Funding News Related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak

Wednesday 1st July 2020


Funding in the Spotlight

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is committed to helping the heritage sector through this crisis and into recovery.

Our £50m Heritage Emergency Fund is open for grants from £3,000–£250,000 until 12noon on 31 July.

We are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need.

The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels to cover emergency costs during this difficult time.

The application criteria and priorities are different for each level of funding.

·         emergency grants of £3,000 to £50,000

This grant level is for essential costs for the next 4 months to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable. This level of funding may also include some costs that help organisations look towards longer-term recovery.

·         emergency grants of £50,000 to £250,000

This grant level aims to help organisations that manage a heritage asset that is at risk over the next 4 months. This can include immediate costs, as well as costs to help organisations look towards longer-term recovery. Support will focus on heritage that we have significantly funded in the past, and that can demonstrate the vital contribution it has made to local communities.


New this Week:

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund


The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is now open for new enquiries.

Our Trustees recognise the incredible response our coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed us to alter the funding support we offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.

We are still offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs during this difficult time.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.

More details on new guidance and deadline dates can be found here

The next deadline for applications is 5pm on the 11th September 2020.


ESF Community Grants – Greater Manchester

Adapt Grants Round


The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in GM who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment.

The Adapt round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of Covid-19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements.

Grants up to £20,000 are available across GM to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences.

Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.

All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

The deadline for applications is 12 p.m. (noon) Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund

Grants are available for small UK charities for projects which support children living in poverty.

The funding is intended to support projects with a focus on the three pillars of hunger, shelter and nature.

The deadline for applications is 8 July 2020 (12 noon).

Small grassroots charities in UK communities who are supporting children living in poverty can apply.

Applicants must have a registered charity number.

The Fund is looking to support small projects which can be funded in their entirety.

Projects should focus on Frugi’s three pillars: hunger, shelter and nature.

Examples of eligible projects are as follows:


Projects relating to:

·         Food banks

·         Community kitchens

·         Holiday hunger



Projects relating to:

·         Homelessness

·         Community centres

·         Foster care


Nature and outdoor spaces

Projects relating to:

·         Community gardens

·         Outdoor experiences

·         Parks and playgrounds



Funding is not available to cover running costs.


Hilden Charitable Fund

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).


Although there are no set funding limits, the average grant is £5,000, and Hilden will consider funding projects for more than one year.

Applications are currently being accepted again after being closed to the initial coronavirus outbreak.

The closing date for applications to be considered in September 2020 is 17 July 2020.


Petplan Charitable Trust – Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000. The deadline for the first round of applications is the 24th July 2020.


The Baring Foundation – Strengthening Civil Society Programme

The Baring Foundation has announced three new funding streams as part of its £1 million Strengthening Civil Society Programme to support their grant holders and broader civil society when taking legal action related to Covid-19. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to all registered charities, including current grant holders, with legal expertise in the area they work in to help protect vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from the impact of covid-19. The deadline for this round is midday on the 11th August 2020.

Two further streams of funding will support both current grant holders and other previous funding recipients with grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations severely affected by the coronavirus, and grants of up to £30,000 to help with the increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations. Eligible organisations will be contacted directly for these two funds.


Youth Futures Foundation – Grants to Support Infrastructure Organisations

The Youth Futures Foundation aims to transform the lives of young people by unlocking potential and addressing the root causes of youth unemployment.   Key community-sector infrastructure organisations  (with at least 20 organisations in their network, membership or movement) that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment can apply for funding to help build resilience in response to the significant income shortfalls due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to support future planning and delivery.  Organisations can request up to 30% of their annual income.  The closing date for applications is midnight on the 31st July 2020.