Please find below some funds available to help individuals during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Applications on-going

Cavell Nurses Fund

Helping nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of coronavirus.

Assistance can be provided for:

  • Short term financial emergencies
  • Essential white goods
  • Travelling expenses for attending medical treatment
  • Mobility aids
  • Home adaptations due to disability
  • Rent deposits and removal costs
  • Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Order fees

More information here 


LGBT + Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

The funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants are awarded for immediate responses and support to organisations, individuals and communities in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

More information here


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme 

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.
The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

All applications must be made by a registered referrer.

More information here


Buttle UK Chances for Children Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 to support vulnerable children and young people living in poverty and experiencing a crisis, to engage with education and learning and improve their social and emotional development.

All applications must come via a support worker.

More information here


The Care Workers' Charity COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund is open to those who are currently employed in the care sector or their next of kins. 

  • For care workers: illness or self-isolation
  • Funeral costs 

Update: You can now also apply for Child Care costs up to £2000 (including retrospectively, from 23rd Mar 2020).

Apply here 


Mad Covid - Hardship Solidarity Fund

Who can apply for the fund? Anyone living in the UK who has a mental health condition / illness or who experiences emotional distress.

How much can I apply for? Small pots of money up to £200 based on people’s individual circumstances.

More information here


PBA Covid-19 Relief Fund

The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund is designed to help support the licensed beauty professionals who have not been able to work or are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

More information here


COVID-19 Hardship fund for freelance journalists

The Rory Peck Trust has created a dedicated fund to provide practical and financial support to active freelance news journalists whose work and livelihoods have been directly affected by COVID-19.

Successful applicants will receive a single grant of between £200-£500 to contribute to subsistence (home/food) costs for them and their dependents.

More information here


City Covid-19 Emergency Fund for students

City understands the impact that the Coronavirus outbreak maybe having on our students and have set up the City Emergency Fund for students affected by the Coronavirus.

If you are struggling financially or facing hardship as a result of the current situation related to Covid-19 you may be able to access a £200 grant from the City Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

More information here


The Turn2us Covid-19 Crisis Fund

The Covid-19 Crisis Fund has been set up to support people who have lost their income as a result of the coronavirus (Covid19) and to meet their immediate basic household expenses.

More information here

Funding opportunities with Arts Council England

The Arts Council England focuses on investment on the broadest range of freelancers in the performing arts, which will be the last element of the cultural sector to fully reopen.

Benevolent Funds 
  • Help Musicians

Help Musicians is launching a second phase of funding to provide financial support for those musicians who are left with nothing but Universal Credit, or who are struggling to survive on what little other support they receive. 

More information here


Emergency Response Funds
  • Equity Charitable Trust

Criteria include professional actors, circus, aerialists, puppeteers or variety performers, and stage managers. Please note that an applicant’s line of work must make them eligible for an Equity card, although they are not required to have one in order to apply. Applications considered on a weekly basis.

More information here


  • The Theatrical Guild

This fund supports: any kind of stage technician or engineer; company and stage managers; stagehands; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; designers and makers of sets, props and puppets; and ushers or box office staff.

More information here


  • Society of Authors

Those eligible for this funding include storytellers, scriptwriters, literary journalists, producers, poets, translators and book illustrators. Grants are likely to be up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.

More information here


This page was last updated on 20 October 2020

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