COVID-19: Funding Round-Up

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social distancing advice has had an unprecedented impact across all sectors and industries.

We have collated a selection of new funds that have arisen to support practitioners, businesses and organisations through this extremely difficult time.

Last updated 19/05/20. If you know of other relevant funds or grants please let us know by contacting us.

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Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund
Government funding for small to medium homeless and rough sleeping charities and CICs. Deadline May 27th

Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund
The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. The fund will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000. Deadline May 29th.

Youth Endowment Fund
New £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. Wide eligibility: charities, public sector and for-profit companies. Deadline June 3rd.

Covid-19 Impact Programme
The Covid-19 Impact Programme will ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadline May 29th.

Covid-19 Explore Fund
€1 million fund for conservation groups and outdoor companies and charities. Deadline May 22nd.

Aviva Community Fund
£50,000 grants for small charities. Deadline July 28th.

National Lottery Reaching Communities (COVID-19)
Focusing on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and support with running costs for organisations that have been financially impacted.

Tampon Tax Fund
Funding for projects and activities that seek to address the consequences of COVID-19 for disadvantaged women and girls. Deadline 31st May.

Essex Community Foundation Emergency Grants
The purpose of the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running.

Food Charities Grant Fund
Up to £100,000 for charities helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Deadline July 6th.

Power Partners Funding to Combat Fuel Poverty During Coronavirus
UK Power Networks funding (£2-20,000) for charities or community groups to combat fuel poverty during the coronavirus. 

Childs Charitable Trust
Emergency Funding Application for charities affected by the pandemic.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (large grants)
Projects grants of £20,000 or £50,000 for voluntary and community sector organisations that provide mental health services

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (small grants)
Grants of up to £1,000 for user-led organisations and community groups that provide peer support, community action or mutual aid activities

Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package
Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme
Programme that supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust
Early Years Preventative Work Fund – for charities impacted by coronavirus that work with children 0-3yrs.

COVID-19: Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme
Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant
Grant to assist not-for-profit surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food to distribute to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
This fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
*Update 28/04 – Currently paused but expected to re-open*

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
This fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

The Leathersellers’ Company Small Grants Programme
Small one-off grants of up to £3000 for small charities providing services to the most vulnerable members of the community.

Crisis: Emergency Grants Fund
Emergency grants for organisations that meet the needs of homeless people.

Youth Music Emergency Fund
New Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus.

Sport England: Community Emergency Fund
This new £20million fund aims 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.

Standard Life Foundation
Funding for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.

Creative Industries

Help Musicians Fusion Fund
Offers £2,000–£5,000 for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative cross-sector research and development. Deadlines: June 1st, Sept 14th.

Women Make Music
The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music. Deadlines: June 8th, Oct 5th.

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
Grants of £1,500-£2,500 for artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of Covid-19 – weekly decisions until June 16th.

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency short-term relief to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.

The Royal Variety Charity
Nationwide Grant Scheme. Assistance for those affected by COVID-19.

Actors’ Benevolent Fund
support for actors and stage managers unable to work owing to illness, injury or old age.

Arts Council England Emergency Funding
Advice and latest guidance for the creative sector incl. £160million rescue package for creative practitioners and arts organisations.

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief
Spotify will match donations to a series of music industry bodies that provide financial support to musicians (such as Help Musicians, above)

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have set up a new fund with a £1m donation from Netflix. It will provide emergency short-term relief to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK

Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust Grant
Grants for the families of those working in the fashion or textile industries who have been financially affected by coronavirus

The Authors’ Emergency Fund
Emergency funding for authors affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis.

MAD Trust Hardship Fund: Coronavirus
Up to £200 to meet unexpected expenses leading to hardship (for theatre practitioners)

ACE: Outdoor Arts Sector Support Fund
Fund to support freelance and self-employed individuals working in the Outdoor Arts sector that are not eligible for other funds; including street arts, carnival, street dance, mela and the outdoor festival context

a-n Artist Support
a-n is distributing £300k of ACE funding to artists and arts organisers who work in a self-employed capacity to support the production of exhibitions and art work, and who have lost work due to coronavirus Covid-19

Business and Enterprise

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Scheme
Up to £40 million of funding has been allocated to support businesses in collaborating with an academic or research organisation and a graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The scheme enables businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. Deadline for current round 16th July 2020.

Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
£1million fund to help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets.

Coronavirus Future Fund
Large government backed loans for innovative companies (eg life sciences, R&D) that are facing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. Launches in May.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

The Prince’s Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund
A £5million fund to help young entrepreneurs across the UK to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

Facebook Small Business Grant Programme
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

COVID-19: Support for Businesses
Support and guidance from the UK Government for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
A list of accredited lenders from British Business Bank.


Historic England Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund
Grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills.

National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 


Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers
The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government to apply for Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIV) that can be used to pay for its experts to act as consultants to address specific problems or help organisations collect and use data more effectively.