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In this Together: Emergency Grants Fund

Wed 8 Apr 2020

No closing date specified

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund 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. 

What grants can organisations apply for?

  • Awards up to £5k for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency (projects within three months), following a limited/fast-tracked application process (payments made in advance) 
  • Awards up to £50k to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery, following a full application process (payments in advance, but potential for staged payments over a specified period).

Who can apply for a grant? 

  • Local organisations across the UK (ie providing specific services in a set number of locations – not national or sub-regional)  
  • Registered charities who provide services to those experiencing homelessness 
  • Funding to be restricted to assistance needed to cope with the impact of coronavirus, and not simply to meet wider funding gaps
  • Funding could be to meet additional demand or reduction in staffing or other resources caused by impact of coronavirus.

How to apply for a grant?

For any of the grants, applicants must complete the relevant application form which you can find on the website HERE.

Thomas Pocklington Trust: COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

Wed 8 Apr 2020

No Closing date specified

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations.

£500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.

Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

The monies can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.

For further details and to submit an application visit the website HERE

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

Tue 7 Apr 2020

Closing date: Wednesday 15th April at 12pm.

For farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund (“the Fund”) will fund organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland 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 assisting rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Fund can award grants of up to £2,500.

Key areas the Fund seeks to address

To be eligible for a grant you will need to demonstrate that your project is providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.

Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of Coronavirus. This many include but is not limited to:

  • Fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs
  • Costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups
  • Rural foodbanks and food delivery

For more information and details on how to apply visit the website HERE.

Grant Scheme for smaller organisations affected by the virus outbreak

Tue 7 Apr 2020

Applications for this round of funding are now paused

Charities Aid Foundation has launched a small grants scheme for smaller charitable organisations. It’s for grants of up to £10,000 for smaller organisations affected by the virus outbreak. 

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others 
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

For more details on how to apply visit the website HERE.

The Leathersellers' Company: Small Grants Programme

Tue 7 Apr 2020

Closing date: Monday 11th May 2020

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

You can expect a decision in a maximum of 4 weeks of applying (we expect it to be less as we are holding 3 meetings in the space of 8 weeks). In order to distribute maximum funding to organisations urgently, applications will close for summer on 11th May, with the final allocations made the week after. Applications will then reopen in early August 2020 (we expect with new priorities).

For more information and details on how to apply visit the website HERE.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Emergency funding to support highly vulnerable veterans

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Application details to be announced.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is delighted to announce that we will be launching an emergency programme in April 2020; funded by HM Treasury from the new £10M Veterans Fund announced in the  March Budget working with ASDIC;  the Association of Veterans’ Drop in Centres, Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities  and Age UK to support veterans who are vulnerable. By working in this way; we will be able to make grants more quickly, and get funding swiftly to communities where it can provide assistance.

Through the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten Programme we will to enable local drop in centres and breakfast clubs within the ASDIC network; local Age UK branches that already work with veterans and small charities within the Cobseo membership that were providing direct support to veterans in their communities to receive grants of up to £20,000 for projects focused on supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services or have limited social contact during the period of self isolation and restrictions relating to the pandemic.

New programmes

Targeting social isolation and supporting veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities

Over the next few months; we will be launching a range of programmes with a focus on reducing social isolation within the Armed Forces Community; and helping veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities.

This package of support includes:

From the Covenant Fund

  • £2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme
  • £5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities. We are keen to support a range of larger and smaller Armed Forces Charities through this programme; and encourage organisations to work together
  • £1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked

From funding allocated by HM Treasury in the March 2020 Budget

The balance of the £10M announced by HM Treasury for projects supporting veterans and their families to have better mental health. We’ll share more information about this programme in May 2020.

If you would like to receive updates on these programmes, including when they will be open for application please subscribe to our newsletter.


Thu 2 Apr 2020

There are no application deadlines which means you can submit an application at any time.

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. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period.

Key features of the fund:

  • Applications are only open to charities whose beneficiaries are not based in London
  • They will award capital grants of up to £5,000 (but will not award grants equal to more than 50% of your annual income)
  • Aim to communicate a decision within one week (but it may take up to two weeks)
  • Capital projects that are planned as part of your organisation's ordinary course of business are not eligible; for these you may wish to review the What We Fund page for our Open Grants Programmes

For more information and details on how to apply visit the website HERE.

Persimmon Community Champions Fund

Wed 1 Apr 2020

Persimmon Community Champions re giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s a whopping £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

From 1st April for the foreseeable future, they want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s - a vulnerable group in our society that we feel need our support at this time.

It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling them why your group or charity, which works with or supports the over-70s, deserves their donation.

For further information and details on how to apply visit the website HERE.

COVID 19 Support Fund

Wed 1 Apr 2020

Bids are initially accepted until, and funding from this initial phase must be spent by 30 June 2020.

A huge, co-ordinated effort across community and voluntary groups across our county is making a huge difference to isolated and vulnerable people, and those in most need of help. Local people are also stepping up to put projects together make a difference.

Now the new COVID-19 Support Fund has been set up to help keep this happening. It’s rapid, flexible funding to support communities to do their bit and to make sure that the voluntary sector continues to thrive now and after the crisis.

Each county councillor has £2,500 to support community groups in their area to be resilient, safe and connected. No match funding is required.

Funding can be used by:

1. community groups to support new community activity (individuals that have come together to run a project - individuals cannot be funded) to help:

  • people self-isolating or in quarantine
  • the community to be resilient against the wider impact of COVID-19
  • develop community networks to support either of the above

2. existing volunteer/community groups to:

  • keep activity running that is supporting people through the Covid-19 crisis
  • keep running - e.g. if they have experienced a loss of income through a lack of participants and still need to pay overheads

Guidance and criteria

Please read the guidance about this fund before submitting an application.


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

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Wed 1 Apr 2020

This is a rolling programme with no closing dates specified.

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.The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. 

Eligible organisations are;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank  whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock. 
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. 

For more information and details on how to apply visit the website HERE.