Covid-19: Funding Opportunities

Listed below are a number of funding opportunities available during the current COVID – 19 Incident.

Please note, One Knowsley work in partnership with a number of other organisations to bring you the Merseyside Funding Information Portal  which is updated daily.



At this moment in time, funding opportunties are changing rapidly. Please follow us on our Twitter, Facebook and sign up to our Newsletter for the latest funding opportunities.
This page was last updated on 28th September 2020.


LCR Cares COVID–19 Community Support

Liverpool City Region (LCR) and the National Emergencies Trust (NET) funding to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. Open to voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils.

Grants of up to £10,000 are now available. Previous recipients can reapply if they have completed their first project and returned the monitoring information. Eligible projects include:

  • Foodbanks
  • Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such as older people e.g. a telephone    support/ friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation
  • Emotional and mental health wellbeing
  • Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice

Priorities will be reviewed regularly and changed/additions – please check the website:

The 2020 Kirkby Neighbourhood Community Fund

£50,000 available to community groups in and around Kirkby.

The Fund will provide up to £50,000 a year for the next 30 years to support community groups, charities and projects operating in the local area around the Knowsley rail transfer loading station, including Northwood, Cherryfield, Shevington, Whitefield and Prescot North (Knowsley Village).

Community groups developing community, health and wellbeing and environmental projects closest to SUEZ’s Knowsley rail transfer loading station are eligible to apply for grants of anything between £1,000 and £20,000 to support their projects. Applications need to be submitted by Monday 19 October 2020 and the successful projects will be announced at the end of the autumn.


LGBT Consortium and the National Emergencies Trust

A new £350,000 grants programme has been announced to support UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.


Funding to Improve Online Digital Presence for Small Charities (UK)

UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover. Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products.

Priority will be given to projects which focus on:

  • environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
  • human rights,
  • international development,
  • equality and diversity,
  • social justice / refugees / housing,
  • education,
  • art and culture,
  • health and wellbeing,
  • prisoner rehabilitation.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings.


DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund Accepting Applications

The new fund will support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to meet the needs of local disabled people who have been impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is providing the funding to support COVID-19 related work in the following areas:

  • Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives. This could be, for example, COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues.


gbpartnerships Community Fund

 The gbpartnerships Community Fund focuses on health, education, empowerment and raising the skills and aspirations of young people.

Organisations must be based within a 10-mile radius of gbpartnerships’ Liverpool and Sefton sites- details are available here.

  • Grants of up to £2,000 are available

Your organisation income level must be equal to or less than £250,000, as shown in your most recent annual accounts.

Fund aims:

Applications must meet one of the following themes:

  • The promotion of good physical and mental health for all ages
  • Improving wellbeing and aspirations through learning opportunities and the arts
  • Providing opportunities to develop sustainable and supportive communities through environmental, social and diverse activities.

Who can apply?

  • Registered charities; Constituted Community groups; Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims; Community Interest Companies limited by Guarantee;  Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies

Further Info: visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website – and complete an online application form.


Elizabeth Rathbone Charitable Trust

This a grant-giving charity which supports projects and organisations which benefit disadvantaged people living in Merseyside. Preference will be given to Merseyside based charities and grants of up to £3000 are available. Applications are invited from charities and community organisations that benefit people in Merseyside and have the following aims:

  • To alleviate poverty by education
  • To advance the interests of women
  • To help the less able
  • To support certain medical fields
  • To support the arts
  • To help the disadvantaged through community projects


Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust

The Trustees concentrate their support largely on Charities and charitable projects focused on Merseyside (particularly the more deprived areas of the county).benefiting women, girls, young people and families, who are economically deprived and/or socially excluded; also unpopular and neglected causes

  • Most grants are for one year, although requests for 2 and 3 year grants will be considered
  • Applications will be considered only from small or medium sized charities.
  • Grants are made up to £5,000 for Merseyside grants.


Steve Morgan Foundation – Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund – accepting applications until 30 September

Steve Morgan Foundation supports charities that help children and families as well as the elderly, disabled and socially isolated in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. Responding to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Steve Morgan set up an emergency hardship fund of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks

The Fund has been extended for another 12 weeks and will now accept applications until 30 September 2020.

The funding is aimed at helping charities in Merseyside, Cheshire West and North Wales with the costs of additional emergency services to help people affected by coronavirus. It will also help charities experiencing a loss of fund-raising revenue to stay in business.


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has launched the second round of its ‘Force for Change’ programme, which is designed to support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that help to reduce social isolation. Applications close at noon on 30 November.


City Health Care Partnership Foundation funding for Community Health Projects –Knowsley & St Helens

City Health Care Partnership Foundation provides a small grants scheme for local, voluntary and community groups and/or other not for profit organisations, to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people living in the areas in which CHCP provide services. Funding is available for volunteer led activities and projects or one-off events related to health or wellbeing such as dance, drama or football, etc.

To be eligible, applicants must be not for profit organisations, community or voluntary groups with annual incomes of under £30,000. Grants or donations of up to £1,000 are available to towards activities, projects or one-off events requiring an element of sponsorship.

The next closing date is the 1st November 2020.


People’s Postcode Trust

The People’s Postcode Trust’s Grants Programme re-opened for applications on the 4th August 2020. The People’s Postcode Trust provides project-based funding in Great Britain under the themes:

  • Promoting human rights;
  • Combatting discrimination;
  • Preventing poverty.

Registered Charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

Small organisations and community groups that are not formally registered as a charity can apply for up to £2,000.

There is a two-stage application process and the closing date for stage 1 applications will be the 19th August 2020.


Postcode Community Trust:

The Postcode Community Trust re-opened for applications on the 4th August 2020.  The Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to make positive changes within their own communities. Grants of £500 – £20,000 are available to registered charities for projects that benefit communities through:

  • Increasing participation in arts & physical recreation
  • Improving community health & wellbeing
  • Reducing isolation

Other voluntary organisations e.g. sports groups, community interest companies and social enterprises can apply for up to £2,000.


Comic Relief’s Project Delivery Grants – applications via Groundwork

Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, and CIC’s across England can apply for grants of up to £4,000 for projects which deliver change in their local communities. Through Comic Relief’s Project Delivery Grants, organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 can apply for funding for projects that address one of their four strategic themes:

  • Children survive and thrive;
  • Fighting for gender justice;
  • A safe place to be;
  • Mental health matters.

Grants should fund direct work with beneficiaries and applications can be made at any time.


Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants 

Capacity Building Grants of up to £1000 will support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.  We want to support organisations to rebuild and be ready and better able to meet community need within the Comic Relief four strategic themes.

The capacity building grants will support a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Developing better organisational governance through training of your trustees,
  • Reviewing or updating your policies and procedures to take into account any new ways of working due to the crisis,
  • Increasing your understanding of the needs of your beneficiaries both during and after the crisis and developing ways to best support them,
  • Increasing your organisational delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment, staff training or new equipment to enable your organisation to deliver services in different ways.
  • Developing strategies to support your organisation to rebuild moving forward (for example fundraising strategies, developing delivery plans, exploring how you can work in different ways etc.)


Allchurches Trust – New Grants Programme in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The Trust has launched a new grants programme to enable churches and Christian charities in the UK – aiming to help communities “to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope”.

Organisations can use the grants to cover capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, as well as project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities.

Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000, which will be awarded on a rolling basis.


Screwfix Foundation Re-Opens for Applications (UK)

The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.


The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is open again for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities. The Fund is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks, which is made available to groups through a bidding process and grants are awarded to successful applicants.


Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation (formerly the ACT Foundation) provides grants to UK registered charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled or those with long-term illness. Grants are available to support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and /or mental disability or long-term illness.

Two funding streams are available:

  • Fast Track Grantsof less than £5,000 available to charities with an annual income of less than £3 million.
  • Capital Grantsof more than £5,000 available to charities with an annual income of less than £5 million.





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