Coronavirus Support

We have compiled a list of funding opportunities as well as organisations offering support and advice at this challenging time.

We will regularly update this list so please let us know of any other opportunities via

We have launched our own Coronavirus Response Grants programme to distribute funds raised through our own appeal and Wiltshire and Swindon’s share of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal fund. Details on how to apply are available here

Funding opportunities - last updated 14 January

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is open to UK not-for-profit organisations with incomes of between £75,000 and £10 million, and applications should address one of the following core issue areas: A Safe Place to Be, Fighting for Gender Justice, Children Survive and Thrive and Global Mental Health Matters. Applications focused on challenges related to disability also welcome. The closing date for applications is 12 February 2021. More information is available here

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is continuing to support people and communities adversely impacted by Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 or over £10,000 are available to help organisations continue to deliver activity, whether responding to the immediate crisis or supporting recovery activity or and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges. More information is available here

National Lottery Community Fund Local Connections Fund

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities. Micro grants of between £300 and £2,500 are available to small local organisations with an annual income of £50,000 or less. Funding will be split into two rounds - the first round will be open for applications on 5 January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021. Successful applicants for this round of funding must have spent the money and finished their project by 31 March 2021. The second round will be launched in the summer of 2021. More information available here

Power to Change

Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, in response to the COVID-19. The Community Business Renewal Fund provides grants to community businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable. The fund is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support those who have been most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Round two opens 10am on Tuesday 12 January – closing at 4pm on Tuesday 19 January. Round three opens 10am on Tuesday 2 March – closing at 4pm on Tuesday 9 March. More information here 

Volant Charitable Trust

The Volant Charitable Trust is now accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. To receive a decision by October 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st July 2021. More information is available here

Allchurches Trust

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust has launched the Hope Beyond Programme to support churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities across three these: loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Applications can be made at any time. More information is available here

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva Community Fund is supporting projects to help organisations adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Small charities and constituted community groups can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. The closing date for this funding round is the 26 January 2021. More information is available here

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing. In order to respond to the impact of lockdown on vulnerable children and young people’s access to education resources, they are now making digital devices such as laptops and tablets available as grant items. In addition to these digital devices, they also offer a toys and games grant to help alleviate the pressure of isolation on families during lockdown. More information is available here

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme for organisations with an annual turnover of less than £150,000 supporting the young, vulnerable, and elderly, disadvantaged. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available and can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking or delivery of online digital services for charities. More information is available here

Department of Education/Family Fund

Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children this year. This emergency funding has been provided in response to the crisis presented by the Coronavirus pandemic and will help more parents and carers to look after their children. Families can apply for grants to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including items such as computers and tablets, outdoor play equipment and sensory toys. More information is available here

Sport England

Return to Play Small Grants: This fund will make awards, using National Lottery funding, of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment. This fund will also make a contribution of up to £2,000 towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities.

Return to Play Community Asset Fund: This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

More information on both grants programmes is available here

7 Stars Foundation

UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5 million per year and who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis will be able to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £2,500. The funding can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future. More information is available here


Alpkit is now prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.

  • 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
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
  • Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outdoors.

More information is available here

Arts Council

Arts Council England has announced that the 2nd round of the Culture Recovery Fund is now open for applications. The fund aims to support cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. The fund is open to both not for profit and for profit organisations and will provide grants of between £25,000 and £3 million. To be eligible, applicants need to based in England or can demonstrate that the majority of their work takes place in England. The closing date for applications is midday on the 26th January 2021. More information is available here

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

On 4 May the Government launched the Bounce Back Loan Scheme to enable businesses and charities to obtain a six-year term loan at a Government set interest rate of 2.5% a year. Loans will be from £2,000 up to 25% of a business’ turnover or £50,000, whichever is lower. The Government will cover interest payable in the first year. The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt. More information is available here

Dulverton Trust

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis the Dulverton Trust is prioritising applications from charities that meet their guidelines and are either (a) well-placed to deliver vital services to vulnerable communities affected by the current crisis or (b) charities with which we have an existing relationship. More information is available here

Jules Thorn Trust

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives. Please note that the programme may be paused if a lot of applications are recieved. More information is available here

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot. The aim is to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Phase one will see the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme reopen to applications for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 as well as offering loans of between £50,000 and £250,000. Phase 2 will start in February 2021 and heritage organisations will be able to apply for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million. More information is available here

Persimmon Homes

Persimmon Homes is operating schemes to distribute funding to groups supporting the under-18s and people aged over 70.

  • Community Champions - Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s. Groups can apply online here

Schroder Charity Trust

The Trust offers grants up to £5000 for supporting:

  • education and young people
  • health
  • communities
  • environment and conservation
  • heritage
  • arts and culture
  • international development
  • the armed forces

The Trust continues to accept online applications for funding from charities. More information is available here

Advice and Support

A wealth of information has been published to support and advise the charity and voluntary sector on how to resume services and activities as lockdown restrictions are eased across the UK. We have listed a selection below as well as organisations offering other advice and support:

Chartered Institute of Fundraising

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has put together an online hub with advice and information relating to fundraising during the pandemic. Resources include Covid-19 public fundraising guidance, research and fundraising strategy development. More information is available here


NCVO has created Covid-19 guidance pages for voluntary and community sector organisations on their website. The pages are updated regularly to reflect latest information and cover many themes including volunteering, safeguarding and funding. More information available here

Opening Community Buildings

ACRE has published comprehensive information to help village and community halls reopen. ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are some practical resources too including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire. More information is available here

Re-opening after lockdown

The Cranfield Trust has produced a webinar - A Practical Guide to Re-Opening after Covid Closedown - which will be useful for many organisations. There are also links for many other webinars that will be relevant at this time. More information is available here

Providing Youth activities

The National Youth Agency as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. More information is available here

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has a range of advice and guidance relating to charities and Covid-19 including charity meetings during the national lockdown. More information is available here

The website has guidance from the Charity Commission for the to charity sector to help with running a charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More information is available here

NCVO has created a dedicated section on their website to provide information and advice to charities at this time. The Your Organisation and Coronavirus: Our guidance for charities has information on:

  • Protecting your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
  • Contingency planning and financial implications
  • How charities are helping
  • Further information and resources
  • Latest blogs relating to the pandemic

More information can be found here.

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council also has details of further support for their residents on their website which you can access here

Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council has set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time. Wiltshire Council's team can help provide support but also signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area with hundreds of community groups set-up across the county providing invaluable assistance. People can get in touch with the hub via email or by calling 0300 003 4576. It's available from 9 am- 5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday. More details are available here

Wessex Community Action

Wessex Community Action has launched a Covid-19 Resource Hub for local groups and communities. This page is a central resource for the voluntary and community sector, local groups and communities who are helping to organise volunteers and support residents in their community at this time. Please feel free to signpost groups to this page/put a link to it from your website. If you feel there is information missing Wessex Community Action are encouraging people to get in touch and tell them what else might be helpful or if you have resources you would like them to share - Please click here to view their resources.