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


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. Policy will be reviewed late September 2020


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



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.


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. Deadline 28th September.



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.




£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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.