COVID-19 Emergency Funding Options for Charities

A list of emergency funds available for charities.

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

Government Funding

On 8 April the government announced a £750
million package of funding to support the work of charities during the outbreak.
Including £370 million for small and medium-sized charities and £360 million to
be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key

Further details of how the funding will be
made available are yet to be announced.


National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The NET trust is planning to distribute
grants through a network of local community foundations. Organisations will
need to apply directly to a community foundation, not to the NET. To find your
local community foundation please visit the Community


Lottery Community Fund

All 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 them overcome liquidity issues.


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will
enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected 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 are expected to open in the second half of April.
Those interested are encouraged to email loanenquiries@charitybank.org or
to complete
the standard loan form on Charity Bank’s website


CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund 

The CAF has launched a £5m fund to help
smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by 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.

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
The Yapp Charitable Trust website.


Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has
announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response
to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Fund is available to organisations across the
full breadth of heritage. Organisations which are either a current grantee, or
still under contract following a previous grant, can apply. The fund is
now open for grant applications of between £3,000 and £50,000 until 30 June.
For more details and application criteria please visit the 
Heritage Emergency Fund website.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support

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 CECP will award small capital grants
of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in
response to the pandemic. The programme is open for applications,
please visit the Clothworthers’ 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 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 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities
working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities

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
Tesco Community Grants website for

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The charitable trust is offering grants of
up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. The Trust is currently
accepting applications. 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 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. For eligibility criteria please visit the Localgiving website.

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