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Funding Round-Up – COVID-19 (1 of 2), May 2020


In its on-going efforts to support VCS in Medway, MVA’s series of its regular collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations will be mainly focused on helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

Government Funding

In early April 2020 the Government announced a £750 million package of funding to support the work of charities during the coronavirus outbreak, this includes:

  • £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support local organisations including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
  • £360 million to be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:
    • Hospices to help increase capacity
    • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
    • Victims charities, to help with potential increase in demand
    • Vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
    • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during the crisis

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by Coronavirus.

The trust is planning to distribute grants through a network of local community foundations. Organisations in need of funding will need to apply directly to a community foundation, not to the NET.

Further information on Central Government Funding can be found here.


National Lottery Community Fund

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.


Emergency Loan Fund for Charities and Social Enterprises

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders, including Charity Bank, to provide emergency loans to affected charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

Applications are expected to open in the second half of April. Those interested are encouraged to email at, or to complete the standard loan form on the Big Society website.


CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £5m Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.

At the time of writing, applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused, however CAF advise there are many other sources of funding available at this time, and have compiled a list of these on their Coronavirus hub page.


New Government Grant Funding available from MIND to Organisations supporting with the MH Response to Covid 19.

Launching in late April 2020 and covering England, the fund will support organisations to either:

  • Scale up existing activity – for example, your organisation may manage a helpline or a forum that is experiencing an unprecedented amount of requests
  • Adapt existing activity – for example, you may have traditionally delivered all of your services in-person and now want to adapt them in order to continue meeting the needs of existing, or new, service users
  • Introduce new activity – You may want to introduce a new service that will meet the specific needs of your service users that arise due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis.

More details can be found on the MIND website.


Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers' Company has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19.

Applications are open to UK registered charities that support:

  • The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
  • Provision of food and essential supplies;
  • Victims of domestic violence;
  • Nursing care to vulnerable patients.


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.


Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Fund is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage. Organisations which are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, let us know by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.



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