Coronavirus weekly funding updates - 2-6 November

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 6 November

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers (Scotland)   

The Scottish Government’s £5 million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers and the Screen Scotland Hardship Fund(includes photographers)re-opens for applications at 12 moon Tuesday 10 NovemberThe Fund is designed to support creative freelancers working in the arts, creative and screen sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is being administered by Creative Scotland. Bursaries can be requested for any sum between £500 and £2,000 although requests for specific access need can be more than this. For more information please click here. 

Thursday 5 November

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland

The new £5.5 million Heritage Recovery Fund launched earlier this week in Northern Ireland. It will fund both individuals and organisations who have been affected by Covid – 19 and are involved in the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors. Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 are available for organisations and grants of £3,000 or £5,000 are available for individuals working in the sector. Applications must be submitted before noon on 27 November. For more information please click here.  

Wednesday 4 November

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) 

This fund is for UK social enterprises and charities with a minimum turnover of £400k who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model due to Covid – 19.  It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. The fund has already awarded £13 million to 35 organisations and has another £12 million still available. The deadline for applications has been extended to 13 November. For more information on the loans you can email Michelle Brister at [email protected]. 

Tuesday 3 November

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change Programme 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme has opened its second round of funding. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for local projects supporting Armed Force communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. The fund was designed to address the needs that have arisen as a result of the Covid -19 pandemic. The deadline for applications is noon on 30 November 2020. Find out more.

Monday 2 November

UK Community Foundations – Co-op grants

The Co-op has donated £1.5 million raised from the sale of its picnic range to the National Emergencies Trust. Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to charities and voluntary organisations for sustainable food poverty programmes. Visit the website of your local community foundation to apply. Further information and a list of community foundations currently accepting applications can be found here.


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