Covid-19 emergency grants for organisations, community groups and charities

Covid-19 response funding

Historic England Culture Recovery fund for heritage - round 2

The £300million culture recovery fund for heritage offers second round of grants to help heritage organisations or business cover operating costs, assess and adapt their business models and become financially viable. This fund is open to businesses and charities for reopening costs, operating costs and recovery costs.

National Lottery Community Fund

National lottery community fund has grants available from £300-£10,000 or over £10,000.

Funding is available to organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficult as a result of covid-19, organisations providing support and services for vulnerable people and organisations who connect communities with support.

Small and medium sized charities are more likely to be more vulnerable and therefore favoured in the application process.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot. Their primary focus is on resilience and supporting heritage not-for-profit and public sector organisations and local authorities through the continuing COVID-19 crisis. 

Sport England & Crowdfunder – Active Together Partnership

Sports England have committed up to £210 million of funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid19. There are four different funds available to apply for.

Central England Community COOP fund

Grants available from £100- £5,000

Local good causes, community groups, charities and social enterprises, including community interest companies (CIC), are eligible to apply. Applicants need to be a not for private profit organisation to be considered.

John ellerman foundation

Applications are now being accepted through the John Ellerman Foundation Museums and Galleries Fund which aims to strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK.

 A total of £500,000 of funding is available each year for applications which enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out; and ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change

The Foundation’s focus is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections, and expects to make no more than five or six grants of around £90,000 for periods of two to three years. Higher amounts will be considered for exceptional projects.

There is a two stage application process and the deadline for applications for stage 1 is 5pm on 8 January 2021.

Schroder Charity Trust

The Schroder Charity Trust continues to accept online applications for funding from charities. The current round of applications are open, but will not be considered until November 2020.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants of £1,000 available for music and the arts projects that focus on improving opportunities and access for people with physical disabilities and or learning and mental health difficulties.

The next grant round focuses on people aged 60 and over that have experienced difficulties due to covid19.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Covid 19 Organisational Support Fund

Open to existing grantees to help with costs associated with transition to remote and online working, including costs of computer equipment, digital infrastructure, development of online content or services for staff and volunteer wellbeing.

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Grants of up to £100,000 available for community facilities

Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities.

This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums.

The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site. The next funding round will be open between 16 December 2020 and 5pm on 3 March 2021.

Alpkit Foundation

The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.

Edward Gostling Foundation

Due to Covid 19, they are focusing financial resources on helping smaller charities providing frontline charity services.

Grants of up to £10,000 are being awarded to eligible charities with less than 6 months of free reserves.

Funding can be used to support core operating costs.

Persimmons - Community Champions

Donations of up to £1,000 to organisations that support the over 70s.

Each of our 31 businesses and our PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s a whopping £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

We have supported thousands of community groups and charities over the years, but from 1 April for the foreseeable future, we want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s - a vulnerable group in our society that we feel need our support at this time.

Severn Trent Emergency Fund

The company will work with UK Community Foundations, a national federation of community groups, Councils for Voluntary Service and local authorities across the region to help identify which organisations are in most need of support in the Midlands. Find out more about the Severn Trent Emergency Fund.

Aviva Community Fund

Due to COVID-19, the criteria have been broadened to include applications for projects that enable eligible charities to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities. The deadline is 19 January 2021. Find out full details about the Aviva Community Fund, including the requirement for crowdfunding.


The construction and property industries' charity assists homelessness charities and hospices in England and Wales with their construction projects. CRASH offers help in a practical way as well as providing cash grants.

CRASH does this by supporting improvements to hospices, hostels, day centres, night shelters, training centres and move-on accommodation, for frontline homelessness agencies who work directly with homeless people.