Bridgwater Town Council is aware of the major funding problems facing many of our local businesses and we urge them to apply to Sedgemoor for the Government packages available. However, charitable institutions are also affected and so we have now pulled together as many sources of funding available for charities during the COVID-19 pandemic as we could find and list them here. For instance you can find a list of 200+ sources of Charity funding here. Also the Architectural Heritage Fund has a useful guide to support available to charities and social enterprises during COVID-19 which you can access here.
This includes funding for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland specifically.
Power to Change C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme
A £5 million scheme by Power to Change, with Cooperatives UK, Locality and Plunkett Foundation, to help community businesses facing a loss of trading income in light of the COVID-19 crisis with up to £25000 grants.
Eligibility – The scheme is open to community businesses that have received an investment from Power to Change in the past, as well as community businesses who are members of Cooperatives UK, Locality or Plunkett Foundation. Round 1 opens on 12 May, Round 2 opens 19 May.
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new 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. The RRLF is being run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m investment and support from Big Society Capital.
Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund
A fund to help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support. The assessment process is a fast track process (applicants will be informed of the outcome within a month of applying) and the fund will remain open for mental health voluntary sector organisations for as long as funds remain.
National Lottery – Heritage Emergency Fund
Opening 15 April at 2pm. A £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – for past or current grantees (applicants will need their previous grant reference number).
Historic England Emergency Response Fund
The grants available will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.
Local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have expanded their provision for those experiencing homelessness can apply for £5k short-term response or £50k longer-term response grants.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund
Tesco is offering support through Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500 (and food donations), for local group including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly.
One-off grants up to £3,000, with a fast track application process, available to UK registered charities supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients.
Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.
Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak.
The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London, London initiative announced soon.
The Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts (RAFT) Emergency Fund offers grants of up to £5000 to help organisations address the changing needs of their beneficiaries and increase their organisational resilience in the current crisis.
It is currently only open to existing grantees but might be extended to other organisations if sufficient funds are raised.
Yapp Charitable Trust
Grants of up to £3k are available to small UK charities, registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k, to cover core costs and staffing.
National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)
All the funding decisions made for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, the cash part of this funding will be accelerated as much as possible to get money to where it needs to be.
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
The National Emergencies Trust
NET has launched a Coronavirus fundraising appeal to raise funds for local charities. The British Red Cross will be managing donations.
Power to Change
Power to Change have paused their current programmes for community businesses in order to turn their attention and funding towards the support and advice the sector needs now.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF)
EFF are currently concentrating on supporting the organisations they already fund.
The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator
The Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust are each contributing up to $50m, and the Mastercard Impact Fund is committing up to $25m, to speed the development of and access to therapies. The Covid-19 Therapeutic Accelerator will coordinate research efforts and remove barriers to drug development.
Money Saving Expert fund
PLEASE NOTE – THIS FUND IS NOW CLOSED. KEEP LOOKING FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Martin Lewis, the founder of Money Saving Expert, has pledged £1m to support small charities.
In a statement, he said: “To try and help I’m going to release £1m from my personal charity fund to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.”
Big Society Capital
Big Society Capital is planning to launch an emergency loan fund for the sector. Around £100m is expected to be available and more details are still to be announced.
Standard Life Foundation
The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
John Lewis and Waitrose £1m fund
The partnership has launched a £1m community support fund. Waitrose stores will have these funds to support their local area based on the needs of the community.
Arts Council England
Emergency funding package and support for funded organisations and individuals announced.
There are several funds, including the already open Community Emergency Fund. This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or re-budgeting remaining funds.
The Indigo Trust
The Indigo Trust is making £2.5m available through emergency grants to help charities respond to the coronavirus emergency. The trust responded to an initiative from charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), which has published guidance for philanthropists on how to best support charities through to the crisis.
Steve Morgan Foundation
Housebuilder Redrow’s founder Steve Morgan has also pledged £1m a week to charity, joining the list of celebrities and business people offering their support.
Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent, opens for applications.
It committed £240,000 to the Trussell Trust last week to help food banks respond to challenges presented by Covid-19.
Youth Futures Foundation
The Foundation’s rolling grants programme is now live. The new fund will be distributed to organisations across England that have a promising track record of supporting young people (aged 14-24) who face barriers to accessing employment. The Foundation is also calling for government to unlock an emergency support package for charities and social enterprises working with children and young people
Localgiving and People’s Postcode lottery – Magic Little Grants
Magic Little Grants of £500 are available to local charities that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. Localgiving have announced that 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.
Free Crowdfunder fundraising
Crowdfunder is offering 100% free fundraising for small businesses to help mitigate the disruption of coronavirus.
Regional funding options
Somerset Community Foundation