Corona Virus Response Funding

 On this page you will find funding opportunities for the voluntary sector response to Coronavirus.

Big Local SW11 Alliance 
Covid-19 Battersea Community Support Fund

The Big Local SW11 Alliance community partnership is launching a fund directed at supporting local groups and organisations in Battersea in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund will enable groups to better support and protect local volunteers; provide services and supplies to the most vulnerable and those that may not be in touch with other agencies or statutory services. We aim to invite others to contribute to the fund.

Access to the fund had been made as simple as possible by email.

A BLSW11 Alliance panel will decide applications on a case-by-case basis.

This community partnership aims to work alongside other organisations delivering Covid-19 support in Battersea.

Further Details

The Big Local SW11 Alliance is a community partnership of Big Local SW11, Katherine Low Settlement, Caius House, Carney’s Community, Providence House and St Peters Church

For more information on Big Local and the Alliance go here:

To Download the Application form go here:

If you have questions about this Fund please email to:

Affordable Homes Programme
The Affordable Homes Programme provides grant funding to support the capital costs of developing affordable housing for rent or sale. As the Government’s housing accelerator, Homes England will be making available £7.39 billion from April 2021 to deliver up to 130,000 affordable homes by March 2026 – outside of London.
Partners looking to develop affordable housing in London can find more information on the Greater London Authority’s website.

The Greater London Authority has been offered £4 billion and negotiations about what they will deliver with this funding are in progress.

Councils, housing associations and private providers from England (outside London) can start preparing their bids.
The scheme will open by the end of 2020.



Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots Support Now
Grants are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.  The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health.  The Foundation are currently prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants of up to £500 are available.

Organisations and individuals serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak in the UK may apply.

Applications can be submitted at any time via Alpkit Foundation’s online form, which can be found on their website.


Asda Foundation – Covid-19 Healthy Holiday Grants

Grants are available to support charitable groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure vulnerable children are provided with a hot meal.

Grants of up to £500 are available per group to provide vulnerable children with nutritious meals during the summer holidays. Applications are made via the group’s local Asda Store’s Community Champion and a total of £1,125 can be awarded per store. 

Asda Foundation – Covid-19 Hygiene Grants

Grants are available for care homes, hospices and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current crisis.

Grants of up to £500 are available and applications are made via the group’s local Asda Store’s Community Champion. 

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund

Grants for BAME-led organisations to help more BAME organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus funding.

The UK Community Foundation has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis. The funding I intended to support BAME-led groups that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 is available. Up to 20% of costs can be covered.,6Y2AZ,CFOVZ1,RXXTZ,1

City Bridge Trust – Small Grants

Grants are available to small not-for-profit organisations in London for project that improve the local environment or enable disabled and/or older people to participate in arts, sport and health and wellbeing activities. 

The Small Grants programme is part of the City Bridge Trust's ‘Bridging Divides’ grants programme. The Trust aims to distribute around £100 million (£20 million a year) through three different grants schemes over a five-year period (2018-2023) to tackle inequality across London.

The three grants schemes are:

  • City Bridge Trust - Connecting the Capital
  • City Bridge Trust - Positive Transitions .
  • City Bridge Trust - Advice and Support .

The Small Grants programme is part of the Connecting the Capital scheme.

The following organisations that work for the benefit of people who live in Greater London can apply:

  • Registered charity.
  • Registered community interest company.
  • Registered charitable incorporated organisation.
  • Charitable company.
  • Exempt or excepted charity.
  • Registered charitable industrial and provident society or charitable cooperative (Bencom).

Organisations must have an income of less than £100,000 to be eligible.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Emergency grants are available for small to medium-sized charities and social enterprise organisations in England to help them continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Three kinds of grants are available:

·         Grants from £300 to £10,000.

·         Grants from £10,000 to £100,000.

·         Grants for organisations working in partnership, from £10,000 to £100,000.

The funding is to cover an organisation's spending for up to six months after the award has been granted. Larger awards or longer timeframes will be considered particularly for organisations working across more than one area of England. This will be on a case-by-case basis.

Although the Government allocation of funding is now closed to new applications, groups can still apply for National Lottery funded grants to help their community through COVID-19.

Applications will be assessed in the order in which they are received. There are no application deadlines.

Crisis Response Grants

If you are responding to the immediate needs of Londoners affected by the current crisis, London Funders is considering applications for funding to help cover your costs to enable you to support communities effectively. They are particularly keen to hear from organisations who are looking to:

  • buy food and essentials for people in need of support,
  • provide access to services,
  • make immediate changes to existing services,
  • purchase equipment to enable people to work remotely,
  • respond to new needs quickly,
  • meet increased costs of providing services,
  • ensuring all groups can access services.

Dorothy Hay-Bolton Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations carrying out activities for young people and older people with sensory disabilities in the UK.

The grant is intended to support registered charities that work with people with sensory disabilities.

In particular, the programme wishes to fund projects for the benefit of children and young people and older people.

Grants are made between the values of £1,000 and £3,000.

Groups should write to the Trust for further information on how to apply:


Elton John AIDS Foundation – Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Grants are available for community-based organisations addressing the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on HIV response efforts for key population communities. Emergency grants of up to £11,600 are available. Local community-based organisations working with people living with and affected by HIV are eligible to apply.

Applications are now open with no specified deadline.

Emergency Essentials Programme

Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the needs of children in the UK who living in severe poverty, suffering deprivation as a result and who are facing additional social issue.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. This Fund is administered by Family Fund Business Services.

This programme provides items for the most basic needs of vulnerable children and young people who may be:

  • Living in severe poverty and suffering deprivation as a result.
  • Affected by additional social issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, estrangement, disability or serious illness, mental health or behavioural difficulties, abuse or neglect.

The support is for the following:

  • Children aged under 18 years who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • Where the child or young person's family do not have access to support and have insufficient resources to meet their needs.
  • Where a child or young person's family are experiencing poverty or destitution or are in receipt of a means tested benefits.
  • Where vulnerable low income families have been affected by the recent severe floods.

Applications should be made online at the Family Fund Business Services website. Applications can also be made by post, in exceptional circumstances.

Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation

Grants are available for charitable organisations in the UK working with individuals suffering from poverty and hardship.  Applicants should provide details of funding which has already been sought and secured from alternative sources.

Charitable organisations and local authorities can apply on behalf of individuals in need.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered by the trustees at bi-monthly meetings.  Applications should be made in writing and submitted either by post or email.  Organisations should contact The Heinz, Anna and Carol Kroch Foundation for further information.

 Hope for the Young – COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Small grants to support young refugees and asylum seekers during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the growing impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, they have launched an emergency relief fund to support young asylum-seekers and refugees during the pandemic.

The objectives of the scheme are to support the immediate health and well-being of young asylum seekers and refugees during the pandemic, and to help to relieve destitution and poverty in general.

Grants of up to £250 are available.

Groups assisting young asylum seekers or refugees (aged 16-38), based in the UK, who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply.

The Fund has reopened for a second round. Applications can be submitted at any time as long as funds are available.

LGBT+ Futures Fund

Grants are available for non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two levels of funding are available:

-          small grants of up to £5,000

-          main grants of between £5,001 and £15,000.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. There are no deadlines.

London Community Foundation

Grants are provided by the London Community Foundation’s private and public donors to support a wide variety of community projects in London.  The London Community Foundation helps fund and support a huge range of activities that help to improve the lives of London’s most disadvantaged. Child poverty, unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence and gang crime are just some of the issues the Foundation are tackling through its grant making.

Applications are typically accepted from constituted charities and community groups based in London. The Foundation specialises in funding smaller organisations that do not attract mass public support.

Applications open and close at different times. Applicants are advised to check the organisation’s website for information on opening and closing dates.


National Lottery Awards for all England

The National Lottery are awarding grants of between £300 and £10,000 to groups carrying out activities to support those affected by the coronavirus crisis. These emergency grants are intended to cover up to six months expenditure. 

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) – COVID-19 Fund

Grants are available to user-led organisations and small unconstituted community groups in England for activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Most grants will be for up to £1,000. Examples of eligible groups include peer support groups, mutual aid groups and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs). 

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund 

THE RRLF is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. The RRLF is run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m. SIB is the lender. RRLF is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted. A loan may help with this, providing working capital until normal business can commence again. Loans of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available.

Sport England Return to Play – Community Asset Fund

Capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund is divided into three strands.


  • Sport England Return to Play - Small Grants Programme – A total of £10 million with grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment. Small grants are intended to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume in autumn 2020.
  • Community Asset Fund – A total of £5 million with grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
  • Active Together – A total of £1.5 million is a crowdfunding initiative to help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Further details are available on the Crowdfunder website

Applications are accepted from:

  • Not-for-profit voluntary groups or sports clubs
  • Not-for-profit community clubs or organisations.
  • Registered charities.
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Community interest companies or other social enterprises.
  • Leisure operators, operating a single site.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.

Sport England aims to provide a decision within three weeks of receipt of application.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme

Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations with capital improvement projects for local community greenspaces. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, grans will be awarded as follows:

  • First place – up to £2,000
  • Second place – up to £1,000
  • Third place – up to £500

 Theatre Reopening Fund

Grants are available to help UK not-for-profit theatres to make coronavirus/COVID-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

·         Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

·         Demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year.

·         Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a rolling basis. The Trust aims to make decisions on applications within four weeks.

Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the Trust to discuss the project/work before applying. Following this initial discussion, applicants should complete the application form available to download from the Trust's website. This must be submitted by email.


UK Community Foundations

The broad purpose of UK Community Foundations is to promote and support local charitable and community activity.  This is achieved through managing donor funds, building endowments and making grants to charities and community groups.  Community foundations are created by and for local people.

Grants for projects in all sectors of the local community. Each foundation has its own character appropriate to the location and grants may be made to a wide range of activities including: health; children and young people; arts and culture; the environment; services.

All UK Community Foundations members subscribe to common interests and share a vision about community-based philanthropy.  Community foundations can meet all areas of community need, examples of which are as follows:

·         Arts and culture.
·         Education.
·         Environment.
·         Health.
·         Community development.
·         Children and young people.
·         Older people.
·         Employment and training.

Wandsworth COVID-19 Direct Relief Fund 

Managed by the Wandsworth Food Partnership, funding is available to provide aid to Wandsworth borough residents who may be struggling to obtain essential items.

The fund will be used to reimburse volunteers who will purchase and deliver basic items for the most vulnerable. 

Advice and information for voluntary and community sector organisations


A comprehensive guide being updated regularly, which includes sections on:

  • How to protect staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Whether to cancel events and activities
  • How to support beneficiaries and service users, including those who are vulnerable or facing discrimination
  • How to manage finances, planning and insurance
  • Contingency planning

The Small Charities Coalition

Information, guidance and resources for small charities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Co-operatives UK

A guide to HR issues during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Federation of Small Business

Aimed at small businesses, but also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.

It includes sections on:

  • If you have to close your organisation
  • Business insurance
  • Advice for employers
  • Measures for the workplace

Charity Comms

Templates and information on communications including 'crisis communications'.

The Charity Commission

Information answering frequently asked questions of the Commission on charity governance and staffing during the Coronavirus outbreak.