Funding and investment guidance

Find UK Wide and regional grants, information on Government support, new social investment funds and emgency appeals launched. 

This section includes also included updates, programmes and articles supporting charities and social enterprises with financial resilience. 

During this period of uncertainty, we'll continue to share any updates, articles, programmes or schemes designed to support charities and social enterprises with financial resilience.

UK Wide Funding

Government

  • On 2 November, the government announced application deadline extended to 31 January 2021 for loan schemes and the Future Fund:

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: delivered by the British Business Bank to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value and businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments. The 50% trading requirement for this scheme has now been lifted, making it more accesisble to charities and social enterprises.
    • Bounce Back Loans: 100% government backed loan scheme for small business 

      • businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days

      • loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form

      • Find out more here

    • Business Support Tool: The Government has released a comprehensive tool to see what financial support businesses may be entitled to. If you're self-employed or a business owner and wondering what financial support you might be entitled to then the new tool can help. By filling out a simple online questionnaire you will then be directed to a list of all the financial support you may be eligible for 

    • Future Fund: The government’s £500 million Future Fund provides convertible loans of between £125,000 and £5 million, targeted at innovative and high-growth British businesses able to secure investment to help them through the Coronavirus outbreak

    • Find out more here

  • On 5 July, the government announced a £1.57 billion support package for  Britain’s art, cultural and heritage organisations. The package includes:

    • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants

    • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust

    • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic

    • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million)

    • Find out more here 

  • Financial support VCSE organisations to respond to coronavirus: The Government has created a page which brings together all the different funding pots linked to the £750m plus other ones.

  • Government announces £750m package of support for charities sector 

Social Investors, Trusts & Foundations

  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation revised small grants (up to £10,000) and major grants (up to £100,000) programmes are now open
    • Small grants - single year grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
    • Major grants - single or multi-year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
    • Find out more here
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
    • £7.4m COVID recovery fund for small to medium charities and grants of £50,000
    • COVID react fund - additional one-year grants between £5,000 - £15,000 to cover any costs for adapting or developing services to respond to the COVID-19 crisis
  • The National Lottery Community Fund is prioritising funding for communities affected by COVID-19. They’re prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The School for School for Entrepreneurs launched Trade Back a new type of business support grant that incentivises social impact organisations to trade, while supporting them to recover and rebuild

  • Connect Fund are accepting applications for grant funding on their new programmes: Equality & Diversity & Business Support Development. Find more details here

  • Social Investment Business and Big Society Capital announce the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund: launched a lending facility that provides loan finance to charities, social enterprises, and small businesses. Find out more here and apply here, or read Good Finance's explainer on this as well as other types of emergency finance
  • Fair for All Finance Covid-19 Resilience Fund and Affordable Credit Scale-up Programme launch: launched two programmes to help the affordable credit sector emerge from the Covid-19 crisis in a resilient state and to scale it thereafter 
  • Power to Change: announced a £12m emergency fund for England’s community businesses. This includes £7m in rescue funding for community businesses and £5m in recovery funding available later this year
  • Goldman Sachs and Mind announced a £1.5 million partnership to provide mental health support in Universities. Find the press release here
  • UK Community Foundations: Community Foundations around the UK are providing Coronavirus specific funding
  • Sport England
    • Innovation open call: Sport England are looking for innovative solutions to support people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic for their new support programme, including upto £50k of grant. Find out more here

    • Up to £195 million of funding will be made available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis
  • Charities Aid Foundation: launched a new £20m grant fund. Both registered and unregistered small and mid-sized charitable organisations, including community interest companies and community education organisations can apply, and the grants are flexible, meaning organisations can spend them on core costs such as rent and utilities. Find out more here
  • Arts Council England Emergency Measures & Funding: Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding 
  • National Emergencies Trust: will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster
  • Neighbourly Community Fund: launched a series of micro-grants of around £350, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. The fund is now closed, however you can register for future phases of the fund. Find out more here
  • Indigo Trust: making £2.5m available through emergency grants to help charities respond to the coronavirus emergency
  • The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund: £5million Enterprise Relief Fund is now closed, however other business support available. Find out more here

  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund: has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

  • The Prince's Countryside Fund: have made grants of upto £2,500 available for projects providing emergency relief to vulnerable / isolated rural communities. Find out more here

  • Thomas Pocklington Trust: £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times

  • The Yapp Charitable Trust: makes grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work

  • William Morris Big Local: launched a new version of Community Chest fund, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can apply for up to £1,000 per project, and applications will be assessed as they come in.

  • Crisis: In this together homelessness emergency fund

  • Maanch: currently fundraising for a Coronavirus Response Fund 

Other Organisations

  • Tesco: will provide a £30 million package of support for local communities tackling COVID-19, including £25 million food donations programme

  • Halifax: Small & Medium Grants Programme

  • Barclays 100 x 100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme: Barclays' are making 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 – a £10m commitment from their Charity Partners Programme

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Programme: Facebook are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time

  • John Lewis & Waitrose launch £1m Fund: John Lewis Partnership launches £1m support fund for local communities amid coronavirus crisis

  • The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme helps film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for Covid-related risks to get back into production

  • The Leathersellers Company: has a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000

  • Greggs Foundation: will continue to support children and families with funding through their breakfast club schools and they'll be working with organisations they've funded previously and who they've identified can help them deliver their purpose by providing funding where it is needed most

Funding Platforms

  • Crowdfunder Pay it Forward: Crowdfunder is offering 100% free crowd-funding throughout the crisis (i.e. you won’t pay any fees)

  • Crowdfunder Back Her Business: Crowdfunder want to support more women to start businesses, so they've teamed up with NatWest, Royal Bank and Ulster Bank to launch Back Her Business. Update: Not accepting any new applications

  • Spacehive: Spacehive is a funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life. They are waiving their 5% fee and relaxing their criteria to support grassroots projects getting flexible funding fast

  • The 2.6 Challenge: The Virgin Money London Marathon should have taken place on Sunday 26 April - it is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, raising more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities last year. Join the 2.6 challenge to either donate or fundraise 

Regional Funding

North 

East

  • Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation: Funding to support local charities, social enterprises and community organisations

  • Milton Keynes Community Foundation: MK recovery fund and grant funding available to support community groups or projects

  • Norfolk Community Foundation: Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community action to help vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak

  • Cambridgeshire Community Foundation: Open to constituted community organisations throughout Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), who are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time. Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered (larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership). We aim for the process to take between 5 and 10 days

Midlands

London

  • London Funders: First grants announced as the London Community Response total reaches over £10m
  • Community Southwark: Small community organisations and local charities can apply for grant funding of between £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects
  • London Community: Grants up to £5,000 for these immediate and urgent needs
  • Ealing Council Emergency Fund:  A £1.5m COVID-19 Emergency Fund to aid essential community services across the borough

South

  • Kent Community Foundation: Grants are up to £10,000 with priority to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200,000, who are supporting isolated older people at this time

  • Community Foundation for Surrey: Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded with priority given to voluntary organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated 

  • Sussex Community Foundation: Have a £100,000 fund, the Sussex Crisis Fund, to help local charities and community groups, supporting people suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak 

  • Greenham Trust - Hampshire: Have a £250,000 of emergency funding which is available for local charities and voluntary organisations who are supporting the elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID-19 crisis in West Berkshire and north Hampshire

  • Brighton and Hove: Communities Fund is set up to support local community groups, voluntary organisations and not-for-profit social enterprise

  • Oxfordshire Community Foundation: The Step Change Fund focuses on capacity building and strengthening of Oxfordshire’s charitable sector

  • Worthing Community Chest: Grants of up to £250 available for neighbourhoood projects 

South West

  • Wiltshire Community Foundation: Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund is working alongside the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal to raise money for financial support to groups helping the most vulnerable people in communities all over the county

  • Dorset Community Foundation: The Foundation awards grants to support voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises and individuals in the county of Dorset

  • Devon Community Foundation: Grants available between £1,000 and £5,000 (with the average around £2,000) and are particularly interested in supporting smaller community groups

  • Quartet Community Foundation: This programme is for small voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire

Wales

Development Bank for Wales

The Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales manage a range of public and private funds totalling over £1 billion. Find out more here

Community Foundation Wales

Monies raised through the appeal will fund charities, community groups and not for profit organisations working in Wales, who provide activities to vulnerable groups. It will also support organisations who are adapting the way they work to respond to the rapidly changing needs in their communities. Find out more here

Steve Morgan Foundation - Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire

Steve Morgan Foundation supports charities and not for profit companies in their remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6). Find out more here

Northen Ireland

The Community Foundation

The Foundation manages a number of funds and funding criteria for each fund will vary. Find out more here

Scotland 

Third Sector Resilience Fund

A £20m emergency 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. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Find out more here.

£70m Food Fund

Helping address issues of food insecurity, especially for older people and families in receipt of free school meals. 

£50m Wellbeing Fund 

For organisations that work with at-risk people who may be badly affected by the crisis, including homeless people and those experiencing fuel poverty.

£40m Supporting Communities Fund

The fund will be allocated through community anchor organisations that are already playing a key active role in providing services within the community and will likely have established networking and connections through the communities. 

Funder Updates

Social Investors Respond 

A growing list of social investors have added their names to this letter showing their support and commitment to investees. The most important message is that if you have social investment and think you may need support or flexibility, please get in touch with your investor. They will do their best to help - you do not need to go it alone! 

Individual Funder Updates

Mayor of London contributes £1m to new emergency support fund

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The Mayor has joined City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, and London Funders, a network of investors of London’s civil society, to launch the new fund – with an initial £1 million provided by City Hall and £1 million from City Bridge Trust. Read the full article here. 

Scottish Government: Helping communities affected by Covid-19

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has announced.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

An unprecedented UK-wide disaster relief fund launched to help most vulnerable

An unprecedented UK-wide disaster relief fund has been launched to raise money for voluntary groups providing care and support for elderly and vulnerable people hit by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus. Read more here. 

Articles 

Connective Impact 

If you're wondering how to adjust your fundraising strategy during Cornavirus, this free guide could be helpful. 

Fundraising during the Covid-19 pandemic

Civil Society News article by Alex Blake looks at how fundraisers can secure funding and what actions they can take to be proactive during this time. Read the article here

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Last updated
23 November 2020