Funding Opportunities

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

Community Action:MK can also run funding searches for groups. 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.



Aviva Community Fund is open to applications from smaller charities needed support to adapt to the Covid-19 crisis. Deadline: 13th October.

BAME Healthy Communities Surviving COVID-19 Fund: Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across the UK to help them support their communities during and beyond the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, building wellbeing, resilience, and capacity. Deadline: 30th October.

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.

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.

Hope for the Young – COVID-19 Emergency Fund: offering small grants for up to £250 to support young refugees and asylum seekers (16-28 years old) during the COVID-19 pandemic.The second round of funding is now open.

Magic Little Grants: Magic Little Grants of £500 are available to local charities that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. Localgiving have announced that they will support projects that help people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. Deadline: 31st October 2020.

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.

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.

Persimmon Charity – Community Champion / Building Futures Initiatives: Persimmon Homes is delighted to be joining forces with Team GB to give away an amazing £1 million to support children across England, Wales and Scotland and their hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £3 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Every month they give away 64 donations of up to £1,000 each to local groups and charities.

Place Makers Fund: the fund offers funding local good causes across the UK. will award grants to local groups, organisations and charities which share their passion and commitment to changing lives and enhancing communities.

Postcode Recovery Fund – Postcode Dream Trust: Grants of £500,000 to £1 million for projects that address a systemic societal issue relating to educational inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, social exclusion and isolation and/or poverty and can demonstrate a clear link to the effects of the pandemic. Deadline: 30 October.

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund is a £25m emergency loan fund which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises directly affected by the current crisis. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 13 November.

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 The Yapp Charitable Trust website.

Tesco’s Bag of Help – Covid-19 Communities Fund: Tesco Bags of Help was a short-term, small fund to support local communities during the pandemic. The programme is now closed, but community groups can apply for a Tesco community grant – more details here.

Arts and Heritage:

National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund: The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels during this difficult time (£3,000-£50,000 and £50,00-£250,00). The application criteria and priorities are different for each level of funding. Read more.

Weston Culture Fund: The new one-off Weston Culture Fund is now open for applications from performing, visual and literary arts organisations, arts centres, independent cinemas and accredited museums and galleries.


Pink Ribbon Foundation: Grants are available to breast cancer charities in the UK that assist people affected by breast cancer and organisations that work on breast cancer research and prevention. Deadline to apply: 26 June.


Football Foundation – Pitch Preparation Fund: Grants are available for football clubs and organisations in England and Wales to get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when the Government’s coronavirus/COVID-19 advice allows football to start being played again.

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 have committed £20m. This fund aims to minimise the impact of coronavirus on the activity levels of people from under-represented groups, ensuring that the participation gaps don’t widen during this period.

Children and Young People

Children and Young People – Masonic Foundation Grants Programme: national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face can apply for a small or large grant, depending on their income. Deadline: 31st October.

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.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust (England and Wales) – Name of Fund: 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.


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

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.

£10 million to help disabled or seriously ill children. Fund to support families supporting and caring for disabled children or those with complex needs

Thomas Wall Trust – Digital Skills 2020 Grants Programme: grants are available for registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills in order to increase employment prospects within the UK.

Waste and Resources Action Programme (England) COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant – Phase 2 now open for applications: The UK Government in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) have launched a £3.25 million fund to support the operations of not-for-profit food redistributors to ensure that any surplus food can reach people in need or those considered most vulnerable.

Forces Communities Together Programme: Grants to support creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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.