Coronavirus emergency funding sources

Charities and fundraisers are under immense pressure at the moment, with demand increasing and funds impossibly stretched. We know there have been offers of funding and support for charities and community groups in the wake of the coronavirus crisis - from trusts and foundations, corporates and government. So, for those searching for much-needed funding we wanted to help make your job a little easier by collating them in one place.


Government funding

UK Government 

This webpage has the most up-to-date information on what funding is available from different government departments and how it will be distributed, including the other schemes accessible to charities.

*New* £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and individuals. 

The £750m funding package is split into the following components:

  • £310m for smaller/local organisations delivering essential frontline COVID-19 related services for vulnerable people, to be delivered via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). *£200m of this now open for application - see details here and chief executive Peter Lewis' response here*
  • £60m allocated through the Barnett formula to charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
  • £360m to be distributed by government departments targeting services already within their remit being delivered by the sector*. NAO reports that £32m is set to come from existing departmental budgets.
  • £20m will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC's Big Night In. The first £20m of match funding went to the National Emergencies Trust appeal - anything above this will be split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.


Read chief executive, Peter Lewis', response to the announcement and see this summary from ACEVO's Vicky Browning on the conversations happening behind the scenes about how this funding will ultimately work.


Scottish Government

£20m Third Sector Resilience Fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

£34 million of the government's Wellbeing Fund supports charities focused on providing support to organisations that can provide support to people who are facing additional barriers or have increased support requirements as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. *The second round of the fund is now open to applications* 


Welsh Government

The £24 million Third Sector Covid-19 response fund is split into two streams: Voluntary Services Emergency Fund to enable voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis to continue and expand their work, and Third Sector Resilience Fund for voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income.

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, has announced a £6.3 million package of additional support for hospices in Wales.

  • See this blog from WCVA's Alison Pritchard for advice on picking the most appropriate fund for your charity. 
  • See this guidance from the Welsh Government for those in receipt of government grants during the coronavirus crisis. 


Northern Ireland

Coronavirus Community Fund

£200,000 match funding to Community Foundation NI’s (CFNI) Coronavirus Community Fund that's being used to support older people and other issues emerging from coronavirus. Grants of £1,000 are available however, applications for up to £2,500 of emergency funding to community organisations working with older people (aged 50 and over) to help them to deliver support around emerging issues relating to the virus, will be considered.

COVID-19 Creative Support Fund 

 £1 million fund to be launched to support individual artists and institutions.

Hardship Fund for sports sector

Sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector, which are unable to receive support from other Government Covid-19 Mitigation Funds, will be able to apply to Sport NI for a small grant of £2,000 to help with immediate financial commitments to maintain their facilities during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Community Contingency Fund

Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey, announced the fund but detail has not yet been provided: "I will bring forward very quickly a COVID-19 related Community Contingency Fund.  As things develop over the coming weeks, I want to make sure that funding will be available where it is needed by groups who are supporting people who are socially isolated, struggling financially or who can’t access food supplies."


Trusts, foundations and corporates

Arts Council England

£160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and they have changed the funding requirements for those currently in receipt of funding.

Wooden Spoon 

£200,000 to support small charities helping vulnerable children during the COVID-19 crisis.

Steve Morgan Foundation

Emergency Hardship Fund of £1million a week for an initial 12-week period for charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

Barclays Community Aid Fund

A £50 million Charity Partners Programme for a variety of charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19. £10 million of this to be deployed through Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme (100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis).

They have made a further £50 million commitment to match personal donations made by our employees to local charities of their choice which are working to support communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Legal & General 

£500,000 emergency community fund for charities and voluntary organisations which are supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID 19 crisis.

Tesco Bags of Help

A new short-term fund to support local communities.The fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, prioritising those who's services have been disrupted, are having to put in place new services, or have increased demand as a result of coronavirus.

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Fund

£300,000 to provide small and medium charities responding to the COVID 19 outbreak with capital grants of up to £5,000 each.

National Lottery Community Fund

All funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m) to be devoted to addressing the current crisis.

Update-National Lottery Community Fund- Phoenix Fund 

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced a £1.4 million BAME- led fund to help organisations and communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Further information will be provided about how the funds will be distributed and how organisations can qualify when the fund launches.   

Sport England

£195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The package is a combination of National Lottery and government funding.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak. 


Neighbourly Community Fund

With partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, 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.

Big Society Capital

£100m Emergency Liquidity Facility, a loan fund for trading charities dealing with cash-flow problems.

Comic Relief 

Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus, who are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people, likely to be affected.

The Indigo Trust

£2.5 million emergency grants to alleviate suffering during the COVID19 crisis.

Thomas Pocklington Trust

£500,000 emergency fund to sight loss organisations.

Charities Aid Foundation

One-time grants of up to £10,000 for small charities, organisations and social enterprises that are struggling to survive.

Standard Life Foundation

£2.5 million to support policy, research and campaigns working on issues relating to the financial consequences of the pandemic.

Martin Lewis

£1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief. [APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED]

John Lewis and Waitrose

£1m community support fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities.

Persimmon Community Champions 

£64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives, focussing on organisations that support the over-70s.

Greggs Foundation

Coronavirus emergency appeal providing support to schools and community hubs.

Leathersellers' Company

A fast track application process for small one-off grants up to a maximum of £3,000 for UK registered charities which are currently 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.

Yapp Charitable Trust

Not coronavirus-specific, but small charities tackling the impact of COVID-19 can apply for funding towards their ongoing core costs in order to sustain operations at this time.


Local funding

Remember to check out what funding might be available to you if you work in a specific region or community. For example, London Funders are coordinating £5 million Community Response Fund from the Mayor of London and City Bridge Trust for London’s civil society.

National Emergencies Trust funding will be distributed to community foundations across the country, many of whom will already be funding activity in different localities. Check the UK Community Foundations website to see what’s in your area.


Other resources of available funding

Ian McLinktock's Charity Funding Announcements


Civil Society Media 

Small Charities Coalition