Covid-19: Funding Opportunities – Accurate at 7th April 2020

We recommend that organisations and community groups frequently check funders’ websites to ensure that the fund is still open to applications and funds’ priorities remain as originally intended, as these are adapting very regularly. We will also be revising this listing to reflect these changes whenever possible.

Please note: The CAF Emergency Fund is now closed (as of Monday 6th April 2020) due to the  high number of applications submitted.

If you have existing charitable grant funding:
150+ grant makers have signed a pledge of support for groups, offering reassurance for those who have received grants and whose delivery is now affected by the current situation:

Grants for individuals seeking support can be found at  Turn2Us:


Local/Liverpool City Region – Emergency Funds for Voluntary & Community Groups:

Steve Morgan Emergency Fund

The fund, of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, is open to charities and not for profit organisations across the region (Merseyside, Cheshire (west of M6) & North Wales) to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

Applicant organisations need to have been operating before April 2018.
Key on-line application questions (each response 100 words max) include:

• Please tell us about your organisation, its aims and main activities.
• What measures are you taking within your organisation to maintain services during the current crisis?
• Please tell us why you need the money
• What will you use the emergency funding for to help your community in hardship as a result of Covid-19?
• Where else have you applied for emergency funding, amount requested and when you can expect a decision?
• How many people will directly benefit from this project?

You will also need to detail the following along with supporting documentation:
• Amount requested (initially over 12-week period)
• Total expenditure last financial year
• Amount of Unrestricted Reserves
• Total budget (expenditure) for 2019/20

Apply online at: Steve Morgan Eligibility & Application Form
If you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria your application will not be processed.
If you are unsure please email


LCR Cares COVID – 19 Community Support Fund

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 £5,000 will be available initially. Recently formed organisations can apply. 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 made as fundraising and the outbreak develops.
Details and application at:


P H Holt Foundation 

This local fund welcomes applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Its funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running

- Resources for specific community-based activities
- Supplies for beneficiaries i.e. emergency food, toiletries, household products or other items
- Help with running costs or overheads due to a disruption to existing services
- Support for salary or volunteer costs to keep a service functioning
- Assistance to deliver a service differently or to reach more people needing help

To be eligible for an emergency grant, you must be a registered charity in Merseyside with an income under £1 million.
P H Holt will fund activities in one or more of the five metropolitan boroughs. Grants start at £1,000 with most awards falling between £5,000-£10,000.

These are for a single year. Contact the Foundation office on 0151 237 2663 any Wednesday to Friday if you would like further advice before sending your application in.

Check out its application form for further details which can be found at the website above.


National Funds:

National Lottery Community Fund

All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities who support:

– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
– provision of food and essential supplies;
– victims of domestic violence;
– nursing care to vulnerable patients.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage. Organisations which are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Visit their website for details on eligibility and key features of the fund.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Applications are currently being accepted to the £20 million Community Emergency Fund from any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity if it is experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 can help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on rent, utilities, insurance, facility or equipment hire, core staffing costs, and retrospective losses dating from 1 March 2020.



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