Funding Opportunities

It is recommended that organisations and community groups frequently check funders’ websites to ensure that the fund is still open to applications and funds’ priorities remain as originally intended, as these are adapting frequently.

Please note: The CAF Emergency Fund is now closed (as of Monday 6th April 2020) due to the  high number of applications submitted.

If you have existing charitable grant funding:
150+ grant makers have signed a pledge of support for groups, offering reassurance for those who have received grants and whose delivery is now affected by the current situation:

Grants for individuals seeking support can be found at Turn2Us:

Shropshire Council Small Grants Programme

Shropshire Council has made a total of £75,000 available to distribute in grant funding to community / VCS organisations running local initiatives to help with the COVID-19 response and other funding pressures brought about by the pandemic at a local level.

The Small Grants Programme is aimed at supporting very local initiatives. Many communities have begun initiatives to help people who are finding it difficult to cope with the current situation. This Programme will provide financial support to help these initiatives take off and be sustained throughout the coronavirus crisis. Additionally, some community facilities and village halls will be facing lost income during this time and so the council wants to help ensure that they are sustained as well.

The maximum grant available through the Small Grants Programme will be £500 per grant.

This grant funding is only available to voluntary and community organisations and parish or town councils based in the Shropshire Council area.

Applicants must be properly constituted organisations and must have a bank account in the name of the organisation. If you cannot meet either of these conditions you could approach other local organisations such as your parish or town council to partner with you.

We don’t want to be too restrictive. However, applications for funding may only be made for:

  • supporting a local community response to COVID-19, or
  • sustaining a local asset, e.g. village hall, which has been adversely affected by loss of income as a result of the coronavirus crisis

We will ask you to set out in your application how you intend to spend the money and you should keep receipts and records if we need you to account for it afterwards.

You can either download the form from this page or you can email us at us to request an application form. You should then email the form to the email address above. The guidance attached to this page tells you all you need to know in order to apply for funding. If you have any queries please email us at or look at

Funding will be made available in up to 3 waves. The closing date for applications in the first funding wave will be Friday 17 April 2020. Applications received after this date will be held over to the second wave.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)

TPT has launced a £500,000 fund to support sight loss organisations which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
TPT has suspended its normal grant funding activities, postponed the launch of its revised grant programme and will use funds previously allocated to its normal grant programme to provide this essential support to partners in the sight loss sector.
Click here to find out more.

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grants

Cash support will be provided to organisations redistributing food across England during the coronavirus outbreak.

Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

From overcoming operational barriers in obtaining, storing and transporting food safely from restaurants as they close in response to coronavirus, to supporting drops in volunteer numbers, grants will be available to redistributors working to ensure valuable food supplies do not go to waste.

All food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to bid for grants over the coming month, including those whose volunteer programmes have been affected by social distancing measures or those that cannot access their usual commercial support network.

The Defra-funded grant scheme will be managed by sustainability not-for-profit organisation WRAP, which works closely with governments, businesses and redistribution organisations to minimise food waste.

The Fund will operate over three phases, with applications invited under phases 2 and 3, which are set to open on 9 April. More information is provided on the WRAP website.

Big Society Capital 

Big Society Capital is planning to launch an emergency loan fund for the sector. Around £100m is expected to be available

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for.
Click here to find out more.

Barclays Banking group

Barclays has set up a foundation with £100m. The Barclays Foundation will be giving out half of the £100m in the form of direct funding for charities, while the other half is a commitment to match employees’ donations, including senior figures in the corporate pledging a third of their salary
Click here to find out more.

Yapp Charitable Trust

Small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19, grants up to £3k. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k; core costs and staffing.

Click here to find out more.

Neighbourly Community Fund

With the support of our partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

Click here to find out more and to apply.

The Leathersellers’ Company – Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000.

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, our small grants programme invite applications from UK registered charities which are currently 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

You can expect a decision in a maximum of 4 weeks of applying (we expect it to be less as we are holding 3 meetings in the space of 8 weeks). In order to distribute maximum funding to organisations urgently, applications will close for summer on 11th May, with the final allocations made the week after. Applications will then reopen in early August 2020 (we expect with new priorities).

For those based in London and requesting funds for food and essentials we suggest applying via the London Funders portal  where we and other funders will have access to your application, so reducing your workload. For those based outside London or with other needs, please complete our application form here.

Launch of Culture in Quarantine Commissioning Fund for England’s Artists

The Culture in Quarantine Fund is a new commissioning strand, launched by BBC Arts with Arts Council England, to support England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive – in spring 2020.

The scheme is looking for creatively ambitious ideas that feel that they could have been made at no other time. Commissions do not need to be about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency but must engage imaginatively with ideas of social isolation. The requirements of social distancing must also be adhered to in the making of the work.

The work proposed should be novel and aim to deliver a creative and engaging audience experience and be clear about the specific audiences they aim to appeal to. The funder is looking for some projects that can be broadcast/published as soon as practical, with others to follow over the subsequent weeks.

The amount of funding requested should be in the range £3,000 to £8,000 (ex. VAT). Projects can be 100% funded or part-funded.

Ideas can be submitted by individual professional artists based in England or by cultural organisations on behalf of artist(s) based in England. An established professional artist is a person who has been paid to produce artistic work in the last three years, whether through public funding or private sales or commissions.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2020

Sport England Launches £20m Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has set up the new £20 million Community Emergency Fund as part of a £195 million package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It is specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to the following organisations:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things the funding can help with are:

  • Support a boxing club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place
  • Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money the players in the league would have paid.

Applications are currently being accepted with a closing date of 31 July 2020.

IUK Launches Business-led Innovation in Response to Global Disruption Competition

UK registered businesses can apply for funding to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities, during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovate UK (IUK) has opened a one-off competition to help UK businesses focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries, during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. By fast-tracking innovation, it is expected that the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the country more resilient to similar disruption.

Applications must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

IUK has allocated up to £20 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Applicants can claim 100% of their project costs, from £25,000 to £50,000. The funding will be paid in advance of the project start date.

This competition is open to single applicants only. To lead a project, the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. The project must be carried out in the UK and applicants should intend to deliver the proposed outcomes for UK domestic or global benefit.

Applicants must have the capacity and capability to deliver the project successfully and on time during the working restrictions of COVID-19. They must demonstrate the ability to start the project no later than June 2020 and ensure the project has value for money.

The deadline for applications is 17 April 2020.

£5 Million COVID-19 Relief Grants for Young Entrepreneurs

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cash grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crisis.

In conjunction with grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

To be eligible, businesses must have started up in the last four years and be run by someone aged 18 to 30. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and do not have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible to apply for a grant.

Jonathan Townsend, Interim UK Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said:

‘It is more important than ever to encourage and protect the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in the UK.

‘Small and medium-sized businesses make up most of this country’s economy and we need the next generation of entrepreneurs to come out fighting on the other side of this crisis.’

Click here to find out more.

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