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 16th December 2020.



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.

As a result, the Community Environment Fund (the fund) has been set up to aid a green recovery by assisting organisations to expand their good work and to support communities to engage in a range of environmental activities.  To build back greener, reshaping our economy and society in a way that is greener, fairer and more inclusive.

The fund aims to:

  • Improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
  • Encourage long-term behavioural change.
  • Promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects.


Return to Play Fund launched

You can now apply for funding to help you tackle coronavirus

We’ve launched a new £16.5 million fund to provide additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of our overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.

The fund will especially seek to support those groups and organisations working with audiences we’ve identified as finding it more difficult to be active at this time.



Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust issued the following coronavirus/COVID-19 update on 5 November 2020:
  • New applications continue to be accepted and will be into the future.
  • Last year 92% of its funding, by value, went to core costs for things like key salaries, and day-to-day running expenses.
  • It continues to be flexible in what it funds, understanding the uncertainty that many groups now face.
  • There are no deadlines. The Trust is trying to agree grants as straightforwardly and quickly as possible.
  • The Trust will continue its relational approach to grant making, working with groups who progress to the second stage of the application process.
  • Further info: groups should regularly check the Trust’s Coronavirus updates page for all the latest from Tudor.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – Family Support Large Grants Application Grant Window just opened
Applicant Organisations should have a focus on Family Support with a preference to fund front line organisations working directly with families in need.

  • Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or
  • Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs
  • The Major Grants programme is open from the 9th November 2020.
  • No capital costs can be supported.
  • You can only apply for 50% of the cost of a salary or total annual running costs. You do not have to secured the remaining 50% but we will want to know you have a feasible plan for raising the rest of the funds.
  • Open to  voluntary sector organisations with a turnover up to £1 million.
  • Your organisation’s postcode, or the project area, must be ranked within the most deprived 15% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation(IMD) for urban areas or within the most deprived 50% for rural areas.
Organisations should have a focus on Family Support, this may further include:
  • Early intervention
  • Families coping with addiction
  • Prisoners’ families

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.


Power to Change launches first phase of its Covid-19 renewal support package

Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England has unveiled the Community Business Renewal Fund. A £3million unrestricted grants programme, it is providing established community businesses in England the opportunity to assess, diversify and strengthen their operations to ensure they can navigate the constantly changing coronavirus landscape.

The Community Business Renewal Fund will have three application rounds. Each round will have a short application window of just three hours as demand is expected to be high. Application guidance is available on the Power to Change website and applications need to be submitted during the following windows: 

  • Round One: 3 November 2020; 10am – 1pm 
  • Round Two: 12 January 2021; 10am – 1pm
  • Round Three:  2 March 2021; 10am – 1pm


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.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community and family support projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural areas.

The Foundation offers the following support:

Grants for revenue costs (including core costs, salaries, running and project costs):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £10,000 for one year. (Successful applicants can reapply for a further two years. No further applications can be made after the completion of a third grant.)
  • Major grants of £10,000 to £100,000 for one year or for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period.

Match Funding Restrictions

  • Applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% of the total project cost before applying for any project.

Applications for Small Grants are accepted at any time.

The Major Grants programme is currently closed but is expected to reopen from 9 November 2020.

Key Criteria

Applications are accepted from charitable organisations (including community interest companies, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies and voluntary organisations) in the UK.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a total annual income under £250,000 to apply for a Small Grant.
  • Have a total annual income up to £1 million to apply for a Major Grant.
  • A demonstrable track record of success working to address local problems in communities in areas of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural districts.

Eligible areas:

  • Urban locations (with a population of more than 10,000 people) in England, Scotland and Wales – applicant organisations’ postcodes must be ranked within the most deprived 15% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Small Grants

Projects will be expected to focus on community support.

Major Grants

Projects will be expected to focus on family support.

Small Grants applicants should receive a final decision within eight weeks of receipt of application (assuming no further information is required).



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.)


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.


Johnson Foundation

The Johnson Foundation offers funding to UK registered charities working specifically within the Liverpool City Region in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, education and health.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. New applications are being accepted again after the grants programme was put on hold in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be considered from:

  • UK registered charities working in the Liverpool City Region
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO’s)
  • Educational establishments (including schools and universities)
  • Churches
  • Housing Associations
  • Museums and Galleries.

Organisations with liquid reserves (net current assets plus investments) covering more than 12 months’ expenditure are unlikely to receive a grant unless they can make an exceptionally convincing case that they are in financial need.

There are no specific deadlines for applications and the trustees hold regular meetings throughout the year. There is a one-stage process which typically takes around four months from submitting the application to receiving a decision.





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