The Bridge Renewal Trust is working to encourage and support organisations to apply for funding. Subscribe to our Community Impact News Bulletin here to receive regular updates on funding opportunities.

Please, scroll down the page to see some emergency funds open for VCS organisations to apply during the COVID-19 pandemic;
Or click on the links below for other funding opportunities. 

COVID-19 Funding for individuals      Other funding opportunities

Please let us know if you decide to apply for any of the funds below. You may also contact us if you need clarification and support to enable you to apply. Please let us know by emailing [email protected]

UK Government funding 

Government funding - Coronavirus financial support for your business

Coronavirus support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Please visit the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. 

More information here

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) (Repayable loan)

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

The length of the loan is 6 years, but you can repay early without paying a fee. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months.

There are 11 lenders participating in the scheme including many of the main retail banks. You should approach a suitable lender yourself via the lender’s website.

The lender will ask you to fill in a short online application form and self-declare that you are eligible. The lender will decide whether to offer you a loan or another type of finance and you’ll be responsible for repaying 100% of the amount borrowed.

Find a lender here

National Lottery Community Funding (TNLCF)

Arts Council England and TNLCF - Project Grants 

National Lottery Project Grants supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Grants range from £1,000 to £100,000.

Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums or libraries project that shows public benefit.

Application deadline: On-going 

Apply here 

Local Connections Fund (Deadline: 26 January 2021)

The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together. Organisations can still apply, even if they already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund.

Apply here

Other funding opportunities with deadline

New funding from the London Community Response

Crisis response grants for up to £10,000 are available to enable you to respond to the urgent needs of communities for up to six months, starting as soon as the grant is awarded. Applications will be considered in the order they are received, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Renewal grants for up to £50,000 are available to enable you to support the recovery and renewal of London’s communities over a full year, starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can be for the costs of a specific project, a partnership approach, or for the core costs of running your organisation. For renewal grants, applications will be open until midday on Monday 15 February 2021 and will be assessed together as quickly as possible after this date.

Apply here

Community Led Recovery Grant Programme

The Mayor of London has launched a new programme to involve London’s diverse communities in the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is open to all user-led community, voluntary, faith, cultural, grassroots organisations. Individuals and un-constituted groups can apply too.

The programme includes two grant streams:

Community-Led Action Grant: offers grants between £2,000 and £9,000 to initiate social action projects which gather new insights.
London Community Story Grant: offers grants between £500 and £1,500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoner’s experience of COVID-19, supporting them to be presented and shared with a wide audience.

Deadline: 12pm, 19 February 2021

Apply here

Power to change - Community Business Renewal Fund

Grants between £10,000 and £20,000 to community businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable.

Deadline: 19 January 2021

Apply here


Grants from £500 - £20k to support grassroot organisations and projects who are working to eliminate barriers to progress for Black women and girls and driving for long-term systemic change. 

Deadline: 21 January 2021

Apply here

Civil Society Roots Incubator

Programme to develop collaborations and/or partnerships led by and for groups who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19 and the structural drivers of this disproportionate impact. 
Micro Awards of up to £5,000 and Growth Awards of up to £15,000 for collaborations and/or partnerships of two or more organisations.

Deadline: 26 January 2021

Apply here

Amplify London

Support for organisations that offer music and/or music technology activity in London for young people aged 11-21. Each successful application will be awarded £6000 towards the proposed project.

Deadline: 26 January 2021

Apply here

Other on-going funding opportunities

Tesco Bags of Help 

At the end of September, the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund will close and in its place during October, November and December Tesco will be providing grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

The type of projects funded could include:

  • Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and wellbeing of children, particularly mental health.
  • Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support wellbeing through physical activities.
  • Non-statuary educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web-based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.
  • Young carers– support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
  • Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to COVID-19
  • Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by COVID-19, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
  • Vulnerable at-risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.
  • Other local good causes supporting children and young people will also be considered.

Eligible applicants include charities, voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

Award: £1,000

Application deadline: On-going

Apply here

The Foyle Foundation - Small Grants Fund
The Foyle Foundation are keen to be as flexible as can be in their support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application. 

The Small grants scheme is supporting registered charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Funding focuses on covering core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Prioritisation goes to local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible. Fund available for grants between £1,000 and £10,000. 

Apply here

Alpkit - Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant
Alpkit are now prioritising funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis. Examples include:
  • Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
  • Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent us benefiting from going outdoors.

Grants of £500 are available.

Support Adoption for Pets - Grant Program

We support charities and not-for-profit organisations whose main activity is either the rescue and rehoming of UK pets or the provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners. 

In light of the current coronavirus situation, we will currently only fund:

  • Vet bills
  • Boarding costs
  • Food
  • Salaries of (non-furloughed) animal care staff
  • Utilities and consumables

Grants up to £10,000. This is a rolling programme. If a submitted application is complete and contains all required evidence, we aim to make a decision within six weeks.

Apply here 


We recognise that small and remote charities doing very credible and necessary work find it hard to access emergency funding. We also recognise that we need to support not just the needs of now, but also prepare for a more resilient future. Our objective is to support organisations to do the urgent and necessary work and save them the trouble, time and cost to fundraise and report back on impact.

Apply here

LGBTQ+ Venue Business Support Service

The Mayor of London launched a £2.3m Culture at Risk Emergency Fund to help some of London's most vulnerable cultural places and spaces.

The targeted fund is designed to help grassroots live music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, creative workspaces and independent cinemas to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a total fund of £225,000 to support London’s LBGTQ+ venues.

The LGBTQ+ Venue Business Support Service has been launched to support venues through this crisis to and enable them to reopen, maintaining London as a beacon of world class LGBTQ+ culture.

It is estimated that the average grants per organisation will be in the range of £2,000 to £15,000, with larger grants being exceptional. Grants must be used within six months of being offered or otherwise should be repaid.

Please contact [email protected] to register your interest immediately and they will be in touch by the end of the next working day.

Hope Beyond 

Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Apply here

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This page was last updated on 18 January 2020