Funding for coronavirus support organisations

This page contains information about grants and funding available for organisations, including voluntary and community sector organisations, responding to, or affected by, coronavirus. 

The links will take you to the relevant funder’s websites where you can find out more about whether your organisation is eligible to apply for the funding. You can also go to our coronavirus advice for businesses page to see whether your organisation is eligible for support that is being offered to businesses. 

Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000. One of the core aims of the foundation is to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need.

Arts Council England has set up a fund to provide financial assistance to NPOs and CPPs who are most in need by making emergency grants available to help them survive until the end of September 2020. 

Elton John Aids Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund is accepting applications that address specific challenges arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of coronavirus. Projects should aim to demonstrably mitigate the threat of coronavirus by maintaining current levels of access or increasing access to HIV-related prevention, testing, care and treatment adherence services.

Heritage Fund has made £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. This includes a fund that organisations can access over the next few months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000 to £50,000 are available.

London Funders: London Community Response Fund has 2 funding programmes. The first focuses on crisis response which offers grants of up to £10,000 to enable organisations to meet the immediate needs of communities such as food and essentials, equipment and additional short-term staff costs. The second is delivering differently, which offers grants of between £10,000 to £50,000 to enable organisations to change the way they deliver their work to ensure they continue to meet the needs of local communities. This can include switching to digital channels to redeploy staff to boost capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances, London Funders may consider grants of above £50,000, but there must be a strong rationale in applications for this.

Sport England has a new fund that aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or are ceasing operations due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Neighbourly is providing micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Grants are available to existing Neighbourly charities and community groups.

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme has set-up a  a new short-term fund to support local communities to provide a single payment award of £500 to successful applicants who are supporting vulnerable groups.

The City of Westminster Charitable Trust COVID-19 grant scheme funds projects that are supporting local communities in Westminster in response to coronavirus outbreak. Projects must provide services that help rough sleepers, young people or people who are facing social isolation or experiencing loneliness during the crisis. 

The National Lottery Community Fund is, for 6 months, addressing the current crisis. Across its England funding programmes it will prioritise applications that are coronavirus related.

Ward Budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource that addresses specific local issues and priorities that are supported by ward councillors. Local councillors have an annual budget per ward per year to spend on projects within their wards. This can include improving the local environment, purchasing new equipment for the local sports club or funding activities for older residents.

WRAP has a grant aiming to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 to £10,000.

Youth Music has announced a new emergency fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus.

Last updated: 5 May 2020