Coronavirus weekly funding updates - 12-16 October

As we receive updates from our research team in Liverpool, we'll post weekly updates to coronavirus funding programmes and more to help you (remember - don't forget to share!)

No time to read 50-page government policy documents? Don’t worry – we’ve done it so you don’t have to. Check out our short summary of the UK Government’s Our Plan to Rebuild policy paper on ending the social lockdown – wherein we summarise the key points, outline current timings, and raise issues for charity staff and trustees to consider (which, let’s face it, you won’t get in the version). View our summary here.

Thursday 15 October

Cultural Recovery Fund Freelancer Grants (phase 2)

The Welsh Government announced that its Cultural Recovery Fund will be offering grants of £2,500 to creative freelancers working in the sub sectors of arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, and culture and heritage. The fund aims to support creative freelancers facing financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak until March 2021. The funding will be delivered by local authorities in Wales. Phase 2 the fund will open for applications on Monday 19 October at 10am.

Find more information in the guidance document and eligibility checker.

Wednesday 14 October

Voice4Change England: Covid-19 Grants Programme

Applications to the Voice4Change Covid-19 Grants Programme open today (14 October) at 4pm. The grants programme is for Black, Asian and Minority (BAME) led community groups and organisations in England, working primarily with BAME communities, with an annual income of less than £200,000. In exceptional cases, organisations with larger incomes will be considered, so all BAME community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply. All grant awards will be in the region of £5,000 to £10,000.

According to the website, the programme will support organisations that deliver the following services:

  1. Covid-19 services. Groups can also apply for help with current costs if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  2. Mental health services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by Covid-19
  3. Sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of Covid-19

Funds for this programme have been provided by NET, Comic Relief, MIND and Sports England.

Find out more here.

Tuesday 13 October

Bristol City Funds: BCH Health and Wellbeing Grant 

Bristol City Funds has opened applications to its Bristol Community Health and Wellbeing Fund. The fund will provide grants of up to £20,000 to Bristol-based charities, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that provide health and wellbeing services. Funding can be provided for a maximum of two years to either transform and strengthen the local organisation itself, or support the delivery of activities that will positively impact local people, including support during the crisis. The application deadline is 11am on 9 November 2020. Find out more here.

Monday 12 October

African Health Policy Network

Funding is available to small BAME led organisations providing support to people in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three levels of grant are available from £500 to £10,000. Funding can support core costs, capital costs and project/engagement activities. The application deadline is midnight on 30 October 2020. Find out more here.


For information on 8,000 sources of funding giving a total of £8 billion, take a look at Funds Online.