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Funding options for third sector organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Here we set out some of the funding available for third sector organisations and charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information was correct as of 23rd April 2020. However the situation is changing fast. We will endeavour to make sure all information is kept as up to date as possible.

Here is a useful guide on navigating government support and relationships with funders.

Letter from Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden CBE MP, to Julian Knight MP, Chair DCMS Select Committee on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on the creative and charitable sectors.

Business Support

There is an eligibility checklist for Government-funded business support for coronavirus here (PDF, 44.9 KB).

National funding

The following includes funding for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland specifically.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

All the funding decisions made for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, the cash part of this funding will be accelerated as much as possible to get money to where it needs to be.

Find out more about National Lottery funding.

Comic Relief

Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or re-budgeting remaining funds.

Find out more about Comic Relief’s response.

National Lottery - Heritage Emergency Fund

A £50 million fund has been put together to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund - money raised by the National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need

Find out more about the Heritage Emergency Fund.

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital is planning to launch an emergency loan fund for the sector. Around £100m is expected to be available and more details are still to be announced.

Find out more about Big Society Capital Funding.

Local Giving

Martin Steers of the Community Radio Awards has been in conversation with the Local Giving donation platform. He’s arranged a 25% discount on the joining fee for any station joining in the next two months. So should be just over £70 reduced from £96 - link.

Local Giving are also keen to encourage stations to set up fundraising campaigns around COVID-19 but do not mind if participating stations are focused on developing their own sustainability.

Their COVID-19 fund can be found here:

An added bonus is GiftAid. Even if you’re not a charity, it doesn’t matter, Local Giving can claim it and pass some of it back to you.

Anyone interested should contact Martin at

Audio Content Fund

The coronavirus outbreak have been all-consuming for people in radio, working hard to keep stations on air and keep audiences informed about a rapidly changing situation. Because of this, the Audio Content Fund has decided to extend the March 2020 Funding Round so that it closes on 27 April - link.

The Audio Content Fund has announced a special funding round, for content that will support radio audiences during the coronavirus crisis.

The fund, financed by the UK Government, has made a minimum of £200,000 of its budget available for ideas that will improve the quality of listeners’ lives during restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

Free Crowdfunder fundraising

Crowdfunder is offering 100% free fundraising for small businesses to help mitigate the disruption of coronavirus.

Go to to find out more.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF)

EFF are currently concentrating on supporting the organisations they already fund.

Find out more about Esmee Fairbairn Foundation funding.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET)

NET has launched a Coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations.

Find out more about National Emergencies Trust funding.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Find out more about CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.

Find out more about Standard Life Foundation funding.

John Lewis and Waitrose £1m fund

The partnership has launched a £1m community support fund. Waitrose stores will have these funds to support their local area based on the needs of the community.

Find out more about John Lewis and Waitrose funding.

The Indigo Trust

The Indigo Trust is making £2.5m available through emergency grants to help charities respond to the coronavirus emergency. The trust responded to an initiative from charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), which has published guidance for philanthropists on how to best support charities through to the crisis.

Find out more about Indigo Trust funding.

Steve Morgan Foundation

Housebuilder Redrow’s founder Steve Morgan has also pledged £1m a week to charity, joining the list of celebrities and business people offering their support.

Find out more about Steven Morgan Foundation funding.

Cadent Foundation

Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent, opens for applications from 23 March to 31 May.

It committed £240,000 to the Trussell Trust last week to help food banks respond to challenges presented by Covid-19.

Find out more about Cadent Foundation funding.

Youth Futures Foundation

The Foundation’s rolling grants programme is now live. The new fund will be distributed to organisations across England that have a promising track record of supporting young people (aged 14-24) who face barriers to accessing employment. The Foundation is also calling for government to unlock an emergency support package for charities and social enterprises working with children and young people

Find out more about Youth Futures Foundation funding.

Nations & Regions funding

Funders in England

Arts Council England

An emergency funding package and support for funded organisations and individuals has been announced.

Find out more about Arts Council funding.

Power to Change

Power to Change have paused their current programmes for community businesses in order to turn their attention and funding towards the support and advice the sector needs now.

Find out more about Power to Change funding and support.

London Community Response Fund

London’s City Hall and City Bridge Trust have each contributed £1m to a fund for London charities affected by coronavirus. Full details of the new emergency support fund and how to apply will be published next week.

Find out more about London Community Response Fund.

Champions for Children match-funding campaign (London)

The Childhood Trust is launching the Champions for Children match-funding campaign to raise unrestricted funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

Find out more about the Champions for Children match-fund.

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland have launched the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. Grants will be given to local charities and community organisations across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland in two stages: response, then recovery.

Find out more about Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland funding.

County Durham Covid-19 Response Fund (County Durham, Darlington & Tees Valley)

Emergency funding to deal with issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will be to directly support work in the community, and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

Find out more about County Durham Covid-19 Response Fund.

Newcastle Round Table (Tyneside)

Newcastle Round Table have launched a funding process offering up to £2,000 to local charities directly helping with the COVID19 response in Tyneside.

Find out more about Newcastle Round Table funding.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commission Coronavirus Response Fund

The Commissioner has brought forward the annual £200,000 community fund as a new project designed to help local charities and community groups to continue their vital work. With immediate effect (announced March 30th), applications are open for grants of up to £5,000 to help sustain the delivery of crucial community projects that have been impacted by the current global health crisis.

Find out more about the Northumbria Police and Crime Commission Coronavirus Response Fund.

Scottish and Northern Irish funders

A summary of how Scottish funders have responded can be found here.

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

Foundation Scotland offers a diverse range of funding programmes for organisations working to benefit a range of communities across Scotland.

The Scottish government has released £350m to allay the impact of the virus, including £20m to a third sector resilience fund. This is to help third sector organisations with immediate cash flow problems.

A Covid-19 community fund has been set up in Northern Ireland.

We will endeavour to keep these pages updated as and when guidance and information changes.

fundraising.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/29 11:16 by cma_admin