COVID-19 Funding for Organisations

Information on specific COVID-19 funding sources. Our usual funding deadline dates page will continue to be updated.


Funding Search Engines

VONNE's Funding Information North East Online Guide is now free for all - here.

Funding Central, free for small organisations - here.

Directory of Social Change: Funding updates.

Northumberland County 4 Community - Register here.


Local and Regional Funders

COVID-19 Business Support Grant Funding (via Northumberland County Council)

The Government has made a series of announcements about the support available to businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes paying grants to eligible businesses:

  • businesses who receive small business rates relief or rural rate relief may be eligible for a grant of £10,000  
  • businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (as defined by Government guidance) with a rateable value of less than £15,000 (and not in receipt of small business rates relief or rural rate relief) may be eligible for a grant of £10,000
  • businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (as defined by Government guidance) with a rateable value of £15,000 or more but less than £51,000 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000

Charities and not-for-profit groups may be eligible in certain circumstances - those that have property classed as retail, leisure or hospitality (including charity shops, museums, galleries, stately homes and historic houses, holiday lets, sport facilities, theatres, tourist attractions, public halls, and clubhouses, clubs and institutions.) are eligible. Charities aren't eligible for the small or rural rates relief scheme but other not-for-profit groups are if they receive these reliefs.


Community Chest - VCS Skills and Employability Fund

The fund has been established to support VCS organisations delivering support to the skills and employability sector to adapt their services to new digital delivery demands, and address digital exclusion on service users. Minimum Grant £2,000, Maximum Grant £10,000 with no match funding required. Grants are available for both equipment and day to day running costs related to the project. Closing date 30th June 2020


Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Response & Recovery Fund

Grants will go to small, local charities and community organisations that meet CFTWN's normal criteria for funding, and which have previously received support from them. In the first ‘response’ phase, they will be identifying organisations to receive support from our own database and those of fellow funders. They will not be accepting applications, see below for other funds from the Community Foundation.


Community Foundation - Coronavirus Funds
Calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis. By vulnerable, they mean the elderly (70+) and those with pre-existing health conditions, heart and circulatory problems, lung conditions, cancer and arthritis). They can also support organisations during the crisis who are helping people experiencing hardship, victims of domestic violence or people needing support with mental health issues or bereavement. Grants from £1000 to £10,000.


Ballinger Charitable Trust - Covid 19 response fund.
Current priority areas for grant making will include support of older people, hospital discharges, tackling domestic abuse, and food and fuel support of local community families in disadvantaged areas. Grants will range from a few hundred pounds to no more than £1,000.


Karbon Homes - Community Funding
Karbon Homes have created a fund for initiatives supporting:

  • socially isolated or elderly people without support networks 
  • those unable to afford essentials 
  • those unable to access the internet 


Pesimmon Homes Community Champions

For the foreseeable future, Persimmon want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s - a vulnerable group that need our support at this time. Each month the North East office will give £2000 to charities or community groups.


Bernicia Foundation

The Bernicia Foundation, has fast-tracked £200,000 for local charities and organisations to lessen the impact of the current crisis. The money (which has had all unnecessary administration removed to get it out more quickly to communities) has been allocated to eight local authorities including Northumberland, with Councils being asked to ensure the money is given quickly to organisations helping people in need. We'll add info when we know how this will be allocated.


Ray Wind Farm COVID-19 Support Fund

In light of the current situation they are making emergency, fast-track funding available for organisations in the Ray Wind Funds area. There will be two strands:

  • Organisations’ Survival Fund: to provide emergency cashflow funding for organisations at risk of closure
  • Organisations’ Project Fund: to support essential services that meet immediate community needs



Expired opportunities - for info

Suicide Prevention Small Grants Fund - download the application form from our COVID-19 Facebook page - Deadline 5pm on 9th April

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner - Response FundDeadline 5pm on 9th April

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund - deadline for applications is 22nd May 2020 at 5pm

PCC Fund for Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support -  Deadline 4pm on June 2nd 2020.

Discretionary Grant Fund closed 14 June at midnight. 


National Lottery Funders

National Lottery Community Fund

Government funding will be distributed alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Priority is for grants covering:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19

Applications are made via the usual application process for Reaching Communities, Awards for All and Partnership Funding and they will decide if your bid is funded by Lottery or Government Funds. Grants of between £300 and £100,000 are available for up to a 6-month period.


Emerging Futures Fund

To help communities shape the future, NLCF would like to give you funding to explore questions, use stories and create narratives about what your community has learned in how it’s responded to the challenges of COVID-19, and reflect on what else your community might want for the future. For example, this could be about looking at new ways of working or kinds of relationships that communities have set up through their crisis response. Max grant £50,000. Deadline 25th June.


Sport England -  £195m Support Package.

Heritage Fund - Emergency Fund

Arts Council England - Emergency Response Package.


National Funders

John Lewis Partnership - £1m Community Fund.

Teams in each 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


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

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 Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust COVID-19 Response

Launching a package of programmes to support the Armed Forces Community with  funding from the Covenant Fund and from HM Treasury ; with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities.


Youth Music Emergency Fund

Through this fund Youth Music will aim to prioritise the people and organisations in the most immediate need, and to 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. Weekly deadlines from 9th April to 14th May.


Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)

The (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within the usual programme areas during this period.


Neighbourly Community Fund

Neighbourly are providing micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. They are currently only funding existing member organisations.


Standard Life Foundation

Making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.


Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Trust will make grant to organisations working to  improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work. We support organisations whose work is with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds.


Crisis: In this Together

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK.


Thomas Pocklington Trust  

The Trust has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months. Grants can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.


Leathersellers' Company

Fast track application process for small one-off grants.  The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000 to support:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • provision of food and essential supplies
  • victims of domestic violence
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients


Yapp Charitable Trust

As charities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, Yapp Charitable Trust acknowledge that reducing or adapting services may result in additional financial strains from lost income streams. They may be able to help small charities facing these challenges with a grant towards running costs.



£50 million, which will be donated to, and deployed via, a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and in alleviating 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.

£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.


Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.


The Dulverton Trust

For the immediate future (and including the June and October Board meetings), grant-making will be focused on charities which meet the funding criteria and are well-placed to support vulnerable communities through this crisis (previous grant recipients will be prioritised, but they may consider new charities as an exception)


COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

The aim of the grant is to assist existing surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food from food businesses (such as retailers and food manufacturers) and distributing this to people in need or those considered vulnerable. The grant can be used to fund both capital and revenue costs associated with redistribution activities.


Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering part of this fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, un-constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant.


Big Society Capital

An ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investment to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The measures complement the coronavirus grants programme for social sector organisations announced today by the Government.


Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption For Pets funds projects which have a direct impact on animal welfare. In light of the current coronavirus situation, they will currently only fund: Vet bills, Boarding costs, Food, Salaries of (non-furloughed) animal care staff, Utilities and consumables.


The Schroder Charity Trust

The Trust continues to accept applications from charities during the Covid-19 pandemic. A question has been added to the application form to enable you to illustrate the impact of Covid-19 on your charity where applicable. Max grant size is £5,000.


Alpkit Foundation

The foundation are prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. The foundation welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by coronavirus, across the country.


The Antonio Carluccio Foundation

Antonio established The Foundation before he died. Amongst his core objectives was the idea to support hospitality related training and development, to promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition and to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need. Coronavirus makes the need in some of these areas enormous and as a result, the foundation are extending their grants for 2020 to £500,000. Charities working in these areas are invited to apply for grants up to £10,000.


ADCH Emergency Fund

The Association of Dogs & Cats Homes (ADCH) has come together with other partners in the sector to create the ADCH Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  Funds of up to £10,000 will be released to help Animal Rescues in desperate need for financial support. Deadline 5th June.


Salesforce Small Business Grants

Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Applicants must be registered at Companies House and have not received any Government grants. Application window for North of England is 27th July to 2nd August.


Forces Communities Together

The Forces Communities Together programme will award small grants of up to £10,000 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 Covid-19 pandemic. Deadline 30th June.


ASDA COVID-19 Grants

Max grant £500.

Hygiene Grant: This grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. We would expect applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant: This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.


Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is now open and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. There is no deadline but applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from 5th June.


Independent Age Grants Fund

Grants of £5,000 to £15,000 available for registered charities that support older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations or older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind. Deadlines are 9am on 4 June, 2 July, 21 August and 18 September. You must have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years).


Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund

The purpose of the fund  is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will be a responsive programme of grant funding, open to institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better. Max grant £50,000. Closing date midday on Thursday, 9th July 2020.


Seafarers UK - COVID 19 Emergency Fund

Under the Covid-19 Emergency Fund, applications are welcomed from organisations delivering services to seafarers and their families. Seafarers UK’s Trustees have released an extra £2m from their reserves to support this fund. Seafarers will be updating information on this fund through their ebulletin Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading Sign Up.


Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants

Accepts applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history. Grants of £10k to £50k are available. The deadlines are 6th July, 17th August and 12th October.


NatWest - Social & Community Capital Coronavirus Response Fund

In response to the pandemic, S&CC has launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund. We are offering £5,000 - £50,000 grants to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Organisations must have an annual turnover between £50,000 and £1 million and must generate at least 30% of their revenue from trading income. The fund will close once they have received enough applications.



Expired opportunities - for info

CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND - Grants of up to £10k for smaller charitable organisations. More info here. DEADLINE was 5pm on 6/4/20

The Prince’s Countryside Fund - Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme. Deadline 15th April

Community Radio Fund -The window for applications opens on 4 May 2020 and closes at 5pm on 11 May 2020.

Kennel Club - Emergency Relief Initiative -Deadline 30th April.

Legal & General Emergency Fund - The application process is open until 20 April.

One Family Foundation Customers can nominate an established group or charity by Tuesday 12th May

North Face Explore Fund - Application closes at midnight on May 22nd 2020.

Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme - closing date of Friday 22 May, 2020.

Swimathon COVID-19 Relief Fund - Deadline for applications Friday 22nd May.

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund - Bids should be submitted by 21 May 2020.

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund Deadline 27th May 2020.

Youth Endowment Fund - COVID-19 Fund Deadline midday on 3rd June.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - COVID-19 Programme Deadline 29th May 2020.

Tampon Tax Fund - Deadline 31st May 2020.

United Way UK Covid-19 Response - Deadline 5th June.