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: https://www.biglocalsw11.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Covid-19-Community-Support-Fund-Application-Form-Final-3.docx

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

London Community Response launched: Vital funding support offered to London’s civil society groups affected by COVID-19

Coordinated by London Funders, the London Community Response has launched. 

With a pot of over £5m – and with more offers of funding in the pipeline – funders have been coming together to create an easy to access process for organisations across the capital to receive emergency financial support.

The first wave of funding will be grants of up to £5k for food and essentials

This is in response to funders listening to the capital’s broad and diverse civil society groups about what is immediately required on the ground to keep services going. London Funders has worked with and has had ongoing conversations with a wide variety of sector groups, organisations and representative bodies throughout the past few weeks.

Follow the link above for guidance and an application form:


The National Community Lottery Fund (NCLF) has announced that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22 May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
Please go to the NCLF funding pages for further details and to apply – all on their website from 10am on Friday 22nd May.


The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (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. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS - see below) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

The RRLF is being run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m investment and support from Big Society Capital. SIB is the lender, and will work initially with three experienced social investor partners on delivery of the fund: Big Issue InvestCharity Bank, and Social and Sustainable Capital. Other delivery partners may be added in future.  See below for where to apply.

The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

For more information: https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund

Chancellor’s £750m Coronavirus Funding Package for UK Charities

The Chancellor announced on the 8th April that £360m will be directly allocated by Government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:

  •   Hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector.
  •   St John’s Ambulance
  •   Victims charities, including domestic abuse
  •   Vulnerable children charities
  •   Citizens Advice

£370m will be directed to small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, to support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial support.

The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational in the coming weeks.  


Charity Excellence

The Charity Excellence website https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/ has a free Covid19 database which is now live, giving access to 1000s of funders websites both for organisations and individuals. Sign-up is free. 
They will be adding this onto our website along with other funders we are notified about:

https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk charityexcellence@gmail.com 


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.



Resourcing Racial Justice Fund


Grants of up to £50,000 are available for frontline organisations, grassroots groups and community groups across the UK that are working redress the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and system racism on communities of colour.


Two levels of funding are available for organisations:


-          Emergency recovery: grants of between £5,000 and £30,000


-          Long-term structural change: grants of between £30,000 and £50,000


Funding is open to applications from the 18 May until 15 June 2020. 





Supporting Volunteering Small Grants


Team London is working with London Plus to offer grants of between £500 and £1,000 to support volunteering at a local level in London. Grants will support organisations to help cover volunteer expenses and extra volunteer related costs. Applications close on the 22 May 2020.





WRAP COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant Phase 2


Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to micro-to-small-sized operations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers and food manufacturers to those in need or those considered vulnerable. 


The deadline for applications is the 4 June 2020.




Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants


Grants of up to £3,000 are available to fund core costs of small to medium-sized charities in the UK working in the following areas: arts outreach, isolated children and young people, disability and disadvantaged women, and families, prisoners and ex-offenders, and community cohesion among minority groups.  The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.  UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000 can apply.

The deadline for applications is the 31 July 2020. 






Neighbourly Community Fund

Up to £400 is available for pre-existing members of Neighbourly whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill-health as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Visit the Neighbourly website for more information.

Heritage Emergency Fund launched to help sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak.  

Visit the Heritage Emergency Fund for more information.

 Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF)

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - you can apply for a grant from the CMHRF. £5m support from the Government (the Department of Health and Social Care) means that grants of £20,000 or £50,000 (minimum £5,000) are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.
On the behalf of mental health providers in England, Mind is administering the fund in partnership with the Mental Health Consortia (MHC), who represent the leading mental health organisations in England.


Aviva Community Fund

Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. 

In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19.

Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is 28 July 2020.




BBC Children in Need is launching a COVID-19 Response Programmes as follows:

  • The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
  • The COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8th June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.

Their purpose is to assist you to reach and continue to meet the needs of disadvantaged children and young people, including those young people impacted by hidden risks including poverty and abuse. BBC Children in Need appreciates that the crisis is developing rapidly and that accurately predicting how COVID-19 may impact your work will be challenging.  Your organisation may be reviewing its working practices, trying to source equipment and materials, finding new ways of working and adapting to address the current and emerging needs of children and young people. These grants aim to provide you with the funds to respond effectively and flexibly to these changes and continue to meet the needs of children and young people during this time.

More details on both of these funds will be made available on their website so please check regularly for updates.



Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: Tampon Tax Fund

Charities and organisations with charitable purposes from across the UK can now apply for funding of £1 million or more from the latest round of the UK government’s Tampon Tax Fund. The Fund allocates monies generated from the VAT on sanitary projects to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. Applications should focus on one of four categories: violence against women and girls, young women’s mental health, or the general programme.
Applications for this round of funding which include activities that seek to address the consequences of Covid-19 for disadvantaged women and girls are also welcome.
Grants may be for one- or two-year projects, and separate applications for more than one project may be submitted.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 May 2020.




The National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering part of the fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, un-constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant.
Details are available on the NSUN website.

You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website

 Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots now

Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by coronavirus outbreak. Examples of eligible expenditure include being active in local communities to help elderly or vulnerable people, minimising the impact of self-isolation and support food banks.

 Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund


Grants are available to a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the pandemic. The maximum grant available is £500. Applications can be made at any time but funds are expected to run out within three months.
Learn more about the Tesco Bags of Help programme.

 The Fore’s RAFT Fund - COVID-19 Response

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The Fore and its partners are providing grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises overcome the challenges posed by coronavirus. 

The Rapid Action by the Fore and Trusts Fund (‘‘RAFT’’) will provide grants for high- quality, well-managed small charities and social enterprises with great leadership doing vital work in their communities. Due to the nature of fundraising, most small charities operate on a hand to mouth basis with few reserves to sustain them through crisis times such as these.  RAFT is specifically looking to shore up and build resilience in high-impact small charities, giving them a better chance to continue their services and navigate through the crisis. 

RAFT now has over £1m in funding and opened to applications on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. The first grants will be announced on 6th May 2020. Applications to RAFT Fund will be accepted in tranches with the application portal opened and closed as funding is raised and distributed.

The Fore will initially be accepting 500 applications, with places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. They will open for additional applications when funding becomes available.

Apply now

 Morrisons Foundation – COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

Grants are available to support charities caring for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards of up to £10,000 are available and there is a total of £500,000 in the fund.

Visit Morrisons Foundation website for more information.

COOP Foundation #IWill Fund

A limited number of grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to deliver peer support and/or youth led advocacy projects to help young people up to the age of 20 experiencing bereavement. It is expected that five grants of up to £10,000 each will be awarded in this round. To be eligible applicants must be charities, social enterprises or voluntary groups working in one of the UK’s 30% most deprived areas.

The deadline for expressions of interest is the 31st July 2020.



Hope For The Young Emergency Fund

Small grants available to support young refugees and asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Up to £250 is available to groups assisting young asylum seekers or refugees (up to the age of 30) who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support as a result of coronavirus.




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.



Youth Music Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the National Foundation for Youth Music to help music-making organisations in England whose primary activity is inclusive music-making with children and young people that are affected by coronavirus.

Funding is primarily to support people and organisations who have been affected by the pandemic. Challenges with the fund could tackle include cash flow, maintaining services, adapting structures or continuing to support children and young people during the crisis. The fund will have six rounds, the last of which closes on Friday 22 May 2020.
For more details visit Youth Music Network website.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This fund is to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000.
Visit Sport England for more information.

 Heritage Emergency Fund launched to help sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000-£50,000 - open for applications to 30 June 2020.
Visit the Heritage Emergency Fund for more information.

 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.