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The Women and Girl’s Match Fund

Applications for the Big Give’s new match funding campaign, The Women and Girl’s Match Fund, are open from Monday 13th December to Tuesday 11th January. The Women & Girls Match Fund is a week-long match funding campaign which will launch on International Women’s Day 2022, Tuesday 8th March.


Up to £25,000 of match funding is available per charity. Match funds have been provided by DCMS’ Tampon Tax fund.


As well as accessing Champion funds, evidence shows that donors are more likely to give, and to give more in match funding campaigns. The Big Give also offers a free suite of resources, training and guidance for all participating charities. 


Further details including eligibility, key dates and how to apply can be found here:


The Big Give is also hosting a webinar about the Women and Girls Match Fund on Tuesday 14th December at 12pm, we will provide further information about the campaign and answer any questions you may have. Sign up for the webinar here.

Suicide Prevention Fund 2021 to 2022

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available £4 million for a grant fund to support suicide prevention VCSE organisations across 2021 to 2022.


This grant fund will support services to help meet increased demand resulting from the pandemic, and will particularly focus on organisations supporting individuals from some of the groups at higher-risk of suicide. There is also a ring-fenced proportion of the grant fund to specifically help support small community-led groups and organisations up and down the country, who play a vital role in responding to local needs.


The application portal for the grant fund will open on Thursday 2nd December 2021, and close on Thursday 6th January 2022. Further information and guidance on the fund can be found at:


The fund is being administered by PwC (on behalf of DHSC), following an open tender. PwC will be holding a webinar to provide further information about applying for the fund (likely to be week commencing 6th December) and will also host a helpline for those that may need further guidance with an application. This helpline will be open throughout the entirety of the application window. Further information about this, along with the process, will be available both through the application portal and on

Derby Winter HAF

The expression of interest process for the Derby Winter Holiday and Activity Programme will open on Friday 15th October and  is being administered and managed by Community Action Derby on behalf of DCC. This DfE funding is based on providing holiday food and support for 4 days over the winter period for children between the ages of 5-16 who are in receipt of free school meals.

If you would like to apply for an opportunity to facilitate provision over this period or would like to know more details about what HAF entails, please contact Luci Rampling on:

Derby Recovery Grant Fund

The Derby Recovery Grant Fund (DRGF) provides grants of £2,000 - £6,000 for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) groups to help boost community capacity and services in Derby City post Covid and help support Covid Recovery.

Non-profit groups with an annual income of less than £500,000 - including unincorporated associations, constituted voluntary groups, registered charities, CIOs, social enterprises including companies limited by guarantee and CICs and community benefit societies - are eligible to apply.  Priority will be given to smaller organisations. If a group is awarded funding, they will not be eligible to reapply.

Groups must be able to fund 50% of the total project costs through monetary or in kind contributions.

Project Themes
Projects should fall into least one of the following themes:

  • Marginalised groups
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Loneliness
  • Poverty
  • Education/ Employment
  • Community Voice
  • Children and Young People
  • Elderly People

DRGF will fund project costs from £2,000 - £6,000. The funding will provide 50% of the total project costs, with VCSE groups providing the remaining 50% through monetary or in kind contributions.   Funding will need to be spent by 31st March 2022. 

Closing Date
Applications for funding will open on 4th October 2021 and will close on Friday 4th February 2022.  Applications will be considered monthly by the DRGF Grant Panel. Click here for an application form.

The National Emergencies Trust launches £1.2million Local Action Fund

The National Emergencies Trust has launched a £1.2million Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder UK to support community and voluntary organisations to counter the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations have the opportunity to receive up to £10,000 each in match-funding from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal.

The fund will focus on projects taking positive action for people in their communities affected by the pandemic, from supporting mental health, to assisting with financial hardship or helping communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.

Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services.

Click here to learn more.

Foundation Derbyshire Rolls-Royce Fund

For the last six years the Foundation Derbyshire Rolls-Royce Fund has targeted its grant making towards different aspects of mental health services for young people. The Fund has recognised national concerns and has echoed the dialogue around the insufficient levels of care available.

As we move through 2021 and into 2022 this theme will remain the focus of the Fund.

We are looking to fund programmes and activities that focus on resilience, mindfulness, strategies for spotting and tackling mental health issues, exercise and techniques for better mental health.

Activities could include: Access to counselling, workshops / programmes around awareness, self-help / self-care techniques or mental health training for staff, parents and volunteers working with young people

We are looking for groups and projects that already have experience of delivering in this field or who will be using professional experienced / qualified workers to implement the project where appropriate.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22

Funding of £75k - £300k for local or national programmes which can be delivered by 31 March 2022

Fund theme = Children’s Respiratory Illness: To provide extra support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021, and to raise awareness of management of paediatric respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

For VCSE organisations already delivering services, and which already have reach to the target groups (those with respiratory illness, children, parents, carers, in-hospital services) – VCSE-led partnership bids welcomed.


To fund additional/expanded services, which address gaps and which:

  • Focus on preventative activities which support safe management or reduce hospital admissions; OR

  • Raise awareness in communities experiencing health inequalities


Key dates:

  • Meet the funder event Wed 11 Aug 10am
  • Application deadline 27 Aug @ 12 noon – decisions by 13 Sept


Examples of the types of projects that could be funded are:

  • hospital charities working alongside hospital trusts to support parents/carers with children in hospital
  • raising awareness of safe management of respiratory infections in different communities using different formats/languages
  • supporting families/carers of children with respiratory illnesses to prevent their late admissions to services
  • providing helpline support to those in need.

Full details at

GSK Impact Awards

2022 GSK IMPACT Awards & new GSK Grow Programme – core funding and training for health charities

Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected. This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards. This is also the 25th anniversary of the awards, and to mark this milestone we have increased our funding and launched the new GSK Grow Programme, which will support smaller charities.

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £120,000 and £3 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The new GSK Grow Programme supports small charities with total annual income between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning organisations. They also give organisations access to a free leadership programme, designed specifically for health charities, provided by The King’s Fund. After taking part in the training, organisations can then join our network of health charities which supports ongoing service and organisational development.

To apply and find out more go to:

Closing date: 20 September 2021 at 5pm


Places Called Home from The National Lottery Community Fund

Small grant programme for up to £5,000 per project to improve community spaces and deliver sustainable activities for communities across the UK

A new funding programme 'Places Called Home', a partnership between The National Lottery Community and the world’s largest home furnishing retailer

will offer eligible groups funding awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 for activities and equipment that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Build on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.  
  • Encourage people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way. 
  • Raise awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities.  
  • Develop a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic.  
  • Revive or redesign community and common spaces to encourage shared community activities.    

Places Called Home opened for applications on 22 June 2021, and closes to applications when 1,500 applications have been received or on 6 July 2021, whichever comes first.

You can apply online from 22 June, following this link or you can email to request a pdf form to complete offline if you’d prefer.

If you’ve not applied for funding from The National Lottery Community Fund before, you’ll need to ensure that your group or organisation is eligible to apply to us. If your group or organisation is NOT eligible, even if we love your idea we cannot award a funding.

What is an eligible organisation?
You must be one of the following to submit an application:

  • voluntary and community organisation 
  • constituted group or club 
  • registered charity 
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 
  • not-for-profit company 
  • community interest company (CIC) 
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school) 
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council) 
  • community benefit society. 

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals  
  • sole traders  
  • organisations that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution  
  • organisations based outside the UK  
  • one individual or organisation applying on behalf of another  
  • people under the age of 18  

In addition:

  • You must have a UK bank account or building society account for your group or organisation. It needs to be in the legal name of your organisation, with at least two unconnected people who are able to manage the account
  • It must be with a UK based bank or Building Society which is covered and authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. They must also be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
  • The account must require at least two unconnected and unrelated signatories to authorise all withdrawals and transactions.
  • You will need to submit a bank statement that is less than 3 months old with your online application.
  • Your organisation should have at least two unconnected people on the board or committee. By unconnected, we mean not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship, or people living together at the same address. 
  • You will need to give the details of a main contact (usually the person completing the application form) and a senior contact (usually someone on your Board or equivalent) – their full names, date of birth and their home addresses (not the address of the organisation).
  • You will also need to consider how your project will keep people safe and confirm that you have an up to date safeguarding policy in place. For more info on safeguarding please take a look at our website.
  • You will also need to make sure your project is addressing any potential barriers for people to take part, including communities experiencing ethnic or racial inequity, discrimination or inequality, disabled people, Travellers, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are seeking asylum or who are refugees.

For more information about the Fund’s commitment to equality of opportunity please see our website

Best wishes

The Places Called Home team


Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Victims Fund

The MoJ has launched a recent fund with Comic Relief to support smaller, specialist organisations that work with victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, who are led ‘by, with and for’ communities facing racial inequality, disabled people or LGBT+ communities.

Funds will support activities and offer wrap-around support which improves digital and remote capacity, provides continuity in support, and enhances future sustainability. Investments will be disbursed in September 2021 and run for up to six months. Funds must be spent by March 2022 The deadline for applications is Tuesday 20 July.

For more information, please contact Alex Campbell on

Public Health England (PHE) Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2021-2022

Do you work with people who are vulnerable? Maybe young people? Or people who identify as gay, bisexual, or transgender? Or who are from an ethnic minority? It is likely that these vulnerable people are at risk of poor sexual and reproductive health. 

There is an upcoming grant opportunity aimed at the voluntary sector. For the past 5 years, PHE has provided an annual fund to support organisations to lead new approaches in addressing inequalities in sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV.

Proposals, that cover Derby City or Derbyshire County or both, will be accepted to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration. Previous years have seen allocation of grants of between £25,000 and £75,000

The fund usually opens in August, with bid submissions by mid-September. In the past, PHE has provided a webinar to support your bid development. This will be announced when the fund goes live. In the meantime, members from Derby City and County Council Public Health have arranged a number of meetings to support organisations that may be interested in applying. If this could be you, please contact Bernie Brown or Helen Atkin at or respectively for more information.

The National Forest Grant Scheme

The National Forest is looking for new ways to support the health and wellbeing of those who live in the National Forest and are pleased to announce a new grant scheme to fund work to achieve this. Projects supported by the Forest Society grant scheme will encourage new and diverse audiences to get involved with Forest activities, increase participation overall, and will use local woodlands to harness the wellbeing benefits of spending times outdoors and connecting to nature.

We are inviting applicants to come forward with new and innovative ideas for projects that take inspiration from the National Forest and will improve health and wellbeing and encourage participation, particularly amongst communities that may have been harder hit by Covid-19. Eligible organisations include, but are not limited to, voluntary groups, businesses, community groups, creative organisations, artists, facilitators, charities, social enterprises and CICs.

The scheme is open now and the deadline for submission for applications is Tuesday 29 June. Further information and application forms are available here on the National Forest website.

If you require further information or an informal discussion about a project idea, please contact Hollie Davison at or call 07816364775.  

Global’s Make Some Noise

Grants are available for small charities working to achieve change for disadvantaged communities across the UK.  The aim of this funding is to support small charities working across four key focus areas:

  • Providing safety and shelter
  • Supporting physical and/or mental health
  • Developing life skills
  • Reducing isolation or improving inclusion

Charities can apply for a minimum of £20,000 and a maximum of £30,000 for 12 months of funding from 1 April 2022.  The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 28 May 2021.

For more information, please go to: How to apply for funding - Make Some Noise

Side by Side Fund

The Fund will award grants of up to £500 to peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England and Wales to connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable. The peer support, mutual aid or self-help group must benefit people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma and distress.

For more information, please click here.

ESF Community Grants

The ESFA Community Grants funding programme gives small, voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity.

For information please click here.

Windrush Community Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects that raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.


Projects awarded the minimum funding of £2,500 must be delivered within six months of receipt of funding.  Projects awarded between £2,501 and £25,000 must be delivered within 12 months of receipt of funding.

For more information and an application form visit the Windrush Community Fund website.

Applications close on 30 June 2021.


Music for All - Community Project Funding

Grants of up to £2000 are available to community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.

The funding is for groups that need support to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities can apply.

Typically, community grants are given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered.

The main aspects that the trustees look for in an application are:

  • The number of new musicians the project will create and support.
  • The sustainability of the project
  • Whether there are any other organisations supporting the project that can help with funding, or if funding applications have been made to other charities.


Application for this round are welcome from the following types of projects:

  • Projects based on guitars and/or ukuleles.
  • Projects based on innovation in remote music tuition
  • Projects based on clarinets - up to eight clarinets will be awarded.

For more information visit the Music for All website. Please note the deadline for applications is 1 July 2021.


Magic Little Grants Fund 2021

Small one-off grants (maximum £500) are available to small charities and community groups to launch or deliver their services.

To access the Magic Little Grants Fund, applicants must be eligible to join Localgiving by:

  • Having charitable aims that are not solely for the advancement of religion.
  • Operating on local/regional community initiatives and not be a national charity.
  • Having a UK bank account in the group’s name.
  • Have an annual income under £250,000 or be in their first year of operation.

For more information about the criteria and details of how to apply visit the Magic Little Grants website.


Empowering Women Fund

Grants are available for small women's groups and organisations to support the development of innovative ways of empowering women in their local area, and to build organisations' capacity.

Maximum value:  £ 25,000

The following levels of funding are available:

Seed Funding grants
Grants of £500 - £1,000 are available to small women's groups to establish and run micro women's empowerment projects in their local area that support women to build skills and confidence, and decrease social isolation.

Women's Sector grants
Small grants from £1,000 - £5,000 and large grants from £5,000 - £25,000 are available for women's groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least six months.

For more information visit the Empowering Women Fund website.

The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021 (5pm).

Barchester Charitable Foundation

Grants are available for small groups and charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual.

The Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical, learning or mental disability; supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.

Grants range from £100 to £5,000.

For more information visit the Barchester Foundation website.


Sport England Return to Play: Active Together

Since May 2020, Sport England has been running a successful crowdfunding initiative called Active Together, helping sports clubs and other organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain themselves throughout the Covid-19 crisis. 

Sport England has supported campaigns with a financial pledge towards their target fundraising amount, but in addition to this, they've provided:

  • free 1-2-1 coaching by experts
  • advice and guidance on campaign improvements
  • access to free online courses
  • free 30-minute webinars, monthly

For more information visit the Sport England website.

Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports support high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.  There are two strands: Small Grants and Main Grants.

Open Grants – Small Grants Programme: Innovative, arts-based small projects, pilots, or research & development to inform a new project or programme of work. Applications for up to £1,500 are accepted.

Open Grants – Main Grants Programme: Larger or longer-term new projects, or proposals that significantly develop the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of Main Grants awarded are in the region of £5k - £20k, however they accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

For more information about how to apply visit the Ragdoll Foundation’s website.

Made By Sport – Clubs in Crisis

The Clubs in Crisis Fund is open for applications from clubs and community organisations that use sport or exercise to develop young people’s lives.  Your organisation must be using sport or exercise to support young people in one of the following ways:

– Developing life skills
– Building strong communities
– Improving mental health
– Developing employability skills
– Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour

To be eligible your organisation’s income must be under £75,000 per year and 90% of the membership must be between the ages of 5 and 25.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate that the pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially - this funding is not for setting up new activities.  The maximum grant is £2,021.

Applications are via Foundation Derbyshire. For more information visit Clubs in Crisis and to chat to someone about your application email Foundation Derbyshire’s Grants Team - applications close at the end of May 2021. Decisions will be made towards the end of June 2021

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Racial Equity Funding 

The Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Racial Equity funding strand is now open.  Small charities and community organisations that are led by and for members of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities can now apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000.  This strand is open to charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million.

To be eligible, applicants need to be supporting people from specific communities to overcome any one of 11 complex social issues.

Successful applicants will receive two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 and support from the Foundation’s regional managers who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.

There are no deadlines. Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

For more information visit the Lloyds Bank foundation website

Cash for Kids - deadline 12 March 2021

Cash for Kids – grants to support disadvantaged children & young people in the Midlands

Cash for Kids in the Midlands, in partnership with Free Radio, Gem Radio, Signal 1 and Greatest Hits Radio, are making grants of up to £3,000 available to families, groups or local charities which support children & young people who are affected by poverty, illness, neglect or who have additional needs.

Cash for Kids believes that every child should be able to achieve their potential and live life to the full. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes; including the purchase of specialist equipment, the delivery of activities for children in areas of deprivation, specialist service provision, speech, language or music therapy, mental health, trauma & bereavement counselling & short UK-based respite breaks. The full eligibility criteria is available on the website. Support is available for young people up to the age of 18 living in the broadcast areas of one of the partner radio stations. Applications are accepted online only and close at midnight on Friday 12 March 2021.

For more information click here


Windrush Community Fund – Phase 2 opens 1 April and closes 30 June

You can apply for funding to support activities that focus on promoting and raising awareness of the Windrush Scheme, the Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both, to members of your community who are able to apply for them.

Your application must outline what the funding is for and how predicted costs will contribute to the project’s activities.

Activities could include:

  • holding events
  • producing and distributing marketing materials
  • accessing and using communication channels
  • securing support from partners

For more information visit

East Midlands Airport Community Fund – deadline 22 March 2021

The fund is dedicated to bringing lasting benefit to those areas most affected by the East Midlands Airports operations. The maximum grant is £2,000; however, they limit funding for sports kits to £500.

To be eligible for a grant your project must meet at least one of the following:

  • Provide help to community groups which are supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • To bring the community closer together through facilities for sport, recreation and other leisure time activities
  • Supporting young people to prepare for the world of work and make work an inspiring choice
  • Offer environmental improvement and/or heritage conservation
  • Improve awareness of environmental issues through environmental education
  • Encourage and/or protect wildlife 

For more information visit

Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation – deadlines 20th of each month

Small grants of between £100 - £1000 are available to small UK based registered charities. Organisations must have been established for at least 1 year. The Foundation is interested in funding:

  • Care of those suffering from disease
  • Caring in the community for disabled and people on the margin
  • End of life
  • Education
  • Interfaith project with a focus engendering tolerance and breaking down prejudice
  • Medical projects

For more information visit

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund – deadline 31 March

UK Charities and community groups can apply for a maximum grant of £1000 which meets one or more of the following four areas:

  • Connecting the community – reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of communities
  • Relieving poverty; improving health and wellbeing of communities
  • Advancing education and experience for young people.

Community events, charities, schools and community group activities must be local to one of NFU mutual business operations across the UK.

For more information visit

Youth Covid19 Support Fund - deadline 12 February


The £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, to help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open. The funding has been allocated from the £750 million charities support package and £1.7m of the £16.5m has been allocated to vital youth work qualifications and training.

To distribute funding as soon as possible, we will make initial awards on a rolling basis, prioritising those deemed to have the greatest need against the stated criteria. All applications submitted by the deadline will be considered and will not be disadvantaged by applying later. However, we do encourage early applications, so that we can make timely awards of funding for pressing cases.  For further information visit


Mental Health Sustainability Fund

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k.

VCSE mental health organisations have a vital role working in the community providing support to anyone who has a mental health need but continues to face many challenges in delivering services during COVID-19, intensified by the lockdowns and varying tier systems. It is vital that service providers working in the community are supported to enable them to continue delivering essential, life-saving services to people who need it most so it can be effective and sustainable during and after the pandemic.

As such, we are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities. We will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.

To apply for the fund, please read more here and ensure you complete and return an application form to Daniah Hafez before 11:59pm on Sunday 13 December 2020.

The Ironmongers' Company Funding - deadline 15 December

The Ironmongers’ Company – deadline 15 December 2020 

The Ironmongers’ Company supports projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Grants are given to registered charities and projects must meet all of the following criteria:

•    For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
•    Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
•    Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
•    Are within the UK

For more information visit The Ironmongers' Company website

ISLA Foundation, Tipping Point Grants

Deadline: Thursday 12 November 2020

A programme has been launched for projects offering creative solutions to homelessness, particularly on multi-agency, multi-sector approaches to ending it for good! This includes tackling the root causes, tackling re-insertion into society or developing a respice to the challenges which have arisen as a result of COVID-19

Community groups and small (minimum annual income of £75,000) to medium sized organisations (minimum annual income of £250,000) working to address the issues of homelessness can apply.

The Foundation encourages organisations to partner up.

For more information and the application form please visit ISLA Foundation – Tipping Point

Peter Sowerby Foundation Increasing Access Fund

Deadline: Monday 16 November 2020

The new Increasing Access Fund is targeted to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the COVID-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs.

The fund will give to organisation nationally working within their key domains:

  • 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

There are three funding strands:

  • Digital Healthcare breakthrough grants – the foundation will award five large grants of up to £100,000 in the area of innovation and transformation in health and social care through digital delivery
  • Digital Good Causes grants – grant of up to £25,000 seeking to transform or adapt new services digitally
  • Adapted Good Causes grants – grant up to £25,000 to pilot, test or launch new services in light of COVID-19

Summary of key information:

  • This grant is aimed at new grantees.
  • The fund is likely to be highly competitive and they may close the fund early so get in quick
  • They cannot discuss your application before submission
  • Open to charities, CICs, registered social and healthcare providers

For further information and the application guidance please visit:

Emergency Fund for Disabled People's Organisations

Emergency funding is available for organisations that work with disabled people. Further information below: 

The Midlands has received £174,000 to distribute amongst grassroot DPOs in response to Covid-19 related needs, in one or more of the following three areas:

Independent living

DPOs may apply for funding between £1,000 and £25,000 with the funding period being 8 months from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. It may be worth noting that all the money must be spent by the end of this period, so be realistic with the amount you apply for. It is expected that around:

•    50% of grants will be between £1,000 and £5,000;
•    25% of grants will be between £5,000 and £15,000; and
•    25% of grants will be between £15,000 and £25,000.

The application process is a simple online form with five sections. Click here for application form

For more information email or

East Midlands Airport Covid-19 Fund

EMA Community Fund:

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all of us, but people who struggle in normal times have been pushed even further into hardship. This is why in April 2020 we took the decision to temporarily freeze our EMA Community Fund and Community Sponsorship programmes, in order to redirect this money to community groups which are supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You may be aware that our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has already awarded funds of over £23,000 to 36 local community groups including food banks, local groups making scrubs for the NHS, providing bikes for key workers so they can continue to get to work without having to use public transport, supporting the elderly and a range of other great causes.

The fund is currently open for a second round of applications and the application form can be found here: .  

Should you wish to make an application for funding, or should you know of any other local community groups that could benefit, please do get your application in before 31 August as we will close applications on that date, after which our Community Fund will revert to it’s pre-Covid Constitution.  

More information can also be found on our website here

Emergency Funding for Homeless Organisations – deadline 14 September 

Local homelessness organisations that require emergency financial assistance can apply for grants of up to £100,000 to the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund. A total funding pot of £5.5 million is available.

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homeless organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

The funding is available to organisations with a turnover of less than £5 million per year. There is now one funding stream – National Lottery Funding. 

For more information visit the Homelessness Fund website

GSK Impact Awards for health charities – deadline 14 September 

Health-related charities that have been operating for three years or more and have an annual income between £80,000 and £2.5 million can apply for core funding grants of up to £40,000.  

For more information visit the GSK Impact Awards website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – COVID Recovery Fund - deadline 11 September 

Lloyds Bank Foundation has launched a 7.4 million COVID-19 funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis.

The Foundation says: 'From our conversations with small and local charities and the wider sector, we know that to be able recover from this health crisis charities need unrestricted funding and the space and support to adapt their organisational, income generation and service delivery models which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. To meet these needs, our COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.'

For more information visit the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.

Funding to increase employment prospects - deadline for EOI 4 September

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for people aged 11 or older in order to increase their employment prospects within the UK.

To be eligible charities applying for funding will need to have an annual income of £500,000 or less. The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust. Grants will be awarded in November 2020.

For more information visit the Thomas Wall Trust website.

Baring Foundation - art for mental health grants – deadline 18 August 

The Foundation is awarding grants of £12k to £15k from a £900k fund to support organisations that specialise in providing creative opportunities to people, including children and young people, with mental health problems.  This must be the organisation’s sole focus and must employ the skills of professionally trained artists.

For more information visit the Baring Foundation website. 

Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social Enterprise Support Fund – Round 2 opens 13 August 

A support fund for social enterprises, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has opened and is taking applications now.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund, delivered by Key Fund, UnLtd, SSE, Resonance and Big Issue Invest is taking applications from ventures aiding those at direct health risk from Covid-19, or those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. For example, supporting people through loneliness and isolation, or supporting BAME communities who experience health inequalities.
Applications are particularly encouraged from enterprises led by people with direct lived experience of the social issues they are trying to solve.

Please visit Social Enterprise Support Fund website for more information.

Clinks COVID-19 Response Grants - deadline 17 August

Grants are available for voluntary organisations that work in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to support their vital work during coronavirus/COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Response Grants scheme is administered by Clinks on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice. The funding is intended to support voluntary organisations who have had to reduce service provision or are adapting their services to deliver vital support to people in the criminal justice system due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information visit the Clinks website.

Common Call Fund - for BAME organisations

Charities and social enterprises – led by Black founders and people of colour – can now apply to receive a new grant funding of up to £3,000 to ‘socially empower’ their community-focused impact work. 

The Common Call fund is jointly set up by Do It Now Now (DINN), an open innovation organisation working to socially empower Black communities globally, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a charitable independent funder focused on supporting young creatives.

Black social founders can access the unrestricted monetary fund, ranging from £1k to £3k, to continue their work in creating an impact in deprived communities and supporting people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible applicants will also receive access to monthly expert-led webinars, tailor-made strategic coaching, opportunity to be a member of the Black and Good Community for one-year, and support to apply for future funding through larger social investment funds.

Commenting on the launch of the fund, Bayo Adelaja, Fund Manager, said: “When a financial crisis hits, the Black people that are sacrificing portions of their salaries and their time to increase opportunities for social mobility for other Black people are no longer able to do so. Common Call aims to socially empower Black people to actively engage in the communities in which they live and to create a positive impact on their families.

“Our goal is to make it easier for Black people with lived experience of key issues in their communities to build and sustain social enterprises and charitable organisations that solve the problems they had to fight to overcome. The beneficiaries of the organisations we fund will primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.”

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “It is clear that the effects of this pandemic are not falling equally, and this is true for organisations as much as it is for individuals. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the Common Call fund, which will support Black-led social enterprises and charities not only to survive the impact of the pandemic, but to thrive. We look forward to seeing the impact of the Common Call fund, both in communities now, and in the longer term.”

The first round of applications is open throughout August 2020 and funds will be disbursed in October 2020.

For more information visit the I am new generation website


Funding for patient involvement in healthcare

Applications are open for East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Funding . Up to 15 awards of £1,000 will be offered to successful groups in the East Midlands region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups, who want to involve patients and citizens in research and healthcare.

We particularly welcome applications that demonstrate the involvement of seldom heard and underserved communities.   

Applications for the funding will be considered by a panel including representatives from the East Midlands Patient Public Involvement Senate, an independent group of patients and carers with varied health and service user experience.

Applications to the scheme are now open and the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020.


For more information, for terms and conditions and to apply you can visit our website


Alternatively, I’d be happy to talk to you about the funding and application process. Please get in touch either by responding to this email or call 0777 361 0744.


Tesco Bags of Help - applications wanted!

The Tesco Bags of Help Fund is looking for applications!

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. with the situation of the Coronavirus.

Link to apply:

Eligible organisations impacted by COVID19 and those supporting direct beneficiaries will be prioritised (such as homeless, refuges, hospices, food banks and support for vulnerable and isolated)




Blue Spark Foundation

Blue Spark Foundation - Small grants to help children and young people reach their full potential

Schools, colleges, and community groups in England can apply for grants through the Blue Spark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting, and other projects.

Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

The funding provided can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits).

For further information visit the Blue Spark Foundation website. 

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

For more information visit the Tesco bags of help website.  

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

The Association of Dogs and Cats Home (ADCH) has launched an Emergency Fund for animal rescue centres across the UK to help them continue their vital work during the coronavirus crisis –

GSK IMPACT Awards 2021 - entries open 1 July

The Impact Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Now in their 24th year, this annual competition offers cash prizes to registered charities that work in the fields of health and social care. The awards are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health in the UK. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The Kings Fund.

Charities that are registered and located in the UK, that have been in existence for at least three years, have a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million, and target community health needs in the UK may enter this competition. Charities registered in the UK but working in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can apply.

The full details of the 2021 Awards can be found from 1 July 2020 on  King's Fund website

Biffa Funding for Partnership Projects

Biffa is looking for exciting projects that will inspire generations, attract huge visitor numbers or help wildlife to survive and thrive. 

Expressions of Interest are invited for both the ‘Built Environment’ and ‘Natural Environment’ Partnership Grants Scheme in the second of two rounds in 2020.

The Partnership Projects scheme offers grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 for inspiring projects that will create a significant impact.

The funding is for large-scale projects that address the following:

  • Built Environment projects should transform cultural, heritage or visitor centres. They should inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation on a grand scale.
  • Natural Environment projects should restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it, promoting nature’s recovery. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 2020, England’s Biodiversity Strategy to reduce biodiversity loss, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as they are located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill site and within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland. The organisation and project must be eligible for enrolment and registration with ENTRUST, the scheme regulator.

Further details can be found on the Biffa Award website.

Standard Life Foundation - deadline 5 February 2021

Standard Life Foundation funds research, campaigning and policy work which has the potential to improve financial well-being at a national scale. More specifically, they look to support work which will:

  • Increase incomes for those on low-to-middle incomes.
  • Ensure people have an adequate safety net, building savings and assets.
  • Reduce the cost of living, making sure those on lower incomes are not paying more.
  • Address issues related to spending and borrowing, particularly where it becomes problematic.


The funding programmes focus on income, spending and assets.

Grant sizes: £10k - £200k

For more information visit the Standard Life Foundation website. 

Stop Loan Sharks Community Funding – deadline 31 August

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. Funding has become available from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.

There are five aims of the scheme:

  • Innovative
  • Community Engagement
  • Impact
  • Legacy
  • Value for Money

Local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, school and statutory agencies can apply for up to £5,000.

For further information visit the Stop Loan Sharks website.  

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme - deadline 8 August

Government Opens Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme with £3.2m – deadline 8 August

The Home Office is providing a further £3.2 million to support places of worship in England and Wales that feel they are vulnerable to hate crime.

Grants of up to £56,000 can cover the costs of up to three security measures from the following list:

  • CCTV (fixed cameras, not pan-tilt cameras)
  • Fencing and/or railings (no more than 2.1m high)
  • Manually operated pedestrian and vehicle gates
  • Automated vehicle gates
  • Security doors and locks
  • Reinforcing single glazed windows (with anti-shatter film or bars/grilles)
  • Intruder alarms
  • Access control (fob or keypad)
  • Video intercom systems
  • Lighting (building mounted)

The funding only covers the provision and installation of these security measures. It does not cover other associated costs such as licensing and planning permission, or ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance and monitoring.

Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Ironmongers' Company - deadline 31 July

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Are within the UK

For more information visit the Ironmongers' Company website. 

Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Fund - deadline 20 July

Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Covid 19 Emergency Support Fund – deadline 20 July

Grants for charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation in England to ensure existing services remain open and to create additional capacity during the Covid 19 crisis.

£10 million is being awarded in two rounds.  Prospective applicants are expected to apply for a maximum of £100,000 per individual bid.

Applicants must be charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation services in England.  The fund will support charities from 1 April to 31 October 2020.

For further information visit the Gov.UK website.   

Frugi Happy Childhood Fund - deadline 8 July

Frugi is looking for small grass roots charities in UK communities that are supporting children living in poverty. The organisation would love to help as many charity projects as possible, focussing on its three pillars: Hunger, Shelter and Nature.

It is looking for small projects to fund in their entirety, not running costs.

A registered charity number is essential so please make sure you have this to hand before applying.


Examples of the project types

Hunger – food banks, community kitchens, holiday hunger

Shelter – homelessness, community centres, foster care

Nature & outdoor spaces – community gardens, experiences, parks and playgrounds


For more information click here

Police Blagrave Trust

Police Blagrave Trust – Challenge and Change fund for young people – deadline 27 July 2020

Challenge and Change is a fund to support young people affected by injustices and those working across England to create positive change.

The fund is for 18 -25 years old, working at the hard edge of injustice that have radical ideas, dreams and visions for a just and fair world for all. The Trust will invest in you and your work and offer a package of mentoring and network support to help take your work to the next level. Grants are available for between £1,000 - £10,000:

For more information visit


Government funding for schools

Government funding to help schools with exceptional costs related to COVID-19 – deadline 21 July

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is providing funding to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019 to 2020 summer term.

There are three cost categories against which applicants can make a claim:

  • Increased premises related costs (including utilities) required to keep schools open over school holiday periods, for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
  • Support for free school meal for eligible children who are not attending school, where the costs are not covered by the national voucher scheme.
  • Additional cleaning, over and above existing cleaning arrangements, where applicants have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The level of funding depends on the number of pupils and ranges from up to £25,000 for mainstream schools of up to 250 pupils to £75,000 for mainstream schools exceeding 1,000 pupils.

Special schools and alternative provision can receive up to £50,000.

Funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools and alternative provisions, including:

  • Primary/secondary/all through maintained schools, academies, and free schools
  • 16 to 19 academies and maintained schools
  • Maintained special schools
  • Special academies and free schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Alternative provision academies and free schools
  • Maintained hospital schools and academies.

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The Edge Foundation – Post Covid-19 Revival Fund - deadline 9 July (midday)

In response to the coronavirus, the Edge Foundation has launched a one-off £250,000 fund to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to all educational establishments or not-for-profit organisations working within the education sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build a better future.

For more information visit The Edge Foundation website.

DEFRA Food Charities Grant Fund – deadline 6 July

Grants of up to £100,000 are available 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't 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, newly homeless people.

For more information visit the Gov.UK website.   


BBC Children in Need Covid-19 Next Steps Grants Programme – deadline 1 July

BBC Children in Need has launched the Covid-19 Next Steps Grants Programme – deadline 1 July. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £80,000 to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must start in September 2020 and can last for upto 18 months. The programme is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

To be eligible, organisations must be registered with the appropriate body, such as the Charity Commission or Companies House (unless the organisation currently holds a BBC Children in Need grant). BBC Children in Need will not be accepting applications from educational institutions (including schools), prisons, hospitals or other statutory bodies.

For more information visit the Children in Need website.

Heritage Emergency Fund – deadline 30 June

In response to the coronavirus, the Heritage Fund launched a £50 million mergency fund to support people and organisations working in heritage across the UK. Now in its second phase, additional funding of between £50,000 and £250,000 will be available to past and current grantees to cover essential costs for up to four months. This might include independent heritage attractions that are highly dependent on visitor income, contributions towards increasing digital activities, and testing new activities to help recovery. The aim of the fund is to provide support for exceptional cases of larger scale and to protect heritage at severe and immediate risk.

For more information visit the Heritage Fund website.

Forces Communities Together Programme – deadline 30 June

Under the Forces Communities Together Programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Trust will award small grants towards creative and engaging projects that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

This programme is part of a package of support the Trust has put in place to provide support to Armed Forces communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and the social restrictions that are in place.

The Forces Communities Together programme is part of a wider group of programmes that will provide support for projects tackling some of the social challenges that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In August 2020, the Trust will also launch the Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme, which will award grants of up to £20,00 for projects that will aim to reduce isolation or improve engagement in their local areas for people from Armed Forces communities.

For more information visit the Covenant Fund website. 

Sport England - deadline 24 June

Sport England – deadline 24 June

Sport England has launched a new programme to support innovative projects that reduce inequalities and help those most affected by the impact of coronavirus to get active. In particular, Sport England wants to support projects from individuals and organisations specifically developed to support women, people on low incomes, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people or people living with long-term health conditions. Successful applicants will be supported with a combination of advice, further training, insight, access to connections across the industry, and funding. The funding element of the programme will consist of a grant of up to £50,000 from a total funding pot of £1 million. There is a short application window. 

For more information visit  the Sport England website


National Lottery - Emerging Futures Fund

National Lottery Community Fund – Emerging Futures Fund  deadline 25 June (5pm) 

Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to help communities transition from the immediate Covid-19 crisis towards recovery and renewal. The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a £1 million Emerging Futures Fund to help organisations look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the future. Due to social distancing rules it is expected that a lot of projects will take place online. Consideration must be given to people who are digitally excluded, or need support with their digital capabilities. Funding can be used for costs such as staff salaries, project activities, running costs, and equipment.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25 June 2020.

For more information visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.


Derbyshire Freemasons Covid Grant

Derbyshire Freemasons 'COVID Grant' Application Form - £250 

This pot of funding is open to registered and non-registered charities that can demonstrated how they are helping people and making a difference to people during the COVID crisis. Once an application has been received it will be reviewed by the Disaster Relief Committee and successful applicants will be contacted in due course.   

For more information and an application form click here.

Derbyshire Freemasons Covid 19 Fund

The Disaster Relief Committee and the Provincial Grand Charity have together created an application process to allow them to award one off grants of £250 to organisations supporting people during the Covid 19 crisis.

Completion of the form does not guarantee a grant will be made.  All applications will be considered by the committee.  Applicants must clearly describe how they are supporting people during the crisis and what the money will be used for.

For further information visit the website.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

The total fund is £200 million in Government funding and is specifically aimed at small to medium size charities. 

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.
For more information visit the National Lottery Community Fund website. 

Independent Age - deadline 4 June 2020

Independent Age have announced a £2 million grants fund to be distributed in four rounds for grants up to £15,000 to assist smaller charities and organisations who are supporting older people who need help in the current Coronavirus pandemic.

For more information visit the Independent Age website.

Youth Endowment Fund

Youth Endowment Fund –£ 6.5 million - deadline 3 June 2020 (12pm)

Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have seen access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services dramatically reduced. The result is that some of our most vulnerable young people have both lost the support they relied on and become increasingly invisible.
Many organisations who are passionate about young people are working hard to find creative ways to address this at a time when their own financial security hangs in the balance.  Whilst some continue with their face-to-face work, an increasing number of organisations are turning to digital and virtual activities to deliver their support.
Our dual aims with this grant round are to help reach and support vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to 14)  at risk of youth violence, and to learn the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guideline

This Endowment Fund will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to14) at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay at home guidance. 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.  

For more information visit the Youth Endowment Fund website. 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Emergency Funding

Organisations that are already in receipt of funding from the Esmee Fairbairn foundation may be eligible to receive a share of £16million of additional funding which has been made available in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

For more information visit the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation website.


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.

For more information visit the Ernest Hecht Foundation website  

Childs Charitable Trust - Emergency Funding

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.

For more information visit the The Childs Charitable Trust website.

The Will Charitable Trust - Emergency Funding

 The Will Charitable Trust is currently focussing on providing grants of up to £5,000 to charities in urgent financial need that have previously received support, so that they can concentrate on their response to the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Further funds will be made available next month for potentially larger awards.

For more information visit the Will Charitable Trust website.

Thomas Pocklington Trust – Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Organisations 

To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. £500,000 of essential support will be available to those organisations that are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.

Grants will be available of up to £10,000 or the equivalent of two months running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

For more information visit the Pocklington Trust website.


Social Investment Business - Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.  

This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.

For more information visit the SIB website.


Government funding for children affected by domestic abuse

The Home Office has given £3.1 million to specialist services for children who have been directly and indirectly affected by domestic abuse. The new funding will be divided between local authorities, children’s charities and Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales.

In addition, a ‘ground-breaking’ Domestic Abuse Bill will introduce a wide range of measures to support victims and survivors and punish perpetrators. The Government has also provided additional support to help those at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, including:

•    Home Secretary provides an additional £2 million to immediately bolster domestic abuse helplines and online support.
•    Ministry of Justice provides £600,000 in funding to support remote based support services for domestic abuse and sexual violence victims.
•    Department of Education is making £12 million available to support at risk children impacted by coronavirus, including children affected by domestic abuse.
•    Local government gets £3.2 billion to support those who need it most, including domestic abuse victims.

For more information visit the Gov.UK website.  

Historic England COVID 19 Fund - Emergency Response Fund

Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund extends a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time. Grants will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic and prepare for recovery.

Applicants are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of up to £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills.

For more information visit the Historic England website.

Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in, at risk of, youth violence. 

For more information visit the Youth Endowmwnt Fund website. 

Tampon Tax Fund - deadline 31 May 2020

Applications are welcome from organisations that are supporting women and girls who are disadvantaged as a consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Tampon Tax Fund supports projects that improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.
Project activities should focus on one of three broad categories:

•    Violence against women and girls.
•    Young women's mental health and well being.
•    General programme 

There is a total of £15 million for the current fund with nearly £12 million earmarked for England. The minimum grant is £1 million.
Applications will be considered from individual organisations or formal consortia of charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations based and working in the UK.

For more information visit the Civil Society website.

National Lottery Community Fund for Covid 19 projects

The National Lottery Community Fund have recently launched their support for voluntary/community organisations with COVID-19 Projects over the next six months.  Any COVID-19 projects will be prioritised over other applications. National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

They're looking to fund COVID-19 projects and organisations that either:

•    support people who are at high risk from COVID-19
•    support communities most likely to face challenges because of the COVID-19 lockdown measures
•    have the resources, connections, expertise or knowledge to be able to help communities through the pandemic.

For more information visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.

If you would like some support completing a COVID-19 application form you can email the team here at Community Action and they will call you back for a chat to help with your application.

Youth Music Emergency Fund - deadline 15 May

Youth Music has announced a new Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus. The fund is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, PayPal, and the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

The Fund will prioritise individuals and organisations in the most immediate need and make quick decisions and payments. Grants of up to £10,000 are available and organisations do not need to have held a Youth Music grant to be eligible to apply.

For more information visit the Youth Music Network, Emergency Fund website

English Cricket Board – Emergency Support Programmes for Cricket Clubs and Leagues

Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply for two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the Covid 19 pandemic.

There are two schemes:

•    Emergency Loan Scheme – aims to support affiliated cricket clubs by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day to day running and maintenance costs.  Awards are up to £5,000 for clubs with a junior section and up to £3,000 for clubs with an adult section only.
•    Return to Cricket Grant Scheme – aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances 
Applications can be generated from:
•    Clubs that are prevented from taking out an Emergency Loan by their own constitution or articles
•    Cricket leagues (open age or junior)
•    Clubs that have an annual turnover of less that £15,000
For more information visit the ECB website.   

Small Grants for Mental Health Related Projects

Small grants for Mental Health Related Projects – National Survivor User Net work (NSUN) COVID-19 Fund 

The NSUN has launched a new grant fund for peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid 19. The fund is available to support user led organisations and smaller unconstituted community groups who might not be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1,000 will be available that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill health, trauma and distress during Covid 19.  

To be eligible to apply you must be a member of NSUN, membership is free for user led organisations and community groups. For more information visit  the NSUN website. Groups without a bank account may still be able to apply - to find out about eligibility email NSUN

Architecture Heritage Fund

The Architecture Heritage Fund is committed to supporting our loan clients, grant holders and applicants as best we are able through the challenging period brought on by COVID-19. 

At present, we aim to continue assessing and awarding grants as advertised. If you have a query regarding an application, please call 020 7925 0199 or email 
If you are a grant or loan recipient and have a query, please contact your AHF Officer.

For more information on support available to charities and social enterprises during COVID-19 click here for a handy guide.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund

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 £20k available through the Veterans Should Not be Forgotten scheme. Other programmes to be announced shortly.

For more information visit the Covenant Fund Trust website.

Charity Bank

As a result of Coronavirus many organisations are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members while having to cancel fundraising activities.

For a list of emergency funds for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties please visit the Charity Bank website.   

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for.

For more information visit the Standard Life Foundation website. 


National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage. Organisations which are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

For more information visit the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

Charity funding from the Government - update 

The government is providing a £750m support package for UK charities during the coronavirus outbreak. Plans are currently being drawn up for the design and delivery of the funding, including money delivered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). 

£360m will be allocated by the government departments to charities providing ‘key services’ and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. What constitutes a ‘vulnerable person’ is yet to be determined. This includes:

£200m for hospices to help increase capacity and stability

St John Ambulance to support the NHS

Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice and for charities supporting vulnerable children

In addition, the government has announced several smaller pots of funding for charities working in the following areas. This includes:

£2m for charities that provide domestic abuse helplines and online support.

20m to international development charities and a further £50m for the Red Cross for their work in difficult to reach areas such as those suffering from armed conflict.

£5m for leading mental health charities to expand support services

£370m will be provided to ‘small and medium-sized charities’ through the National Lottery Community Fund (NCLF), including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice. We understand the majority of funding will go to organisations with incomes under £1m with most grants likely to be up to £100k. The NLCF has said it considers diversity and inclusion issues throughout its decision-making process. More details about the application system is expected to be up and running within the coming week.

Visit the National Lottery Fund website for the latest updates.

Antonio Carluccio Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations working to feed people in need and promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition.

For more information visit the Carluccio Foundation website.

Youth Futures Fund

Development grants of between £30,000–£100,000, and impact grants of between £100,000–£800,000 are available for organisations working with young people aged 14–24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. 

For more information visit the Youth Futures website. 

Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health organisations have a vital role working in the community providing support to anyone who has a mental health need.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic demand for mental health services is increasing.  To help organisations continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant.  £5m support from the Department of Health and Social Care has been made available - grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months. 

Applications are accepted at any time and will be assessed every two weeks - applicants will be informed of the outcome within a month of applying.  
For more information visit the Mental Health Response Fund website.

Western Power Distribution Fund

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups can apply for extra financial support from WPD from the ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’. 

This £500k fund will support communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak within WPD’s operating region, by helping local organisations to deliver vital support and services directly to people in vulnerable situations.  
To qualify for funding you must be able to meet the criteria below: 
For more information visit the Western Power Distribution website. 

Morrisons Foundation - Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund

Morrisons Foundation – COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund
The Morrisons Foundation has announced a Homeless Support Fund for organisations caring for homeless people during the Covid 19 outbreak to ensure help gets to those who need it. 

Awards of up to £10,000 are available however smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund. 

Registered charities that care for homeless people can apply to cover the broad areas: 
•         Outreach and support to rough sleepers 
•         Delivery of services in hostels and shelters 
•         Information and advice 
For more information visit the Morrisons Foundation website. 

William Morris Big Local

Grants of up to £1000 are available to local people, groups and organisations supporting neighbourly volunteering and positive activities that help keep people, healthy, happy and connected despite the challenges of social distancing.

Visit the William Morris Big Local website.

WRAP emergency surplus food grant: phase 2

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to fund capital and revenue costs for organisations who can redistribute surplus food from retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

For more information visit the WRAP website.

Alpkit - go nice places, do good things grant

Grants of £500 are available for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 crisis for organisations that:

•    help elderly or vulnerable people
•    minimise the impact of self-isolation
•    support foodbanks
•    help homeless people or those in temporary accommodation.

For more information visit the Alpkit Foundation website.

Local Giving & People's Postcode Lottery

Localgiving and People’s Postcode lottery – Magic Little Grants

Grants of £500 are available for local charities that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. Localgiving have announced  they will support projects that help people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.

For more information visit the Local Giving website.

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to Covid-19. Priority will be given to organisations with an income of less than £2 million per annum supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups and whose beneficiaries are based outside of London. For more information visit the Clothworkers' Foundation website.

Schroder Charity Trust

The Schroder Charity Trust offers grants up to £5000 to organisations that support:

•    education and young people
•    health
•    communities
•    environment and conservation
•    heritage
•    arts and culture
•    international development
•    the armed forces.

For more information visit the Schroder Charity Trust website.

Buttle UK - Chances for Children - Covid19 Response

Grants 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

For more information on this fund visit the Buttle UK website. 

Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption for Pets, the largest grant giving charity in the UK for animal welfare, is providing an additional £400,000 to local animal sanctuaries suffering as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Grants range from £1,000 – £180,000.

For more information visit the Support Adoption for Pets website. 

The Dulverton Trust

The Trust offers support for charities working to produce significant impact in youth opportunities, general welfare, conservation, and peace and humanitarian support. When considering applications, the charity is keen to know whether applicants have already explored all options for financial support, including the government schemes and emergency funds before seeking funding from the Trust.

For more information visit the Dulverton Trust website.

Teaching Staff Trust

The Teaching Staff Trust offers support for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery workers, caretakers and lunch supervisors who have worked within the education sector for at least five years. Grant can be used to help with bills, household costs, travel or other essentials.

For more information visit the Teaching Staff Trust website.

Comic Relief - information for existing applications

Support for grantees will occur through adapting activities, reviewing time-frames, or re-budgeting remaining funds. The Comic Relief website will be updated  together with FAQs with more information over the next few days.

Comic Relief is providing additional emergency funding in response to COVID-19 to reach the most vulnerable and is working with other funders to ensure a coordinated and sector wide response. Keep checking the Comic Relief website for updates. 

Big Society Capital Loans & Investment

A £100m programme of loans and investment for social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by coronavirus. It includes small, emergency loans with no fee and no interest for 12 months.

Visit the Big Capital website for more information.

Bring Joy Foundation - support for isolated older people

Online vouchers are available for community groups to buy books, crosswords, sudoku, craft materials, audible books and other home activity products to help older people stave off boredom and keep occupied, mentally busy and active. In addition there are funds available for people who may face extra challenges through illness or disability.

For more information visit the Bring Joy Foundation website.  

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Foundation has launched a £100,000 Coronavirus Response Fund. The fund will make donations up to £2,000 to help smaller UK charities that are supporting vulnerable people and people suffering from poverty in communities, in particular those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information visit the Yorkshire Building Society website.

Barclays £100 million Covid-19 Community Aid Package

The Barclays Foundation has been launched to provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by the crisis and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused.

The package is made up of two components.

First, a corporate contribution of £50 million which will be donated to a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 and to help alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.
Second, is a £50 million commitment by Barclays to match personal donations made by our employees to charities of their choice, local to them, and which are working to support communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

In total this initiative represents a corporate commitment overall of £100 million by Barclays and potentially translates to up to £150 million of aid provided to hard hit communities through the additional individual donations of Barclays’ employees.

For more information visit the Barclays website. 

Tesco Bags of Help Fund

Tesco Bags of Help COVID 19 Communities Fund is a new short-term fund to support local communities offering £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups.

For more information visit the Tesco bags of help website.  

East Midlands Airport - Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

East Midlands Airport is particularly keen to hear from local food banks and other groups that are helping the most vulnerable and is offering volunteers and financial support to local community and voluntary organisations to help with the Coronavirus relief effort.

Building on the strong links the airport has with community groups in the region, this new package will specifically help with the COVID-19 fight-back, supporting people in most need.

Voluntary, community and charitable organisations that are helping people during the pandemic are invited to complete a simple online application form to request a share of an initial £26,000 fund and/or voluntary help from airport staff.

Many airport workers have expressed an interest in applying their skills to support local causes.
To apply for a grant to assist with Coronavirus support work in the community, please visit the East Midlands Airport website.

National Lottery Community Fund and Covid19

All funding decisions we make for the next six months will prioritise getting funding to groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time focusing initially on existing grant-holders and applicants.

We will prioritise:

•    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

Regular updates can be found on The National Lottery Community Fund website.  

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust - grants to support children's charities

Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period. In response to the current pandemic, the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has changed the application guidelines and processes for its spring application round with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized charities that may need extra assistance at this time.

For the current round, unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 will be available as one-off payments to assist registered charities in England and Wales:

• Whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000.
• That can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the pandemic.

The funder, which aims to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children aged 0-3 in England and Wales, supports early intervention and preventative work that will:

• Improve the reach to targeted groups of 0–3 year olds
• Bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2020 - grants will be awarded as soon as possible after the closing date.

For more information click here.   

Sport England - Community Emergency Fund

The Community Emergency Fund is a new Sport England fund, which aims to help community-based sport and physical activity organisations who are currently experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the Coronavirus crisis. This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Applying organisations are advised to check what support is available via the Government schemes before applying to Sport England. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 will be available.

Eligible organisations include:

• Local sports clubs
• Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
• Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
• Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

Eligible expenditure will include:

• Rent
• Utility costs
• Insurances
• Facility or equipment hire
• Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
• Retrospective losses dating from 1st March 2020
Funding cannot be used for:
• Activities or costs which are already covered by other Government funding, including rates
• New activities or events – please see Sport England’s other funding programmes for details
• Capital works
• Costs beyond the end of July 2020.
It is expected that organisations will only apply once to this fund for the immediate period, from 1st March through to 31st July 2020.
For more information visit the Sport England website.

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is committing up to £300m over the next six months to helping charities tackling the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement published on the National Lottery Community Fund’s site, CEO Dawn Austwick has said that as well as changing its funding focus for now, the Fund will accelerate the cash part of this funding to get it where it needs to be as quickly as possible. It has also so far honoured existing commitments to grant holders and has offered them flexibility so that they can focus on supporting their communities.

To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, the NLCF will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:

• Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
• Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19

The Fund will keep its approach under constant review, and should it get through this initial tranche of support with some funding left, or circumstances change, will move to set new priorities.

For more information visit the National Lottery Community Fund website

National Emergencies Trust - Coronavirus Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust (NET), has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

NET will work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely, effectively, and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do most to help those in need. NET have built a partnership network over the past few months to provide reassurance that the funds raised will only be channelled through the most trusted and reputable organisations, to ensure funding is only given to those who need it most.

For more information visit The National Emergencies Trust website.

John Lewis Community Support Fund

A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities.
Teams in each Waitrose 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.

For more information visit the John Lewis website.

Crisis - in this together grants programme

The effect of the Covid-19 virus has been significant on organisations supporting people who are experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness. Crisis wants to support charitable organisations who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources as a result of Covid-19 and have established a UK-wide emergency grant fund for this purpose.

Scope and purpose of the grant:

• Local organisations (i.e. providing specific and direct services in a set number of locations)
• Registered charities who provide services which address homelessness (homelessness may not be their primary focus, but the funded activities must address or alleviate homelessness)
• Funding to be restricted to assistance needed to cope with the impact of Covid-19, and not simply to meet wider funding gaps
• Funding could be to meet additional demand or reduction in staffing or other resources caused by impact of Covid-19

Grant awards of up to £5,000 will be available for short-term emergencies (projects within 3 months), following a limited/fast-tracked application process (payments made in advance).

Larger Grants of up to £50,000 are also available for more structural and long term needs, including potential expansion or change in service delivery.

For more information visit the Crisis website.

Charities Aid Foundation Emergency Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a rapid response Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will be available to help organisations to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK.

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year will be eligible for funding, including registered charities, social enterprises/CICs and unregistered entities. Organisations can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. The organisation must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for their organisation and community.

The funding is not intended as an emergency fund to enable charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed; it is not designed to replace other lost income in the longer term.
It is not be able to fund:

• Individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities
• Any organisation more than once.

Please ensure that only one application is submitted from your organisation. This is intended as a rapid response fund and will aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
For more information visit the Charities Aid Foundation website.

Greggs Foundation Community Funding

Applications are now open for small, local not-for-profit organisations that are seeking funding for a project that helps to build resilience within their local community.

Using the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across Great Britain, the Foundation provides grants to small not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 for projects that make a difference to local areas.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need

Eligible projects should be able to show that they meet at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms
  • Improved life skills
  • Improved opportunities

Projects should improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. The Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community of interest.

This is a highly competitive grant scheme with only 15% of eligible applicants receiving funding last year.

The deadline for applications is 23 February 2020 with decisions expected to be announced in early May 2020.

Further information is available on the Greggs Foundation website.

National Churches Trust 2020 Foundation Grants Programme

Applications are now accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK that seek funding for urgent maintenance works and small investigative works in 2020.

The aim of the National Churches Trust’s Foundation Grants Programme is to support interventions to investigate or address small problems before larger repairs become necessary.

To be eligible projects must concern a building in the UK that was originally built as a church, is more than 30 years old and is open to the public on a regular basis. Organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects costing up to £10,000 in total (excluding VAT). Match funding of at least 50% is required.

The project can be any of the following:

  • Urgent maintenance work.
  • Items identified as high priority within a Quinquennial Inspection Report/survey reports/other sort of report.
  • Small investigative works/surveys.

Applications will be considered from across the UK. Although the Trust’s priority areas are North East England, Northern Ireland and Wales, this is not to the exclusion of churches in other areas.

Applications may be submitted at any time between now and 30 October 2020. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the start of 2020.

Further information is available on the National Churches Foundation website

GEM Road Safety Grants


GEM Road Safety Charity is inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 for road safety projects.

The current funding window will remain open until Tuesday 31 December.

Since it was established in 1985, the Charity has funded many projects which have aimed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads.

The Charity Trustees are keen to encourage applications from community groups, registered charities, professional bodies, road safety organisations, partnerships, schools and colleges whose projects demonstrate a clear road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level. This can include anything from educational initiatives through to research.

Further guidance and the online application form can be found on their website:

ESFA grants to support unemployed people

The next round of the ESFA Community Grants programme is now open and will be accepting applications from until 15 December 2019. 

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to registered not-for-profit organisations based in the LLEP and D2N2 areas with a turnover of less than £500,000. Grants are available to deliver a projects or initiatives lasting no more than 6 months, that help people take steps towards a future career, reduce unemployment and tackle economic inactivity.

To find the guidance and application form visit the Futures website. Organisations must meet strict eligibility criteria for this grant, so please read the specification and guidance thoroughly.
You will be asked to download the form and submit the completed version as an electronic copy by email to with any necessary supporting documents.
The deadline for submission is 5pm on 15 December 2019.

RAM Energy - Fuel Poverty Fund

RAM Energy has launched the RAM Energy Fuel Poverty Fund to help reduce fuel poverty in the city.

Key features of the fund

  • £50 energy grant for a household with one person.
  • £100 grant for a household with more than one person.
  • Recipients must be RAM Energy customers or in the process of switching to RAM Energy and be living within Derby boundaries.
  • The applications period is 1 November 2019 until 31 March 2020 or until the total fund has been spent.
  • Communication will be sent out periodically with updates on the amount of funding still available.

For more information visit the RAM Energy website - the application process is simple and straighforward. On completion of the application form email to  The application will be processed within five working days and the credit will be applied directly to the customer account for credit customers or to a pre-loaded top up key for pre-payment customers.

All applicants will receive an energy efficiency guide with top energy saving tips and signposting to information on making the home more energy efficient.