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 9/7/20


Funding for Young People's activities in Slough

The YES Summer Programme will be out in the next couple of weeks. If you need any support with funding activities with/for Young People aged 11 to 25, email Dom and the team at 

FareShare Go

FareShare is working to help charities and community groups access much needed food during this challenging time, helping you to reduce weekly food budgets. Tesco Community Food Connection Project along with other supermarkets are offering some fresh surplus food.

FareShare will match you with your local store which will send you a notification on your chosen donation day to collect. Then simply pop into store and pick up the food from a friendly member of staff.

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Independent Age Grants 

Charities with at least one worker, and income below £1 million helping:

  • • older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations
  • • older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

Up to £15,000.

Next round of applications opens 27 July.

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National Lottery Community Fund: Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19

Organisations supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19

Up to £10,000. You can apply even if you have a current grant. Decisions in 6 weeks. £10,000 - £100,000 for six months expenditure.

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Morrisons’ Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

Grants for registered charities working with the homeless for:

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

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The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

The fund is open for bids up to £5,000 from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities. Each group will have to demonstrate how their project contributes to delivering the fund’s priorities which include raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks; promoting the work of the organisation in communities and encourage reporting of loan sharks.

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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 we have received for our 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


Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

Applications for this funding stream will be considered on a weekly basis – subject to the number received. 

Your application form must be completed on-line and submitted along with governing documents – Constitution, latest Annual Accounts, Bank Statement and Safeguarding Policy, by 12.00 pm on Wednesday. 

Applicants will be informed of the Grants Panel decisions as soon as possible. 

Berkshire Community Foundation receives many more applications than there is funding available, and there is no guarantee that an application made will be successful.


Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply where they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority.

If you are interested in applying for funding, please check the who can apply page to see if your organisation is eligible and then complete the following questions. If you meet the criteria of the fund, you will be sent a link to an application form.

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Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon, UK house builders, Community Champions’ funding programme is awarding grants of up £1,000 to community groups and charities that support the over-70s – a vulnerable group in our society that they feel need their support at this time of crisis.

Continuous rolling programme.

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Neighbourly: Covid-19 Community Fund

With the support of M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Nutricia (Danone), Coca-Cola European Partners, giffgaff, Southern Coop, HEINEKEN and their customers and members, Neighbourly is providing micro-grants of £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Organisations whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering with loss of income, isolation or ill health as a result of the outbreak are eligible to apply. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. They are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

Continuous rolling programme.

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True Colours Trust’s Small Grants UK

The True Colours Trust’s Small Grants UK programme supports smaller organisations and projects that work with disabled children and their families on a daily basis.

Grants of up to £10,000 are usually one-off contributions for projects or core costs rather than multi-year grants for on-going revenue costs.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support:

  • • Hydrotherapy pools
  • • Multi-sensory rooms
  • • Minibuses
  • • Sibling projects
  • • Bereavement support
  • • Specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure
  • • Family support / parent-led peer support

Continuous rolling programme.

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National Allotment Gardens Trust

The National Allotment Gardens Trust awards funding of between £250 to £2,000 to allotment gardens that meets the following criteria:

  • • The committee must be officially recognised by the landlord of the site.
  • • Must have a written and signed constitution.
  • • Have a bank account with three signatories.
  • • Have a forwarding address and named contact.

The amount of funding that is awarded to each applicant will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and may not necessarily be the total sum that is applied for.

If your completed application form is accepted it may be necessary for one of the trustees to contact the committee submitting the application so a telephone contact number should be shown.

Deadline: Continuous rolling basis. Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis; the deadlines for applications to be considered at the next meeting are 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October each year.

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The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has issued an update on its grant-making policies in the light of COVID-19. Its Small Grants Scheme has now reopened. This is designed to support charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000, especially those that work at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

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Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Grants of £10,000 - £50,000 are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The grant can be used to fund a maximum of 25% of the organisation’s annual income.

Deadline is 31st July 2020.

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Asda Foundation

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams, both with grants up to £500:

Hygiene Grant: focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. Applications can come from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant: to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

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The Tree Council Branching Out Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors, The Tree Council Branching Out Fund have funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week – 28 November – 6 December 2020.

They will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1500.

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COVID-19 funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence support services

The COVID-19 funding will be distributed through two separate funds, one through Police and Crime Commissioners and one through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund. Separately from the funding MOJ will also provide an extra £3 million to PCCs specifically to fund Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) until 2022.

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Aviva Community Fund

The fund now includes applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.

Deadline for applications is 28 July

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WRAP is offering financial support to small not-for-profit organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000.

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