Coronavirus weekly funding updates - 26-30 October

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.

Thursday 29 October

The first round of funding is now open for the £2 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund, administered by Homeless Link and Housing Justice. The funding aims to ensure that faith and community groups that provide winter accommodation can provide single room COVID-19 secure accommodation this year, and also support services that prevent rough sleeping and work with people sleeping rough in innovative ways.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available to organisations in England that work directly with people experiencing homelessness. The deadline for the first round of funding is at 1pm Wednesday 4 November. For more information, visit the Homeless Link website.

Wednesday 28 October

The Peter Sowerby Foundation has announced the £1.4 million Increasing Access Fund. The fund is intended to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs. Three categories of grants are available to organisations working within the areas of healthcare innovation, the arts, environment and community (particularly with disadvantaged young people). Applications close at 5pm on Monday 16 November. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Tuesday 27 October

Applications are open for the Isla Foundation’s Tipping Point Grants. Funding of up to £40,000 is available to any organisation in the UK that is addressing the issue of homelessness. This could include tackling the root causes, re-insertion into society, or developing a response to challenges that have arisen from Covid-19. Community groups are encouraged to partner with another organisation, however, they may apply for a small grant of £3,000. The deadline for applications is Thursday 12 November. For more information and to apply, please visit the Isla Foundation’s website.

Monday 26 October

Smallwood Trust – Covid-19 Frontline Women’s Fund

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to women’s organisations and services that are supporting women aged 18+ whose poverty has been exacerbated by the pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 10 November. Find out more.


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