Coronavirus: weekly funding updates - 13-17 July

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.


Friday 17 July

The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund is working with Community Foundations to award emergency grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to community organisations from the Anglian Water region who are supporting people who are isolated, considered high risk and in need of practical support. This constitutes the first half of the £1 million fund and the second half will be available later in the year to meet the needs from the fallout from the pandemic. Requests for funding are made through Community Foundations either directly to the Positives Difference fund or through the Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Fund. More information on the fund and how to apply in each area can be found here.

The Youth Scotland Action Fund has been established to help volunteer run youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to Covid – 19. Priority is given to Youth Scotland members but other groups who meet the criteria can still apply. The maximum amount available is £500 for groups who have an annual turnover of under £200,000. There are no deadlines as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Find out more information here.

Thursday 16 July

UK Community Foundations has allocated £250,000 for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds. BAME- led infrastructure organisations can apply for between £5,000 to £20,000 to be used over a maximum of three months. Applications are considered weekly, on a rolling basis, and funds are to be awarded as quickly as possible.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) COVID–19 Emergency Food Surplus Grant has opened for Phase 2 of applications. The fund is for small not-for-profit organisations in England who redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Grants are available for between £5,000 and £15,000. The closing date is 28 August, but grants are being awarded on a ‘first come first served basis’. Find out more here.

Wednesday 15 July

The Art Fund have funding available through their Respond and reimagine grants. These grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to challenges connected to the Covid – 19 outbreak. Grants are available UK wide, from £10,000 up to £50,000. Round 2 of the funding is currently open and the deadline for applications is Monday 17th August. Alternatively, applications for Round 3 close on Monday 12th October.  For more information on how to apply please visit the Art Fund website.

MSD have launched a Covid – 19 Dedicated Grants Programme to support health charities and vulnerable populations around the UK. Grants are available up to £20,000 or 20% of the charity’s annual turnover (whichever is the lowest amount). The application deadline is 5pm on 31st July. Find out more here.

Tuesday 14 July

At the start of this week, The National Lottery Community Fund announced it is working alongside five expert partnerships to ensure almost £45 million of National Lottery funding reaches communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID–19. The five funds are:

· COVID -19 Social Enterprise Support Fund Partnership – £19.7 million of funding to provide grants to social enterprise organisations that are best place to support local, vulnerable communities in response to the Covid–19 crisis. Find out more here.

· COVID–19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme – £10 million of funding to support community led organisations in England. Particularly interested in funding BAME-led or BAME-supporting organisations. Find out more here.

· Barrow Cadbury Trust COVID–19 Support Fund – £5.15 million of funding specifically targeting small and medium sized voluntary sector groups supporting migrants and refugees.

· Community Justice Fund – £5 million of funding to support specialist social welfare advice organisations who provide advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis. Find out more here.

· COVID–19 Homelessness Response Fund – £5 million of funding to provide funding for small and medium sized homelessness charities to adapt their service delivery to respond to the crisis. Find out more here.

Monday 13 July

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation have partnered to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Not-for profit organisations in the UK will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020. Funding will be for project and organizational costs and will support between 12 and 18 months of delivery. In England projects can work with children and young people aged 10 to 24 and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland aged 10 to 18. Applications opened on Friday and close at 11.30am on Friday 31 July. Find out more here.

Housing Pathways have launched a COVID-19 Emergency Grant to help support registered charities in the Ealing and/or Brentford area who are directly responding to the impacts of COVID-19. Applications are welcomed up to £1,500. Find out more here.

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


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