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.


Here are some other sources of funding for the voluntary sector

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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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.

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Youth Music Emergency Fund

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. Grants of up to £10,000 are available as an emergency response to support music-making organisations affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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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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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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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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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. It is now open for applications until 30 June.

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

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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.

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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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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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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
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WAM Get Involved

WAM Get Involved was set up in 2014, to promote greater Community Involvement across the Royal Borough. The team works across Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead to build capacity within the Voluntary Sector with regular Information, Consultations (like Ageing Well in the Borough), Networking Meetings and Workshops eg Safeguarding and Management. The WAM Get Involved website enables local Residents to access Volunteering Opportunities as well as find out about local activities and news. The team also works with the Business sector to help them and their employees to improve their links with the local Community.

WAM Get Involved website


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