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Coronavirus Funding Resources

Learn more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) funding resources. There is guidance here for charities and community groups seeking assistance. Additional information will be added as soon as it is known. For more information regarding COVID-19, please read the following:

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Grants Online is also providing a list of current COVID-19 funding. This is or will be available to various community groups and charities.

This scheme is primarily intended to help the small, un-constituted groups who are supporting local communities through the coronavirus crisis. It is also intended to help groups whose funding is impacted by the coronavirus crisis. We recognise that these groups may often need a way to simply apply for small funds to support their work.

If you represent a group like this, please apply to your local Cornwall Councillor’s Community Chest fund in the first instance. They each have a fund of £2000.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England introduced a £160 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Funding will be accessible for:

  • national portfolio organisations
  • organisations outside the national portfolio
  • individuals.

Application deadlines apply.

The Performing Rights Society Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund

In response to COVID-19, The Performing Rights Society Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund is designed to support music creators in all genres who are experiencing hardship from a loss of work because of the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to £750 are available. 


GOV.UK provides guidance for the charity sector and is available in conjunction with the Charity Commission.

The Albert Hunt Trust

The Albert Hunt Trust is providing grants for local UK charities that provide hospice care, provide support for the homeless and/or promote health and wellbeing.

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, The Antonio Carluccio Foundation has created a grant budget of £500,000 during 2020 for large and small charities who are helping to prevent or relieve poverty and reduce hunger. UK charities who are working to feed those in need and promote a better understanding of food origins may apply for grants up to £10,000.

The Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package

The Barclays Foundation announced that it will provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million. It is available to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19. It is also to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

The Baring Foundation Strengthening Civil Society COVID-19 Legal Action Fund

The Baring Foundation Strengthening Civil Society COVID-19 Legal Action Fund is an addition to the Foundation's Strengthening Civil Society programme. The COVID-19 Legal Action Fund is designed to support legal action that will protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of COVID-19. UK registered charities may apply for a grant of up to £40,000 for a maximum 12 month period.

The Charity Aids Foundation (CAF)

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund:

  • smaller charities
  • not for profit organisations
  • social enterprises
  • unregistered community groups

can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support within their communities. The funding is available to help with:

  • core costs
  • staffing
  • volunteer costs
  • supplies and equipment
  • communications or
  • other critical charitable areas

Clinks COVID-19 Response Fund

The Clinks COVID-19 Reponse Fund is a Ministry of Defence COVID-19 funding programme for charities and voluntary organisations in England and Wales with a proven track record of working in the criminal justice system. Grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 are available. 

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is supporting the organisations that it funds. These are both in the UK and around the world. This support will help these organisations as they adapt and respond to the massive challenges around Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

The Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund is offering:

  • small grants up to £20,000
  • large grants up to £50,000

These are for charitable organisations in England able to respond to an anticipated increase in the need for mental health support as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The DWF Charitable Foundation

The DWF Charitable Foundation is offering one-off grants up to £5,000 (but generally for less than £2,000) for charities working in areas of:

  • health and wellbeing
  • homelessness
  • education
  • employability

Charities in areas in which DWF has a presence appear more likely to receive funding.

The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation has decided to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5M. They will focus their limited financial resources on helping smaller charities providing front line community services. Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

The Energy Redress Scheme

The Energy Redress Scheme is currently open to applications from charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are supporting vulnerable energy users. As well as a Main Fund, Small Grants Fund and an Innovation Fund, the current round also has a COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

The February Foundation

The February Foundation is an independent grant-making charity with broad-ranging charitable objectives.

Food Charities Grant Fund

If you run a front-line food aid charity you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

The Fore RAFT Fund

The Fore's RAFT Fund is offering unrestricted grants up to £5,000 for small UK charities and social enterprises who are adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is no application deadline, however, only the first 500 applications will be accepted and funding distributed on a 'first come' basis. Early application is encouraged. 

UK registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual incomes below £500,000 may apply for a grant of up to £5,000.

Hays Travel Foundation

The Hays Travel Foundation offers grants ranging from £3,000-£15,000 and higher. Registered charities operating in areas where Hays Travel have a branch may apply. To be eligible, organisations must be working to help young people (up to 25 years) in at least one of the following areas: Education, Prevention of poverty, Health, Arts and culture and Sports. Charities which are not located in an area where Hays Travel operate must be able to provide evidence of how the proposed project impacts a community in which they do.

The COVID-19 Homelessness Support Fund

The COVID-19 Homelessness Support Fund is managed by Homeless Link on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The Fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 for charitable organisations in England that are working to keep homeless people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that there's a short application deadline for the first round of the Fund of Wednesday 27 May 2020.

The James Tudor Foundation

The James Tudor Foundation is offering grants averaging £7,000-£8,000 for UK registered charities for working in the areas of health education, the relief of sickness, palliative care, medical research prevention and the relief of sickness overseas.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation provides information on a variety of available emergency grant funds.

The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation has introduced a £500,000 Homeless Support Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Grants up to £10,000 for charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are caring for the homeless during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Norman Family Charitable Trust

The Norman Family Charitable Trust supports charities, community groups, schools, and other non-profit groups in the South West of England by awarding grants of up to and including £5,000.

The Patrick Trust

Grants ranging from £1,000-£5,000 are available for general charitable purposes, education and training, disability, prevention or relief of poverty, arts, culture, heritage, science, other charitable purposes, children and young people, elderly and older people. For enquiries, please contact The Patrick Trust:

The Patrick Trust
The Lakeside Centre
180 Lifford Lane
B30 3NU

Telephone: 0121 486 3399


The Schroder Charity Trust

The Schroder Charity Trust is funding a wide range of charitable causes across the UK during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Grants up to £5,000 with no match funding requirement are available. The next application deadline is 30 April 2020.

The Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation is offering COVID-19 grants ranging from £5,000 to larger amounts. The Stand Life Foundation funds organisations undertaking charitable activities. You don’t need to be a registered charity. The Standard Life Foundation funds a wide range of organisations including

  • voluntary organisations
  • think tanks
  • campaigning groups
  • research bodies and universities

They are also able to partner with other funders, government, employers and regulators in jointly funding relevant work.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund is offering grants up to £500 to a wide range of UK charitable and not-for-profit organisations whose work has been disrupted by the coronavirus. 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
  • social housing organisations
  • other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible

The Thomas Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pockling Trust has created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector. £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.

The Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans' Foundation provides grants up to £30,000 for not-for-profit organisations in England. Scotland and Wales that are supporting people in need among current and former members of the Armed Forces.

The Alpkit Foundation-Grassroots Support Now

The Alpkit Foundation is now prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. Individuals or organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are welcome to apply for grants up to £500.

Cornwall Community Foundation

A range of grants is available though the Cornwall Community Foundation, including an Emergency Fund Grant.

Elmgrant Trust

The Elmgrant Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations in the South West of England. The funding is intended to support projects that encourage local life, especially through education, the arts and social sciences.

The England and Wales Cricket Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board is offering an emergency loan scheme and return to cricket grant scheme, specifically designed to help see cricket clubs through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In This Together - Community Matters Fund

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support from Western Power Distrubution (WPD) from its ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’.

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within WPD’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations.

The National Survivor User Network COVID-19 Reponse Fund

The National Survivor User Network COVID-19 Reponse Fund is offering grants up to £1,000 for user-led organisations and small non-constituted community groups in England for activities that will make an immediate difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbourly Community Fund

Neighbourly Community Fund is offering a series of micro-grants of up to £400. This is to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak.


NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.

Persimmon's Community Champions

The Persimmon's Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

The Prince's Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Prince's Countryside Fund is offering grants up to £2,500 for UK not-for-profit organisations providing vital support to rural and farming communities across the UK. Please note that this COVID-19 response fund has an application deadline of Monday 15 April.

Sovereign Pay It Forward Fund - COVID-19 impact support fund

Sovereign Housing has partnered with Crowdfunder to create the Sovereign Pay It Forward Fund to help community projects, social enterprises local businesses and self-employed people who are working on COVID-19 connected community activities.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

The Sport England Community Emergency Fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing:

  • short term financial hardship or
  • ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to the fund if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

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.  

BBC Children in Need/Family Fund Emergency Essentials Programme

More people may be faced with poverty as measures to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are extended. The BBC Children in Need/Family Fund Emergency Essentials Programme, which is available across the UK, provides funding for essential household items such as a cooker, furniture and fridge/freezers.

Hope For The Young - COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Hope For The Young has launced an Emergency Relief Fund to help support the immediate health and well-being of young asylum seekers and refugees up to the age of 30 and assessed as vulnerable. Individuals and/or support groups working with young refugees and asylum seekers may apply for micro-grants of up to £250. 

The Royal British Legion Immediate Needs Grant Scheme

The Royal British Legion is providing finacial support to Service and ex-Service people and their dependants through their Immediate Needs Scheme. It's designed to help those who need assistance to get through a temporary crisis, including homelessness.

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert provides constantly updated guides with need-to-knows on the financial fallout of the pandemic.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme . Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

Vicar's Relief Fund

Vicars Relief Fund have launched an emergency fund for individuals experiencing homelessness at this time.

Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund

The Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund is helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in the community. Any local “non for profit” organisation that wants to improve social inclusion and wellbeing for people in Cornwall can be eligible. Up to £5,000.