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SUPPORTING THE CHARITY SECTOR DURING CORONAVIRUS

This is your hub for the latest funding and resources to help charities and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LATEST CORONAVIRUS FUNDING FOR CHARITIES

Last updated 09.07.20

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Fund name Description
Charity Survival Fund The Charity Survival Fund will offer grants ranging from £1,000 up to £250,000 and aims to support up to 200 charities. It is open to UK charities with an annual income of less than £5million. Submission deadline is 5pm on 27 July 2020.
120+ Emergency Funders (LinkedIn) This list of funders has been posted on LinkedIn by Ian McLintock. We've captured some of them below.
Grants Online Coronavirus Grants Online has a list of coronavirus specific funds across the UK.
UK Government Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. The money is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Clinks Covid-19 response fund Clinks, which supports the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system has launched a Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic.
Independent Age Grants Fund Independent Age's trustees have released £2 million from their funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.
UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need. The Fund will work in partnership with CAF and the National Emergencies Trust.
Coronavirus (Covid19): Homelessness Response Fund The UK Government has announced a £6 million Coronavirus (Covid19): Homelessness Response Fund to provide support for frontline homelessness and rough sleeping charitable organisations directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sport England Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector (including clubs and community organisations) through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
Cadent Foundation Over the next 5 years the Cadent Foundation will be awarding £20+ million of grants to charities and community groups to support projects that make a real difference. Applications for the first round of funding are now closed.  
National Emergencies Trust The National Emergencies Trust (NET), in partnership with the British Red Cross, has launched a fundraising appeal, to raise and distribute funds to support UK communities. Funds will be distributed to charities through local community foundations from the 23 March.
UK Community Foundations Community Foundations around the UK are providing Coronavirus specific funding. Visit the UK Community Foundations website to find out what your local Foundation is doing.
Aviva Community Fund The criteria of the Aviva Community Fund has been broadened to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs. Applications for next round of funding closes on 28 July.
BBC Children in Need BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under.
Big Society Capital An ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investment is available to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.

Morrisons Foundation The Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.
Arts Council Fund The Arts Council have made £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis.
London Community Response Fund The Mayor of London, City Bridge Trust and London Funders have announced a fund for community and voluntary organisations in the capital. They are working with funders from across sectors to bring more money together in response to community need.
Yapp Trust Not specific to coronavirus, but Yapp Trust offers grants towards the running costs of small charities (maximum £3,000 per year, for up to three years).
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland are keeping open their Small and Medium Grants Programmes.
Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund This emergency hardship fund has pledged £1m a week for charities and non-profits working across in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales for an initial 12 weeks. 
National Lottery Community Fund Latest updates from the National Lottery Community Fund for organisations they fund and their projects. They will update this page as the situation develops.
National Lottery Heritage Fund NHLF remains open for its current grant programmes. They are seeking reassure everyone they fund that they will be as flexible and supportive as possible. If you are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on your heritage project or organisation, please get in touch with your Investment Manager/Senior Investment Manager or speak to the team in your local Area or Country. Deadline 31 July.
Greggs Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Appeal Greggs Foundation is providing urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support for charities, community groups and schools.

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