Covid-19: Funding News and Updates

There are currently a number of funds open to support groups to continue their work during the Covid-19 crisis. A number of these are detailed under the headers below, including links to where to find further information about the fund.

Featured Funds

Independent Age Grants: Funding to Support Older People Most Vulnerable to Impact of Coronavirus Crisis

Applications are now being accepted for a new Fund that aims to support charities that are making a real and immediate difference to vulnerable older people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and beyond. Registered charities that have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000. The funding is for work in one of the following two priority areas:

  • Supporting older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations: Providing targeted, practical services for older people who are managing additional difficulties in their lives.
  • Supporting older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind:  Making connections with older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group.

A total of £2 million will be awarded in grants over four funding rounds, with £500,000 available during each round. The first deadline for applications is 4 June 2020 (9am). For more details, and to apply, click here.

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund (Updated)
The fund has been set up by Forever Manchester in response to the COVID-19 emergency and is to fund VCSE groups and organisations to support their local communities however they can.

Please note: This funding is to enable groups to continue to deliver activities during the pandemic, not to pay utility bills/maintenance for groups who have paused operations during this time. Applications must also make clear how running their activities remotely during the crisis offers direct relief from the impact of Covid-19. Click here for more information.

National Lottery Community Fund – Covid-19 Response Funding
The National Lottery Community Fund have two funds for projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. All the funding decisions National Lottery make for the next six months will prioritise applications which are Covid-19 related and addressing the current crisis. Both funds are ongoing with no fixed deadline, and the National Lottery aim to process bids within 4-6 weeks.

Awards for All - Fund Size: £300 to £10,000 - Apply here.

Reaching Communities - Fund Size: over £10,000 - Apply here.

All Funds
For ease of access, funds have now been separated into the below categories. To avoid duplication, funds with multiple priorities are generally listed in the Community section.

Armed Forces
Children and Young People
Criminal Justice
Education and Employment
Housing and Homelessness
Mental Health
Older People

Free tools for VCSE groups
Information from Funders

These pages are updated regularly, but if you do encounter any paused funds, or come across any open funds we may not yet have listed, please email: