COVID-19: Funding

Community Action Wirral continue to collect as much information for you about emergency response funding available due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

From the 1st July 2020, any new funding opportunities relevant in this regard will now be found under our normal funding items in the news section and will also be sent out on our Bulletin every Friday afternoon.

The National Lottery Community FundCOVID-19 Response: Update 29.5.2020 A fundamental change is that applicants now only get one shot at an application, so if they are unsuccessful they cant apply again like they usually would be allowed to, and  they can only have one grant from this fund so they cant have an under £10k and an over £10k application at the same time so they need to think about what they need and come in for the right level of funding as they won’t be able to apply for more a month or so later. This rule applies as from this week, so if a group has been awarded Covid response funding from us prior to this week they can apply again (once) and existing grantholders can apply (once) Update 21.05.2020 We’re delighted to confirm that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. The Fund has two key objectives: To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Hope for the Young- Covid 19 Emergency Fund – Given the growing impact of Coronavirus and our concern that young asylum seekers and refugees will be one of the groups most impacted, we have launched an Emergency Relief Fund to help support in the immediate health and well-being of the most at-risk and socially isolated young people. The Emergency Relief Fund will support young refugees or asylum seekers aged 16 to 30 who are assessed as vulnerable, to help in the relief of destitution and poverty in general. Our funds are limited, and priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications.

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund – The purpose of the Resourcing Racial Justice fund is to provide financial support to individuals and organisations that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as People of Colour (POC). Individuals can be change-makers, activists, innovators, social leaders, ecosystem builders and artists working outside existing organisational structures. Organisations can be either incorporated, unincorporated and / or unconstituted e.g. community and grassroots groups/networks/projects.

In response to the coronavirus, BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. From the 18th May 2020 current grant-holders will be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period through the Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme. From the 8th June registered not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply to the Covid-19 Large Grants programme for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month period. Details on both funds will be made available shortly.

British Muslim Covid 19 Fund – This fund is to help charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK irrespective of faith affected by the impact of Covid 19 – Grants from £250 up to £5000 are available.

The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications from Charities struggling to survive the Covid 19 Crises and future project funding. The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK-registered charities working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre.

Morrisons Foundation – COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Funding is now available from VINCI UK Foundation, to charities supporting people during the pandemic. LCVS have the application form on their website. For more information and to apply.

In light of the current crisis, The Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000. Antonio established The Foundation before he died. Amongst his core objectives was the idea to support hospitality related training and development, to promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition and to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need.Coronavirus makes the need in some of these areas enormous and as a result, we are extending our grants for 2020 to £500,000. Charities working in these areas are invited to apply for grants up to £10,000.

Alpkit – We are the charity that helps people Go Nice Places, Do Good Things. However, recent global events call for a shift of focus over the coming months. We are now prioritising our funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. As a community, we believe we are a resourceful and adventurous bunch and we welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by  coronavirus, across the country. Examples include: Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people. Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care. Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly. Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation. Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outdoors.

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to help local communities cope with the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The fund has now closed and applications are being reviewed and processed. Charities looking for support are advised to contact their local branch or agency who may wish to nominate them for a donation from the quarterly Charitable Foundation donations.

RAFT Fund offers unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 to organisations that are able to demonstrate the impact of their mission and offer creative solutions to getting through the current crisis and building for delivery beyond the acute phase; certain applicants may be eligible to re-apply for further funding if appropriate.  The application process is extremely simple with a high level of support provided by The Fore’s assessors. The aim is to place minimum administrative burden on the applicant in order to ensure the charities can continue to concentrate on delivery of services.  Funding decisions are targeted to be made within two weeks of receipt of application. Garfield Weston have partnered in this fund.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund – Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

NSUN launches new fund with grants up to £1000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust – Our grants can help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Princes Trust – The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Cadent Foundation Projects through online grant applications: People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations. Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment. Communities –  Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use. Grants can be applied for up to £100,000 by UK charities or groups* with charitable purposes.

Elton John Aids Foundation – We are pleased to announce a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund. To find out more information or to apply for a grant from our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, please visit:

Barclays is announcing the establishment of The Barclays Foundation, initially to 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.

As part of the UK Government’s collaborative response to supporting key infrastructure throughout this difficult time, Defra is today making £3.25m available through the Resource Action Fund administered by WRAP. The COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant will be delivered in three phases. Phase 1: WRAP has approached a target list of small redistribution organisations who have previously applied to the fund to ascertain their immediate need for potential funding support. Phase 2 provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors and is now open. Phase 3 is aimed aimed at medium-to-larger operators and is now open.

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.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector – To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations.

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.

PH Holt Foundation – Emergency Funding We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Our funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running.

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.

The Leathersellers Company – 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

Our Heritage Emergency Fund – We are making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Magenta Living – We have people, vans and funding all available and ready to launch into action where you need them. We have received a few direct requests but would like to put our resources where they are required to help those in our community who need them most. So far we are supporting Wirral Ark and Farm Urban but we have so much more to give. Contact

Sport England Community Emergency Fund – This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Community Foundation for Merseyside LCR CARES – We have now opened up the above emergency fund for community organisations to apply for support with helping the most vulnerable. Details are available on our website here-

Help Musicians has launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

VocTech Now is part of Ufi’s response to support the vocational learning sector in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Arts Council are now offering a range of support during the crises.

National Emergencies Trust launches coronavirus appeal –

Steve Morgan Foundation introduces an emergency hardship fund in response to Covid-19 –

The Johnson Foundation has kindly offered support to organisations that may require financial assistance during COVID-19. The focus of support should be around social isolation, deprivation, healthcare and education/young people. For any asks the organisation must be a registered charity and email their ask through to Kate Eugeni –

John Lewis and Waitrose – Enquire in store

Neighbourly – are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, 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.

MAD Trust Hardship Fund – We will look to provide small pockets of financial assistance up to £200 to meet unexpected expenses that will cause hardship. Available to those who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to theatre closures as a direct result of Government advice aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.

Tech offers available to charities –

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