What funders are doing during COVID-19:

A reminder that over 200 funders have signed a pledge to support charities they fund flexibly. They recognise activities may change, targets and deadlines may be missed, and funds may need to be used differently. They promise to be reasonable. We recommend you contact your funding officer to let them know what you need to do, at a time that is right for you. You can read more here.  

Some specific funder information:

  • National Lottery Community Fund: Funding appears to currently be prioritising projects which support those adversely impacted by COVID-19, but there are multiple funding programmes available. You can find more information about funding during COVID-19 here.
  • Garfield Weston Foundation: Fast tracking decision making and reordering applications to focus on activities providing immediate COVID-19 relief, read the latest guidance here. Their regular funding programmes are also open to applications.
  • Henry Smith Charity: continuing to assess applications and awarding new grants.
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: Small Grants programme has now reopened with a focus on community support and our Major Grants programme has reopened with a focus on family support.  They will no longer fund capital projects. You can find more information about the grants available here.

COVID-19 Funds

  • Arts Council: further funding for the Culture Recovery Fund was announced recently; £300 million in grants and £100 million in repayable finance will be made available to support organisations’ transition back to usual operating mode from April 2021. Round Two of Repayable Finance Funding is now open here with a deadline of 7th January 2021 at 12PM, and we will update this page when further details are announced about the next round of grant funding.
  • Sport England: Multiple grants available including specific COVID-19 related funding. Find out more about the funding options they have available here.
  • Charities Aid Foundation: Their CAF Resilience Fund is now closed to applications, but they have a great resource with other COVID-19 related funding options here.
  • Leathersellers: fast track application process for small grants of £3,000. Targeting work which supports the homeless, victims of domestic violence, food and essential supplies and nursing care of vulnerable patients.
  • Standard Life Foundation: funding available for work directly addressing specific challenges such as financial problems for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. Grants will range from £10,000 to £200k. Their next funding deadline is 4th February 2021 at 1PM.
  • Cadent Foundation: not COVID-19 specific, but grants of up to £100,000 for projects that have a positive impact to people, the environment and communities. Only funds organisations based in the North West, East of England, North London and West Midlands.