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. 

National Lottery Community Fund
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:
National Lottery Awards for All

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. All the funding decisions we make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.
Will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Apply here

The National Lottery Reaching Communities

This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
We can fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19.

Given the emergency, we're looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure. We expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000. But we'll consider larger awards or longer timeframes by exception.

Application deadline: Ongoing

Apply here

Heritage Emergency Fund

Any group current or previous recipient of a grant from the Heritage Fund can apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. 
You can apply to us for a grant between £3,000 and £50,000 to cover unavoidable costs you will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. 

Apply here

London Community Response Fund

The Crisis response 'Wave Two' funding programme is still taking applications. Grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;

You can apply for a maximum of 3 months of funding. Crisis response grants will remain open - organisations can apply for up to £10,000.

Apply here

Together We Can COVID-19 Fund - Haringey Giving

The purpose of this fund is to support the most vulnerable people living in the borough of Haringey and charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations and groups based in Haringey that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to support one or more of the following areas:

  • Providing direct support to vulnerable people across our diverse communities who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • Changing their service provision from face-to-face to online and/or telephone
  • Delivery of vital local services and meeting increasing demand
  • Supporting collaboration and partnership working to avoid duplication and improve co-ordination of support. 

Applications will be assessed the week after submission and funding released quickly to successful applicants. Successful applicants to the fund can apply for further funding in future rounds up to a maximum total of £10,000.

If you need any assistance with your application or have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Apply here

Sport England 

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The fund has been developed to help organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Apply here

Pay It Forward - Free Fundraising

Offering 100% free fundraising to help businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services.

Depending on what your business does, you could raise funds by launching a Pay it Forward crowdfunding campaign.

On the Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward platform, over 740 businesses have signed up, of which 112 have gone live and raised over £93,000 with the help of over 1,600 Londoners.

  • Start crowdfunding
  • Support your local business
  • Nominate a business

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 will be 31 October 2020.

Apply here

Wrap: COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant: phase 2
The aim of the grant is to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.
Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. 
Closing date: 4 June, 2020 1PM
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 

Schroder Charity Trust

The Schroder Charity Trust generally makes grants of up to £5,000. There is a question on the application form to enable you to illustrate the impact of Covid-19 on your charity where applicable.

They support projects on the areas:

  • Education & Young People
  • Communities
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Health
  • Arts & Culture
  • International Development
  • Heritage

Applications will be reviewed in June and you will receive a response via email by the end of June. 

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

Haringey Council - Small Business Grant

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Government announced there would be specific support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This is available to not-for-profits as well. The organisations will need to be registered on the Council’s system with up-to-date bank details.

Apply here

Crisis funding

Grants programme which support local homelessness organisations across the UK to respond to this emergency. Emergency grants up to £5000 and larger grants up to £50,000, to support the more substantial changes.

Apply here

Standard Life Foundation

Funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.

Apply here

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) - COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

£500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.

Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds for use over the next six months. The grant can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.

Apply here

Cadent Foundation

We recognised the need to support the range of people living in vulnerable situations. To further support charities that are responding to the pandemic and delivering for their local communities, Cadent Foundation is now accepting a small number of grant applications for COVID-19 related projects for up to £5,000 without the need for a Cadent employee sponsor.

Apply here

Free local business advertising (Clear Channel Direct)

Clear Channel Direct is supporting the local business heroes keeping their communities running, with 250 free of charge advertising campaigns.

The UK’s small business owners have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to adapt their businesses to the new world we’re living in and continue delivering much needed products and services for those in their local community, including those amazing keyworkers and NHS staff.

Celebrating and supporting the entrepreneurs keeping their neighbourhoods fed, watered, happy and healthy with 250 free of charge Digital Out of Home (DOOH) campaigns. Managers and owners will have the chance to promote their new wares, new ways of delivering their products, discounts on offer, or simply remind people that they’re still here and still open for business.

Applications are open to all local business. Closing date is 30 June 2020.

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. Homelessness charities are raising concerns that if someone is sleeping rough or in a crowded night shelter, it’s impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance so help is needed more than ever before. In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

● Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
● Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
● Information and advice

You should:
● Be registered with the Commission/OSCR for a minimum of one year and have filed their documents (i.e. Trustee's Reports and Financial Accounts) on time
● Work directly with homeless people and provide support of one (or more) of the areas the fund cover

Applications will be considered up to a maximum of £10,000, but the emphasis is on smaller amounts to enable as many charities as possible can be supported from the fund

Applications will be reviewed and considered for support on a weekly basis

Apply here

Government Funding 

Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme 

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food to those who need it. 

The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.

The Food Charity Grant Scheme requires charities to apply for at least £30,000, up to a maximum of £100,000. If you receive food from the FareShare network, you are still eligible to apply for this grant. Your grant application should be for the additional food you need to support the increase in demand to your services as a result of Covid-19.

The deadline for applications is 6 July 2020. 

For further information and details of how to apply Click here

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund 2020-21
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Homeless Link will be distributing the Fund on the Ministry’s behalf to facilitate this much needed support to the sector at a time when many services are at risk due to the impact of the pandemic.

Funding for frontline organisations working directly with people experiencing homelessness where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must incorporated charitable organisations. If you are unable to apply for funding in this timeframe, there will be further opportunities to apply for funding for both emergency relief, and to develop new services, in this financial year.

Grant application deadline: 27 May 2020.

The COVID-19 Homelessness Response Funding will be allocated by June 2020.

Apply here

Armed Forces Covid-19 Impact Programme

The Covid-19 Impact Programme is a £6m Ministry of Defence fund to ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be administered by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The £6 million fund is available as grants of up to £60,000. In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £125,000 or more may be awarded. To apply, charities must be working in one of nine key areas:

Support to the elderly (including care homes);

  • Mental and physical health
  • Welfare; Domestic violence; Housing
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Service families (including childcare)
  • Bereavement
  • Employment

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020.

Further information and details of how to apply are available here

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This page was last updated on 26 May 2020