Coronavirus: weekly funding updates - 27 - 31 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 31 July

The BFI has announced the £30 million Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, which will offer support to non-profit and independent cinemas who are facing challenges due to COVID-19. Two categories of grant will be open for applications: safety grants to enable cinemas to put in measures to ensure the safety of their employees and the public; and business sustainability grants to support independent cinemas to operate under the new restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open from 10th August and close on 30th October. For more information, please visit the BFI website.

Thursday 30 July

Do It Now  Now is inviting applications for the Common Call COVID Fund. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to ensure that they are able to survive the COVID period. Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 are available to UK based organisations that are led by people that identify as black, particularly those that are providing services to people that have been negatively affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health or financially. Grants can be used for any activity that will best deliver impact to the beneficiaries. Find out more and apply here.


Arts Council England have announced the first round of grants from the £500 million Culture Recovery Fund. Financial support is available to cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the COVID-19 period but are now at risk. Cultural organisations are defined as those that work in the areas of dance, theatre, combined arts, visual arts, museums, or literature. Comedy venues, local authorities, universities and other public sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services are also eligible to apply. Grants will range from £50,000 up to £3 million. Applications for the first round of funding open at 12pm on 10th August and close at 12pm on 21st August. Find out more here.

Wednesday 29 July

Arts Council England has announced a £2.25 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund that aims to ensure the survival of grassroots music venues from now until the end of September. Applications are invited from music venues across England whose main function is to present live music to a public audience in the grassroots part of the sector. This includes all genres of music and multi-arts venues that hold other events in which music is a major part of the activity. Grants are available from £1,000 up to a maximum of £80,000. The deadline for applications is 12pm on 3rd August. For more information and how to apply, please visit the Arts Council website.

Tuesday 28 July

Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced a £7.4 million COVID recovery fund for small and medium-sized charities that support people with complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. Around 140 charities will be given a two-year grant of up to £50,000 as well as a development partner. To ensure funding is distributed equally, at least a quarter of the funding will be given to charities that are led by, or that benefit people from BAME communities. Applications open on 3 August at 10 am and close on 11 September at 5 pm. For more information, the grants team is holding a webinar on 11 August at 2 pm. Find out more here.

The Community Radio Fund, administered by Ofcom, has opened a second round of funding. Emergency cash grants are available to support Ofcom-licensed community radio stations that are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on 3 August 2020. More information and how to apply can be found here.

Monday 27 July

Laureus’ Sport for Good Response Fund aims to ensure that sports development programmes can continue and that new channels are explored/created to allow young people to access the support they need. Grants of up to €10,000 are available worldwide to help organisations manage ‘unavoidable costs’ resulting from the crisis. In-kind support is also available. More information can be found 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.