Coronavirus: weekly funding updates - 20-24 July

As we receive updates from our research team in Liverpool, we'll post weekly updates to coronavirus funding programmes and more to help you (remember - don't forget to share!)

No time to read 50-page government policy documents? Don’t worry – we’ve done it so you don’t have to. Check out our short summary of the UK Government’s Our Plan to Rebuild policy paper on ending the social lockdown – wherein we summarise the key points, outline current timings, and raise issues for charity staff and trustees to consider (which, let’s face it, you won’t get in the version). View our summary here.


Friday 24 July

Local Giving is awarding grants of £500 to charities for projects that inspire and support people to partake in sports and exercise, with the primary aim of improving physical health. Due to the current climate, the Magic Little Grants programme welcomes applications for projects that support people to stay active whilst social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software (Zoom, Skype) or Youtube. Eligible organisations must be member of Localgiving and must have an annual income of less than £250,000. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2020. More information can be found here.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is supporting local causes through its COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects in the top 30% most deprived areas in the former coalfields area. Guidance on which wards are eligible for funding can be seen on the website. Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have adapted their services to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people. The deadline for applications Is 11th September 2020.

Thursday 23 July

Crowdfunder is offering 100% free fundraising to charities, social enterprises and community projects through its Pay it Forward scheme. The programme is supported by partners such as BT, Small Business Britain, Creative England and many others. It promises that each pound will go towards helping various organisations ‘recover from the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis’. More information can be found here. 

CLiNKS has launched phase two of its COVID-19 Response Grants. This phase of funding is targeted more towards recovery, as opposed to meeting immediate needs presented by the pandemic. Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income of less than £500,000. If your organisation has already applied for a grant with CLiNKS, you are welcome to re-apply provided that a new application is submitted. Resubmission of the same application will not be accepted. For more information of the types of funding available and how to apply, please see the website.

Wednesday 22 July

Allchurches’ Hope Beyond grant scheme has been devised to help churches and Christian charities responding to changing needs and adapting to new challenges presented by the pandemic. The programme looks to fund projects that will ‘enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown.’ Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects tackling issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the crisis, projects focused on growing community resilience and the promotion of mental health, as well as projects focused on developing technological capabilities/online support. The programme will also fund project-related capital costs and salaries. More information on how to apply can be found here.

The Hellenic Society is awarding small hardship grants of up to £200 to those who: have held a temporary post in a UK HEI in the last 12 months and whose employment has come to an end during 2020; self-funded PGR’s (especially those in their third or fourth year); self-funded MA/MPhil/MSt students. All those working in any area of Hellenic Studies (Greek language, Greek history, Classics etc.) are eligible to apply. This round of funding will close on 31st July. More information can be found here.

Tuesday 21 July

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is awarding grants to grassroots community organisations in England, with an income of less than £250,000 per annum. To be eligible, an organisation’s work must align at least one of the fund’s four strategic themes, which are ‘Children Survive and Thrive’, ‘Fighting for Gender Justice’, ‘A Safe Place to Be’ and ‘Mental Health Matters’. Grants of between £1,000 to £4,000 are available under the Capacity Building and Project Delivery grant schemes. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Community Match Challenge has been launched by the government, by allocating £85 million of the £750 million voluntary sector funding package to this new programme. The scheme invites philanthropists, foundations and grant-making organisations to put forward new funding, on the premise that the government will match these awards on a pound-for-pound basis. Funding is intended for ‘those who are the most vulnerable and have been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak’. The programme expects to match applications within the £5-£20 million range. Applications must be submitted by 2 August 2020. Find out more here.

Monday 20 July

The Energy Redress Scheme, managed and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, has reopened for its eighth funding round and offers charities grants to deliver energy related projects to help address the impact of COVID – 19 on vulnerable households. There are two separate funds:

  • The Main Fund contains £6.5 million and is aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £1 million.
  • The Small Project Fund contains £500,000 and is aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999.

The deadline to these two funds is 5pm on Thursday 30 July. Find out more here.


For information on 8,000 sources of funding giving a total of £8 billion, take a look at Funds Online.




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For information on 8,000 sources of funding giving a total of £8 billion, take a look at Funds Online.