Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

The Government announced that Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday 8 April.

This will be broken down as follows:

  • £750 million pot for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims
  • £360 million direct from Government departments (allocated by Government departments to charities. These will include Hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector, St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS, Victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services, Vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities, Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time.
  • £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund (supporting those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.)
  • Government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser on 23rd April– pledging a minimum of £20 million

Departments will now work at pace to identify priority recipients, with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. The application system for the National Lottery Community Fund grant pot is expected to be operational within a similar period of time.

Previous announcements have been made to support charities and businesses, including deferring their VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.

As we receive funding updates, we will post them here. If funding for your group has been affected or you have any funding concerns, please contact our Funding Officer, Ray Emmans at


Here are some other sources of funding for the voluntary sector


Updated 11.6.20

Barclays Foundation

Barclays Bank has announced the establishment of the Barclays Foundation, which will provide a #COVID19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by the pandemic. 

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CEO Sleepout
CEO Sleepout, which fights homelessness and poverty, has launched a Community Volunteer Groups Emergency Fund to provide cash grants to local community volunteer groups across the UK that are responding to coronavirus measures, such as bringing essential supplies to those who are isolating alone. Once the Emergency Fund has raised £2,500, it will begin distribution of funds. Volunteer groups who wish to register to apply for a £250 grant can fill in the form at:

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D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Grants of £500 - £5,000 are available for UK registered charities. It can cover core costs or projects; they have following areas of interest:
• the advancement of the arts
• health and medical welfare
• environmental protection or improvement.
The next deadline for applications is 18th June 2020.

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England and Wales Cricket Board funding
Cricket clubs and leagues can now apply to two funding schemes designed to help them through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Loan Scheme
The England and Wales Cricket Board Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket cubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resume.
Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available, e.g. constitutionally a loan is not an option or there is a high risk of default in paying back a loan.

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Enterprise Relief Fund
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have set up an Enterprise Relief Fund offering grants that can be used to maintain core business costs, as well as to meet any existing financial commitments such as invoices from suppliers and essential equipment. The grants will also support young people diversify their business so that they can respond to the crisis.

Business owners aged 18-30 who set up their business in the last 4 years are eligible for grants from the scheme, but business owners aged 18 – 30 who are not eligible are still encouraged to get in touch for 1 – 1 support from the Trust.

In addition to this funding by NatWest, Social and Community Capital, a charity funded by NatWest, has announced £500k to be available as grants for social enterprises and community businesses.

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Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund of between £3,000 and £50,000 to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next few months for those organisations most in need.

Deadline: 30 June

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Independent Age Grants Fund

Grants up to £15,000 to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.
You must be a charity with at least on member of staff and a turnover below £1million.
Their priorities are:
• older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations
• older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.
There will be four rounds – the first one closing on 9am on 4 June 2020.

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Grants of up to £10,000 to help young people support each other during bereavement.
Deadline: Express an interest before 12pm (noon) on 31 July 2020.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds Bank Foundation are providing immediate funding to charities who have already spent a significant amount of time on their applications, or were expecting to receive new funding. They are prioritising charities who have adapted their services to meet the challenges of Covid-19. These charities will receive a one-year grant with a lighter touch assessment approach to allow charities to focus on responding to Covid-19.

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Mental Health Response Fund

A new grants fund focused on supporting VCS mental health providers in England to respond to an anticipated increase in need as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is available for registered charities to either:

Scale up existing activity – for example, your organisation may manage a helpline or a forum that is experiencing an unprecedented amount of requests

Adapt existing activity – for example, you may have traditionally delivered all of your services in-person and now want to adapt them in order to continue meeting the needs of existing, or new, service users

Introduce new activity – You may want to introduce a new service that will meet the specific needs of your service users that arise due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis

Two sizes of grants are available:

Service Delivery Grants

  • Large grants: up to £50,000
  • Small grants: up to £20,000. The minimum grant available is £5,000.

Organisations can only apply for one grant, regardless of grant size.

For organisations applying for work across at least three English regions we will consider awards of up to £100,000. Please use the large grants application form in these instances.

No deadline

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Morrisons’ Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Foundation has pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support registered charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus emergency and ensure help gets to those who need it most.
Grants up to £10,000 are available to cover three broad areas:

  • • • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • • • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • • • Information and advice

No deadline

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National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Coronavirus Community Support Fund has opened for applications today.
This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.
The Fund has two key objectives:
1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

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SEGRO Centenary Fund

SEGRO has launched a new £10 million fund which will be invested over the next decade to make a positive impact within communities across the UK and Continental Europe.
The fund is intended to help young and disadvantaged people into employment and create community spaces to support training and improve health and wellbeing. However, we have revised our plans in the short term to provide support the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible to apply for the fund you must be a registered charity or community organisation with a turnover of less than £1 million. You must be delivering a project to support vulnerable members of the community through the COVID-19 crisis in Slough.

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Sport England has an emergency fund for Sports Clubs and Sports Groups

Sport England has an emergency fund for Sports Clubs and Sports Groups
The fund will give grants up to £10,000 to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
Deadline: 31 July

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Standard Life Foundation

Standard Life Foundation has opened a new fast track grant scheme in light of the Coronavirus, funding work that relates directly to the pandemic. The grant programme is for projects that can be started in the new few weeks and tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.
Information on how to apply can be found on their Coronavirus funding page and applications should be submitted via email.

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Tesco Bags of Help
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. 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 programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

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The Antonio Carluccio Foundation

In response to the Covid 19 emergency, the Foundation will give grants up to £5,000 in the UK to charities involved in the following:
to support hospitality related training and development
to promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition
to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need.
No deadline given.

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The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation’s Strengthening Civil Society programme has launched three new funding schemes to support its grantees and broader civil society through the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will run throughout 2020 and will amount to £1m in grant money.
The first new stream of funding is for Supporting Legal Action Related To Covid-19 and is open to applications from all registered charities, with an annual income of less than £5m. Grants are available of up to £40,000 for organisations with a demonstrable legal expertise in the area in which they work.
Deadlines for this fund are staggered throughout 2020, with the first one being midday on Thursday 28 May.
There are two additional new grants, an Operational Impacts Grant and an Increase In Demand For Advice From Frontline Organisations grant.

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The Edward Gostling Foundation
The Edward Gostling Foundation supports charitable organisations that work with people living with a mental and/ or physical disability or long term illness. The Foundation has suspended its usual criteria for grant-making during the COVID-19 crisis, to concentrate on helping smaller charities providing frontline community services. It will be awarding grants of up to £10,000 to eligible charities with less than 6 months’ worth of free reserves, to support core operating costs.

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has opened the Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund, with a total of £95,241 raised as at 22 April 2020. Funds raised will support charities and projects that are helping people through these challenging times. The MCF will match ALL donations up to £1m.  Funds will be distributed to a registered charity or any other COVID-related activity, as agreed by the COVID-19 Regional Communications Group.

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The Shanly Foundation

The Shanly Foundation has set up a Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund of £150,000 to help organisations who are working directly against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Shanly Foundation primarily support community organisations in the counties outside North, West and South London such as scouting and guide groups, and local charities. In light of the Cornavirus pandemic they are now only accepting applications from organisations who are directly involved in the fight against Covid-19, or who are supporting the most vulnerable during it.

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The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust was established to provide for medical research and medicine generally, but also donates towards appeals of a humanitarian nature. In response to COVID-19, the trust is offering flexibility for all current grantees, as well as welcoming applications for grants of up to £1,500 from eligible small charities through its Ann Rylands scheme.

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Vital For Berkshire Coronavirus Fund

Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support Berkshire Community Foundation have received for their Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to help people affected by the crisis in Berkshire.
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
• To help organisations respond to immediate needs, for instance, as a result of restrictions to normal activity.
• To help organisations with stabilisation i.e. short term core cost funds to keep organisations supporting those in need afloat.
Priority will be given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including:
• Older people
• People with physical or learning disabilities
• People with mental health needs
• People on low incomes
• Families with young children

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Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the Covid-19 outbreak. The £100,000 fund will make donations of £250 to £2,000 to charities that are helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Charities can apply for support with running costs, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses.

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£10k emergency fund to support good causes during coronavirus pandemic

Baylis Media owner The Louis Baylis Trust has launched a £10,000 emergency fund to support good causes across its newspapers’ patches during the pandemic. Successful applicants will also be profiled in the Maidenhead Advertiser. Advertiser editor James Preston said: “We have been overwhelmed by the selfless work that is taking place in our communities during the crisis. We are living in dark days, but it is incredibly heartening to see good causes pulling together to help those who desperately need our support. Thank you to the trust for providing this money. Together we can make a difference.”

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