Covid-19 Funding & 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 info@wiltshirecf.org.uk

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 22 September

Latest announcements:

Alec Dickson Trust (UK)

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on individuals and communities the Alec Dickson Trust has launched a new fund to help young people take a positive role in responding to this issue. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-based community organisations and groups organised and run by people under 30 years old for volunteering projects which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. Applications must also align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic.  The closing date for applications is 8pm on the 27th September 2020. More information is available here  

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new programmme supporting organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue, who are trying to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences. This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19. It is expected that between 30 and 40 grants will be awarded of between £20,000 to £50,000. Deadline for applications is 13 October at 5pm. More information is available here.

Buttle UK The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund

This fund has been established in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young people. With children back in classrooms Buttle UK are asking teachers/ nursery workers/ local charities, and any other frontline social care workers, to be vigilant and look out for children and young people in crisis and where problems have deteriorated as a result of the pandemic. The fund will support thousands of children with direct financial assistance up to a maximum of £2,000, and pay for a range of costs and items that help to overcome crisis, improve their social and emotional wellbeing and increase their capacity to engage in education. More information is available here

Defra

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity, with projects in England that are ready to start. Grants from £50,000 to £5m are now available to kick-start the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • nature conservation and restoration
  • nature based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland
  • connecting people with nature

Applications for grants up to £250,000 must be submitted by midday on 2 October. For applications over £250,000, there is a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September. Up to 100% of project costs will be available. More information available here

National Emergency Trust

The National Emergency Trust (NET) has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding, to respond to the Covid-19 needs of Disabled people. The programme aims to fund Covid-19 related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any Covid-19 related issues affecting Disabled people’s choice and control over their lives
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation
  • Income: covering work to support Disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

The fund is open to any DPO if a majority of their governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee are made up of Disabled people and they have a constitution. The minimum you can apply for is £1,000 and the maximum is £25,000. More information is available 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 April 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st August and 31st December 2020. More information is available here 

Common Call

The Common Call COVID Fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period. They are providing grants between £1K and £3K to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. The Fund is specifically looking for organisations that are creating impact in deprived communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially. Beneficiaries should primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. More information is available here 

Armed Forces Covenant Fund 

Grants of up to £20,000 are available through the Force for Change programme. Funds will support initiatives to enable Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area as well as those that address the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school. There are two funding. The first closing date will be noon on 11 September 2020 and the second on 30 November 2020. More information is available here

Groundwork

Groundwork has launched a new grant fund in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on communities in England.  The Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund will provide grants of £4,000 to English grass roots organisations in order for them to respond to the current crisis and recover through enhanced Capacity building grants of £1,000. The fund has the following objectives:

  • To support grass roots organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis
  • To support local grass roots community led organisations with ‘lived in’ experience to recover and develop organisational resilience following the COVID-19 crisis.

This programme will only support grass roots, not for profit voluntary or community organisations with an annual turnover of under £250,000 and include members with lived experience. More information is available here 

The Fore

In Autumn 2020, The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds.  The first round has now closed but a second round of funding will open for registration on 21 September. It is designed to support small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to the post-lockdown world. Funding will enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries. The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past. More information is available here 

Covid-19 Homeless Responseness Response Fund

Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

£4.82 million of the funding is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund and a further £680,000 is from Comic Relief.

  • The deadline for the Comic Relief funding stream is 3 August 2020, with decisions made during August.
  • There are two deadlines for the National Lottery Community Fund funding stream:

          - 3 August 2020 with decisions made in early September, funds distributed by the end of September

          - 28 September 2020 with decisions made in mid-October, funds distributed by the end of November

 Awards must be spent within six months of receipt of funds or by 19 April 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 

Asda Foundation

In response to Covid-19 the Asda Foundation has stopped its usual grant making activities and launched two new programmes:

  • Covid-19 Hygiene Grants focus on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters. 
  • Covid-19 Healthy Holiday Grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply. If social distancing hasn’t relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home.

 Maximum grants for both programmes are £500 and more information is available here 

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to December 2020. Initially, they will focus on their current grantees but the Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society. Full details will be published on their website. 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 

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through Crowdfunder. Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations affected by the coronavirus crisis. Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised. More information is available here

 

Other funding opportunities

Alpkit

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

Alec Dickson Trust 

The Trust welcomes applications of up to £1,000 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19.  Applications are now closed and the next funding round will be announced via their social media channels. 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

Baring Foundation 

The Baring Foundation has announced new funding streams as part of its £1 million Strengthening Civil Society Programme to support their grant holders and broader civil society when taking legal action related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to all registered charities, including current grant holders, with legal expertise in the area they work in to help protect vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from the impact of Covid-19. The deadline for this round is midday on the 17 November  2020. 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 

Buttle UK - Chances for Children

Buttle UK's Chances for Children grants are targeted at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning. There is a particular focus on:

  • maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment
  • establishing and/or maintaining internet access and communications
  • household essentials. 

Applications must be made via a support worker. More information is available here

Childs Charitable Trust 

The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.  Application deadline 30 September. 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. This programme has been paused and an update will be provided once all current applications have been assessd. 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

GreenSquare

The GreenSquare Community Fund awards grants to community groups and organisations whose projects benefit their local communities. To apply for a grant, you must operate in an area where GreenSquare has homes, and their customers must be able to benefit from the project. The fund can award grants of up to £500 for projects in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

The main priorities for the Community Fund are:

  • providing opportunities and/or activities for young people and older people;
  • supporting families on low incomes;
  • providing neighbourhood level activities, events and support; and
  • supporting environmental and ‘green’ projects and activities.

There are two rounds of funding this year. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 30 October 2020. More information is available here 

Hope for the Young 

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide support for young refugees or asylum seekers up to the age of 30 who are vulnerable and in need of immediate financial support to help in the relief of social isolation and financial hardship during the Coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to young people receiving support from Hope for the Young who meet the Emergency Relief Fund criteria, in the first instance. However, the fund is open to external applications. The maximum grant available is £250. Grants have currently been paused but 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 

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 

Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation has introduced a £500,000 Homeless Support Fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities working directly with people who are homeless to support:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters, and/or
  • Information and advice

Grants will be made at the end of each week until the budget has been allocated. 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

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund

The Resourcing Racial Justice Fund provides funding to individuals and communities working towards racial justice. In response to the coronavirus, the Fund will provide financial support to organisations, grassroots and community groups, and individuals who are working to tackle the impact of Covid-19 on those who identify as people of colour (POC). Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations that respond to the immediate needs of the more at risk and vulnerable, and for more long-term initiatives to enable organisations to continue their work towards racial justice. Applications are currently closed but future rounds will be annouced via their website 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

Tesco

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

WRAP

Defra has made £3.25m available through the Resource Action Fund administered by WRAP to support not-for-profit food redistributors. The COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant will be delivered in three phases. Phases 1 is now closed but Phase 2​ and 3 which provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors and medium to larger operators is open.

The aim of the grant is to assist surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable. The grant can be used to fund both capital and revenue costs associated with redistribution activities such as:

  • access to surplus food through logistical collections;
  • sorting, storing, freezing, labelling / repackaging food; and
  • onward distribution of food to charities or end beneficiaries

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 suport:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Fundraising key principles and public fundraising guidance

Many charities and fundraisers will be want to restart their fundraising activities. To do this safely and in compliance with social distancing measures, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator have produced new guidance pieces outlining the key principles of good fundraising and what to consider when carrying out public fundraising. This guidance has been prepared in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. More information is available here

From Response to Recovery: Fundraising Strategy and Covid-19

The Institute of Fundraising has worked with THINK Consulting Solutions to put together an important new resource covering key strategic questions and issues which face so many charities. The guide provides tips, insight and ideas about how to tackle the tough decisions ahead. Topics covered include strategic planning; brilliant fundraising basics; digital; people; and culture, innovation and behaviours. More information is 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

 

Gov.uk

The Gov.uk 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.

Compassionate Swindon

Voluntary Action Swindon, Volunteer Centre Swindon and Swindon Borough Council are working together in these uncertain times to help those who need it in the local Swindon community.More details about Compassionate Swindon 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, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don't have a support network around them or know where to get help. 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  wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 003 4576.  It's available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. More details are available here

Wiltshire Council have created an online interactive map that allows you to see what COVID-19 community support is available in your neighbourhood
and throughout Wiltshire. Check it out 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 - info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk Please click here to view their resources.