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 4th June

Latest announcements:


Asda Foundation (UK)

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 


Wiltshire and Swindon OPCC

The Ministry of Justice have made extra funding available for charities and organisations that are providing tailored support services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. This is part of the announced Government package of £76m funding and is being made available for a six month period (covering March to the end of October 2020) to address the additional costs and pressures for charities and organisations in relation to the impact of Covid-19. The maximum available amount for Wiltshire and Swindon for the period from 24 March 2020 to 31 October 2020 inclusive is £244,000. The deadline for the receipt of any bids made to the PCC is 4pm on Friday 5 June 2020. 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 each of 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. 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 

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

Association of Mental Health Providers (UK)

The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems. Please note that applications for this funding have been paused. 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


Barclays are making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. Charities with an income over £1m can apply for their 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme. The programme will focus on supporting charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities, including low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers. Applications for this programme are now closed but information on other finding opportunities 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 


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) 

Applications for this scheme have now been paused. Please email with your organisation name to be kept updated on the grants programme. 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. 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

The current application round is now closed. More information is available 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 for this round open on the 18th May 2020 until the 15th June 2020. 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

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. 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. 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.

  • Phase 1: WRAP has approached a target list of small redistribution organisations who have previously applied to the fund to ascertain their immediate need for potential funding support.
  • Phase 2 provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors and is now open.
  • Phase 3 is aimed aimed at medium-to-larger operators and is now 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 

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 Endowment Fund 

The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. Average grants are expected to be around £50,000. Minimum grants are £25,000 and the deadline for applications is midday on the 3rd June 2020. 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.