The Rank Foundation – Covid-19 Recovery Fund

The Rank Foundation’s Covid-19 Recovery Fund strand will support 200 charities and social enterprises with urgent and immediate financial needs. 

Core grants of up to £25,000 per organisation to help to retain vital community services and to create resilience are available. This funding must be disbursed and spent by onward grantees by 31 March 2021.

Click here for the Rank Foundation website.

Tech for Good Build 2021

Deadline 12 noon 12th February 2021

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Income of between £75,000 and £10 million

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Applications for up to £70,000 over a period of nine months (June 2021 – Feb 2022)

The Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme will enable organisations or partnerships to define, test and develop digital solutions over nine months that meet a social need or challenge.

Applicants should be seeking to work in one or more of Comic Relief’s four core issue areas: Children Survive and Thrive, Global Mental Health Matters, Fighting for Gender Justice, or A Safe Place to Be. Comic Relief would also welcome applications addressing challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of the themes specified above, as we understand the critical potential of digital technology in tackling these issues.

Click here for the Comic Relief page.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Deadline 31st March 2021

Emergency loans are available to support UK-based social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Loans of between £100,000 and £1.5 million are available for a term of one to five years.

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund administered by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial investment of £25 million from Big Society Capital.

It aims to support social-sector organisations working to improve people’s lives in the UK that are facing a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme offers emergency loans that can be used as working capital until an organisation’s normal business can commence again. The loans will have no fees or interest for the first 12 months.

For more information, please visit the social Investment business website here.

Energy Saving Trust: New Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund

Deadline 11th February 2021

The new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund will support initiatives principally aimed at reducing the climate change impact associated with energy use, which relate to Ofgem’s regulated areas of energy generation, distribution, supply and use.

Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 are available.

The funding is for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon
  • Show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers
  • Proved to be efficiently managed throughout the project.

Click here for more information on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Arts Council: Culture Recovery Fund

Deadline (midday) 26th January 2021

The aim of this Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme is to support cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. The criteria for the Culture Recovery Fund were designed by DCMS, and the Arts Council administering, awarding and monitoring it on their behalf.

Grant range from between £25,000 and £3,000,000.

Click here for the Arts Council website.

Amazon Literary Partnership

Deadline 29th January 2021

Amazon Literary Partnership provides grants to nonprofit literary organisations on an annual basis. One-off annual grants are available for non-profit literary organisations in the UK that empower writers, helping them create, publish, learn, teach, experiment and thrive.

 Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organisation in the UK, whose core mission is to develop emerging writers, support diversity, celebrate storytelling, and/or build authors’ careers.

Click here for applications for the Amazon Literary Partnership 2021 grants.

Theatre Reopening Fund

Deadline 30th December 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help UK not-for-profit theatres to make coronavirus/COVID-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure.

Priority will be given to those who demonstrate how the project will support the theatre’s safe reopening.

Works that support a risk-assessed approach to reopening could include:

  • alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing
  • changes to ventilation systems
  • purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations
  • any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening

Click here for Theatres Trust website.

Changing Futures: Changing Systems to Support Adults Experiencing Multiple Disadvantage

Deadline 21st January 2021

The government funding is available to local partnerships to help adults across England facing multiple disadvantages like homelessness and mental health issues.

The Changing Futures programme will bring together a selection of local areas that are committed to working with government and with each other over an initial two-year period (2021/22 to 2022/23) to improve outcomes for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

Grant funding of up to £15,000 will be available for shortlisted areas in year one (2020/21) to develop a more detailed delivery plan in partnership with the central government programme team.

areas will work with adults experiencing three or more of the following five:

  1. Homelessness
  2. Substance misuse
  3. Mental health issues
  4. Domestic abuse
  5. Contact with the criminal justice system.

Click here for further information on the government website.

National Lottery Community Fund – Partnerships

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Partnerships programme provides grants for new or existing partnerships where everyone takes responsibility to work toward their shared goals together, while offering their own insights and perspectives.

The aim of the programme is to encourage organisations to work in partnership to help their communities thrive by focusing on the bigger picture, rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. “Communities” can be people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

The funding can support different types of partnership, including:

  • Cross-sector partnerships.
  • Local place-based collaboration.
  • Local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

Grants of over £10,000 are available for up to five years.

Click here for the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Covid-19 winter support grants


Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income under £250,000 can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work through the winter.

What will be funded:

  • Activities and resources which help organisations deliver support to people in the criminal justice system during the crisis. For example, this could be additional equipment or a contribution towards a salary or core costs. Expect to provide grants of £3,000 – £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £10,000.

Organisations must spend all monies by 31st March 2021.

Click here for more information on the Clinks website.