Funding available for Charities.

Funding available for Charities.

Government funding

On 8 April the government announced a £750 million package of funding to support the work of charities during the coronavirus outbreak, this includes:

£370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support local organisations including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

£360 million to be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:

- hospices to help increase capacity
- St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
- victims charities, to help with potential increase in demand
- vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
- Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during the crisis

Other options 

Emergency loan fund for charities and social enterprises
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to eligible charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital. Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are now open.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)

On 4 May the Government launched the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) to enable businesses and charities to obtain a six-year term loan at a Government set interest rate of 2.5% a year. Loans will be from £2,000 up to 25% of a business’ turnover or £50,000, whichever is lower. The Government will cover interest payable in the first year. The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt. For more information and to apply please visit 

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by Coronavirus. The trust is planning to distribute grants through a network of local community foundations. Organisations in need of funding will need to apply directly to a community foundation, not to the NET. To find your local community foundation please visit the Community Foundations website.

National Lottery Community Fund

All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £5m Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused. 

Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers' Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities who support:
– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
– provision of food and essential supplies;
– victims of domestic violence;
– nursing care to vulnerable patients.
The application form for Stage 1 of the emergency small grants programme is now closed to new applicants. It is expected that applications will reopen in early August 2020

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. Grant fund open - for details on how to apply please visit The Yapp Charitable Trust website.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund

The John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1m Community Support Fund. Individual Waitrose shops will decide how to use their share to support their local community. For more details please read the John Lewis Partnership press release.

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The programme is open for applications, please visit the Clothworkers' website for details on eligibility and key features of the fund.

Cadent Foundation

The Cadent Foundation recently launched and is funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000. Applications close on 31 May. Visit the Cadent Foundation website for details on how to apply.

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for. The application process is currently open. For more details on how to apply, visit the Foundation's Coronavirus pandemic application page

Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package

The newly launched Barclays Foundation will initially provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

A new short-term fund to support local communities. Successful applications will receive a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Visit the Tesco website for eligibility details. The fund is currently closed in selected areas, check the Tesco Community Grants website for details.

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme is offering grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. The Trust is not currently accepting applications and hope to re-open the programme later in May. For eligibility criteria please visit The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust website.

Neighbourly Community Fund

The Neighbourly Community Fund is offering grants of up to £400 to charities and community groups that are actively supporting communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is currently accepting applications. For eligibility criteria please visit the Neighbourly website.

Magic Little Grants 2020 

The Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving are providing charities and community groups with the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £500. Magic Little Grants are currently accepting applications until 31 October 2020. For eligibility criteria please visit the Localgiving website.

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme

The Lloyd's Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme provides a range of support for social enterprises in response to COVID-19. The deadline for applications has been extended to 1pm 7 May. For details on eligibility criteria, please visit the School for Social Entrepreneurs website.

National Lottery Awards for All England

The programme provides funding between £300 and £10,000 and is currently accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in England. For eligibility criteria please visit the National Lottery Awards for All England website.

Heritage Emergency Fund

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.

Priority will be given where:

  • there is limited or no access to other sources of support
  • where heritage is most at risk
  • where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to coronavirus (COVID-19)


Applicants must be:  

  • a not-for-profit organisation, and
  • a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from us, and 
  • an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity 


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.