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: http://www.biglocalsw11.co.uk/

To Download the Application form go here:

If you have questions about this Fund please email to: info@biglocalsw11.co.uk

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Force For Change Programme

Grants are available for local projects in the UK that support Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme offers grant funding to charitable organisations, including community interest companies and local authorities, for local projects that support Armed Forces communities, particularly where they have been affected by the pandemic or where volunteer-run projects need some additional help.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year.

Eligible projects must fall under one of two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

There will be two rounds of funding:

  • Round 1 – closes on 11th September 2020
  • Round 2 – closes on 30th November 2020


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 Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 Fund

Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations across the UK to help them support their communities during and beyond the coronavirus crisis, building wellbeing, resilience and capacity. Various levels of funding, up to a value of £50,000, are available. Organisations with an annual turnover of more than £150,000 are unlikely to be funded.

The deadline for applications is the 30th October 2020.


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.


British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities.

The key objectives of the programme are:

·         Inspiring people to ride.
·         Connecting the community
·         Building a lasting legacy

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations located in England, including:

·         Clubs (existing and new).
·         Local authorities.
·         Community organisations.
·         Education establishments.
·         Charitable organisations.

Stage one application is due 15 January 2021

Stage two applications are by invitation only and full details will be provided at that time

Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to provide emergency relief in their communities during the Covid-19 crisis and also recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services.

Approximately 150 grants will be awarded and up to £4,000 is available per application. To be eligible organisations must have an annual turnover of under £250,000.

It is anticipated that the fund will be open until the end of 2020 but may close earlier.


Community Business Trade Up Programme

The Community Business Trade Up Programme is provided by Power to Change, an independent trust that supports community businesses in England, and administered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which helps people to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.

Organisations should be:

  • Locally rooted – ie existing to benefit the local neighbourhood, village or town.
  • Accountable to the local community – ie consulting and communicating with local people about what they do.
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community – ie wanting to increase their income from trading by at least £6,000 in the next year, with profits being re-invested to benefit the local community.
  • Making a broad community impact – ie engaging different groups of people from the local area.

For the 2021 programme, priority will be given to community businesses who meet any of these criteria:

  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led (over 51% BAME leadership in staff or Trustees/Directors).
  • Located in and giving support to BAME local communities.
  • Located in and giving support to very deprived or disadvantaged local communities.

A webinar will take place on 15 October 2020 (10:30 am)

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 2 December 2020

The online application form and guidance notes can be accessed by registering on the SSE website

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.


COVID-19 Digital Response Fund

A mix of direct grants and support from digital agencies are available to not-for-profit organisations in England whose work has been affected by COVID-19 for developing the digital capabilities that allow them to continue to deliver essential services.

Funding of between £5,000 and £60,000 is available.

There are different application deadlines for the two funding streams. Applications for the:

·    Development Programme must be submitted by 5pm on 20 September 2020.

  • A second application round will open on 26 October 2020.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Volant Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Response Fund

Registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises based and working in the UK (or abroad) may apply.  The organisation must demonstrate how it is directly involved with the alleviation of social deprivation and how it will support vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications must be received by 31 December 2020.


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.