Voluntary Centre Services

Funding Digest – November 2020

Covid-19 Recovery Funding

National Lottery Funding Programmes

Lottery Partnerships: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/covid-19-community-led-organisations-recovery-scheme

The National Lottery (Awards for All & Reaching Communities)

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Awards: Awards for All (Up to £10K); Reaching Communities (Over £10K)

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from Covid-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of Covid-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

More Info:

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

  • Deadline: Rolling programme.
  • Awards: Grants between £1K and £100K available for individuals and arts, museums and library projects.
  • Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners to support individuals and organisations to get activities up and running again and to help people take their first steps in re-engaging with culture and creativity.
  • Keen to support creative practitioners, research and development activity, organisational development activity and live activity that can be delivered safely.

More info: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants 

Families and Young People

Buttle UK – Chances for Children Grant

  • Deadline: Rolling programme
  • Awards: Up to £2K available for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life.
  • Can fund items and activities to help improve social and emotional wellbeing and increase capacity to engage in education and learning.
  • Applications will only be accepted from frontline professionals working closely with the children/young person, who have carried out at least one home visit, and made a full assessment of the children’s/young person’s needs
  • The professional will also need to supervise grant spend, upload receipts and complete an evaluation survey.
  • Does not fund Single Items.

More info: https://www.buttleuk.org/areas-of-focus/buttle-uks-covid-19-response-editorial

BBC Children in Need – Emergency Essentials Programme

  • Deadline: Rolling 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 a child’s wellbeing.

Can deliver or fund critical items such as:

•          Electric cookers

•          Furniture

•          Kitchen equipment and small appliances

•          Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)

•          Washing machines and tumble dryers

•          Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers

•          Baby equipment

•          Clothing

  • Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.
  • The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

More info: https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/

Family Fund Disability Grant

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Grants available for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child.
  • To be eligible children must need a high level of additional support needs arising from a long-term disability or disabling condition (lasting 12 months or more) and/or a serious or life limiting illness.

More info: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/FAQs/how-do-we-apply?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhpLs6ri46AIVh63tCh310g3AEAAYASAAEgJR-_D_BwE

The 7 Stars Foundation: Young People in England – Shine Bright Fund

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Awards: Up to £2.5K available
  • Grants are to provide relief; respite and happiness at a time of anxiety and worry.
  • Our grants are awarded to the regional charity partners who then distribute funding on to young people, aged 16 years and under.
  • Funding is to provide educational and art materials; toys; books; and emotional support items.

Other info: https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/

Arts and Culture

UK Theatres Grants Scheme – Theatre Reopening Fund

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme.
  • Awards: Up to £5000 available.
  • Decisions on applications within 4 weeks.

Support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support theatres across England to open viably and safely. It will not cover revenue costs.

Works that support a risk-assessed approach to reopening could include:

  • Alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing;
  • Changes to ventilation systems;
  • Purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations
  • Other equipment and building improvements that support reopening.

More info: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/grants-funding/theatre-reopening-fund

Law & Prisoners / Ex-offenders

Community Justice Fund

  • Deadline: Wave 1: Now Open      Wave 2:  Open in Autumn 2020
  • Awards: Between £25K to £75K
  • Applications considered on weekly basis and decisions received within 10 days of submitting application.
  • Fund will focus on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations.
  • The aim is to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.
  • Support will be flexible so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but for which they do not currently have the funds.

More info: https://www.communityjusticefund.org.uk/

The Baring Foundation

  • Deadline: 17th November
  • Awards: Up to £40K available for groups to support legal action in all its forms.

Info: https://baringfoundation.org.uk/news-story/strengthening-civil-society-programme-new-funding-to-support-civil-society-through-the-pandemic/

Clinks Covid-19 Response Grants

  • Deadline: Rolling programme until all funding allocated.
  • Awards: Most grant awards between £3K – £5K but can apply up to £20K.

Funding should be to provide activities and resources which help organisations to deliver support in the criminal justice system during the current crisis.

More info: https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19

Animals and Environment

Petplan Charitable Trust – Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

  • Deadline: 15th January 2021
  • Awards: Up to £5K – most grants awarded in region of £2.5K.

The purpose is to help smaller equine welfare organisations in the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current pandemic. Primary focus should be rescue and rehoming of equines.

More info: https://petplancharitabletrust.org.uk/covid-19-equine-emergency-fund/

Zoo Animals Fund

  • Deadline: 16th November 2020
  • Awards: Up to £730K available for licensed zoos and aquariums in England affected by Covid-19.

The grant can be used to cover animal-care costs that cannot be lowered such as:

  • Keepers’ wages,
  • Animal feed and bedding,
  • Veterinary care and medicines,
  • Electricity and gas bills,
  • Waste removal,
  • Habitat enrichment. Professional membership subscriptions
  • Veterinary, transport and staff costs for rehoming animals.

More info: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-zoos-and-aquariums

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK – Covid-19 Emergency Fund

  • Deadline: Ongoing (Decisions within approximately 3 weeks)
  • Awards: Up to £1K

The organisation must operate in one of the following categories:

  • Education relating to non-domestic animals (this includes animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery, and organic farming). Applications concerning domestic animals like dogs and cats are not accepted.
  • Visual and performing arts.
  • Medical research.
  • The relief of disability or severe illness.
  • The accommodation of those in need.

More info: https://www.pwwsolicitors.co.uk/charity-grants/13-the-sylvia-waddilove-foundation-uk


LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

  • Deadline: Rolling programme until all the funding has been awarded.
  • Awards: Small grant – Up to £5000 and Large Grant – £5000 and above

The funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. All funds must be fully spent by 31st May 2021.

More Info: https://www.consortium.lgbt/NETFund/  

Armed Forces

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Force for Change Programme

  • Round 2 Deadline – Noon on 30th November 2020.
  • Awards: Up to £20K available
  • To support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.
  • Projects must fit one of these themes: Empowering Armed Forces Communities to be more engaged in their community and providing opportunities for isolated members to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

More Info: https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/


The Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF)

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Awards: Maximum £350
  • The VRF helps people experiencing homelessness through small, quick grants that prevent eviction or help people access accommodation.
  • Applications are received from frontline workers on behalf of the people they are supporting and are assessed in just 2 days on average.

More info: https://www.smitfc.org/the-VRF/

Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

  • Deadline: Rolling programme
  • Awards: Up to £10K available but focus will be on smaller amounts.
  • Fund open to registered charities who care for the homeless and cover the following areas:
  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

More info: https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/covid-19

Faith & Religion

All Churches – Hope Beyond Grant Programme

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Awards: Grants up to £50K available for Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK.
  • The aim is to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope
  • Can also fund capital projects (adaptation of buildings and purchase of equipment and project related salaries and other revenue costs (to the end of 2021).

Funding themes are:

  • Loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic,
  • Growing Community Resilience
  • Growing Technological Capability and Resilience.

More info: https://www.allchurches.co.uk/what-we-fund/hopebeyond/

Social Deprivation & Community Support

Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund

  • Deadlines: Round 1 closes: 31st December 2020 – Decision by April 2021

                                Round 2 closes: 31st July 2021 – Decision by October 2021

  • The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Funding may cover running or core costs in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.   Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered

More info: https://www.volanttrust.org/how-to-apply-covid-19/

B & M Foodbank Donations

  • B&M are donating £1 Million to foodbanks across the country, to help those who are the most vulnerable in the current times.
  • All their 670 stores will be providing a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation so they’re able to purchase much needed essentials.

More info:

Email: foodbank@bmstores.co.uk with your foodbank’s details, charity number, address and representative’s contact details

Asda Foundation COVID-19 Grants

  • Only 1 grant allowed per group across the entire estate.
  • Maximum £500 per group.
  • Maximum £1,125 per store.

Hygiene Grant:  Supporting residents/patients in facilities, such as care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support

More info: https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply

Groundwork – Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund

  • Deadline: Rolling Programme
  • Awards: Up to £4K will be distributed quickly through a simplified application process and weekly grants panels from August 2020.
  • This is a short-term response and recovery fund and it will only be open for applications until the end of 2020.
  • Applications may close earlier if all funds have been awarded.

The funding is intended for local grassroots organisations in England to enable them to:

  • Respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
  • Recover from the impact that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis has had on their services.

More info: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/comic-relief-apply-for-a-covid-19-community-grant/

Groundwork – Comic Relief Community Fund (England) – Capacity Building Grants

Deadline: Rolling Programme

Awards: Up to £1K

Capacity Building Grants will support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change. The grant will support organisations to rebuild and be ready to meet community need.

Projects must meet at least one of the following four strategic themes: 

•          Children Survive & Thrive

•          Fighting for Gender Justice

•          A Safe Place to Be

•          Mental Health Matters

Note: Please note that they are particularly interested in receiving applications from charities who support BAME and LGBTQ communities, who have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

More Info: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/comic-relief-apply-for-capacity-grant/

Cadent Foundation

  • Awards: Up to £5K to groups responding to the pandemic and supporting local services. 
  • They are looking to fund projects that focus on people, environment and communities, with the expectation that most applications will fall within people and communities and who are delivering to the most vulnerable in society.
  • Groups must have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application.

More info: https://cadentgas.com/nggdwsdev/media/foundation/COVID-19-2020-and-Our-Support.pdf

Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund & National Emergencies Trust

Lincolnshire Community Foundation and The National Emergencies Trust have launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship that will be distributed through a number Lincolnshire Community Foundations.

The fund will have three priorities:

  • To offer aid for the most vulnerable people in our communities: offering practical aid like establishing Good Neighbour Schemes, supporting Food Banks, Community Hubs and equipping the members of our communities to continue to assist one another.
  • To help local community organisations prepare themselves to appropriately respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, and to tailor their specialist services to give help to the people who need it most.
  • To develop advice and support Initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services.

More info: https://lincolnshirecf.co.uk

LCC Covid-19 Community Fund Scheme

  • Up to £3K available from Lincolnshire County Councillors to support initiatives during and after the pandemic.
  • This would be to help meet running costs and deliver local support to those affected by this public health emergency.

Barclays £100m Covid-19 Community Aid Package

Covid-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million available to groups to apply for.

  • Component 1 – Charity Partners Programme to help disadvantaged people (those suffering from social and economic deprivation as a consequence of Covid-19), the elderly and vulnerable communities most at risk from Covid-19, and to support NHS staff and other keyworker communities.
  • Component 2 – Employee Matched Donations Programme for colleagues to select a charity of his or her choice for their donation and matching programme, provided the charity is officially registered, and is engaged in supporting communities impacted by Covid-19.

More info: https://home.barclays/news/press-releases/2020/04/barclays-launches-p100-million-covid-19-community-aid-package/

Peter Sowerby Foundation – Increasing Access Fund

3 Funding Pots:

  • Digital Healthcare Breakthrough Grants Up to £100K for 5 Organisations
  • Digital Good Causes Grants Up to £10K (Digital Skills Development) Up to £25K (Transformation of existing services through digital development)
  • Adapted Good Causes Grants Up to £10K (Adaptation of services in smaller organisations) Up to £25K (Transformation of existing services)
  • Area: Across Lincolnshire
  • Deadline: 5pm on Monday 16th November.

The Fund will support charities to digitally enable access to services, or to adapt their delivery of existing services to comply with social distancing or other Covid-response measures.

Projects and groups must meet the following:

  • Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
  • Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
  • Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
  • Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.

More info: https://www.petersowerbyfoundation.com/increasing-access-fund

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Funding Digest – November 2020 (Covid-19 recovery funding)