Funding Opportunities

Please see below the local and UK wide sources of funding and resources that have been made available as the result of the Covid – 19 crisis.

Community Action:MK can also run funding searches. All you have to do is fill out this questionnaire – Funding Search Questionnaire


Milton Keynes Community Foundation – Recovery Fund

During the emergency phase of their Covid-19 grant programme, Milton Keynes  Community Foundation has supported local community groups with a total of 102  grants to the value of almost £500,000 for a range local Covid-19 emergency response  projects. The emergency appeal moving into the next phase and grants will now be available through the Recovery Fund. Read more.



Anglian Water – Positive Difference Fund: Funding aims to help communities to adapt, rebuild and recover in 2021. It will provide community organisations with much needed funding to deal with the ongoing and latest issues present in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Deadline: 12pm, 5th February 2021.

Black Funding Network: Launched on the 10th November, BFN aims to help galvanise Black giving in order to contribute to self-sufficiency for Britain’s Black communities. The initiative aims to help Black-led non-profit organisations access a generous community of donors.

B&Q Foundation: B&Q Foundation provides grants to registered charities who support people experiencing poor quality housing and homelessness or looking for help with a project to improve homes and community spaces. Grants of up to £5000 are available up to the end of the year. 

British Muslim Covid-19 Fund: Grants are available for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a high number of applications they funs has temporarily disabled the application process – the application process will be back online son.

Community Business ReBoost Fund: Grant funding and matched equity investment are available for existing community business, with charitable purpose, that are based in England to prepare a community share offer to support their recovery from coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

CROWN UK Fund: Grants of up to £20,000 to support the Black Community in the UK. These grants are available to Black-led grassroot organisations and projects which are working to eliminate barriers to progress for Black women and girls and driving for long-term systemic change.
Deadline: 5pm, 21st January 2021.

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust: The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period. Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit. Deadline: 10th January 2021

The Fore: From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

Ford Britain Trust: Ford are committed to supporting the communities they work and live in. Thats why they created the Ford Britain Trust in April 1975 to help fund the education and advancement of their neighbours. Deadline: 31st January 2021

Garfield Weston Foundation: UK charities can apply for an unrestricted grant for core and project costs. The Foundation supports projects across Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums & Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith and Welfare, particularly to those in need, and in regions of economic disadvantage.

Grassroots Support Now – Alpkit Foundation: small grants of £500 available for organisations that are serving those most affected by the Covid19 outbreak.

Innovation Continuity Loans: Strand 3 (November 2020) New Project Competition: Innovation continuity loans are available for SMEs and third sector organisations in the UK that are at risk of not continuing planned or existing innovation activity due to a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds directly related to COVID-19.

Local Connections Fund from National Lottery Community Fund: Small grants of up to £2,500 to charities and community organisations with annual incomes of up to £50,000 to bring people and communities together in safe and secure ways. Deadline: 26th January. 2021.

Morrisons Foundation: The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

Standard Life Foundation: Standard Life Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Their mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. They want everyone to have a decent standard of living and have more control over their finances. Deadline: 4th February 2021

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK – COVID–19 Emergency Fund: Grants are available for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations in the UK who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income. Temporarily paused due to high application demand.

Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund: Grants (no minimum or maximum amount is specified) are available to UK charities and social enterprises that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered.
Deadline: July 2021.

Tech For Good Build 2021: Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation has launched the next round of their joint UK Tech for Good funding programme in January 2021. This is the final round of funding in their 3-year Tech for Good partnership. The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.
Deadline: 12th February 2021.

The Wakeham Trust: The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can’t reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. 

Wilkinsons – Helping Hands: Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community.

Woodward Charitable Trust: Small grants of up to £3,000 (most are less than £1,000) available to fund core costs of smaller registered charities in the UK working with isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and/or prisoners and ex-offenders. Deadline: 28th January 2021.

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. Grant fund open – for details on how to apply please visit their website.

Arts and Heritage:

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF): The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. We do this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations. Deadline: 31st January 2021

Arts Council England – Culture Recovery Fund: Grants of between £25,000 and £3 million for cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021.
Deadline 12pm, 26th January.4

Golsoncott Foundation: The Golsoncott Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. Deadline: 31st January 2021

Historical Buildings, Monuments and Designed Landscapes: Grants are available for the repair and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and designed landscapes in England.

National Lottery Heritage Fund: resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications, and has launched an interest free loans pilot. They will prioritise applications from those who have not received funding through the Heritage Emergency Fund or government recovery funds for heritage and culture.

  • Project funding grants of £3,000 to £100,000 will provide financial assistance for organisations working with heritage to build their resilience. Details here.
  • Interest free loans of between £50,000 and £250,000 are aimed at organisations looking to restart and develop their income generating potential. Deadline: 14th February.

The Elephant Trust: The Trust was set up to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. 

The Radcliffe Trust – Heritage and Crafts – UK: The Radcliffe Trust continues the charitable bequest of Dr John Radcliffe to support Music and Heritage and Crafts. Deadline: 31st January 2021

Deadline: 25th January 2021


Cameron Grants Memorial Trust: The objectives of the Trust are to raise awareness of suicide, to urge all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help, and to support people, especially young people, who are fighting to overcome poor mental health. Applications for a grant of between £100 & £2,500 will be considered. The grant can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that addresses mental health, typically with  focus on one of:

  • Destigmatising Mental Health
  • Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
  • Improving Mental Well Being


All England Netball Association – Youth Trust: The All England Netball Association Youth Trust supports individuals and organisations in the development of sport for young people under the age of 21 in England. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant available, although funding is limited and applicants should bear this in mind.

Hargreaves Foundation: Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education.

Sport England Return to Play Fund – Small Grants Programme: Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

Children and Young People

BlueSpark Foundation: Grants of up to £5,000 for schools, community groups, clubs, societies and other not-for-profit organisations to fund or part-fund projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities.

Erasmus+ – Youth Funding: Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK youth organisations and young people can access Erasmus+ funding to support life-changing international opportunities.

Family Fund: Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year.

School Grants Scheme – Institute of Physics: Schools, colleges and home school groups based in the UK and Ireland can apply for a school grant of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. Deadline: 1st February 2021

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust (England and Wales) – Early years’ preventative work: small and medium-sized charities working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3yrs in England and Wales can apply for small grants to help them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief: The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has been created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic. Youth organisations with an income of under £250,000, that are based in, and deliver their work in England are eligible to apply for up to £50,000.

Variety Club – Youth Club Grants: Variety Club Youth Club Grants in the region of £200 – £600 to part-fund equipment costing over £1000, for youth clubs that are affiliated to national bodies (but they don’t fund uniformed organisations).

Warburtons: Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people – both Warburton family members and employees. Our main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community.

Wooden Spoon Charity: Projects must fall within Wooden Spoons Vision Statement: Our aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through our commitment to quality charitable work.


Covid-19 government funding for VCSE organisations: round-up

Government funding opportunities:

  1. Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme
  2. Armed Forces Covid-19 Impact Programme
  3. Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund
  4. Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund

A B Charitable Trust: Grants of £10,000 to £20,000 for small to medium-sized registered charities (£150,000 – £1.5million income) that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals. The Trust’s focus is on unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.
Deadline: 31st January 2021.

Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund: The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis.

Green Giving – Grimple’s Green Grants: The inaugural Grimple’s Green Grants was launched in August 2010 by The Green Insurance Company. They have already encouraged green behaviour on our roads through their green insurance policies but Green Grants gave us the opportunity to extend this into communities across the UK.

The JJ Charitable Trust: Part of the Sainsbury Family Charity Trust the JJ Charity’s main areas of interest are Literacy, Environmental education in the UK and Environment projects overseas.

Patagonia’s Environmental Grants Programme: Patagonia supports environmental organisations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. They support innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities. They focus on places where they’ve built connections through outdoor recreation and through their network of retail stores, nationally and internationally. Deadline: 31st January 2021

St Modwen Environmental Trust: The St. Modwen Environmental Trust has been established to provide support to the communities in which the company operates by offering grants to groups seeking to improve their local environment.

Support Adoption for Pets: The largest grant giving charity in the UK for animal welfare charities is providing an additional £400,000 to local animal sanctuaries suffering as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. Grants range from £1,000 – £180,000.

Windrush Community Fund: Grants are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects in the UK which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both. Deadline: 12th February 2021

For more information …

Charity Bank: lists many COVID-19 emergency funding for charities and social sector organisations

Charity Excellence Framework: a free, COVID-19 funder database using search tools is now live. All you have to do is register to use. It’s free!

Covid 19 Funder Database: A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding

Grants Online: launched a listing of foundations and organisations that have launched funding programmes in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Locality: a regularly updated page surrounding COVID-19 and sets out some of the funding being made available for charities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Small Charities Coalition: published resources, guidance and information centered around the COVID-19 crisis, as well as a list of fundraising tools to help small charities.

EXTERNAL FUNDING: Covid-19  Crisis Response: A comprehensive list of funders put together by Thames Valley Police. Various funding streams that have become available to tackle issues that have arisen during COVID-19.