Funding opportunities available to voluntary and charitable groups affected by the Coronavirus pandemic

The Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event which we know will have an impact on the groups and individuals we support and the entire voluntary and charity sector across the county.

Wiltshire Community Foundation will be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks so you can focus on your important work supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities. We will be as flexible as we can about the grants we have alreadt awarded to groups. We recognise that you may be under extra pressure and uncertainty, that staff and volunteers may not be available, or that you may need to provide services in different ways or respond to new needs. If you need to adapt your activities, extend the length of your grant, or need more time to report to us, please get in touch to tell us how you want to change your plans and we will listen.

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

We have also pulled together a list of funding opportunities available from other organisations. We will regularly update this list  so please let us know of any other opportunities via



Armed Forces Covenant 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will be launching a package of funding to support the Armed Forces community during COVID-19. It will include programmes to support the Armed Forces Community with funding from the Covenant Fund and from HM Treasury; with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities.

More information is available here


Arts Council

The Arts Council has launched an emergency package of funding for both individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector totalling £160 million. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon.

More information is available here


Charities Aid Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation has launched an emergency fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

The CAF Emergency Fund closed to applications on 6th April. They have been overwhelmed with requests and are pausing the fund for now. They hope to expand the fund and reopen and will keep people alerted via their social media channels.

More information is available here



Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. 

  • Awards up to £5k for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency (projects within 3 months), following a limited/fast-tracked application process (payments made in advance) 
  • Awards up to £50k to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery, following a full application process (payments in advance, but potential for staged payments over a specified period) 

More information is available here 


Clothworkers' Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within their programme area during this period.

More information is available here


John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1million Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund.

Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. 

More information is available here 


Leatherseller’s Company

The Leatherseller’s Company Charitable Fund are inviting applications for up to £3k from charities supporting: – the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless – provision of food and essential supplies – victims of domestic violence – nursing care to vulnerable patients.

More information is available here



Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

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.

  • Building Futures - Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has relaunched its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. Local groups which support children can apply here
  • 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


Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

  • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
  • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
  • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic

More information is available here


Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)

SSEN has launched a £350,000 resilience fund to provide extra help to members of the community who are self-isolating or social shielding during the coronavirus pandemic. They are offering grants of up to £3,000 to support community, parish and town councils in their network areas.

The fund will support projects that:

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.
  • Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

More information is available here


Sovereign Housing

The Sovereign Housing Coronavirus Fund is now open for applications from charities and community groups across Wiltshire which are supporting elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable people through the Coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for applications is 17 April.

More information is available here

Sport England

Sport England has committed £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The funding package includes:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

More information is available here



Tesco has launched a new temporary grant programme to help support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will provide a single payment of £500 to organisations that are supporting vulnerable groups during the crisis. Examples of organisations that may benefit are food banks, women's refuges, homeless charities or charities supporting the elderly.

More information is available here


Yapp Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust is inviting small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

More information is available here


Youth Music

Youth Music has announced a new Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by Coronavirus. This fund is the first phase of their response. There will be weekly application deadlines for an initial six-week period. The first application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 9 April. The online application form will be live by Wednesday 8 April.

More information is available here