COVID-19 Funding

This is a collated list of funding that has become available due to the COVID-19, we will continue to update this list regularly. 

Barnet Community Response Fund

The fund is being operated by Young Barnet Foundation on behalf of Barnet Together, and with support by Barnet Council, Councillors and other community groups.

This response fund has been made possible by generous donations from residents and businesses. Funding may be used for; food to support food banks, support smaller groups, PPE equipment for volunteers. There will be one round of funding every week or bi-weekly until the funding panel deem that high need is no longer applicable. You can apply for funding up to £500, depending on the amount of donations.

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National Emergency Trust

The trust was set up last year as a domestic version of the Disaster Emergency Committee. The appeal is raising funds for local charities to help support communities.

The National Emergency Trust is releasing the funds for London’s charities through The London Community Foundation. They support small charities and groups who help those in need in their communities.

The first phase of donations raised will provide emergency funding to charities and community groups supporting those people most vulnerable due to COVID19. This means small grants that can meet immediate needs of charities and community groups, like purchasing of equipment, computers and mobiles, so they can respond to demand differently. Check to see if you are eligible here

London Community Response Fund

A new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus. Donors to this fund include the City Bridge Trust and the Mayor of London.

They are currently in the second wave of funding.

Wave 2 has two funding programmes that are taking applications:

· Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials to equipment and additional short-term staff costs

· Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances, we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

CAF has launched their rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they are aiming to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Your organisation is eligible if; you have a charitable purpose and undergo charitable activities, and you had an income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

Arts Council COVID-19 Fund

The Arts Council will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during the current health situation, totalling £160 million. More details can be found on their website.

London Funders

London Funders have created a list of funders who recognise the impact COVID-19 will have on civil society groups and have signed up to their agreement to be flexible at this time, as well as news and updates on funding that is available.

Civil Society

Civil Society has a list of funding available to the sector which is being updated regularly.

The Charity Excellence Framework (CEF)

CEF has created a free downloadable toolkit, including fundraising guides, demo videos and a list of over 200+ funders.

Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme

The Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund will support:

  • Organisations specifically impacted with the current COVID-19 situation (for organisational support such as running costs)
  • Eligible organisations impacted by COVID-19 and those supporting direct beneficiaries will be prioritised (such as homeless, refuges, hospices, food banks and support for vulnerable and isolated)
  • Funding will support three main strands of support including current organisational delivery services that have been disrupted, new services, or increased demand for current services
  • Organisations apply for a £500 single payment and applications will be allocated to each Tesco region in the usual manner
  • Organisations can apply once, however, the same organisation is eligible to apply in more than one Tesco region (London borough)  

NCVO’s funding central site is currently free for non-members

These websites have regularly updated lists of Emergency funding available for the charity sector:

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