What funders are doing

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: all grants for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis, with an accelerated process wherever possible. Our understanding is that non-COVID-19 applications are likely to be put on hold for 6 months. Full statement here.
  • Garfield Weston Foundation: fast tracking decision making and reordering applications to focus on activities providing immediate relief. Full statement here.
  • Henry Smith Charity: continuing to assess applications and awarding new grants. Full statement here.
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: closed for applications of more than £7,500, whilst a new Director is appointed and the implications of COVID-19 are understood. Full statement here.
  • National Emergencies Trust: the Trust’s coronavirus appeal raised almost £11m in its first week. £2.5m will be allocated to 46 community foundations across the country. Individual foundations are expected to announce their funding plans shortly – find yours here.

COVID-19 Funds

  • Arts Council: £160 million of emergency funding available to support the cultural sector
  • Sport England: £20 million Community Emergency Fund to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. Any organisation delivering community sport and/or physical activity can apply. Most grants will be up to £10,000.
  • London Funders: the first wave of funding is for urgent needs, to cover costs being incurring right now. Grants will be up to £5,000.
  • Charities Aid Foundation: for charities with an income of less than £1 million, grants of up to £10,000 available. Decision and payments will be made within 14 days of applying.
  • 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 related the crisis, addressing specific challenges such as financial problems for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.
  • Cadent Foundation: not COVID-19 specific, but grants of up to £100,000 for project 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.