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Funding Round-Up – COVID-19 (2 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.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund 

The John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1m Community Support Fund.

Individual Waitrose shops will decide how to use their share to support their local community.

Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme 

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Visit their website for details on eligibility and key features of the fund.

Cadent Foundation 

The Cadent Foundation recently launched and is funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000.

Standard Life Foundation 

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work.

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.

Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package 

The newly launched Barclays Foundation will initially provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

A new short-term fund to support local communities, successful applications will receive a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups.

Visit the Tesco website for eligibility details.

Sports England 

Sports England will make up to £195m of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes the following:

  • A £20m Community Emergency Fund, available immediately for clubs and community organisations. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
  • A £5m pot for existing partners if they're facing specific financial difficulty.
  • A £55m pot to provide support during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust.
  • A £115m rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to established partners.

Arts Council England 

Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the COVID-19 crisis. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program 

Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advert credits to up to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries.

There is very little information available at present, but charities can sign up to be alerted when details are released.

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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