Funding for local community and voluntary groups

We recognise that one of the best ways to address the root causes of social problems is to support the voluntary and community sector.

This page provides details of a range of funding opportunities that are currently available to support Local Community and Voluntary Groups affected by, or looking to address issues arising from Covid-19.


Funding opportunities

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services (Redbridge CVS)

The Redbridge CVS website has up-to-date funding information from different sources.

Redbridge CVS also has a Community Fundraising Officer who can help you to identify and apply for funding for your group or project. You can find details of how to get in touch and get help on the Redbridge CVS website.


Alpkit Grassroots Support Fund

Alpkit are providing funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those effected by the outbreak of Covid-19. Applications are checked on a daily basis. To view the criteria and apply, visit their website

Arts Council England

Arts Council England has unlocked £160 million of emergency funding for organisations and individuals. This includes funding for national portfolio organisations (£90m); organisations outside of the national portfolio (£50m); and funding for individuals (£20m).


The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has been set up to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. One-time grants of up to £10,000 are available to help organisations survive during the current health emergency. The fund can cover core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. The fund wants to help ensure that as many vital charitable organisations as possible can continue their work during these challenging times.

For more information and to apply, visit the CAF website


The Childhood Trust

The Childhood Trust has launched the Champions for Children match-funding campaign to raise unrestricted funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.


Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

To help voluntary sector organisations in England continue to provide mental health services, organisations can apply for a  grant of either £20,000 or £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months.



Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Organisations can apply for awards up to £5k, 10k or £50k.


Elton John Aids Foundation

The Elton John Aids Foundation‘s COVID-19 Emergency Fund is accepting applications for solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Emergency Funding from Central Government

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak (Chancellor announcement Wednesday 8 April).

  • £750 million pot for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims
  • £360 million direct from government departments and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund
  • the Government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month – pledging a minimum of £20 million

The funding is aimed at those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

You can find more information on GOV.UK. Further information on how to access this funding is expected shortly.


The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant making charities, has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the arts or learning. In light of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application.

In addition, more grants will be available to cover core costs, favouring those charities with no, or without significant, public funding. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines. 

For more information and to apply, visit the the Foyle Foundation website. 


Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000.


London Funders Emergency Funding

The London Community Response was launched on 18 March 2019.

The First Wave of this funding is providing grants to cover immediate costs that groups are incurring to support communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with a focus on food and essentials.

The Second Wave of this funding has also been launched, with grants for both crisis response (up to £10,000) and delivering differently (up to £50,000) available.

Future funding programmes following Wave 2 may include longer-term and recovery costs.

For more information and to apply visit the London Community Response Fund website


Mayor of London's Culture at Risk Office

If you are an arts organisation, business or individual working in the cultural sector, creative industries or night-time economy in London, please visit the Mayor of London's Culture at Risk page to register your details for support, guidance and resources.


National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that all of its funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the coronavirus outbreak. 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.


National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50m Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations.



M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners have partnered with Neighbourly to create the Neighbourly Community Fund to channel micro-grants directly to community organisations helping those most at risk. For existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland only.


Sport England

Sport England has created a new Community Emergency Fund to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000+.


Standard Life Foundation

Standard Life Foundation has announced that they will be fast tracking applications in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and will make funding available to work directly related to the pandemic, including policy work, campaigning, research, public attitudinal work, and improving practice and design.


Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust will assist small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding (up to £5,000). It will make grants to organisations working to improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales.


TechForce 19 (NHSx)

TechForce 19 (NHSx) is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. Areas of focus include (1) remote social care; (2) optimising staffing in care and volunteering sectors; (3) mental health.


Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations that support vulnerable groups will be encouraged to apply for a grant of £500 to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.


The Fore

The Fore is offering fast-track emergency grants of up to £5,000 to organisations in its portfolio – with the option to apply for more than one grant.


Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people.


Trust for London Connected Communities

This funding is specifically aimed at organisations which are based in Outer London Boroughs including Redbridge and with an income below £100,000 per year.  The Trust funds organisations undertaking activities to strengthen the voice of people who are directly experiencing poverty and inequality and bringing together different groups of people. You do not need to be a registered charity. Visit their website for further information and to apply. 

Yapp Trust

Yapp Trust offers grants towards the running costs of small charities (maximum £3,000 per year, for up to three years).


Young Women’s Trust

The Young Women’s Trust has launched an emergency fund for women who are economically vulnerable. Young women referred to the Trust through partner charities will receive £150 to pay for food and help with other essentials such as utility and rent bills in the next few weeks.


Youth Music Network

Youth Music Network has launched an Emergency Fund for music-making organisations affected by the coronavirus. Through this fund grants of up to £10,000 are available.  Priority will be given to people and organisations in the most immediate need.

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