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 available for Silver and Gold members  - here.

Funding Central, free for small organisations, £120 +VAT for others - here.

Directory of Social Change: Funding website

Northumberland County 4 Community - Register here.


Local and Regional Funders


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


Community Foundation - National Emergency Trust

The Community Foundation are calling for applications from organisations who are providing immediate relief to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis. In addition to the main fund the Co-op are providing funding for food related projects with a deadline of 13th November.


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

Grants of between £300 and £100,000 are available for up to a 6-month period.


Sport England - Return to Play

There are three parts to this new fund - Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended - with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. Small Grants
This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Community Asset Fund
This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.
Active Together
Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.


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


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.


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.


ASDA Getting Schools Back on Track

The Getting Schools Back on Track grant has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Deadline 15th November 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.


COMIC RELIEF: Covid-19 Community Grant

The aim of this fund is to support local grass roots organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis and recover from the impact of COVID-19 has had on their services. The themes covered are:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination

The fund is expected to close at the end of 2020 and all grants must be spent by end of February 2021. Capacity building grants and non-Covid-19 community grants are also available, click here.


Lloyds Bank Foundation - Covid-19 Recovery Fund

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. The fund launches at 10am on 3rd August.