COVID-19 Funding

This is a collated list of funding that has become available due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to update this list regularly.


National Lottery Community Fund 

They’re prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding available for under and over £10,000.


Sports England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards are between £300 and £10,000.


Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.


Alpkit – Grassroots Support Now

Welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by Coronavirus, across the country. For example, being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people; minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care.


Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme

Deadline: Ongoing Weekly

The Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund will support:

• Organisations specifically impacted with the current COVID-19 situation (for organisational support such as running costs)

• Eligible organisations impacted by COVID-19 and those supporting direct beneficiaries will be prioritised (such as homeless, refuges, hospices, food banks and support for vulnerable and isolated)

• Funding will support three main strands of support including current organisational delivery services that have been disrupted, new services, or increased demand for current services

• Organisations apply for a £500 single payment and applications will be allocated to each Tesco region in the usual manner

• Organisations can apply once, however, the same organisation is eligible to apply in more than one Tesco region (London borough)


NCVO’s funding central site is currently free for non-members

These websites have regularly updated lists of Emergency funding available for the charity sector:


National Emergency Trust

The trust was set up last year as a domestic version of the Disaster Emergency Committee. The appeal is raising funds for local charities to help support communities.

The National Emergency Trust is releasing the funds for London’s charities through The London Community Foundation. They support small charities and groups who help those in need in their communities.
The first phase of donations raised will provide emergency funding to charities and community groups supporting those people most vulnerable due to COVID19. This means small grants that can meet immediate needs of charities and community groups, like purchasing of equipment, computers and mobiles, so they can respond to demand differently. Check to see if you are eligible here


Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust

The London Community Foundation has funding available through the Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust to support small grassroots organisations based and working in the boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames.

Groups must have an annual income of less than £50,000. Grants of up to £1,000 are available but the majority of grants are likely to be in the region of £500.


London Community Response Fund

A new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus. Donors to this fund include the City Bridge Trust and the Mayor of London.

Currently on pause, but moving into phase three soon.

Wave 2 has two funding programmes that are taking applications:

· Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;

· Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances, we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.


John Lewis Partnership’s Community Support Fund

John Lewis Partnership’s new £1 million Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities. No confirmation yet how communities can access this fund.


London Funders

London Funders have created a list of funders who recognise the impact COVID-19 will have on civil society groups and have signed up to their agreement to be flexible at this time, as well as news and updates on funding that is available.


Civil Society

Civil Society has a list of funding available to the sector which is being updated regularly.


The Charity Excellence Framework (CEF)

CEF has created a free downloadable toolkit, including fundraising guides, demo videos and a list of over 200+ funders.


Information from the NCVO

Charity funding from the government | The very latest information on the £750 million promised by the chancellor and how it will be allocated.

Other funding opportunities for charities | A list of the key national and regional funds open for applications.

Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing) | What it is, how it works, who is eligible.