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New funding sources following the Covid-19 outbreak

This is intended as a guide to where groups, charities and social enterprises might find additional funding which they need as a result of Coronavirus and the resulting restrictions on our society.

Many grant funders are being flexible with their grantees – so if you already have a grant, talk to your funder about redeploying resources to meet the new and emerging needs facing your organisation and beneficiaries. Talk to them too about any additional funding they could make available – again many funders are willing to release additional funds to grant holders, or to re-profile current grant agreements, so that more monies are made available now.

Funds are listed alphabetically, with new or updated entries marked with * so if you are a regular visitor to these pages you can spot additions more easily. Funds now closed to new applicants have been removed.

We hope you are finding this list useful – let us know if and how you have used it. Please feel free to distribute this information to wherever it might be useful. We make regular updates as new information becomes available. If you come across a fund or funder which could be of interest across the sector, please let us know so we can include it here and help as many organisations as possible access funding. Just email: millie@macc.org.uk

Thanks to the many sources of information used to compile this update. Apologies if text has been lifted unedited from other people’s materials – hopefully it will be seen in the spirit of co-operation and mutual support in these difficult times.

If you need any support with making an application to any of the funders listed below, or indeed any funder, Macc can help. Just get in touch on 0333 321 3021 or email: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org. From sourcing potential funders to helping with an application, Macc can be your friend through the process.

Updated 26.10.2020

Funding available now (grants)

AB Charitable Trust
UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; human rights and access to justice. Deadline: 31 October 2020. More information here

African Health Policy Network – BAME Healthy Communities Surviving Covid-19 Fund
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for BAME-led community and voluntary groups to help them support their communities during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund will support a range of wellbeing, resilience and capacity building projects. Organisations that are not constituted, do not have a bank account, or are a new organisation can still apply for funding via a host organisation. Three types of funding are available:

  • Option 1: Grants of up to £5,000 for organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000 who are already providing critical support to people at a community level
  • Option 2: Grants of up to £10,000 for organisations with an annual income of between £50,000 and £150,000 who are looking at developing projects about ways to work with their community to rebuild and reimagine the future
  • Option 3: Micro grants of between £500 and £1,000 for capacity building purposes such as staff development, trustee training, charity registration, developing a constitution or increasing connectivity

Deadline: 30 October 2020. More information here

Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond
Grants of up to £50,000 to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis becomes clearer. Applications considered on a rolling basis. More information here

Allen Lane Foundation
Grants to organisations with an income less than £250,000 working with adults. Apply when ready for consideration in February 2021 meeting. More information here

Alpkit welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by coronavirus, across the country. Examples include:

  • 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

Grants of £500 are available. More information here

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Positive Pathways Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
Fixed grants of £35,000 for one year are available towards project costs to charities or community interest companies working with Armed Forces veterans who need support to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Deadline: 30 November 2020. More information here

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
In addition to working with existing grant holders, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have launched some emergency funding to support highly vulnerable veterans. Grants up to £20,000 available through the Veterans Should Not be Forgotten scheme, up to £20,000 from the Force for Change programme and up to £70,000 for Tackling Loneliness. More information here

Arts Council National Lottery project grants
The Arts Council National Lottery Project grants has reopened for applications for grants of £1,000 to £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects. Priority is for smaller independent organisations and individual creative practitioners and freelancers. More information here

Asda Foundation C-19 Grants
Getting Schools Back on Track grants are available to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Groups must apply through an ASDA store Community Champion. Deadline: 15 November 2020. More information here

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Schools, voluntary organisations and charities can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering severe learning difficulties. The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is 1 December 2020. Applications for £10,000 and below can be submitted at any time. More information here

Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund – Small Grants
Grants of between £250 to £10,000 to organisations who aim to aid the research into learning disabilities and to aid the care and relief of those affected by a learning disability. Specific criteria apply. No deadline. More information here

Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation
Small grants of between £100-£1,000 are available to registered charities with an annual income of under £1million. The Fund is being administered by the Small Charities Coalition with £50,000 is available to award. Organisations must have been established for at least one year, and must be able to produce either independently examined or management accounts. Priority for care in the community, disabilities, end of life, education, interfaith and medial projects. Rolling programme with deadline on the 20th of each month. Download the application form here. Completed forms to be submitted to: grants@smallcharities.org.uk   

Big Society Capital
Additional routes to loans for social enterprises and charities. Initially for the first year on a no fee, no interest basis. Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund. Managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), to enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months.
Smaller emergency loans will also be made available to smaller organisations in deprived areas. More information here

Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) – Covid-19 Response Capacity Building Project *New 26.10.20*
BTEG is offering capacity building support for BAME organisations with an income less than £150,000 that have been directly impacted by the virus so that they can ‘think differently and act strategically’. Groups will have up to 3.5 hours of free expert consultancy support and/or coaching specific to their organisational needs, as well as access to up to 20 organisational and leadership development workshops. No grant funding is available through this programme. Deadline: 13 November 2020. More information here

BlueSpark Foundation
The BlueSpark Foundation’s objective is to fund or part-fund projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Grants of up to £5,000. More information here

Bounce Back Loan Scheme
Financial support for businesses that have had their cashflow disrupted because of Covid-19. Loans up to 25% of usual turnover, to a max of £50,000. More information here

CAF Resilience Fund
£20 million is available to help charitable organisations that support those hardest hit by Covid-19. This includes people living in poverty, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, children and young people, the unemployed, the homeless, people with physical or learning disabilities and those pushed into crisis because of Covid-19. Grants ranging from £10k to £100k can cover project and core costs. Funds should be spent by 31 March 2021. Eligible organisations must have an income of between £50,000 and £10 million. You can apply for a maximum of 20% of your last reported income. Deadline: 10 November 2020. More information here

The Charity Service
Grants of £1,000 are available for registered charities, CIC’s and voluntary organisations operating within the Greater Manchester area. Whilst The Charity service welcome applications from all organisations their priorities for the next few months will be to focus support on organisations that have experience, and a proven track record, of delivering projects that deal with and prevent homelessness, reduce social isolation, provide emergency support to vulnerable families/children or improve access to employment. To discuss making a grant application contact Pete Yarwood on 0793 691 7679. More information here

Childs Charitable Trust
Applications from registered or ‘excepted’ charities, largely for Christian based organisations or those based on Christian values. For emergency response work the deadline is 30 September 2020.  For projects that work in schools or with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Deadline: 30 November 2020. More information here

Clothworkers’ Foundation
Emergency Capital Programme now closed to applications, but organisations with incomes of up to £1 million can apply for small grants through their normal open grants programmes. More information here

Comic Relief and Groundwork Covid-19 Community Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 for small local grassroots organisations with an annual turnover of under £250,000 to provide emergency relief in their communities during the coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis and to recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services. Grants must be spent by the end of February 2021. Open for applications until the end of 2020 with decisions made on a rolling basis. Applications may close earlier if all funds have been awarded. Apply via Groundwork. More information here

Community Business Trade Up Programme
Schools for Social Entrepreneurs and Power to Change have launched a support programme for projects or organisations that exists to improve a local neighbourhood, village or town. The programme is aimed at community businesses who want to adapt, digitise and diversify income from trading. Benefits include a free learning programme, £10,000 trade back grant and peer-support. Deadline: 2 December 2020. More information here

Community Justice Fund
Focussed on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations, grants can be used flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation. ‘Wave one’ funding is now open and can cover costs of work from 1 April. Grants from £25,000 to £75,000 depending on size of your organisation and the project. Applicants should be registered charities with a track record of delivering advice at specialist level and carrying out end-to-end casework for clients. More information here

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Registered charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement can apply for one-year grants of up to £5,000. Next decisions meeting in November. Deadline: 10 February 2021. More information here

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
Grants of £250 – £1,000 to registered charities. Applications considered quarterly. The Greater Manchester Trustees are interested in:

  • Causes with which the Duchy has historical association such as Church livings, Estates etc. and purposes which will benefit the community
  • Organisations which provide care and support for the elderly, inform and disadvantaged members of society
  • Community Associations that benefit local people
  • Organisations for young people e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Youth Organisations etc.
  • Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community

More information here

Dulverton Trust
Funding for registered charities or CIOs with income between £200,000 and £10m operating at a county or regional level. Priority areas are youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation and preservation. Single year grants between £25,000 and £35,000 for charities which are well-placed to deliver vital services to vulnerable communities or charities with which Dulverton have an existing relationship. More information here

Edward Gostling Foundation
Emergency funding has now ended but Edward Gostling Foundation have reverted to their normal grants programmes. Funding is available for organisations with an annual income of £5M or less and operating front line services to support people living with mental and / or physical disability or long-term illness. Applicants should be registered charities with at least 3 years of filed accounts. Applications should meet one of their grant themes: Health and wellbeing; Independent living at home; Respite; Transition. New maximum of £5,000 for their small grants programme. More information here

England and Wales Cricket Board Emergency Support Programmes
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resumed. Loans between £1,000 and £5,000 available to cover running costs and shortfall in income over next 12 months. The ECB Return to Cricket Grant Scheme provides support to clubs and leagues in exceptional circumstances where other sources of funding are unavailable, e.g. if loans as above are constitutionally nor permitted. More information here

European Commission – Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) *New 26.10.20*
A total of €32.7 million is available through the Call Topics launched under the European Commission's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Applications to be submitted via the relevant Call Topic webpage on the Funding and Tenders Portal website. Deadline: 16 February 2021. More information here

The Fat Beehive Foundation
Grants up to £2,500 for small UK registered charities with an income less than £1million, for the costs of websites and digital products. Rolling deadlines. More information here

Ford Britain Trust
Capital and equipment grants of up to £3,000 are available for charities focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to local communities. CICs are not eligible. Small grants of up to £250 deadline: 31 October 2020. Large grants of up to £3,000 deadline: 31 January 2021. More information here

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund
The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. Registration will open on 21 September. Applicants are recommended to register as soon as the fund opens due to high demand. More information here

Future Workforce Fund Grants Programme
Grants to support pilot programmes of work with young people (up to age 25) across Greater Manchester city region facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training. Grants up to £25,000 available. More information here

Garfield Weston Foundation
Still open for grants to its usual programmes, but will look to speed up applications decisions. Regular grants programme for grants up to £100,000 and major grants for grants £100,000+. More information here

GM Mental Wellbeing grants
GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience. The grants will be awarded to small, grassroots voluntary and community groups and social enterprises based in Greater Manchester to support people to develop higher levels of mental wellbeing. Micro grants programme (£100-500) deadline: 11 December 2020. Small grants (£500-£3,000) and medium (£10,000) grants deadline: 20 November 2020. More information here

GMCVO Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities
GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have a grants programme to support GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants can fund new activities and services as well as the additional costs of adapting existing services due to COVID-19. The grants will also help counter the loss of fundraising income directly caused by the pandemic. Stage three offers micro grants of £100 - £500 on an ongoing basis between September and December 2020 for activities that support mental wellbeing while working within the current social distancing restrictions. Decisions within 3 weeks. Deadline: 11 December 2020. More information here

GMCVO Emergency Investment Fund
The Fund is for Social Enterprises, Charities and Community Businesses who have struggled to obtain sufficient capital due to COVID-19. Loans of between £50,000 and £250,000 are available. There is a repayment and interest free period of up to 2 years at the start of the investment and then a 3-year repayment period. Deadline: 7 December 2020. More information here

Government Department of Health and Social Care, NHS and Public Health England VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund
The latest round ‘Starting Well’ aims to improve outcomes for babies and their mothers from preconception up to two-and-a-half years. VCSE organisations can apply for grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 over three years. Grants are to be used to expand or develop existing projects and programmes that have been running for at least three years, and which are whole-family and/or community-centred. Projects must focus on improving health outcomes in BAME communities or areas of high deprivation. Deadline: 30 October 2020, 12pm. More information here

Government support – business and employer support
This page lists the general business support available, many of which apply generically to all employers regardless of the sector they operate in. Some of the rates reliefs may also apply to VCSE organisations. More information here

Government support – summary from Office for Civil Society
This page offers a summary of the many funding streams available from government sources. Many of these are listed elsewhere in this update, but this a useful summary. More information here

The Ironmonger’s company
Support to registered charities providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 25, to fulfil their potential. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that will deliver clearly defined, educational benefits and develop learning, motivation and skills. The average grant awarded is £4,000. Deadline: 15 December 2020. More information here

LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund
A new £350,000 grants programme to support UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisations applying must have Objects in their constitution specifically outlining their support of LGBT+ communities and/or be clear in their public facing materials (e.g. website) that their existing work proactively engages LGBT+ people or communities. Grants of up to £15,000 and funds must be spent by 31 May 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funding is awarded. More information here

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
Government published guidance for local authorities on 13 May. This outlines the criteria by which local authorities can award grants of up to £25,000 to small businesses – including charities. This discretionary fund is available to businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. More information here

Localgiving / Postcode Community Trust Magic Little Grants
Grants of £500 to small local organisations to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. This can include online fitness classes during a period of social distancing. Applicants need to be members of Localgiving, but this is currently free of charge and simple to sign-up to. Deadline: 31 October 2020. More information here

Local Trust has released additional funding to Big Local areas
Big Local areas can now apply to the Local Trust for additional funding to help with their response to Coronavirus. More information here

Macc – Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 Grants
Ten grants of £1,000 are available to fund Hate Crime Awareness projects in the city of Manchester that take place during Hate Crime Awareness Week between 1-7 February 2021. Deadline: 12 November 2020, 12pm. More information here

Mad Trust Hardship Fund
Small one-off crisis payments for theatres that are part of the MAD family. Grants of up to £200. More information here

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund
The next round of funding from Manchester Airport will be dedicated to projects to support groups through or alleviate problems caused by the pandemic. Priorities for the next trustees’ meeting will be:

  • 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 Covid-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

Grants up to £3,000 for grassroots organisations. More information here

Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust
Emergency grants at this time where help specific to the COVID-19 crisis is being given. Usually up to £3,500. Short application form to be sent via email. More information here

Manchester Wellbeing Fund ‘Keeping in touch’ fast-track
Grants of between £250 and £500 are available to community groups who tackle isolation and support mental wellbeing. The Fund is aimed at those who are thinking about doing things differently over the winter months. Eligible costs could include:

  • craft, creative and gardening materials, including for Christmas-themed activities
  • equipment and materials for outdoor physical activity
  • basic mobile phones or smartphones
  • printing and distribution of information leaflets about support available
  • replacing a group's outdated laptop
  • group subscriptions to services such as Zoom

Food parcels, Christmas gifts or other household or personal essentials for individuals cannot be funded. Decision within 2-3 weeks. Deadline late November 2020 – apply soon.  More information here

The Manchester Wellbeing Fund
Grants of between £250 and £3,000 are available. The Manchester Wellbeing Fund wants to support groups which are developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable in our communities. The main objectives of the Fund are to develop community support around people's mental health needs; to promote mental health and wellbeing; and to challenge the stigma around mental illness. The fund is a rolling programme and locality groups meet monthly. Complete and Expression of Interest and find more information here

Masonic Charitable Foundation - Children and Young People Grants
The Foundation operates two funding streams for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 0-18 and up to the age of 25 years for disabled young people. Small unrestricted grants of between £500 and £5,000 per year for up to 3 years are available to organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. For larger organisations, large grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to 3 years are available. Large Grants Deadline: 31 October 2020. Small Grants Deadline: 23 December 2020. More information here

Morrisons Foundation
The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding of up to £25,000 for projects run by registered charities which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. More information here

Moss Side Community Fund *New 26.10.20*
Awards of between £500 and £10,000 will support projects that promote community cohesion and provide positive activities and opportunities for young people. Existing constituted groups working in Moss Side and Hulme can apply. Applications over £5,000 should be from partnerships. Deadline: 14 December 2020. Decisions by 8 January 2021. More information here

Music Education Hub Development Fund
The Youth Music Network has launched Round 2 of the Music Education Hub Development fund. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to partnerships of at least three Music Education Hub lead organisations such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations. Application form available from the 12 October 2020. Deadline: 13 November 2020. More information here

Near Neighbours Small Grants
Grants of up to £3,000 for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, developing relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their local community. The funding is for new or developed projects (not repeat or ongoing activities) which will be completed within the next 6 months. Applications accepted on a rolling basis and decisions within two weeks. Final deadline: 11 December 2020. More information here

NHS Blood and Transport *Opens 02.11.20*
Funding to raise awareness of blood and organ donations amongst BAME communities. Various grants, up to £20,000.  Applications open 2 November 2020. Deadline: 2 December 2020. To register an expression of interest contact community.funding@nhsbt.nhs.uk

North Manchester Together – Conversation to Cash
Mentoring and mini grants programme for VCSE groups in North and parts of East Manchester. C2C is a 6 month programme where groups are given an experienced mentor who will work with them to improve their organisation's governance. When this is completed in agreement with the mentor, groups will get a £2,000 grant that can be used for anything that contributes to the development of the organisation and/or activities for local people. Deadline: 30 October 2020, 12pm. More information here

Onward Community Fund
Organisations who are constituted and have their own bank account can apply for up to £5,000 towards local community projects. Projects should aim to address one or more of the following:

  • Support employment, skills and training
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing
  • Support the environment
  • Bring the community together

More information here

Our Manchester – North Manchester First 1000 Days of a Child's Life Fund
The First 1000 Days of a Child's Life Fund specifically for North Manchester opens on 19 October 2020. One grant of £100,000 and three grants of £50,000 are available. For more information email: omfunds@manchester.gov.uk or call Jez on 0786 600 1456. Deadline: 16 November 2020, 10am

Persimmon Community Champions
Each local office is giving away up to £2,000 per month to projects for the over 70’s. More information here

Peter Cruddas Foundation
Registered charities can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 16 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent. There is no minimum or maximum amount. Deadline: 1 March 2021. More information here

Plunkett Foundation – More than a Pub
A finance package of loans and grants is available to community groups in England that want to take on the ownership of their local pub. Maximum value £100,000. A total of £2.2 million is available for the current round, which runs to December 2020. Applicants must be incorporated. More information here

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 per year for up to 3 years are available to registered charities working in Peace and Sustainable Security or Environmental Sustainability. Priority is given to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000 running pioneering, scalable projects that aim to change policy and attitudes at a national or European level. Deadline: 5 February 2021. More information here

Postcode Dream Trust – Postcode Recovery Fund
Two-year grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to charities with a minimum income of £1 million. The Fund will support innovative projects that addresses a systemic societal issue related to the pandemic. Priority areas include educational inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, social exclusion and isolation, and poverty. £3 million is available in total. The application process includes a video submission. This Fund is likely to be highly competitive – consider carefully before applying. Deadline: 30 October 2020. More information here

The Prince’s Trust – Digital Futures Fund
The Trust are looking for organisations or consortia with a track record of engaging with the digital industry and young people to deliver a range of pre-employment programmes and courses over a 12-month period, which will support under-represented groups in accessing employment within the digital industry. The Trust and GMCA are holding an online sector briefing session on 13 October, 10.30am-12pm. Interested organisations can sign up for the briefing session here The fund itself will open for tender on 14 October 2020. Deadline: 18 November 2020.

The Prince’s Trust – GM Youth Employment Fund
The Trust are specifically seeking proposals from organisations and consortia who can deliver innovative employability programmes that will help young people aged 16-25 in accessing employment or training. The Fund is designed to pilot and test new approaches. An online sector briefing session will be held on 13 October from 1pm-2.30pm. Interested organisations can sign up for the briefing session here The fund will open for tender on 14 October 2020. Deadline: 18 November 2020.

PWC’s ColourBrave Charity Committee
Grants in the range of £2,000 to £25,000 are available to UK based social enterprises which have Black and Ethnic Minority leadership and/or beneficiaries. Decisions in one month. Deadline: 30 October 2020. More information here

Ragdoll Foundation – children and young people
Funding of up to £1,500 is available through the small grants programme for projects lasting up to six months and £50,000 through the large grants programme for projects lasting up to three years. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Applications to the large grants programme are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline: Next closing date for small grants programme: 30 October 2020. More information here

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
An emergency loan fund which could provide working capital for charities and social enterprises. Loans from £100,000 to £1.5m. Interest and fee-free for first 12 months. Scheme is managed by Social Investment Business. More information here

Salford CVS
Various grant programmes including Covid-19 Response Fund, Wellbeing Fund and Suicide Prevention Fund with varying deadlines. Only to members of Salford CVS. More information here

The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust continues to accept applications from charities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £5,000 for a range of causes. Applications will be considered in November 2020. More information here

Screwfix Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need. The next review of applications will be in November 2020. More information here

The Scurrah Wainwright Charity
Funding for Projects that Tackle the Root Causes of Social Inequity. Not for profit organisations that work towards a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. The funding is available to causes outside the mainstream that are unlikely to receive funding from other sources. Deadline: 14 January 2021. More information here

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
Small grants up to £1,500 available through the Ann Rylands Small Donations programme. Registered charities only with annual income below £5m. “Some funds to be allocated to charities in response to appeals of a humanitarian nature.” More information here

Smallwood Trust – Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
Women’s organisations with an income less than £1 million can apply for grants of between £20,000 - £30,000 to continue providing support for vulnerable women. Funds can cover salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs and equipment to support the adaptation of frontline services. Funds must be spent by 31 March 2021. Priority will be given to those supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women. Approximately 75 grants will be awarded at a total of around £2million. Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis so apply as soon as possible. More information here

Sport England and Crowdfunder
Matchfunding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis. Groups will need to have a crowdfunding project ongoing to apply for the additional funding. Additional funding up to £10,000 available. More information here

Sport England – Return to Play *New 26.10.20*
The new £16.5 million Return to Play Fund will support local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a particular focus on tackling inequalities. Priority for both the small grants and community asset programmes is for projects located in areas of high deprivation, with BAME communities and organisations with low reserves.
Small grants programme
£10 million is available in project grants to support local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a focus on tackling inequalities. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to groups operating a single site in England. Applications ongoing – decisions within 3 weeks. More information here
Community Asset Fund
£5 million is available in capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must be ready to start within six weeks. Small and medium scale investments of between £10,001 to £50,000 will be awarded to adapt place or spaces to enable a safe return to play. Projects must be for fixed permanent or semi-permanent, coronavirus-related capital works. Applications ongoing – decisions within 3 weeks. More information here

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Not for profit organisations and private law firms working with vulnerable young migrants can apply for grants of up to £30,000. Grants will enable the organisation to undertake strategic legal work to benefit young migrants (under the age of 25) living in poverty who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents') migration status. Average grant size is around £12,000. Deadline: 24 November 2020. More information here

Thomas Wall Trust
Grants of up to £5,000 for projects to help people build confidence, knowledge and skills to increase their prospects of gaining employment. Applicants must have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and have an annual income of under £500,000. Decisions in November 2020. More information here

True Colours Trust
Funding for organisations working with disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families. Grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations to adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. More information here

Versus Arthritis and Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund
Grants of between £1,000 – £10,000 to support and encourage local sport and physical activity projects for people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the fund will close once all of the funds have been committed. More information here

Voice4Change England COVID-19 Partnership Fund *New 26.10.20*
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community groups and organisations, working to deliver coronavirus/Covid-19 related services in England. Organisations with an annual income less than £200,000 will be prioritised. The funding is for enabling BAME organisations to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation. Priorities include:

  • Delivering Covid-19 services
  • Delivering mental health and wellbeing services
  • Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities

Grants can cover running costs and small capital costs. Apply ASAP – decision within 15 days. Deadline: 3 November 2020. More information here

The Volent Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund
The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, CICs, community organisations or social enterprises 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. Deadline: 31 December 2020. More information here

Waitrose Community Support Fund
John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose are making £1m available to their local communities for support where it is needed locally. Apply to your local Waitrose for more details. More information here

We Love Manchester COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Grants from £500 - £3,000. Use the form which is downloadable from their website here

Weston Charity Awards
The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth. The programme offers 20 charities the opportunity to receive a year of support through the Pilotlight Programme, a £6,500 unrestricted grant and the opportunity to connect with other winners. The next round will open on 30 November 2020. More information here

Will Charitable Trust
Support is available for existing or previous grant-holders to apply for up to £5,000 emergency funding. More information here

Yapp Charitable Trust
Support small registered charities (annual income less the £40,000) with grants for running costs. £3,000 grants with possibility of multi-year funding. Priorities are:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5-25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

More information here

Youth Futures Development and Impact grants
Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. The foundation are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Available to not-for-profits or statutory organisations that have been operating for three and with a track record of working with NEET young people, annual turnover of £100,000 and not at risk of financial crisis. Development grants of £30,000 - £150,000; Impact grants £100,000 - £1.2m for 5 year Impact projects. More information here

Youth Music Network
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Small grants (Fund A) of £2,000 to £30,000 are available for high quality music-making projects. Fund A deadline: 4 December 2020. More information here

Online fundraising

A fundraising platform which has agreed to waive some fees for new organisations joining to run a fundraising campaign. More information here

This is now 100% free for community organisations responding to the Coronavirus crisis. Start a campaign now

Crowdfunding support
People of the Streets are also offering to support with ‘crowdsourcing’ items that charities need. Email: hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk

Offering free support to groups to help them turn their cancelled live events into virtual ones, or to create socially integrated campaigns to help organisations replace lost fundraising income. More information here

Virgin Money Giving
Removed their usual 2% platform fee for the time being (2.5% payment processing fee remains, but donors are given the option of paying this so that charities receive all the donated funds). More information here