COVID-19 funding

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Updated 5 June 2020

There are funds and awards available to groups that are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in their communities. Learn more about them and how to apply.

**Updated to reflect changes in application deadlines and award amounts for some of the funds**

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Organisational Support Fund for JRCT Grantees

    Funding to support existing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt their work to the changed context arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Fund award sizes

    Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

    Who Can Apply

    To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • They must be a current JRCT grantee, with a grant for which the final payment is no earlier than July 2020
    • They must have an annual organisational income of no more than £500,000, or free reserves of no more than £100,000 in their most recent financial year
    • Any monies spent from this fund must be in line with the charitable purposes for which their grant has been offered

    How To Apply

    To apply for funds, grantees should get in touch with their designated JRCT contact person and request an application form.

    Decisions will be made within approximately one week of receipt of applications.

    National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fund

    Grants for heritage organisations that have received NLHF funding in the past and are either a current grantee or still under contract following a previous grant and are most in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

    Fund award size

    Maximum value: £50,000

    Eligible Expenditure

    The funding can be used for operational costs in order to mitigate the immediate risks organisations are encountering in response to the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the short term (the next six months).

    The short-term funding is designed to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks.

    This could be through:

    • Mothballing
    • Furloughing
    • Reconfiguring operations
    • Mergers
    • Business planning

    Application deadline

    Applications close on Tuesday 30 June

    Who Can Apply

    Organisations which have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

    Priority will be given where:

    • There is limited or no access to other sources of support
    • Where heritage is most at risk
    • Where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.

    How to Apply

    The funding guidelines and application materials are available on their website.

    Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund

    Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support organisational need in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand.

    Fund award sizes

    Maximum: £500

    Who can apply

    Constituted non-profit organisations

    How to apply Apply online via website. Please note that due to high demand, the fund is closed to a number of areas in Scotland. Check website for details. When to apply As soon as possible. Please note that due to high demand, the fund is closed to a number of areas in Scotland. Check website for details.


    More information on this fund Funder details Charity number 291558
    Lockside 5 Scotland Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2R

    ASDA Foundation - Covid-19 Grant

    In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams. Hygiene grants are focused on personal hygiene dignity. Healthy holiday grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

    Fund award sizes Maximum: £500 Who can apply Not for profit organisations, charities and good causes can apply.

    How to apply

    The application forms are available from your local Asda store. Ask for your local Community Champion and ensure you complete the correct form.

    When to apply

    Apply as soon as possible.


    More information on this fund

    Funder details Charity number 1124268

    Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

    The scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability. The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

    Fund award sizes Minimum: £1,000 Maximum: £10,000 Average: £4,361 Annually awarded: £885,240 Notes on award amounts: One year grants for core costs, equipment or project funding. Please note that competition for funding is intense and they receive many more applications than they are able to fund. Annual total and average for Scotland for 2018 from their website. Who can apply The Foundation can only accept applications from organisations with charitable status. This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (SCIOs), excepted charities and exempt charities. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Maximum annual income: £150,000


    At present, it will not a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is an immediate need to carry out these works. Until Spring 2021 they are unlikely to consider activities which involve social gatherings. Will not support retrospective funding.

    How to apply

    Apply online via website. There is revised criteria due to Covid-19. See website for full details.

    When to apply

    At any time, it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees.


    More information on this fund
    020 7430 9119

    Funder details

    Charity number 1081766
    Rugby Chambers 2 Rugby Street, LONDON, WC1N 3QU
    020 7430 9119

    Third Sector Resilience Fund

    The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

    They have three webinars during June (every Wednesday lunchtime 12-1pm) that are free to attend and are a simple presentation of the fund. You can find dates and sign up details here.

    Fund award size

    Maximum: £75,000

    Who can apply

    The Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding. For Phase 2 of the Third Sector Resilience Fund, the guidance and criteria have been adapted to maximise the number of third sector organisations that benefit from it:

    • Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application
    • Funding requests must be for a three-month period (previously four months)
    • Eligible costs will be mostly limited to overheads and essential staff (administrative, for example) who cannot be furloughed
    • All grant applications requesting £50,000 or more will be considered for a loan, a grant, or a blended approach (part grant, part loan)

    More information is available on the Scottish Government's website.

    Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund Scotland

    In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The RRR Fund will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.

    Fund award sizes

    Minimum: £1,000 Maximum: £5,000

    Who can apply

    Constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community with an annual income of £125,000 or less. Check the guidelines.

    How to apply

    When to apply

    Apply at any time - they aim to turn around application swiftly.

    Faith in Community Scotland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

    The Fund (initially £100,000) has been established by the William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund so that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19.

    Fund award sizes

    Grants are a few hundred pounds

    Who can apply

    Faith-based charities registered in Scotland

    How to apply

    When to apply

    Apply at any time.

Wellbeing Fund

The Scottish Government's Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It can fund both immediate and emerging forms of support, from now up to the end of July 2020.


Currently closed for applications

Further information

Please note there are many grants and funds available for specific geographic area and projects. If you would like to find out more about the funding available and how to access them please contact