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Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus emergency fund

Will help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. 
A link to the fund is here
This fund is currently paused, as applications to date have exceeded funding available. This will be reviewed as applications are processed.


Corona Virus Community Resilience Fund

Administered by Community Foundation Wales, this fund has been established to assist groups and organisations providing services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A link to the fund is here -


Creative Wales Fund - Now Fully Allocated

This will provide support for grassroots music venues to respond to immediate pressures (up to £25,000 per business), and additional support for the TV and publishing sectors to allow them to consider future opportunities. Examples will include working on new content ideas for TV and new digital experiences. 
Once available the fund will be found here


Development Bank of Wales

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales have announced the £100m Covid-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
A link to the relevant website is here


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 outbreak. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications until 30 June 2020.
A link to the fund is here


Sport Resilience Fund

This fund will be used to support sports clubs and partner networks which play a role in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings.
The fund will be led by Sport Wales and a link to the fund is here


WCVA Fast Track Loans

Loans will be tailored to each applicant’s individual needs in terms of amount, term and repayment profile. They start with a blank piece of paper – what do you need? What best suits you in terms or repayments? The application process is minimal and the majority of organisations being approved will see money in their bank accounts within 7 days of submitting a completed application (subject to prompt signature of documentation).  
The link to the application process is here


Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, businesses must have started up in the last four years and be run by someone aged 18 to 30. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and do not have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible to apply for a grant. 
A link to the application process is here


Third Sector Resilience Fund

This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income.  This is a Wales-wide support fund for those affected by COVID19 and specifically tailored for the voluntary sector, to complement the various other schemes already announced here and UK-wide.
Link to scheme here -


Voluntary Services Emergency Funding

The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time.  Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000.
A link to the scheme is here


The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales – Covid-19 Resilience Grants

The Federation have secured £325,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 Resilience grant scheme for Welsh museums and heritage attractions.
Find out more at  


COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.
Find out more at


The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package

Barclays have announced a new £100m package of funding, initially to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
The full announcement can be found at


Arts Council of Wales – Stabilisation Fund for Organisations

For arts organisations working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to Coronavirus. The fund opens for applications from Tuesday 21 April 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020.
Find out more at 


In This Together – Community Matters Fund

This £500k fund intends to support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within Western Power Distribution’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly people in vulnerable situations. Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support. Funding applications for local authorities, parish/town councils and charities are up to a maximum of £10,000. Community groups can apply for up to £1,000.
Further guidance can be found at  


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations.
Full details can be found at


The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500, £100,000 total is available in this first round of funding. The fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural businesses and rural communities.
Find out more at


Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund

Moondance Foundation have made additional funds available specifically to support organisations to continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.
Find out more at


Funding support for clubs during COVID-19

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.
More information on who can apply, how to apply is available here


The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants

Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.
Find out more at


The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Up to £5,000 is available to small and medium sized charities working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales. Applications can be submitted between 16 March and 28 April 2020, with grants for successful applicants being as soon as possible after the closing date.
Find out more at


Wooden Spoon Emergency Support

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, has pledged £200,000 to support small charities helping vulnerable children during the COVID-19 crisis.

The national charity with a strong local footprint will provide funds to children’s charities in communities across the UK and Ireland that are struggling to run essential services due a reduction in funding caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of the Wooden Spoon regional volunteer groups will receive £5,000 in funds generated through The Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2019 and funds raised by Wooden Spoon’s long-standing corporate supporter Rugbytots.

Charities eligible for the funding will provide essential services to vulnerable children and young people in local communities across the UK & Ireland and will not be supported by Government funding.
Find out more at:


Public sector support for charities

The Welsh Government have announced that small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector will receive a £10,000 business support grant. This will apply to properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below, and includes charity-run shops, sports premises and community centres.
Further information can be accessed here


Barclays Bank is making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19. The programme will focus on supporting charities which are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers. UK registered charities are invited to apply for a donation to support their relief work by the closing date of Friday 22 May, 2020.
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Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards Open for 2020

Giving up to £1m to charities through two funding phases. Phase 1 – 500 charities will each receive £1,000 and launches today.
A link is here . Phase 2 will be launching later this summer.


The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

As the UK deals with coronavirus, the Swimathon Foundation are aware that the swimming and aquatics community faces a very difficult time with the closure of swimming facilities across the UK. The Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (the “Fund”) has been established to offer grant funding for small organisations working in the swimming and aquatic community in the UK. Through grants made from the Fund, it wishes to support existing small swimming and aquatics organisations so that they may continue to operate in these especially difficult times.


Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund COVID 19 Impact Program

There is £6 million funding for the Armed Forces charities and Community Interest Companies who are delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community.  Grants of up to £60k (£125k in exceptional circumstances) are being awarded. Check out the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund website for full details and to apply.  Closing date 29 May 2020.
A link is here


Independent Age Grants Fund

Reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. The trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

The Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round we will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.
A link is here


Tampon Tax

The £15 million fund is intended for charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations across the UK with projects directly benefit disadvantaged women and girls, tackle violence and support their mental health and wellbeing.
A link to the fund is here


Funding for Domestic Abuse national services:

The Home Office has now published the guidance for a £2 million fund for domestic abuse services. The fund will be aimed at:

•         Organisations which provide a national service (i.e. covering all of England and/or Wales).
•         Organisations where the supported victims are very geographically dispersed over multiple Police and Crime Commissioner areas, and/or no one Police and Crime Commissioner area is the clear base for the majority of victims.
•         Umbrella or second tier organisations.
•         Organisations which do capacity building, or which support other organisations to support victims and survivors. This includes those supporting the police in their response to domestic abuse. It also includes those supporting local authorities or other statutory bodies.

Details can be found through this link


Domestic Abuse local services:

The Ministry of Justice have also launched a further part of the domestic abuse funding, involving:

•         £10 million for domestic abuse services which are already commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners; and
•         £5 million for domestic abuse services which are not currently commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners

Details can be found through this link


Sexual Abuse local services:

The Ministry of Justice has also now launched:

•         £5 million of funding for sexual violence services, covering organisations already commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners and those which are not currently commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners; and
•         A separate £5 million fund for organisations which are already funded through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund (RSF).

Details can be found through this link


National Lottery Fund

Are prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
A link to the Wales fund for project between £300 - £10,000 is here
A link to the Wales fund for projects over £10,000 is here


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds Bank Foundation has redesigned its funding programme to better meet the needs that charities are facing due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. Existing grant holders can apply for grants of £5,000 to £15,000, from the new £2 million COVID-19 React Fund. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 17 June 2020. New applicants who are meeting the needs of critically vulnerable people in their communities will be able to apply for funding once the Foundation launches a new grants programme later in the summer.
Further information can be found here


World Environment Day

To mark World Environment Day, the Welsh Government have opened applications to two new funds which will help people across Wales create places for nature in their own communities, once the nation looks to move beyond the current pandemic. These are:
•            The National Forest Community Woodland Grant Fund a link to which is here   
•            Local Places for Nature Capital Fund, to help communities and organisations fulfil their role in responding to the climate emergency.
A link to which is here


Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, and operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.
A link to the fund is here


Art Fund

The Art Fund is providing Respond and Reimagine grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.
Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available, and a link to the fund is here


NLCF’s Emerging Futures Fund – Short Application Window

This new fund from the National Lottery Community Fund aims to give communities and civil society organisations across the UK ‘the space, resource and additional expertise to step back [from COVID-19] and ask questions, imagine alternatives and gather to shape the emerging future’.
There is a total of £1 million for this fund over three to six months. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations that are based and working within the UK. The funding is for three different types of work:
•        Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling
•        Community foresight and public imagination
•        Investing in strong signals of transformation.
A link to the fund is here


Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme – Application window now open

The Home Office Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open to places of worship and associated faith community centres across England and Wales. 
Further details of the funding scheme and how to apply are provided via this link


Coastal Communities Fund Invites New Bids

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund aims to support the development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and the creation of jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities in their area.

It is anticipated that a total of £3.7 million will be awarded to successful projects, subject to final Crown Estate marine revenue income. Applicants can apply for individual grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 per organisation. This initial idea phase will be open from between 16 June 2020 until the deadline of noon on Friday 2 October 2020.  
A link to the fund is here


Social & Community Capital

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Social & Community Capital has launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund to provide some support for social enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

The funding aims to bridge the income gap so that organisations survive the crisis and continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Grants can be used to fund usual business activities or help to adapt their delivery model to coronavirus constraints. These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs. A total of £1 million is being made available with one-off unrestricted grants of between £5,000 and £50,000. The grant must not exceed 25% of the organisation's annual turnover or £50,000. Applications will be considered from organisations with the following legal structures: Community Interest Company (CIC), Company Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Unincorporated association, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Charitable Trusts, Registered Charity.
A link to the fund is here:


Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is now open for applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. To be eligible, applicants must:
•        Be helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK.
•        Be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need. This can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability. Projects should be environmentally friendly.
A link to the fund is here:


Football Foundation

Football clubs and organisations that manage their own building and have a minimum 12 months security of tenure can apply for grants from a new £2.19 million funding pot, allowing them to make necessary changes and modifications to their premises before reopening. Two types of funding will be available:
•        Protect - Grants of between £300 and £5,000 are available to protect clubs and community organisations that are at immediate financial risk and need support to cover such costs.
•        Prepare - Grants of between £300 and £50,000 are available to help prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to COVID-19.
A link to the fund is here -


Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

The one-off £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been set up by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust in response to their ongoing concern about the economic impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on the nation’s charities. The grant funding aims to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities with a beneficial area within the UK and an income of less than £5 million. Priority will be given to charities that deliver frontline services and activities in the areas prioritised by the Trust: health and wellbeing, welfare and education, arts and culture.

The funding is intended to support core costs of the charity in its usual work (though this may include revised ways of working due to coronavirus/COVID-19 and learnings during lockdown), it should not be for expansionary work or new projects. This may include salary costs of core staff being brought back from furlough (not project-related posts).

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available.
A link to the fund is here -


Sustainable Management Scheme - Supporting Natura 2000 Restoration

The Sustainable Management Scheme - Supporting Natura 2000 Restoration aims to support landscape-scale capital investment, delivering action to improve the condition of Natura 2000 sites around Wales by March 2021. Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. The scheme has been set up in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which the Welsh Government says has brought a spotlight on the value of nature and the importance of access to the natural environment to health and wellbeing.

The minimum grant will be £10,000 and the maximum will be £4 million. The Welsh Government expects the majority of bids to be in the range of £50,000 - £500,000, however, this does not preclude applications for smaller projects with a minimum value of £10,000 or large collaborative multiple projects in excess of £500,000.
A link to the fund is here -


Nationwide Building Society Community Grants – Applications Close 31 July

Nationwide Building Society is providing £4 million in funding in 2020 to help people find a home, prevent them from losing their home or help them to thrive at home. UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives wanting to make a difference in their local area can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The funding period is between one and two years. The grant can be used to fund a maximum of 25% of the organisation’s annual income. This means that if an organisation’s income is £100,000 a year, it can apply for a maximum grant of £25,000. For two-year projects this can be for each year. A combined income will be accepted for partnership projects.
A link to the site is here:


Lloyds Bank Foundation’s New COVID Recovery Fund Opens for Applications

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales launched a new £7.4 million COVID Recovery Fund on 3 August to support small and medium sized charities in England and Wales that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. The Fund will provide 140 charities with a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing. To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
Applications will open from 10am 3rd August 2020 and will close at 5pm 11th September 2020.
More information can be found here


People Postcode Lottery

Local charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £20,000. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. The grants are available through three different trusts, all of which are funded by our players. Each trust supports projects focused on specific themes:

•        People's Postcode Trust wants applications from projects aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and the prevention of poverty. More information can be found here
•        Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those with a focus on reducing isolation. More information can be found here
•        Postcode Local Trust provides funding to groups that are dedicated to improving outdoor space, in addition to increasing access to it. Groups working on flood prevention measures and looking to implement renewable energy strategies are also eligible to apply. More information can be found here

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications for Round 2 will be accepted from 4 August to 19 August 2020.



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