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]

Access here the NCVO Guidance on Contingency Planning and Financial Implications. This guidance comprises information to help you to plan for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your voluntary organisation's operations and finances. It includes information on the Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing) and what to expect from funders. 

UK Government funding 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund Starting Well 2020/21

The theme of the HW Fund 2020-21 is Starting Well. The Fund aims to:

• Improve health outcomes for children from preconception to two and a half years old in
one or more of the following communities:
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups
• Children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

Funding is available for grants between £200,000 to £510,000 per applicant over three
financial years to expand or develop existing schemes. Joint applications are welcome.

The deadline for applications is 30 October 2020

Find out more here

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)

National Lottery - COVID-19 response funding

The NLCF will focus on supporting projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people; disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic and those organisations supporting people and their families with end-of-life care.

They're looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure. Award available between £10,001 and £100,000.

Application deadline: On-going

Apply here

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 

Other applications with deadlines

Rapid Recovery Challenge

Nesta’s Rapid Recovery Challenge will find and scale tools and services that improve access to jobs and money for people within the UK, focusing on those hardest hit by the economic shock resulting from COVID-19. The £2.8 million Challenge is funded by Nesta, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Money and Pensions Service.

The Challenge has two streams:

Job Recovery Stream - this stream supports solutions that connect younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work into open jobs that match their skill sets. To help make these connections to live jobs, we expect solutions in this stream may also provide tailored learning, training, or advice to people seeking work.

Financial Recovery Stream - this stream supports solutions that help younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work access financial assistance more easily, manage their cash flow or, where necessary, access affordable, responsible credit.

  • In December 2020, 12 semi-finalists (six in each stream) will each receive £125k
  • In May 2021, six finalists (three in each stream) will each receive £150k
  • In September 2021, two winners (one in each stream) will each receive £200k

With this funding and non-financial support from Nesta and partners, the 12 semi-finalists will adapt and scale solutions that improve the job prospects or financial security of the Challenge’s target end users:

  • Younger workers (16-24)
  • People in, or who have recently lost, low-paid work
  • People in, or who have recently lost, insecure work

Application deadline: (12pm noon) 26 October 2020.

More information here

The African Health Policy Network 

The African Health Policy Network are making three levels of funding available to help small and medium Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and their communities build wellbeing, resilience and capacity following the pandemic. The amount awarded will be dependent on annual income for each group/organisation and can be used for:

Project staff salaries

  • Project activities
  • Engagement activities
  • Running costs
  • Project equipment

Award: between £500 - £10,000

Application deadline: 30th October 2020

This fund is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led charities, voluntary or community groups and organisations, and faith groups across the UK can apply for funding to help them continue to respond to the needs of their community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apply here

People's Postcode Lottery - Magic Little Grants Fund 2020

Charitable organisations can apply for grants of £500. Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application. 

  1. Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and we do not require specific dates for projects that you would like us to support. We want our funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so.
  2. We are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or YouTube.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.

Apply here

The Voice4Change England Covid-19 Partnership Fund

This fund is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver COVID-19 services in England.

This grants programme is designed to help tackle the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BAME communities.

The grants programme has three sections:

- Delivering COVID 19 services. Groups can apply for help with current costs, if their funding has been affected by the pandemic 
- Delivering mental health and well-being services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by COVID 19
- Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of COVID 19 including well-being initiatives

Providing community organisations with emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

Grants between £5000 and £10,000 will be considered and applications aim to be processed between 10 and15 working days.

Application deadline: 03 November 2020

Apply here

COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis and is now live.

The maximum grant will be £5,000 with the expectation that the average grant will be around £2,500.

Final round – Deadline: 15 January 2021

Successful applicants will be notified one week later and payment will be made by 30th October 2020. There will be one final round of applications in January. 

More information here

Other applications on-going

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

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.

Comic Relief - Capacity Building Grant and Project Delivery Grant 

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

The capacity building grants will support a wide range of activities, from developing better organisational governance, policies and procedures to increasing understanding of beneficiary needs, to increasing organisational delivery capacity. Apply here

Community grants of up to £4000 will support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s strategic themes.

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

Small Charities Challenge Fund

SCCF project grants of up to £50,000 for UK-registered organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. 

The next review date is: Thursday 25 February 2020

Apply here

Funding for emergency essentials

We do not fund single items. We aim to provide tailored grants that address the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people as much as the needs in the home. Please contact Family Fund for their Emergency Essentials Programme via

BBC Children in Need or via Glasspool 

Subscribe to our Community Impact News Bulletin here to receive regular updates on funding opportunities.

This page was last updated on 20 October 2020