisis is calling on national governments and local councils to take emergency measures to ensure people experiencing homelessness can receive the same care as other vulnerable population groups. Crisis also want to support groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have established an emergency grant fund for this purpose.

Written application form consideration and decision within 24 hours of receipt of form.


Funding from the L&Q Foundation

The L&Q Foundation Place Makers local fund has been adapted to make funding available quickly to charities and groups that are active in supporting their local community during the Covid 19 pandemic. Groups can apply for up to £10k. Submission deadlines fall on the 1st of each month, with the next deadline on 1st June 2020.


Kent Community Foundation: Emergency Funding for Charities Affected by Coronavirus 

Kent Community Foundation has been given a pot of emergency funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET are `particularly keen to support projects on the Coronavirus front-line with this funding and are able to consider requests from larger organisations with income up to £1m’. 

This NET funding is in addition to the Foundation’s own Coronavirus Emergency Fund which is still open and available to organisations with an annual income up to £200,000.

They will give priority to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200,000 and who are supporting the most vulnerable people at this time.


London Community Response Fund

New funding is available from the London Community Response – a coalition of over 60 funders who are working together to make it easier for charities to get the resources that they need during these unprecedented times. So far over £20m has been distributed to civil society organisations across all 33 London boroughs. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he is investing £2.1 million to provide positive opportunities and a package of focused support for vulnerable young Londoners who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown through the London Community Response Fund. 

Funding will be available for activities starting in the summer and autumn to deliver for up to 6-months. Activities may include:

  • Detached, pop-up and mobile youth work
  • Mental health and wellbeing support, to tackle isolation and loneliness
  • Educational attainment catch-up and/or transitions support or employment and training
  • Activities to inspire and motivate young Londoners and support for families and carers
  • Diversion and prevention opportunities for vulnerable young people in need
  • Holiday and after-school sport and physical activity, engaging vulnerable children and young people

If you are interested in delivering any additional activities for children and young people over the next 6 months please do consider applying and check the guidance carefully for your eligibility and the additional guidance if proposing to deliver face to face work with young people. If you are interested in applying to the fund, but don't meet the eligibility please respond to this email.

Eligible organisations can apply for small grants of up to £10,000 or large grants of up to £50,000 to deliver youth work and activities over the next 6 months. Apply now as applications are considered on a first come first served basis with a deadline at the end of July


The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Charities applying for a grant from the Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund can apply for a maximum of up to £10,000.


The National Lottery funding programmes

The National Lottery Community Fund has stated:
'COVID-19 Response: All the funding decisions we make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.'

Reaching Communities England

This funding programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Acttviities can be funded if they are supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19.

National Lottery Awards for All England

This funding programme is available to voluntary and community organisations; it is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The £50m fund is available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000.

It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply. Before applying, please take time to read the guidance and think about what support you need to get your organisation through the next few months. Applications will be accepted until 31 July 2020.


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS - see below) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. 


Sport England funding package to help sport and physical activity through Coronavirus

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions 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 long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

Sport England - Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims 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.

Funding is available for any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances, Sports England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Deadline: 31 July 2020


Waitrose Community Matters

If your organisation is looking to be supported financially, you can apply for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Speak to a Partner in store to apply or head to the Waitrose website to find out more.


Waitrose Community Support Fund

Last week, Waitrose & Partners announced a £1 million Community Support Fund to enable Waitrose shop managers across the UK to help those in need in their local communities throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Shops are using this fund to provide care packages to help local charities as well as elderly and vulnerable customers. To find out more and to see if your organisation could be supported, please head to your local Waitrose shop and speak to a Partner.


Youth Futures Foundation rolling grants programme to tackle youth unemployment!

The programme is launching at a time of unprecedented challenge as we all grapple with the impact of Covid-19. The Foundation know there will be significant implications for young people and the organisations that support them. The programmeis designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. Available grants:

  1. Development Grants (£30,000 – £100,000 pa for delivery and development)
  2. Impact Grants (Circa £100,000 – £800,000 pa for delivery +)