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.



Asda Foundation Feeding Communities Grants: Grants of up to £1,000 are available for local not-for-profit organisations to help provide meals to anyone in need in the lead up to Christmas. Apply through your local Asda store’s Community Champion. Deadline 6 December.

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.

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.

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund: Grants are available for homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations in England to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during winter. Deadline 2nd December.

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.

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.

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.

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:

UKRI – Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund: Up to £50k for museums and galleries to scale up and evaluate the innovations they’ve designed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: Monday 21st December.


Thriving Communities Fund: Up to £50K for place-based partnerships that strengthen local infrastructure for social prescribing, to deliver a range of community-level activities that address wellbeing.


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

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.

The Ironmongers’ Company : The Ironmongers’ Company funds charities in the UK that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and is particularly interested in projects enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Deadline: 15th December.

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).


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

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.

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.

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.