Sources of funding for charities in response to COVID-19

Wide range of funding sources for charities, community groups etc. to respond to COVID-19. See a few here, but more at VAL's regular funding opportunities update here:

Safer Communities Fund – West Yorkshire COVID-19 Grant Round
Safer Communities Fund have announced an extra-ordinary grant round to support communities dealing with the fall out of COVID-19, specifically those projects and interventions which target domestic and sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, mental health, fraud and drugs and alcohol. Deadline is midday 1st May 2020.  Projects must be able to deliver amid the COVID-19 lock down restriction period and within 6 months. Grants are up to £6,000 and further detail are here:  

100% Digital Leeds COVID-19 Fund
Will fund charity, community and social enterprise organisations in their digital response to COVID-19.  Can fund digital equipment for staff & volunteers, to better enable remote working/support of people; purchase of digital equipment for people supported by organisations; purchase of phone data/call credit for any of the groups above. Digital equipment is expected to mainly consist of items that would support remote working and/or enable people to stay connected and digitally included while socially isolating – laptops, headsets, tablets, smart phones etc. Priority to organisations working with groups identified as ‘Communities of Interest’- i.e. groups of people who share an identity/issue, e.g. with a learning disability, asylum seekers and refugees, experiencing additional barriers to staying connected and digitally included. Funding will be to support adults and that there will be a strong link to improving people’s health and wellbeing in terms of the resource applied for. Deadline 24th April but bids assessed as they come in – therefore money may have gone before the deadline. Further details here:
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Little Magic Grants
Small grants up to £500 to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. In response to COVID-19 the grants will support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. Applications considered any time (until 31st October) response within 2 months. Details here:

Garfield Weston Foundation
Supports a wide range of registered charities which provide effective solutions to helping those most in need, funding: art, community, education, environment, faith, health, welfare, museums and heritage and youth will be holding additional meetings to speed up assessment of bids and bids in the pipeline are being re-ordered to ensure they focus on activities providing immediate relief for the vulnerable and those experiencing hardship as a result of Covid-19. Details here:

National Lottery Heritage Fund opens it’s Emergency Fund (15/4/20).
NLHF is providing emergency funds of £3K-£50K over the next three-six months to stabalise operations and manage unforeseen risks plus they will fund a select number of key strategic investments where heritage is identified as at greatest risk. Applications being accepted until 30th June. Will only fund organisations that have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. NLHF will also be accelerating its: Digital Skills for Heritage project which will include a support package (workshops, training, tools) to help organisations run activities and events, reach audiences, engage volunteers, share content and fundraise online.  

National Lottery Community Fund
Programmes including: Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships will all prioritise bids from organisations supporting: people at high risk from COVID-19;  communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19 and with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.  Bids will be assessed as quickly as possible. Bids not related to COVID-19 but still eligible under usual criteria will be less of a priority for up to 6 months. Further details of each fund here:

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
Short-term fund to support local communities dealing with COVID-19. Quick application process for single payment, £500, to organisations supporting vulnerable groups. Will support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Will prioritise organisations; whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock; require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries; Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member. Applications welcomed from wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. Rolling programme – expect to make grants weekly. If you already have a Tesco Bags of help grant you can still apply for the new Covid-19 pot.  Further details here: 

COVID-19 Clothworkers Emergency Capital Programme
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. Priority will be given to organisations (outside London only) supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period (alcohol & substance abuse; disadvantaged minority communities and youth, homeless; domestic and sexual abuse;  older people; people with disabilities; visually impaired and prisoners and ex-offenders  . Funds registered charities, CIO’s, CIC’s (ltd by guarantee) and Special Schools. Grants assessed in 1-2 weeks. Further details here: 

Leeds Inspired
Grants to support arts events and arts projects taking place in Leeds. Applications are welcome for standalone arts projects and also arts activities that contribute to larger events or initiatives. If you are thinking about submitting a Leeds Inspired grant application and would like to talk to us about your idea please email to arrange a grants surgery on the phone. In light of the COVID-19 situation we have made some changes to the Leeds Inspired Grant Scheme. We have boosted the Small Grant Scheme using funds from the temporarily suspended Main Grant Scheme. We have done this to enable the arts sector to access funds quickly and respond to the new demand for online events in Leeds. Monthly deadlines: 16th April, 7th May etc. Further details here:  

For details of other funders with grants or loans available to voluntary, community, faith groups charities and social enterprises in Leeds go to VAL's funding opportunities - updated regularly, at: and visit the Leeds Funding Support Network Face-book at:

Information on these and other funding pots go to VAL’s Funding Opportunities update:

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