Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund

Deadline 31st December 2020

Funding is available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation must demonstrate how it is directly involved with the alleviation of social deprivation and how it will support vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be constituted (have a governing document).
  • Have a bank account in the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have at least three unrelated members on their management committee.
  • Have committee meetings with a quorum of at least three unrelated members present.
  • Be at least two unrelated cheque signatories.

Click here to find out more.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust

Deadline 19th August 2020

Funding is available to help not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000.

The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
  • Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.

Click here to find out more.

The Ragdoll Foundation

Deadline 28th August 2020

The Ragdoll Foundation is a small foundation which is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view.

The Foundation’s primary purpose is to make grants for charitable purposes that:

  • Evidence the power of arts and creativity and their transformative power for children and young people.
  • Promote the development of children through their imaginative thinking.
  • Encourage innovative thinking and influence good practice elsewhere.
  • Ensure effective evaluation of projects to promote sharing and learning.
  • Above all demonstrate how concerns of children can be heard.

The Small Grants Programme operates on a one stage application process. Applications should be submitted by the deadlines of:

  • 28 August 2020 (for a project start date of 1 November 2020).
  • 30 October 2020 (for a project start date of 1 January 2021).
  • 8 January 2021 (for a project start date of 1 March 2021).

Click here for the Ragdoll Foundation website.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Currently closed

The funding will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

  • grants from £10,000 to £3million
  • for organisations in England only
  • funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021

Organisations should only apply for this funding if they are able to meet all of the essential criteria:

  • They must have been financially viable before COVID-19 (March 2020)
  • They are at risk of no longer trading viably by the end of this financial year
  • They can demonstrate that they have exhausted all other financing options. For example, applying for other emergency funds, reducing costs, diversifying income streams or taking advantage of government easements
  • They have a clear plan towards future financial viability.

Click here for more information.

The Common Call COVID Fund

The Common Call COVID Fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period.

Grants range from £1K – £3K to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. 

This is an unrestricted fund to support your work. There is no time limit on the grant and it does not have to be set towards a particular project.

The aim is:

  • Get better informed about grantees options (moving to new methods of delivery) post-COVID19.
  • Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.
  • Test the viability of specific propositions.
  • Develop clear implementable action plans for such activity.

To find out more click here.

JA Clark Charitable Trust

Deadline 18th August 2020

The JAC Trust is an independent grant-making Trust with a main focus on climate change and displaced people.

The funding is for non-profit organisations that have a strong link to the communities they serve. They will offer grants of up to £25,000 and the funds must be used within 12 months.

The Trust funds projects that benefit at least one of the following three target groups:

  1. Forcibly displaced people and their host communities – Improving the lives of those forcibly displaced and help protect and restore the natural environment in which they live.
  2. Returnees and the communities they return to – Improving the lives of those who return after displacement and help protect and restore the natural environments of the places they return to.
  3. People at acute risk of displacement – Improve the lives of those at acute risk of displacement in ways that centre on protecting or restoring their local environments.

Click here for more information.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – COVID Recovery Fund

Currently closed

The new funding is for small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues and recover beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis.

Charities can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing.

To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

To find out more, click here.

Art Council – Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund


Art Council have opened a fund to support grassroots live music venues in England, such as pubs, clubs and community venues, that are at imminent risk of insolvency owing to the coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown.

Applicants can apply for grants from £1,000 to £80,000, to cover operational costs incurred between 4th August and 30th September 2020. Majority of awards will be around £15,000.

The scheme will only fund those cost that cannot otherwise be covered though grants, loans and/or other UK Government initiatives (such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme).

Click here for further information.

Next Steps Accommodation Programme

Currently Closed

The funding is available to local authorities, registered providers, and their local partners to engage with the next stage of the COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response.

The government have published the guidance that provides an overview on how to bid for funding as part of the Next Steps Accommodation Programme and proposal templates.

There are two different aspects to this fund:

  • Shorter-term/interim accommodation and immediate support. The funding can cover a range of interventions, from moves into the private rented sector, to extending or procuring interim accommodation such as hotels or student accommodation and supporting individuals to reconnect with friends or family.
  • Longer-term Move-on Accommodation. Organisations wishing to bid must clearly demonstrate in their proposal how the funding will be used to bring forward long-term, move-on accommodation.

Click here for more information.



Small grants applications will close on 22nd September 2020.

Medium/Large grants applications will close on 30th September 2020.

METRO have published information about the funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK, that will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Awards will be between £500 – £15,000 (Award levels: micro up to £500 or £1,000, small up to £5,000, medium up to £10,000, and large up to £15,000) 

Applications are open to groups and organisations with an annual turnover under £100,000.

Your group or organisation must also:

  • Consist of 3 or more people
  • Be led by LGBTQ+ staff or volunteers (if you are a group within a larger organisation, then the staff/volunteers leading on this proposed project should identify as LGBTQ+)
  • Be not-for-profit
  • Be committed to equality and dignity for all LGBTQ+ people, including trans people

To find out more, click here for the METRO website