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

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 2 July

Latest announcements:


Baring Foundation

This new arts programme is designed to support established organisations that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists. Grants are not available in this call for organisations which undertake this work as one part of a broader offer. This approach has been chosen to respond to the pressures the sector is undergoing due to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are offered will be unrestricted and between £12,000 - £15,000 depending on the level of demand. The deadline is 18 August 2020 at 12pm Midday. More information available here 

Blagrave Trust

The Challenge and Change fund has £80,000 to invest in young people aged 18-25 working across England. Young people can apply for grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to take their work to the next level. This fund embraces and acknowledges that there are young people across England directly affected by injustices who are tirelessly working to speak out against those injustices. e.g. young people experiencing poverty, young people with disabilities, single teenage mothers, young care leavers and carers, young people of colour, young migrants and refugees, young people who’ve had contact with the criminal justice system – all young people who want to challenge and change laws, policies, practices, and cultures that have directly affected their lives and the communities they share those experiences with. Applications open now until 11.59pm on 27th July 2020. More information is available here 

Social & Community Capital (Natwest)

Social & Community Capital has launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund offering £5,000 - £50,000 grants to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Organisations must have an annual turnover between £50,000 and £1 million and must generate at least 30% of their revenue from trading income. Applications will be open from midday on Monday 22nd June and stay open for at least one week. Applications may be open longer depending on how many applications are received.  More information is available here

Woodward Charitable Trust

Woodward Charitable Trust offers grants of around £3,000 fund towards the core costs of UK charities and have specific funding priorities:

  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups;
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion.

They support charities whose annual income exceeds £200,000 or an organisation that has more than six months running costs in its unrestricted reserves. Closing date is 31 July. More information available here 

Children in Need

Children in Needs Next Steps programme is designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield. More information is available here

The Edge

The Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund is a one-off fund with up to £250,000 of funding available. Applications are welcomed for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The purpose of the fund is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund is open to institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector. The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday, 9th July 2020. More information is available here 

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has re-opened the Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund.  £1.85 million is available to domestic abuse safe accommodation charities to ensure their critical services remain open for victims and their children. The fund will be allocated on a first come first served basis and bids will continue to be accepted until the funding has been exhausted or until 20 July 2020, whichever is sooner. 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 

Rosa's Covid-19 Response Fund 

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria and is an open call for women’s organisations to apply for what they identify as a short-term funding need. There is no deadline for applications – applications will be considered on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June. It is hoped that applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after submitting an application. 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 


Clinks is distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented at this time. Voluntary organisations with an annual income under £500,000 with an existing relationship with HMPPS with who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community in the context of Covid-19 can apply now for grant funding. More information is available here

Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund/ The National Lottery Community Fund 

This new  £200m Government funding stream is being distributed via The National Lottery Community Fund and is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. The Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

Applications are now open.

Apply for funding of up to £10,000 here                                 Apply for a grant of over £10,000 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 

Independent Age

Independent Age has released £2 million to help smaller organisations across the UK who are working with older people hardest hit by the virus. They are targeting two specific groups:

  • Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations.
  • Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

There will be four rounds of grant-making, with £500,000 available in June, July, August and September 2020. UK registered charities can apply if they have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years). Charities must be already working with older people in one or both of our two priority areas. Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded. The July round closes on 2 July. 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 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


In response to the Covid-19, Aviva has temporarily opened their Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community 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.  Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 28th July 2020. 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 11th August 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

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. Applications for the CAF Emergency Fund are currently paused and they will keep people updated on future funding opportunites via their social media channels. 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. 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

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs 

Grants of up to £100,000 are available through the Food Charities Grant Fund to frontline food aid charities that are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. This includes providing food for people that can not afford food or who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless.  The closing date for applications is the 6th July 2020. 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

Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation 

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from:

  • charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and
  • charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.

The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK-registered charities working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. More information is available here 


The Fore's RAFT Fund is seeking to ensure that effective small charities and social enterprises are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery when the acute phase of the crisis is over. The fund will provide grants for high quality, well-managed small charities and social enterprises with great leadership doing vital work in their communities. The fund offers unrestricted grants of up to £5000 to any small charity or social enterprise in the UK with turnover of under £500,000. This programme is currently paused will they fundraise for another round. More information is available here 


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 deadlines are 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020 and 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. 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. Due to unprecedented demand, the Trust has temporarily closed the application system. They hope to re-open the programme in early June. 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. Their programmes are currently closed and they expect to reopen their main grants end of June/early July and small grants in August. 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

National Survivor User Network 

Emergency grants of up to £1,000 are available to user-led organisations and smaller unconstituted community groups in England which continue to provide mental health services and additional support during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the National Survivor User Network’s (NSUN) Covid-19 Fund, grants will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid, and other activities. Applicants must be members of NSUN and priority will be given to applications which support people facing other disadvantages and exclusions. Grants of up to £2,000 may be considered. 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.  The fund is closed for new applications at this time. If you would like to register interest on behalf of your organisation for future phases of the fund you can do so on their website 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 Trust and NatWest 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it. More information is available here 

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to eligible charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital. It is important to note that RRLF is NOT appropriate for everyone and will not work for all charities and social enterprises. For many, grants or other support may be more appropriate. More information is available 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, more information is available 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

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. Closing date for applications in 30th June. 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

Steel Charitable Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust is making emergency funding available to UK registered charities or officially-constituted charitable organisations/groups.  They have five current funding priority categories Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Heath, and Social or Economic Disadvantage. The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 31st July. 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


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 and 3 have now closed but Phase 2​ which provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors and is open Friday 3rd July

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 

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.  More information is available here


Advice and Support

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.

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 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 - Please click here to view their resources.