Funders for Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

Funders for Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

We are building resources to help not-for-profits. The following funders are supporting not-for-profits during the Coronavirus pandemic:

This article was last updated on 5th March.

Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund

  • Apply any time, all projects must be completed by 31st March 2021.
  • Size of grant available: Local Fund supporting organisations experiencing short term financial hardship/their usual operations or services have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 providing grants £500-£3,000 for ongoing maintenance/utility costs and/or loss of income.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support clubs/voluntary sector organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic helping to minimise the threat to long term sustainability so that they can continue providing physical activity/sport for under-represented groups and deprived communities. Target audiences are lower Socio-Economic groups, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities, people with long-term health conditions and disabled people.
  • Additional information: Priority wards in Dudley are Netherton, Woodside and St. Andrews, Castle and Priory and St. Thomas’s.
  • Contact details: Telephone 08458 151515. Email: jennifer_oakes@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk Website: www.activeblackcountry.co.uk/covid19/emergency-funding


Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund

  • Apply any time, all projects must be completed by 31st March 2021.
  • Size of grant available: Themed Fund £20,000 available for each of the two development theme areas (see below).
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Focus on the two development areas active/sustainable travel (walking/cycling) and mental health in deprived communities where inequalities and long term/deep-rooted issues are evident.
  • Additional information: Target audiences are lower Socio-Economic groups, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities, people with long-term health conditions and disabled people..
  • Contact details: Telephone 08458 151515. Email: jennifer_oakes@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk Website: www.activeblackcountry.co.uk/covid19/emergency-funding


Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Any amount from a funding pot of circa £10M per annum.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support foodbanks or other organisations focused on the relief of poverty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic through the provision of crisis funds helping disadvantaged people.
  • Additional information: Only registered charities in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01624 679080. Email: enquiries@theagfoundation.org Website: www.thederwentgroup.com/about-us/ag-foundation


Alec Dickson Trust

  • Apply by 21st March 2021 for trustee meeting 21st April.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £500.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support volunteering/community service projects organised and run by young people aged under 30 that directly or indirectly respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contact details: Email: secretary@alecdicksontrust.org.uk Website: www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/apply


Allchurches Trust Limited Hope Beyond grants programme

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £50,000 (10%-80% of project costs) for innovative/impactful projects addressing loneliness/isolation focusing on improving community resilience/promoting mental and emotional health/wellbeing and growing technological capability.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support churches/Christian charities meet changing needs within their communities adapting to the challenges/opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic enabling people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown building resilience and encouraging hope.
  • Contact details: Iain Hearn (Grants Administrator), telephone 01452 873189. Email: atl@allchurches.co.uk Website: www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/hopebeyond


Alpkit Foundation Go Nice Places, Do Good Things

  • Organisations/individuals can apply at any time, trustees meet every 2 months. Current priority during the Coronavirus pandemic is to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by Covid-19.
  • Size of grant available: £50-£500 removing barriers to people getting outdoors/experiencing wild places tackling community response to Covid 19, diversity and inclusion, participation, education, conservation, protection of the natural environment and health/wellbeing.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Work with people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic supporting the elderly/vulnerable, foodbanks, homelessness/those in temporary accommodation and minimising impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine needing access to food, medicines or care.
  • Additional information: Preference will be given to activities that demonstrate best value for money encouraging more people to get outdoors engaging them in responsible outdoor activities with longlasting benefits.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01773 417007. Email: akf@alpkit.com Websites: www.alpkit.com/foundation#apply or https://alpkit.com/blogs/foundation/adapting-to-the-coranavirus-crisis


Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

  • Reopened 22nd July 2020, apply any time (decisions made within 10 weeks for grants below £15,000 and within 16 weeks for grants above £15,000).
  • Size of grant available: £1,000-£100,000 (budget £59.8M until April 2021) providing grants in response to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual creative practitioners/freelancers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support a broad range of creative and cultural projects benefiting the public across arts, museums and libraries championing, developing and investing in artistic/cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
  • Additional information: Support individual artists, creative practitioners, freelancers and small independent community/cultural organisations delivering arts, museums and libraries projects focusing on smaller independent organisations/individual practitioners until 31st August 2021.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0845 300 6200. Email: enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk Website: http://press.artscouncil.org.uk/press_releases/arts-council-reopens-national-lottery-project-grants-after-covid-19-suspension and www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Homelessness, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • Apply 1st-30th April (2nd round), 1st-31st July (3rd round) and 1st-30th September 2021 (4th round).
  • Size of grant available: £1,000 available in grant rounds 1 and 3 and £5,000 available in grant rounds 2 and 4.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support groups of people disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic combatting homelessness prioritising work helping Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities (grant rounds 1 and 2) and projects for refugees/asylum seekers (grant rounds 3 and 4).
  • Additional information: Registered charities with annual operating income/expenditure £100,000-£1M can apply for £1,000 grants and those with annual operating income/expenditure above £1M can apply for £5,000 grants.
  • Contact details: Karen Frank (Administrator), telephone 0151 236 6666. Email: admin@austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk Website: http://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/what-we-fund


Barclays Foundation COVID-19 Community Aid Package

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £100M fund made up of 2 components of £50M each for charitable organisations and by matching personal donations from employees to local charities of their choice supporting communities impacted by COVID-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations working with vulnerable communities and disadvantaged/elderly people suffering from social/economic deprivation impacted by COVID-19 alleviating hardship caused by the crisis.
  • Additional information: Funding to be targeted at programmes local to Barclays Bank major locations where staff live/work and where they can support NHS staff and other keyworker communities.
  • Website: https://home.barclays/news/press-releases/2020/04/barclays-launches-p100-million-covid-19-community-aid-package


BBC Children in Need Main Grants 2020

  • Apply by 12th April 2021 with decision by the end of the month.
  • Size of grant available: Above £10,000 per annum for up to three years and, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, are looking for creative solutions to deliver much needed services funding project delivery (staffing and/or salaries) and organisational costs supporting stability and adaptation.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with disadvantaged children/young people aged 18 and under affected by illness, distress, abuse, neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
  • Additional information: All applications must show how funding will make a difference to the lives of children/young people during the COVID-19 crisis helping prevent/overcome the disadvantages they face by either working directly with them or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
  • Contact details: Telephone: 0345 609 0015. Email: pudseygrants@bbc.co.uk Website: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/covid-19-funding-streams


BBC Children in Need Small Grants 2020

  • Apply by 12th April 2021 with decision by the end of the month.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 per annum for up to three years and, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, are looking for creative solutions to deliver much needed services funding project delivery (staffing and/or salaries) and organisational costs supporting stability and adaptation.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with disadvantaged children/young people aged 18 and under affected by illness, distress, abuse, neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
  • Additional information: All applications must show how funding will make a difference to the lives of children/young people during the COVID-19 crisis helping prevent/overcome the disadvantages they face by either working directly with them or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0345 609 0015. Email: pudseygrants@bbc.co.uk Website: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/covid-19-funding-streams


British & Foreign School Society

  • Two-stage application process with two grant rounds per year, next stage one deadline 13th July 2021 for Grants Committee meeting 13th October. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application once they have completed it rather than wait for the deadline.
  • Size of grant available: £30,000-£100,000 (up to five years) with a maximum of £30,000 per annum for either new/innovative approaches or proven solutions with successful track records of transforming educational outcomes and life chances for young carers and looked after children affected by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Increase the number of education professionals able to understand children/young people's needs improving their access to out of school support; enable young people aged 16-25 to access/remain engaged with further education, employment or training.
  • Additional information: Only small/medium sized registered charities with annual income £5,000-£2.5M can apply for work addressing the impact of Covid-19 on these young people closing the widening disadvantage gap they have been or are experiencing.
  • Contact details: Belinda Lawrance, telephone 020 7922 7814. Email: grants@bfss.org.uk Website: https://bfss.org.uk/grant-giving/uk-criteria


Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund

  • Apply by 31st March 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £100-£5,000 (average £2,000) providing immediate financial support for local good causes, community groups, charities and social enterprises responding to some of the most worrying impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic benefitting their communities.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations providing the basics (including food) to vulnerable people facing challenges, isolation and lack of access to normal services affecting their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Additional information: Only organisations that have been a full member of Central England Co-operative for at least six months can apply and project beneficiaries must be located in communities where Central England Co-operative trades.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01543 414140. Email: enquiries@centralengland.coop Website: www.centralengland.coop/community-covid


Dudley CVS Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Grant

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £300 for food/essential supplies (only one grant can be issued per household).
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support people who are struggling to afford food/other essentials due to financial hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Additional information: Only key workers from voluntary sector organisations working with vulnerable people in Dudley borough can apply provided they are supporting their clients.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01384 573381. Email: info@dudleycvs.org.uk Website: http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-emergency-assistance-grant


Dudley MBC Covid Grant funding

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £700 small one off grants.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Community groups who are supporting carers.
  • Contact details: Nicola McGregor (Assistant Team Manager – Carers Dudley Carers Hub & Wellbeing Service), telephone 01384 818723. Email: Nicola.mcgregor@dudley.gov.uk


Eveson Charitable Trust

  • Apply any time, trustees meet four times a year.
  • Size of grant available: Any amount to support organisations that specifically address the needs of their beneficiaries during the Coronavirus pandemic/in its immediate aftermath as well as helping these organisations recover financial stability.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work helping people with physical disabilities (including blind/deaf people)/learning difficulties, disadvantaged and disabled children, older people and addressing homelessness.
  • Additional information: Only small registered charities can apply (will not fund CICs or social enterprises) and Dudley borough is one of their beneficial areas.
  • Contact details: Denise Bradley (Grants Assistant), telephone 01905 905085. Email: grants@eveson.org.uk Website: www.eveson.org.uk/what-we-fund


Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £1,000-£10,000 for one year to cover core costs/essential equipment to enable ongoing service provision, home-working or delivery of online digital services during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support various activities/projects at grass roots/local community level for organisations that can show financial viability/stability working with disadvantaged vulnerable young/elderly people or the wider community directly or through online support.
  • Additional information: Only small registered charities with annual turnover below £150,000 that can demonstrate ongoing sustainability in the current uncertain climate can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7430 9119. Email: sgs@foylefoundation.org.uk Website: www.foylefoundation.org.uk/small-grants-scheme


Groundwork/Comic Relief Community Fund Capacity Building Grants



Groundwork/Comic Relief Community Fund Covid-19 Community Grant

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £4,000 to be spent by the end of February 2021.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support local grass roots organisations responding to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the Coronavirus pandemic; help organisations recover/develop resilience from the impact COVID-19 has had on their services.
  • Additional information: Only small grassroots organisations with annual turnover below £250,000 delivering projects providing community benefit across one of Comic Reliefs four strategic themes (Children Survive and Thrive, Fighting for Gender Justice, A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters) can apply and they are particularly interested in supporting BAME/LGBTQ communities disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Contact details: Michelle Brodie or Jenna Small, telephone 0121 237 5800. Emails: comicrelief@groundwork.org.uk or michelle.brodie@groundwork.org.uk or Jenna.Small@groundwork.org.uk Website: www.groundwork.org.uk/comic-relief-apply-for-a-covid-19-community-grant


Groundwork/Tesco community grant

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £1,000 available during October, November and December 2020 for projects that can be completed within twelve months.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support local projects focusing on vulnerable/at risk children/young people addressing their mental health through outdoor/non statuary educational activities, helping young carers affected by isolation or loneliness and providing bereavement counselling.
  • Additional information: The priority of this fund is to address child poverty that has been further impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic where vulnerable children and young people are affected by challenging home/family circumstances and organisations are able to offer family support.
  • Contact details: Jenna Small (Community Project Officer) telephone 07796 695452. Email: Jenna.Small@groundwork.org.uk Website:https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/home/community-apply-bags-help-grant


Heart of England Community Foundation Coronavirus Resilience Fund

  • Programme re-launched, apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for work supporting communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic affecting vulnerable people personally and financially.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Food Banks/social eating projects; delivery of emergency food and medicine parcels to those isolated due to Covid-19; street pastors; outreach activities; befriending services supporting the elderly or lonely/isolated vulnerable people.
  • Additional information: Only small grassroots groups with annual income below £250,000 can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 3297/4434. Email: info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk Website: www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/coronavirus-resilience-fund


Heart of England Community Foundation Wesleyan Large Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £2,000-£10,000 to be spent within one year to help organisations respond to COVID-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: During the Coronavirus pandemic will support projects addressing the needs of the community focusing on issues intrinsically linked with Covid-19.
  • Additional information: Only organisations running for at least two years with income below £500,000 per annum can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 4434. Email: info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk Website: www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/wesleyan-foundation-grants


Heart of England Community Foundation Wesleyan Small Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £2,000 to be spent within one year to help organisations respond to COVID-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: During the Coronavirus pandemic will support projects addressing the needs of the community focusing on issues intrinsically linked with Covid-19.
  • Additional information: Only organisations with income below £250,000 per annum can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 4434. Email: info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk Website: www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/wesleyan-foundation-grants


Heart of England Community Foundation Winter Wellbeing Fund

  • Apply any time (applications will be assessed from January 2021).
  • Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 to be spent within six months for organisations providing holistic support for the wellbeing and changing economic circumstances of the community due to impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support a range of activities such as providing first level financial advice/signposting, emotional support, befriending and welfare checks alongside community wellbeing programmes that help local people restricted by COVID-19 or that address food poverty.
  • Additional information: Only organisations at the heart of their communities/experienced in responding to multiple local needs with annual income below £500,000 can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 024 7688 3297/4434. Email: info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk Website: www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/winter-wellbeing-funds


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

  • Apply for all four themes by 22nd March/31st August 2021 (decisions 12th July/29th November).
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Peace and security built on values of equality, human rights, justice and environmental sustainability; power and accountability with a strong commitment to equality; rights and justice guaranteeing equal treatment for all people; sustainable future.
  • Additional information: Support work responding to the dual harms of the Coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism within/across existing programme areas building support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01904 627810. Email: enquiries@jrct.org.uk Website: www.jrct.org.uk/what-we-fund


Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

  • Apply by 31st March annually in time for trustee meeting in June.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for disadvantaged young people adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic/its implications enabling them to gain transferable life skills so they can access support/accredited training and get employment experience improving confidence.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work promoting education, learning, training, recreation and rehabilitation for young adults aged 18-25 with learning disabilities/in social or economic need providing them with practical skills preparing them to lead more independent lives.
  • Additional information: Only registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) or Community Interest Companies (CICs) with turnover below £1M a year can apply.
  • Contact details: Sharon Shortland (Secretary), telephone: 01406 420153. Email: secretarymdt@gmail.com Website: www.margaretdobsontrust.btck.co.uk/Howtoapply


Mercers Charitable Foundation Older People and Housing grants 2020/21



National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All England

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £300-£10,000 for up to one year so that organisations continue to deliver activities by responding to crisis in communities helping recovery or changing/adapting their activities so that they become more resilient to respond to new/future challenges.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support communities and people most adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic so that communities thrive through stronger relationships, their places/spaces that matter to them are improved and more people reach their potential through early support.
  • Additional information: Projects/activities should be led by beneficiaries as when people are in the lead communities thrive by involving them from the start and building on their strengths  so they feel connected to their communities.
  • Contact details: Telephone 028 9568 0143. Email: general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk Website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england


National Lottery Community Fund Local Connections Fund

  • First round now closed with second round to be launched in the summer of 2021.
  • Size of grant available: Microgrants £300-£2,500 from a £4M fund completing projects by 31st March 2021.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations reducing loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities bringing people together in safe and secure ways; strengthen and develop small/micro organisations that connect communities and reduce loneliness.
  • Additional information: Only small local organisations with annual income below £50,000 can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 028 9568 0143. Email: general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk Website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/local-connections-fund


National Lottery Community Fund Partnerships

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Above £10,000 for up to five years so that organisations continue to deliver activities by responding to crisis in communities helping recovery or changing/adapting their activities so that they become more resilient to respond to new/future challenges.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support communities and people most adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic so that communities thrive through stronger relationships, their places/spaces that matter to them are improved and more people reach their potential through early support.
  • Additional information: Projects/activities should be led by beneficiaries as when people are in the lead communities thrive by involving them from the start and building on their strengths  so they feel connected to their communities.
  • Contact details: Telephone 028 9568 0143. Email: general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk Website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england


National Lottery Community Fund Phoenix Fund



National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities England

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Above £10,000 for up to five years so that organisations continue to deliver activities by responding to crisis in communities helping recovery or changing/adapting their activities so that they become more resilient to respond to new/future challenges.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support communities and people most adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic so that communities thrive through stronger relationships, their places/spaces that matter to them are improved and more people reach their potential through early support.
  • Additional information: Projects/activities should be led by beneficiaries as when people are in the lead communities thrive by involving them from the start and building on their strengths  so they feel connected to their communities.
  • Contact details: Telephone 028 9568 0143. Email: general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk Website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england


National Lottery Heritage Fund Grants for Heritage

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £3,000-£5M.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: 2021/22 refocused priorities are boosting local economies, encouraging skills development/job creation, supporting wellbeing, creating better places to live, work and visit and improving resilience of organisations working in heritage.
  • Additional information: Prioritise projects that contribute to recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic demonstrating the value of heritage supporting local economies, places and communities creating economic prosperity and better places to live supporting personal wellbeing.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0121 393 4734. Email: midlandsandeast@heritagefund.org.uk Website: www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/full-range-national-lottery-funding-resumes-refocused-priorities-2021-22


Near Neighbours Community Covid Relief Grants

  • Apply any time (the Black Country is one of the local hubs and only applications that have been discussed in advance with the local Near Neighbours Coordinator will be accepted).
  • Size of grant available: Up to £4,000 for small projects costing below £20,000 for new or developed work and specific/immediate activities that can be completed before the end of March 2021.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support emerging needs locally embedded in communities affected by the Coronavirus pandemic addressing social isolation, financial distress and digital exclusion keeping people safe, connected and informed improving community engagement with public health initiatives.
  • Additional information: Priority will be given to emerging local groups/grassroots organisations as well as charities/religious organisations focusing on local work looking favourably on small Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led organisations with low annual turnover.
  • Contact details: Shaz Akhtar (Black Country Near Neighbours Co-ordinator) telephone: 07530 741923. Email: shaz.akhtar@tctogether.org.uk Website: www.near-neighbours.org.uk/covid-grants


Newby Trust Limited COVID-19 Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 to cover core costs or to fund operational changes made in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work addressing homelessness, food supplies, domestic violence and mental health working with young and elderly people.
  • Additional information: Only small registered charities can apply.
  • Contact details: Annabel Grout (Company Secretary), telephone 01798 861459. Email: info@newby-trust.org.uk Website: www.newby-trust.org.uk/special-category


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Access and Participation Fund

  • Apply any time through a two-stage process.
  • Size of grant available: £30,000-£400,000 for 1-4 years (most grants £60,000-£250,000) supporting communities experiencing inequality of opportunity and are disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic to access/participate in the arts.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support arts/culture work involving crafts, dance, design, digital arts, media, film, literature (including creative writing/poetry), music, opera, photography, theatre, visual arts and cross-arts practices.
  • Additional information: Prioritise support to organisations that are led by people most affected by systemic oppression and/or discrimination such as Black, Asian and others who experience racism, disabled people and those experiencing poverty.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7812 3300. Email: information@phf.org.uk Website: www.phf.org.uk/funds/access-and-participation-fund


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-based Learning Fund

  • Apply any time through a two-stage process.
  • Size of grant available: £30,000-£400,000 for 2-3 years (most grants £150,000-£250,000) supporting children/young people affected by the coronavirus pandemic in formal education settings experiencing systemic inequality/disadvantage so they can thrive through arts-based learning.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support arts-based content/approaches for pupils to secure access to or enhance engagement with the curriculum addressing disruption to education due to Covid-19 resulting in significant learning loss disproportionately impacting their education.
  • Additional information: Support strong partnerships between education settings and the arts/cultural sectors to help pupils whose mental health/wellbeing has been adversely affected experiencing barriers to engaging in education/learning resulting in a huge impact on life chances of children/young people.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7812 3300. Email: information@phf.org.uk Website: www.phf.org.uk/funds/arts-based-learning-fund


Power to Change Trust Community Business Crowdmatch

  • Apply any time by adding project idea to the Crowdfunder website at which time a notification will be provided advising extra funding is available (programme open until June 2021).
  • Size of grant available: Provide match funding (up to 50% of target) to incentivise crowdfunding activity up to £10,000 for new/existing community businesses that are launching or incubating a new idea that support vulnerable local people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Prioritise applications in areas experiencing high levels of deprivation for organisations supporting/led by disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led/BAME-supporting community businesses.
  • Additional information: Partnership with Crowdfunder UK, see website www.crowdfunder.co.uk/how-crowdfunding-works for more information.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 3857 7270. Email: info@powertochange.org.uk Website: www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-crowdmatch


Power to Change Trust Community Business Renewal Fund

  • Currently closed however third and final round 2nd-9th March 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £3M fund providing grants £10,000-£20,000 helping organisations adapt/evolve to changing circumstances ensuring that community businesses can continue to provide vital support to local people.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support community businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic adapt, renew and rebuild their businesses so that they can remain financially viable delivering services in their local communities helping people most affected by Covid-19.
  • Additional information: Programme will prioritise applications from organisations operating in communities that have been hardest hit by Covid-19 increasing diversity and supporting growth/impact in the community business sector.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 3857 7270. Email: info@powertochange.org.uk Website: www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-renewal-fund


Radcliffe Trust

  • Apply by 31st January/July each year for meetings in June and December.
  • Size of grant available: £2,500-£7,500 one year grants for innovative, imaginative and creative projects developed in response to the current challenging times as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic delivering activities safely and successfully.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Classical music performance/training (chamber music, composition and music education) for children/adults with special needs; development/practice of skills, knowledge and experience in heritage and crafts.
  • Contact details: The Trust Partnership (administrators of the charity), telephone 01285 841900. Email: radcliffe@thetrustpartnership.com Website: http://theradcliffetrust.org/guidelines


Rosa (UK fund for women and girls) Women Thrive Fund

  • Apply by 25th March 2021 with Rosa and Smallwood Trust hosting four "How to Apply’" webinars with final two scheduled for 8th March at 6pm and 18th March at 1pm.
  • Size of grant available: £1.79M from the Tampon Tax Fund providing grants up to £15,000 for grassroots specialist women’s organisations with annual turnover up to £200,000 or grants up to £40,000 for those with annual turnover £200,001-£999,999 to be spent by 31st December 2022.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support work enabling disadvantaged or under-represented women and girls affected during the Coronavirus pandemic by declining mental health and increased risk of emotional trauma/poverty improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or their financial resilience.
  • Additional information: Delivered in partnership with the Smallwood Trust applicants can also apply for an additional 25% of their grant to help strengthen their organisations so they can respond to the Covid-19 crisis supporting women and girls overcome the barriers they face.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7697 3466. Email: grants@rosauk.org Website: https://rosauk.org/funds/women-thrive-fund


School for Social Entrepreneurs Heritage Trade Up Programme

  • Apply by 9th April 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £10,000 Trade Back grant plus 8 months capacity building support improving skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop enterprise models/deepen social and/or environmental impact through an 8 day free learning programme (October 2021-June 2022).
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support leaders of heritage organisations or trading projects strengthen financial resilience/governance capabilities aiding their recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic improving financial sustainability by increasing income from trading/sales.
  • Additional information: This is a new programme for leaders of heritage organisations, delivered in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to promote/support a stronger heritage sector.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7089 9120. Email: applications@sse.org.uk Website: www.the-sse.org/courses/heritage-trade-up-programme


Serco Foundation Trust

  • Apply any time by sending Theresa Comiskey a short (one/two line) e-mail explaining the work being carried out in response to Coronavirus.
  • Size of grant available: £1,000-£5,000
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Funding is available to any organisations helping/supporting vulnerable adults such as foodbanks offering supplies to isolated people, work caring for elderly/disabled people, community/religious centres providing mental/physical care to people in need and help for parents while schools are shut.
  • Additional information: A S­­erco employee is required to put forward a nomination on behalf of the applicant if invited to apply. Contact details: Theresa Comiskey, telephone 07718 193934. Email: theresa.comiskey@serco.com


Social Investment Business Foundation Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

  • Apply by 31st March 2021.
  • Size of loan available: £100,000-£1.5M for 1-5 years to fund working capital until normal business can commence again so that activities improving people’s lives can continue.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support social enterprises/charities (turnover £400,000-£45M) experiencing disruption to their normal business model and have been adversely impacted as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic where expected income/activity has been delayed or disrupted.
  • Additional information: Social Investment Business (SIB) is the lender of this £25M fund currently working with social investor partners (Big Issue Invest, CAF Venturesome, Charity Bank, Resonance and Social and Sustainable Capital) on delivery of the fund.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 3096 7900. Email: RRLF@sibgroup.org.uk Website: www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund


Sport England Return to Play: Active Together

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £2.5M fund providing matched funded grants up to £10,000 to help sports clubs/organisations set up and run crowdfunding campaigns during the Coronavirus pandemic to address loss of income due to Covid-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support local sports clubs/organisations facing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic by helping them with their cash flow and diversifying their funding streams ensuring they’re ready to re-open as soon as is safely possible.
  • Additional information: Programme being delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder, see website www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sports for details.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0345 8508 508. Email: funding@sportengland.org Website: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-active-together


Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants

  • Apply any time until 30th June 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £15M fund providing small grants £300-£10,000 (up to six months) with up to £3,000 available to cover ongoing running costs for activities that can resume within six weeks of national/local lockdown restrictions being lifted.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support sport/activity groups, clubs and organisations located in areas of high deprivation respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play during the Coronavirus pandemic in a coronavirus-safe way.
  • Additional information: Prioritising work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people on low income/with long-term health conditions, people experiencing a greater burden of care because of Coronavirus and disabled people.
  • Contact details: Telephone 03458 508 508. Email: smallgrants@sportengland.org Website: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-small-grants


Sport England Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

  • Apply any time via the dedicated Community Asset Fund Application Hub.
  • Size of grant available: Capital grants £10,001-£50,000 for small-scale projects (£10,001-£25,000) addressing immediate work required to adapt places and spaces enabling a safe return and medium-scale projects (£25,001-£50,000) for more substantial changes that may be required.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support sports clubs/community groups in areas of high deprivation adapt and open places and spaces within communities so that sport and physical activity can resume safely during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Additional information: Prioritising work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people on low income/with long-term health conditions, people experiencing a greater burden of care because of Coronavirus and disabled people.
  • Contact details: Telephone 03458 508 508. Email: funding@sportengland.org Website: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-community-asset-fund


Support Adoption For Pets Emergency Grant Programme

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 and, in the current Coronavirus pandemic, will only support vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of non-furloughed animal care staff, utilities and consumables.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations that rescue/rehome domestic pets or provide help to ensure pets can remain with their owners all of which will have a direct impact on the welfare of animals.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0161 486 6688. Email: info@supportadoptionforpets.co.uk Website: www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme


True Colours Trust Small Grants

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 for specialised play equipment, minibuses, PPE, digital services/technology and physical changes to spaces providing access to play/leisure so that projects are Covid-19 compliant.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with disabled children and young people and those with life-limiting conditions and their families providing bereavement and family support as well as respite for the whole family.
  • Additional information: Only small local registered charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) with annual income below £350,000 can apply and there is a particular interest for work with children/families from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities operating in areas of high deprivation.
  • Contact details: Telephone: 020 7410 0330. Email: info@truecolourstrust.org.uk Website: www.truecolourstrust.org.uk/small-grants-uk


Versus Arthritis Inspiring Active Communities

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £1,000-£10,000 for work with people who have long-term health conditions and Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)/lower socio-economic groups supporting/encouraging them to participate in local sport/physical activity projects.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support projects reducing negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic/widening inequalities in sport/physical activity increasing availability of exercise opportunities in local communities; support organisations facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Additional information: Fund launched in partnership with Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund.
  • Contact details: Louise Shaw (Trusts Officer) or Ashleigh Ahlquist (Physical Activity Manager), telephone 0300 790 0400. Email: PhysicalActivityVA@versusarthritis.org Website:www.versusarthritis.org/news/2020/october/inspiring-active-communities-in-england-how-to-apply-for-funding


Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund

  • Apply 1st January-31st July 2021 for decision by October.
  • Size of grant available: Grants are made at the sole discretion of the Trustees for project or core costs including the purchase of essential medical equipment or PPE in connection with Covid-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects demonstrating a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation/helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contact details: Website: www.volanttrust.org/how-to-apply-covid-19


Waitrose & Partners Community Support Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £1M fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities by teams in each shop working together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support people in need who are self-isolating, vulnerable, elderly and those looking after these people in local communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0800 188 884. E-mail: community.matters@waitrose.co.uk Website: https://waitrose.pressarea.com/pressrelease/details/78/NEWS_13/12169


West Midlands Combined Authority Community Recovery Innovation Challenge

  • Apply by 21st March 2021 with shortlisted proposals notified in late April.
  • Size of grant available: Top 20 entries will receive £500 each plus access to a bid writing masterclass session to help develop their project (top 3 entries entitled to bespoke coaching/project support worth up to £15,000).
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support innovation/creative ideas helping communities bounce back/recover from the Coronavirus pandemic so that vulnerable people living in the West Midlands Combined Authority area have improved lives.
  • Additional information: Innovative ideas should address domestic violence, health (including awareness/access to mental health support), accessible education and training, preparing children for school/early years learning, bringing young/elderly people together, youth employment/skills, grassroots culture, arts and sport, homelessness, debt, digital inclusion and improving access to green spaces.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0121 200 2787. Website: www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/public-service-reform/community-recovery-innovation-challenge

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