Notable funds which have been put together in response to the crisis:

  • National Lottery Community Fund will funnel all new funding over the next six months into tackling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. All the funding decisions it will make over this period, totalling up to £300 million, would be devoted to addressing the Covid-19 crisis. It will speed up the process of getting money to projects aimed at supporting communities through the pandemic and/or to organisations facing financial difficulties because of it.
  • National Emergencies Trust has launched an appeal which has raised over £25 million to date to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. A further £20 million in match funding has been promised from the Government.

£12.5 million worth of grants have already been paid out through the 46 Community Foundations who have an in-depth understanding of their local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues, so they can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.

  • Mayor of London, City Bridge Trust and London Funders launched a London Community Response Fund with an initial £2 million, which has now increased to over £10 million with funding from many other organisations. They continue to seek support from other funders from across sectors to bring more money together in response to community need.

The first wave of Small Grants of up to £5,000 were awarded for urgent needs with a focus on food and essentials. Wave 1 has now closed and Wave 2 is taking applications for ‘crisis response’ for grants of up to £10,000 and ‘delivering differently’ for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. Details of what funding is available is available in their website, together with information about who is eligible and the process for applying.

  • Charities Aid Foundation has launched the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund worth at least £5 million that will give grants to small charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The new fund would offer grants of up to £10,000 to groups including charities and social enterprises with incomes of less than £1 million and be paid within 14 days. Having already received requests for over £20 million of support the fund has now been paused with the intention of reopening again in the near future. Following their social media and website updates for me information.
  • Big Society Capital is planning to set up an emergency loan fund for charities, and has asked the government for its support. The fund will pool resources from a range of social lenders and is expected to amount to £100 million. The final figure will depend on how many lenders take part.

Online Funder Lists

A number of organisations are compiling lists of funding sources for charities to turn to when seeking support. Those that we have found useful and updated regularly are listed below. As other resources such as these are found we will add them below.

Charities Aid Foundation has published a list of other sources of funding that are available to support charities during this crisis. This list can be found here.

The Institute of Fundraising has also produced a list of sources of funding which can be found here.

Grants Online has also produced a list of sources of funding which can be found here

Charity Bank has also produced a list of sources of funding which can be found here:

Charity Excellence are developing a database of funders which will be launched soon. Until then a list of funding sources can be found here.

Community Foundations

There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England. National Emergencies Trust have launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s the most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak.

If you are an organisation looking for funding please find your local community foundation here.

Updated 18 April 2020