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 

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 by clicking here or you can 

Apply 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

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) (Repayable loan) 

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS - see below) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. Term loans start from £100,000. 

More information here 

Applications with deadlines

National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund
The National Lottery has launched a £200m fund aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. The fund is part of the Government’s £750m financial support package for charities and social enterprises. The Government funding will be distributed alongside National Lottery funding. 

They will fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19 and will also help organisations overcome financial difficulties faced because of the pandemic.

How to apply: 

The deadline of applications is 12 noon on 17 August 2020.

Clinks COVID-19 Response Grants

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19. Grants up to £5,000.

The deadline for applications is Monday 17 August at 9am.

Apply here

Baring Foundation funding to support arts and mental health organisations

Grants of £12,000 – £15,000 for organisations that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists. 

The deadline for applications is 18 August 2020

Apply here

British Gas Energy Trust - Covid Response Fund

The impacts on household income and debt are expected to greatly increase the demand for money, debt and energy advice services. 

The trust has identified Haringey as one of the priority areas for service delivery and Haringey's Money Advice & Support charities can apply for a grant to help people improve control over household finances.

The deadline for applications is 19 August 2020

Apply here

The Phoenix Fund

Global Fund for Children (GFC) and The National Lottery Community Fund are partnering to support the creation and delivery of the Phoenix Fund – an initiative that will provide £1 million in emergency grants to BAME communities across England.

The Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response.The initiative will support groups that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community.

The initiative aims to

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy
Round 1 - Application deadline: 21 August 2020
Round 2 - Application deadline: 2 September 2020
Apply here

Culture Recovery Fund 

Support for culturally significant organisations which were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience.

This investment is intended to ensure that, by 31 March 2021, successful applicants are either: a) fully or partially reopened, or b) operating on a sustainable, costefficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date if, for example, reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach. Organisations can apply for grants between £50,000 – £3 million.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 21 August

Apply here

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 between £1K and £3K will be given to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. They are specifically looking for organisations that are creating impact in deprived communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially. Your beneficiaries should primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. 

The deadline for applications is 7pm on 31 August 2020.

Apply here

Lloyds Bank Foundation - COVID Recovery Fund
COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities plan for the future. This fund is open to small and medium sized charities that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. A minimum of a quarter of this funding will go to charities that are led by and for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 11 September 2020

Apply here

People’s Postcode Trust

Applications for funding will open on 4 August 2020 for community groups and good causes across Great Britain. Applications will remain open until 19 August 2020, with groups being able to apply for awards from £500 up to £20,000 to support a whole host of activities that benefit their communities. 

Deadline for applications is 19 August 2020

Apply here

Arts Council England - 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.

Apply here

Magic Little Grants 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

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards - Funding opportunity for health charities 

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards, which provide core funding and free training for health charities tin the UK. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to
 £40,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also receive help with press and publicity.

Deadline: 14 September 2020

Apply here

Applications on-going

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.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund 

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

Applications will be welcomed from a 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 housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Typically we would welcome applications from organisations such as:

  • Health focused charities – such as cancer, diabetes and heart charities 
  • Food banks 
  • Hospices 
  • Homeless charities 
  • Charities supporting the elderly or those needing to self-isolate 
  • Women’s refuges  
  • Charities supporting children and young people 

Apply here 

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 24 September 2020

Apply here

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This page was last updated on 12 August 2020