Emergency COVID-19 Response Fund for Bromley Voluntary & Community Sector

We, at Community Links Bromley, are delighted to announce £170,000 in emergency funding for local charities and community organisations, thanks to support from Direct Line Group. Grants of up to £10,000 will be available. 

Eligible applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a panel sitting and making decisions on a weekly basis until further notice.

Applications submitted by 23:59 on Sunday will be put forward and assessed at weekly panel meetings held each Wednesday.


Mottingham Big Local Refocused invites Proposals for MBLR Support Fund

Organisations operating within the MBLR area are invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to meet identified Covid-19 needs. Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence of Covid-19 related needs in the MBLR area which will be addressed by the Proposal
  • Capacity to deliver and evidence of previous similar delivery in the area
  • Information provided in support of the organisation and their previous work/projects
  • Costs: these must be reasonable in the context of the content and scale of the Proposal

Proposals will be assessed on a rolling basis – please submit your Proposal asap and we will seek to issue decisions quickly. The overall application window will close at midnight on 30th June.


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.

Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme

Through its 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, Barclays are making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis – a £10m commitment from our Charity Partners Programme.

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.

UK registered charities are invited to apply for a donation to support their relief work by the closing date of Friday 22 May, 2020.


Big Society Capital’s 100m response

Big Society Capital has announced, what they describe as an "ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investments" which aims to get emergency funding into charities, social enterprises and small businesses in disadvantaged areas during the pandemic.

The programme includes:

  • £25m to a new Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, managed by Social Investment Business for charities and social enterprises
  • £29m to a smaller, emergency loans for social enterprises and small businesses
  • A further £50m which will be reprioritised depending on need to either or both of the above


Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Emergency Support Fund (currently paused!)

In this time of national crisis, CAF 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. 

CAF have already received requests for over £20 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible. Organisations that have already applied will receive email notifications as soon as their decisions are confirmed. Unfortunately, CAF will not be able to respond to email requests for support.

CAF hope to expand the fund and will reopen as and when we have additional money which we can grant to organisations. Keep an eye on CAF's social channels for updates on when the fund will reopen.


Defra Launches £3.45m Fund to Support Frontline Food Aid Charities

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have launched the one-off £3.45 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 per organisation being made available to front-line food charities who:

  • Are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities.
  • Have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020.
  • The funding is to be used to provide for people:
  • Who are unable to afford food.
  • Who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, or the newly homeless.

Application is through the eSourcing portal. Applications will be assessed strictly on a 'first-come first-served' basis. The deadline for bids is 6 July 2020 (12 noon). 


Government's new Coronavirus Community Support Fund!

The 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 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.


Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

  • Applicants are invited to apply at any time. 
  • It's a fast track assessment process so applications will be assessed every two weeks and applicants will be informed of the outcome within a month of applying.
  • Applications should take no longer than 60 minutes to complete.


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: Thursday 4th June 2020, 13.00. Follow this link for more information and to apply.

Phase 3 of the grant is aimed at medium-to-larger operators.
Application deadline: Thursday 21st May 2020, 13.00. Follow this link for more information and to apply..


Crowdfunder & Trust for London's Connected Communities Matchfund offers financial support in response to COVID-19

During this crisis, Trust for London will be taking a flexible approach to the ‘Connected Communities Fund’, to ensure that community groups and organisations across London have the access to the support they need in this time of crisis.

In addition to projects focussing on the three key themes of the Matchfund, support will be offered for projects tackling the impact of Covid-19 in their communities.

Applications are welcomed from community groups and organisations working to support older people, deaf and disabled people and those in high risk groups who are particularly affected. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.


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: Wave 2 grants

Wave 2 grants from the London Community Response Fund are to continue the crisis response as well as changing the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities. Wave 2 has two funding programmes that are taking applications:

  • Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;
  • Delivering differently (please note 'Delivering Differently' grants will be paused on 19th May) – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.


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 30 June 2020.


Neighbourly Community Fund

Neighbourly has launched a series of micro-grants of up to £400 to support organisations helping communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This is currently only open to existing Neighbourly members and community groups.


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


Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has opened a new fast track grant scheme in light of the Coronavirus, funding work that relates directly to the pandemic. The Foundation funds organisations undertaking charitable activities. You don’t need to be a registered charity. Organisations funded must have a governing body, with at least three non-executive directors/trustees (at least three who are not employees of the organisation or affiliated to it in any other way).

The Foundation will fund a wide range of organisations including voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities. There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount you need. It’s likely that grants will range between £10,000 and £200,000, with most between £30,000 to £120,000 in total.


VRF Emergency Fund

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has launched the VRF - Emergency Fund for people experiencing homelessness. It is designed to offer flexibility in what you apply for as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. This fund offers £150 for access to essential items and basic needs, £400 for support needs to be met during the COVID-19 outbreak, and £1000 to secure accommodation. Follow this link for more information and to apply.


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.


The Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund has opened a new £6.5m COVID-19 round of grant funding to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. Of the total fund, 50% will be reserved for charities and social enterprises. It is expected that the average grant will be around £50,000. The minimum organisations can apply for is £25,000. Funding will focus on two work areas:

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


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 +)