Coronavirus emergency grants digest - updated 08/04/20


For a detailed overview of funds available, who can apply and further information, please see this document. This will go out of date quickly so check back regularly for live updates.

For grant advice and feedback on draft applications, please call Jenny on 07904 099136 or email

Many VCSE organisations will be struggling because of coronavirus, as it changes the shape of their services, their volunteers, staff, and their community. Below is a useful list of emergency grants that you might want to apply to and links to funders' websites. If you know of a grant that should be on this list, please email to share it with us. 

Quartet Community Foundation has launched a small grant fund for Bristol groups facing increased demand during the emergency:

The Leathersellers Company have announced grants of up to £3000 for organisations supporting: the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients:

Standard Life Found have grants available for organisations doing strategic work related to COVID-19:

Yapp Charitable Trust have grants of up to £3000 per year for core running costs for small charities (income under £40,000) supporting priority groups:

Arts Council England has made £160m of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals:

Sport England have launched the Community Emergency Fund for sport sector organisations:

Crisis have emergency grants of up to £5000 available, and grants of up to £50,000 available for longer term projects for organisations in the housing and homelessness sector:

Sight Loss Sector organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 from Thomas Pocklington Trust:

Heritage sector organisations can apply to the Heritage Emergency Fund (Application process announced soon):

The Prince's Trust and Natwest have launched the Enterprise Relief Fund, for businesses started up in the last four years and run by someone aged 18 - 30. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and don’t have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible to apply for a grant.

Grants of up to £500 are available from Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund for not for profit organisations:​​​​​​​

The Prince's Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme has grants of to £2500 available for farming and rural community support groups:​​​​​​​

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has grants of up to £5000 available for registered charities with an income under £750,000 working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales:​​​​​​​

The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package - £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees' personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding):

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:

Existing members of Neighbourly can apply for grants of up to £400:

National Emergencies Trust has opened a fundraiser for local groups - funds will be distributed by local community foundations:

Fundraising platform, Crowdfunder, is currently free to use:

John Lewis and Partners are releasing extra funds to their Community Fund for individual shops to support priority local actions:

Staff teams in John Lewis and Waitrose stores will work with local communities to decide how best to use the funding. 


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