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 21st June.

Active Black Country Tackling Inequalities Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Local Fund providing grants up to £10,000 for a range of sports and non-traditional physical activities addressing skill shortages due to the Coronavirus pandemic or organisational development needs to increase capacity, resilience and capability.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations experiencing short term financial hardship if their usual operations/services have been negatively impacted by Covid-19; help organisations restart and adapt activities or find new ways to deliver initiatives to keep people active.
  • Additional information: Target audiences locally are Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people and mental health with dedicated one to one support available by emailing jennifer_oakes@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk.
  • Contact details: Amy Baker Local Partnership Lead Officer for Communities at the Black Country Consortium Ltd., telephone: 08458 151515. Email: amy_baker@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 23rd June 2021.
  • 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


Arnold Clark Community Fund

  • Due to high demand this fund has been temporarily suspended aiming to reopen in September 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £100-£1,000 (each month 500 applications will be granted).
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support organisations that need financial assistance due to the Coronavirus pandemic so they can continue their important work during these challenging times.
  • Contact details: Email: community@arnoldclark.com Website: www.arnoldclark.com/community-fund


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


ASDA Foundation Bringing Communities Back Together

  • Apply by 16th August 2021 (first phase) for events/activities 1st July–30th September. Second phase opens in August and the deadline will be in September for events/activities 1st October–31st December 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £250-£1,000 for local groups providing celebration events that follow social distancing guidelines or getting their activities/services back on track (or a combination of both).
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects (events/activities) targeted at reuniting communities, celebrating togetherness and supporting groups as they resume their activities in person again.
  • Additional information: Obtain application form from local Asda stores (see Asda Store Locator at https://storelocator.asda.com for details) contacting the Community Champion.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0113 243 5435. Email: asdafoundation@asda.co.uk Website: www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Homelessness, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • Apply 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


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 July 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £100-£5,000 (average £2,000) providing immediate financial support to local good causes, community groups, charities and social enterprises impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support development/improvement of communities by improving access to food, promoting physical/mental health and wellbeing, supporting greater inclusion of vulnerable, excluded or hard to reach people and increasing sustainability of inside/outdoor spaces.
  • 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


Do it Now Now Common Call Fund Two

  • Submit short Expression of Interest by 25th June 2021.
  • Size of grant available: £300,000 fund providing unrestricted grants £5,000 or £12,500 helping organisations be better informed about their options in progressing to new methods of service delivery post Coronavirus pandemic so they can develop new enterprising activities.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support work in Black communities providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis addressing their physical/mental health and/or financial sustainability.
  • Additional information: Only organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black with annual turnover below £500,000 can apply.
  • Contact details: Email: team@doitnownow.com Website: www.commoncall.fund/fund-two.html


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


Heart of England Community Foundation Made By Sport: #ClubsInCrisis Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Unrestricted grants of £2,021 (must be spent by November 2021) to sports clubs/organisations operating mainly in disadvantaged communities using sport to deliver wider social outcomes by working collaboratively with partners to meet local needs offering cross-sector activities.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic working with children/young people aged 5–25 developing life/employability skills, building stronger communities, improving mental health and reducing crime/anti-social behaviour.
  • Additional information: This fund has been provided through Made By Sport supported by Cash4Clubs in association with the UK Community Foundations network and, locally, will provide grants to organisations in Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire with annual income up to £75,000 (highest priority up to £25,000, medium priority up to £50,000 and lowest priority up to £75,000).
  • Contact details: Telephone: 024 7688 4434. Email: info@heartofenglandcf.co.uk Website: www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/made-by-sport-clubsincrisis-fund


Heart of England Community Foundation Wesleyan Large Grants

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £2,000-£10,000 to be spent within one year helping organisations respond to the Coronavirus pandemic supporting projects that address the needs of the community focusing on issues intrinsically linked with Covid-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with Black/African Caribbean communities focusing on health, vulnerable groups and employability.
  • 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 Grants

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £2,000 to be spent within one year helping organisations respond to the Coronavirus pandemic supporting projects that address the needs of the community focusing on issues intrinsically linked with Covid-19.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work with Black/African Caribbean communities focusing on health, vulnerable groups and employability.
  • 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.
  • 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


Heart Research UK 2021 Healthy Hearts Grants

  • Apply by 14th June 2021 (grants awarded 28th June).
  • Size of grant available: Up to £10,000 for purchase of equipment (exercise equipment, technology, blood pressure monitors, weighing scales etc.) that can be used safely delivering community projects focusing on heart health promoting healthier, happier and longer lives.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support new, original and innovative local community projects (up to 12 months) that can be delivered remotely or with social distancing measures in place actively promoting a healthy heart helping prevent/reduce the risk of heart disease in communities.
  • Additional information: Dudley borough is within the Central Region.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0113 234 7474. Email: healthyheartgrants@heartresearch.org.uk Website: https://heartresearch.org.uk/healthy-heart-grant-apply


Homeless Link Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund 2021/22

  • Fund opened 4th May 2021 (decisions on capital funding will be made by the end of July and on revenue funding by early September).
  • Size of grant available: £3M fund (£1M capital/£2M revenue) to develop accommodation options that are self-contained and Covid-secure/dignified to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22 offering a route off the streets reducing rough sleeping.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support small/medium sized homelessness charities, faith groups and voluntary/community sector organisations to transform winter services for people sleeping rough moving away from communal sleeping arrangements as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Additional information: This fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and will be distributed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice.
  • Contact details: Telephone: 020 7840 4430. Email: fund@homelesslink.org.uk Website: www.homeless.org.uk/connect/blogs/2021/apr/07/homelessness-winter-transformation-fund-202122-is-announced


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

  • Apply for all four themes by 31st August 2021 (decision 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


Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside organisational development support for small/local registered charities with annual income £25,000-£1M led by and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Address existing deep-rooted/systemic inequalities affecting minority communities less well served by mainstream provision and disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Additional information: Applications must address at least one of the eleven complex social issues.
  • Contact details: Telephone: 0370 411 1223. Email: enquiries@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk Website: www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/we-fund/racial-equity?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RE_2021


Lloyds Bank Foundation Renew Fund

  • Apply any time
  • Size of grant available: Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 providing organisations with greater flexibility over how they use their resources alongside development support from local Regional Managers to help build organisational capacity and improve resilience and sustainability.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support people aged 17+ overcome complex social issues (local Dudley borough priorities are mental health and domestic/sexual abuse) helping them on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic, targeted and person-centred support.
  • Additional information: Only small/medium-sized local registered charities running for at least one year with annual income £25,000-£1M can apply so they can recover and renew beyond the immediate crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0370 411 1223. Email: enquiries@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk Website: www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/we-fund


Magdalen Hospital Trust

  • Remaining 2021 application periods are 1st-31st August and 1st-30th November for trustee meetings in September and December.
  • Size of grant available: £500-£2,000 for projects that provide training for work and personal development, clubs/play schemes, safeguarding education, mental health support/counselling and emergency care.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support work with vulnerable children and young adults especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation.
  • Additional information: Only small local (not national) registered charities with income below £150,000 per annum can apply and during 2021 trustees will consider applications for either new or existing projects responding directly to the needs of young people during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Contact details: Telephone 01926 852832. Email: correspondent@magdalentrust.org.uk Website: www.magdalentrust.org.uk


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 Art Collections Fund Reimagine grants

  • Apply by 5th July (round 1), 23rd August (round 2) or 4th October (round 3) 2021 for decisions 20th August, 15th October and 26th November (small grants)/10th September, 29th October and 10th December (large grants).
  • Size of grant available: Project grants £5,000-£50,000 (small grants £5,000-£15,000 and large grants £15,000-£50,000) helping organisations reimagine their activities following the Coronavirus pandemic supporting them to build expertise, capacity and connections.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Reimagine grants are designed to inspire creativity/increase stability for projects that enable experimentation and meaningful engagement with diverse audiences resulting in greater expertise.
  • Additional information: Will only support projects that address at least one of their priority areas i.e. collections at exhibitions or galleries, digital earning income through online activities/services, engagement understanding current audiences/reaching new ones and workforce attending to health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7225 4822. Email: programmes@artfund.org Website: www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/reimagine-grants


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 opening 28th June 2021.
  • Size of grant available: Microgrants £300-£2,500 from a £4M fund (£2M available in each round) supporting work that reduces loneliness helping charities and community groups build connections across their communities bringing people/communities together in safe and secure ways.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects focused on remote activities that build connections benefitting people who are geographically isolated affected by illness/disability helping them move away from the lockdown mentality and meet people in their communities again.
  • Additional information: Only small local organisations working to reduce loneliness so they can restart their activities safely 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 (up to 5 years) so that organisations continue to deliver activities by responding to the immediate crisis in communities helping recovery or changing/adapting activities so that they become more resilient to respond to new/future challenges.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support people and communities 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


Nationwide Foundation Community Grant

  • Apply by 21st June 2021 for regional Community Board meetings 11th October-26th November with decisions due by 1st December.
  • Size of grant available: £4M fund providing grants £10,000-£50,000 to local organisations making positive changes in original/creative ways in their local areas running projects that will last up to 2 years supporting approximately 1 in 4 applications in each region (applicants in West Midlands are located in the Central region).
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support charities recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic helping vulnerable people in housing need so they have a place fit to call home demonstrating impact in the local community challenging the housing crisis.
  • Additional information: Only registered charities/charitable incorporated organisations with minimum average annual income over three years of £25,000 can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone: 01793 655113. Email: NationwideCommunityGrants@nationwide.co.uk Website: www.nationwidecommunitygrants.co.uk


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 emerging, new and existing community businesses in deprived areas so they can test new ideas or implement new services.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Support new start-up/established community businesses providing services/activities helping local people experiencing disproportionate challenges/difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic so that they can respond to the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Additional information: There is a particular interest in working with Black, Asian and ethnically diverse individuals and community business leaders. This fund is being delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder UK, see website www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/community-business-crowdmatch.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 3857 7270. Email: info@powertochange.org.uk Website: www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-crowdmatch


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


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


Severn Trent Water Coronavirus support

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: £2,000-£10,000 supporting organisations dealing with increased demand for their core services and/or have struggled financially through the Coronavirus pandemic and need a helping hand to recover.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support organisations focused on improving community wellbeing helping people lead a happy/healthy life and gain new skills, that provide spaces for communities to live in and use and look after/give people better access to the natural environment.
  • Additional information: Only organisations with annual income up to £250,000 located in the Severn Trent region with beneficiaries that are Severn Trent customers can apply.
  • Contact details: Telephone 07703 718140. Email: communityfund@severntrent.co.uk Website: www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/coronavirus-support


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.
  • Size of grant available: £15M fund providing small grants £300-£10,000 (up to six months).
  • 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 communities, people on low income/with long-term health conditions, disabled people and individuals experiencing a greater burden of care/adults aged 16-34 or 70+ in communities most severely impacted by Coronavirus.
  • Contact details: Telephone 03458 508 508. Email: smallgrants@sportengland.org Website: www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-small-grants


Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK COVID–19 Emergency Fund

  • Apply any time.
  • Size of grant available: Up to £1,000 for small/medium sized organisations with annual income below £500,000 in a critical position struggling to manage the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic due to increased demand for their services/loss of income.
  • Aims and outcomes of funder: Education relating to non-domestic animals; visual/performing arts; medical research; relief of disability or severe illness; accommodation of people in need.
  • Contact details: Telephone 020 7821 8211. Email: waddilove@pwwsolicitors.co.uk Website: www.pwwsolicitors.co.uk/charity-grants/13-the-sylvia-waddilove-foundation-uk


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 (funds to be spent within six months).
  • Size of grant available: £1,000-£5,000 for work with people who have long-term health conditions to get active welcoming applications from organisations working with lower socio-economic groups, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and disabled people.
  • 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


W Wing Yip and Brothers Foundation

  • Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Foundation has suspended its day to day operations and are not accepting new grant applications related to their usual funding themes at this time however they will consider emergency grants related to Covid-19.
  • Size of grant available: 2019/20 average grant £4,375.
  • Aims/outcomes of funder: Support local communities near to their superstores that promote education, help to relieve poverty/sickness and address community welfare.
  • Additional information: Support organisations operating within 25 miles of their stores located in Birmingham, Manchester, Croydon and Cricklewood.
  • Contact details: Telephone 0121 327 6618. Email: foundation@wingyip.com Website: www.wingyip.com/supporting-our-communities/wing-yip-foundation


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

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