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.


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.


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.


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


Coalfields Regeneration Trust - Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

Although this is a national fund it is only available in certain former coalfield areas, see the website for details of which areas are eligible. Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services  in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people. The eligibility survey closes on the 28th August with full applications due by 11th September.


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

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

Discretionary Grant Fund closed 14 June at midnight. 

Community Chest - VCS Skills and Employability Fund - Closing date 30th June 2020

Community Foundation - Coronavirus Funds -  Closes 22nd July.


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.

Closes at noon on 17th August 2020. 


National Lottery Community Fund Partners

The National Lottery Community Fund have partnered with a range of organisations to deliver funding programmes, these have similar criteria to the main lottery funds:

Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund in partnership with Homeless Link. £5m

COVID-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme in partnership with Power to Change. £10m

Community Justice Fund in partnership with the Access to Justice Foundation. £5m.

The COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund in partnership with UnLtd. £20m.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund, support groups working with migrants and refugees. £5m.


Sport England -  £195m Support Package. Currently paused to new applications.

Heritage Fund - Emergency Fund. Open to applications until 31st July.

Arts Council England - Emergency Response Package. National Lottery Project Grants re-open on 22nd July.


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.


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.



£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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


Petplan - Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Are you a small or medium-sized charity whose primary focus is equine rescue and rehoming? Has your work been directly affected by the crisis? Deadlines: 24th July & 16th October 2020. The maximum grant will be £5,000.


Clinks COVID-19 Response Fund

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19 or to make adaptations as we look ahead towards recovery and a ‘new normal’. The deadline for applications is Monday 17th August at 9am.


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 atthe 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.


Coalfields Regeneration Trust - The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership. Company Shop will value match any applications that deliver food provision for families and children. The nearest Company Shop is in Washington but bulk orders can be delivered.


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.

Emerging Futures Fund - Deadline 25th June.

Youth Music Emergency Fund

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)

Neighbourly Community Fund

Crisis: In this Together

Thomas Pocklington Trust 

Leathersellers' Company

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation

ADCH Emergency Fund - Deadline 5th June.

Forces Communities Together - Deadline 30th June.

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund

Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund Thursday, 9th July 2020.

NatWest - Social & Community Capital Coronavirus Response Fund