Covid-19 Frontline Women’s Fund


Fund now OPEN! Deadline 16th November 2020.

Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250k to apply.

The Fund

The COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund is being delivered by Smallwood Trust, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund has committed almost £500,000 to the fund, which will be used to provide support to organisations that are working with women most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.

This National Lottery funding is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider COVID-19 emergency response for communities. 

Funds are for women’s organisations and services that are supporting women aged 18+ whose poverty has been exacerbated by the pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship. Organisations can apply for the Covid-19 Women’s Frontline Fund even if they are in receipt of other Lottery funding including Covid-19 funding as long as they can demonstrate they can demonstrate they are applying for different activities.

What Support Is Available?

The COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund is designed to fund women’s organisations and services that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Organisations will be able to apply if: 

• They are supporting women who experience disproportionate challenges and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; and 

• They are providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Aims of the grant funding

To make women’s sector organisations stronger, more sustainable and able to build their resilience to economic shocks caused and magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To use the knowledge and expertise of the specialist women’s sector to ensure the most vulnerable women are supported, and to help influence medium and longer-term responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make women, on low income or at risk of poverty due to the pandemic, more financially resilient and giving them the confidence, tools, skills and support to secure a stable financial future.

Fund Summary

  • Organisations can apply for grants between £5,000 and £25,000. 
  • Funds can pay for core and frontline staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs and goods and equipment to support the adaption of frontline services.  
  • Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250k. 
  • Priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women. 
  • Funds must be spent by 31st March 2021.
  • Deadline is 16th November 2020 with decisions to be announced in early December 2020.

Area of Benefit

Funding is open for organisations across England but will be prioritised for women’s sector organisations and services where the pandemic has had the most impact including:

  • Greater Manchester and Lancashire 
  • Liverpool and Merseyside 
  • West Midlands – Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and rural Staffordshire 
  • East Midlands, including rural Leicestershire and Derbyshire 
  • Hull and Humberside, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield 
  • Deprived coastal towns in the north of England 
  • Newcastle, Middlesbrough/Tees Valley, other North East areas

Find the application form here.


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