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 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 £5000.


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


PCC Fund for Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support

LOCAL voluntary sector services who support domestic abuse and sexual violence victims are being urged to apply for a second round of emergency funding to help them continue supporting victims through the Coronavirus pandemic. Deadline 4pm on June 2nd 2020.


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


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.


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.


Tampon Tax Fund

The 2020/21 round of Tampon Tax Funding is inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the United Kingdom to bid into one of three categories: violence against women and girls, young women’s mental health and well being, and a general programme. In addition, organisations may apply to this round of funding to include activities that seek to address the consequences of COVID-19 for disadvantaged women and girls. Deadline 31st May 2020.


£5 million Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund

National organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work. This fund will make grants of between £500,000 and £1,000,000. Deadline 29th May 2020.


COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund

Will fund frontline organisations working directly with people experiencing homelessness where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness.  Applicants must incorporated charitable organisations with an annual turnover of less than £5 million. Deadline 27th May 2020.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - COVID-19 Programme

Emergency funding for frontline Forces charities working with Armed Forces communities. Deadline 29th May 2020.


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.


Youth Endowment Fund - COVID-19 Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund opens new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people, aged 10 to 14, at risk of youth violence. Minimum grant £25,000; average grant is expected to be £50,000. Deadline midday on 3rd June.


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.


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.