Covid-19 - Funding Opportunities

Local Funding Opportunities
East End Community Foundation – East End Emergency Fund – The fund is open for donations and the amount collected will be matched by the Canary Warf Group. EECF is working with the council on identifying need and community groups.
Spacehive – Coronavirus: Let’s pull together Campaign – Spacehive is engaging with national funders to support community projects. The fund is aimed at local projects around the Coronavirus outbreak, they’re relaxing the criteria so you can fundraise for running costs. All projects under this campaign will have the Spacehive fee waived.
Regional Funding Opportunities
In order to support the sector and reduce the fund applications time The London Community Response Fund portal will allocate all emergency funds coming or managed by the London Community Foundation, and future funds coming from the London Funders membersthis means if you apply through the portal your application may be assessed by many funders.
The funds currently open are:
London Community Response – Second wave – Wave 2 has two funding programmes that are taking applications:

  • Crisis response: grants 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: 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.
National Funding Opportunities
Central Government 
New support for charities – On 8 April the government announced a £750m fund to help charities responding to the Covid-19 crisis. £370m of this fund will go to small and medium-sized organisations at the heart of local communities, the funds will be allocated through the National Lottery Community Fund and other organisations, check the National Lottery Community Fund website for updates. The other £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the scheme opens and how to apply.
Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19) – VAT payments will be deferred for three months from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020. All UK businesses are eligible. No applications required.
Charity Aid Foundation – Coronavirus Emergency Fund – Grants up to £10,000 for charities with an income under £1m, applications will be reviewed and paid within 14 days of application, You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.
National Emergencies Trust – Coronavirus Appeal – Fund launched to raise funds to help local charities in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
Tesco Community Grants – Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund – Deadline: ongoing. One-off grants of £500 to organisations supporting vulnerable groups.
Childhood Trust – Champions for Children – funding available for groups and organisations supporting vulnerable children affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Crisis – In This Together: Emergency Grants Fund –  Two awards: Up to £5,000 for projects delivered in the following three months and awards of up to £50,000 for long term projects and potential expansion and change in service delivery – Deadline midday Wednesday 15th April.
Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has set up ‘In This Together’ emergency grants programme in response to the emergency created by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
The emergency grants are intended to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK.
Thomas Pocklington Trust – COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector– £500k fund – Grants of up £10,000 are available to sight loss charities in England for projects that support the blind and partially sighted community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis or for covering the general running costs of the charity in the face of cash flow issues caused by the crisis.
National Lottery – Heritage Fund – Grants between £3,000 and £50,000. Not yet open. £50m fund aimed at heritage sector organisations as a response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Sylvia Adams Trust – Early years’ preventative work in England and Wales – one-off grants of up £5,000 – Deadline 28th April – Fund for 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 pandemic.
Youth Music Network – Emergency Fund – Deadline 5pm 9th of April – Youth Music are distributing an emergency fund to support organisations with cashflow, maintaining services, adapting services, and with a focus on children and young people. It is not necessary to have received a Youth Music grant in the past. Funded by People’s Postcode Lottery, PayPal, and the National Lottery via Arts Council England.
Arts Council – Coronavirus support – Emergency fund of £160 million to support organisation working in the cultural sector in three streams:
National Portfolio Organisations £90m – Fund for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). All organisations within the Arts Council’s 2018-22 National Portfolio of Organisations (including Bands 1-3, and Sector Support Organisations).
Organisations outside of the National Portfolio £50m – available to organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs.
Funding for individuals £20m – Fund available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.
Sport England – Community Emergency Fund – Grants between £3,000 and £10,000. £20 m fund 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 (COVID-19) crisis.
John Lewis Partnership – £1m Community Support Fund – The fund will focus on the elderly and vulnerable. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. The complete information is not yet published, please refer to their website for updates.
Ufi VocTech Trust – VocTech Now – Grants between £10k and £25K- deadline 6 April – VocTech Now provides grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to support vocational learning providers to rapidly transition to remote teaching and training and deliver accessible learning at a time of significant change. The aim of the fund is to enable those in work or training to continue to engage with their vocational learning programmes during this period of travel disruption.