Funds and grants are already being established and made to tackle the impact of COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic.
This list features funding to help individuals affected, charities hit by a drop in income, and to support medical research into tackling or ameliorating the virus.
1. Funding for individuals and charities affected by coronavirus
Many community foundations have set up funds to help people in their region:
We are launching the #coronavirus response & recovery fund for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to help small local charities and community groups help vulnerable people and recover from impact. Please consider supporting the Fund Community Foundation https://t.co/Czf6ZqhoKd
— Community Foundation (@CFTyneWearNland) March 18, 2020
— Cumbria Foundation (@cumbriacf) March 17, 2020
Today we launch a new fund to urgently raise funds to help #Hertfordshire's voluntary groups providing care & support for elderly & vulnerable people hit by the social and economic impact of the #coronavirus. Please support our appeal if you can: https://t.co/4ZXBPDY0Bh pic.twitter.com/p9SXsCh0wi
— Hertfordshire Community Foundation (@HertsCommunityF) March 19, 2020
KCF's Chief Exec, Josephine McCartney will be on @BBCRadioKent this morning around 9.30 talking about our Coronavirus Emergency Fund that's opening today.
— Kent Community Foundation (@KentCommunity) March 23, 2020
— Heart of England CF (@HoECF) March 19, 2020
CORONAVIRUS: Newly launched response fund receives first £30k donation https://t.co/xv6IpQIw6L
— Wiltshire Community Foundation (@WiltsCF) March 20, 2020
Other UK funds
The Scottish government has announced a £350m fund for councils, charities, businesses and community groups. Of this £45 million will be added to the existing Scottish Welfare Fund which makes community grants and crisis grants to those in immediate need.
In addition £20 million will be allocated to a Third Sector Resilience Fund, £40 million to the Supporting Communities Fund to support the rapidly growing and inspiring community efforts at a local level, a £70m Food Fund and a £50 million Wellbeing Fund which will help charities and others who require additional capacity to work with at-risk people.
— Scot Gov Fairer (@ScotGovFairer) April 13, 2020
Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.
Applications are OPEN for the @scotgov Third Sector Resilience Fund #TSRF – Supporting orgs in Scotland to manage cashflows during #COVID19. Find out more info and apply through @scvotweet Info Hub 👉 https://t.co/VWivIsuAY1 pic.twitter.com/zBS2meWN58
— Firstport Scotland (@Firstport) March 25, 2020
National Emergencies Trust coronavirus appeal
The National Emergencies Trust launched an appeal on 18 March to raise funds to help local charities in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Charities will be able to apply for grant aid through their local community foundation, rather than directly to the NET, and grant aid and how to apply will be available from 23 March.
The Big Give’s #DonateYourCommute appeal for the NET
The Big Give’s matched funding campaign is raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust’s coronavirus appeal, and is doubling the first £200,000 donated.
Partnering with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), all donations made through The Big Give’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal will go to NET’s appeal to be distributed to charitable organisations and community foundations serving those affected by the coronavirus across the country.
The Big Give will double the first £200,000 donated through its crowdfunding website, with matched funding provided by the Reed Foundation and the Reed family.
Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s £2.5m fund for healthcare charities
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is donating £2.5 million pounds to support efforts dealing with the fallout from COVID 19.
The gift is being given to selected charities and organisations that are dealing with the immediate healthcare needs across the UK.
Steve Morgan Foundation’s £1m a week for charities
“We have to make a difference.” Steve Morgan is pledging £1million a week to charities affected by coronavirus. All the details on our home page and click here for the story – https://t.co/uq5eNBvyiR#ChangingLives #SMFEmergencyFund @ThirdSector pic.twitter.com/9DYhE5RDBD
— Steve Morgan Foundation (@stevemorganfdn) March 20, 2020
Martin Lewis’ £1m fund
Martin Lewis (the Money Saving Expert) has launched a £1m fund to provide grants to small and local charities who are directly helping with the COVID-19 response. The money is from his own personal charity fund.
His fund is offering grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK who are directly helping with the COVID-19 response in terms of poverty relief. It has a very short application deadline [which has now passed].
John Lewis Partnership’s £1m community support fund
The John Lewis Partnership has announced a £1m community support fund which will be distributed by partners/staff in shops to their locality.
Asda donates £5m to Trussell Trust and FareShare
Supermarket Asda is donating £5 million to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust to help the country’s most vulnerable people through COVID-19.
The measures will provide over four million meals to families in poverty impacted by coronavirus as well as giving more than 3,000 charities the ability to access free food over the next three months as they fight to tackle the impacts of Coronavirus in their communities.
National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund is to commit up to £300 million over the next six months to helping charities tackling the coronavirus crisis.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Some foundations are pausing their current grantmaking activities in order to focus on work that supports organisations to survive the impact of coronavirus.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is doing that, and has created a £20 million emergency fund to support the charitable sector.
From today, we are pausing new applications until autumn, to focus on supporting the organisations we fund to survive the impact of COVID-19.
We have created a £20 million emergency fund – read more about our plans to support the charitable sector here: https://t.co/t1K8OHyhQl
— PaulHamlynFoundation (@phf_uk) April 6, 2020
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation has created a £500,000 resilience fund for small charities, in partnership with the Fore Trust.
Collaboration is key in a crisis: we have partnered with @theforetrust to create a resilience fund for small charities, to support cash flow during the #COVID19 crisis, with a £500,000 donation from the Foundation. pic.twitter.com/n9obdTfilx
— Garfield Weston Foundation (@WestonFdn) April 15, 2020
Mind has created the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund.
Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.
— Paul Farmer (@paulfarmermind) April 16, 2020
The Yapp Trust – for the smallest of charities
We continue to support the smallest of charities (spending less than £40k per year) and we only fund running costs (including rent, utilities and salaries) with grants of up to £9,000 over 3 years. To apply, visit: https://t.co/MgIi29QFsJ
— Yapp Charitable Trust (@YappTrust) March 19, 2020
Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Culture, Creative and Night Time Economy team
Artists and creators and being invited to produce creative work about Greater Manchester’s response to COVID-19 and be paid to do so and survive the COVID-19 lockdown.
Applications now available for GMCA COVID-19 Creative Commissions. Deadline 5pm Wednesday April 1st. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information and an application form. pic.twitter.com/Y7XRkLE872
— GM Culture & Creative (@GM_Culture) March 25, 2020
Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund is offering grants of up to £3,000 for charities supporting specific activities related to the impact of coronavirus.
Fast turnaround small grants you can apply for now – please share @karlwilding @ReachVolunteer @UKCF_tweets @ian_mcl @TheFSI @PilotlightUK @IoFtweets @TrussellTrust @LondonFunders #COVID19 https://t.co/6bJzmtkHLV
— Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund (@charityleather) March 30, 2020
Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children fund
The Childhood Trust is seeking applications from charities working with disadvantaged children and young people living in London to join its new Champions for Children matched fundraising campaign launching in June 2020.
To be clear, the funding is not available now. This is an opportunity to join a collaborative appeal and have donations matched/doubled at no cost to your charity.
Charities will receive comprehensive support from The Childhood Trust on how to be successful in the online campaign.
A reminder that applications for @ChildhoodTrust's Champions for Children campaign have opened. Charities working with disadvantaged children from London, affected by Covid-19 can apply now. For more details about the campaign and how to apply: https://t.co/By45ze6qAZ pic.twitter.com/5jcYeGUsKR
— The Big Give (@BigGive) April 8, 2020
Society of Authors
The Society of Authors is one of the few organisations to make grants to writers for works in progress, currently awarding over £360,000 each year. The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants twice yearly to writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher.
Although the fund is not specifically for authors affected by the impact of coronavirus, its deadline has been extended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
We've extended the deadline to our grants for works in progress until 15 April – with funds still dispensed in August. Check out eligibility and how to apply: https://t.co/KJA0gFj2vK
— Society of Authors (@Soc_of_Authors) April 4, 2020
Culture in Quarantine Fund – £250,000
Today @ace_national and @bbcarts have announced a new £250k #CultureinQuarantine fund to help artists create new video, audio and interactive works from self-isolation. #LetsCreate Find out more at @thespacearts here: https://t.co/Jr2Lk0vOfT
— Darren Henley (@HENLEYDARREN) March 25, 2020
Fleabag Support Fund for theatre freelancers
The original #Fleabag play is coming to your living room! Available to rent from @sohotheatre on demand today and on @PrimeVideo April 10, all proceeds will support COVID-19 relief efforts, including the newly launched Fleabag Support Fund. https://t.co/BB5F7g9fHR pic.twitter.com/XrcJwfOmwW
— Fleabag (@fleabag) April 6, 2020
The Fleabag Support Fund from actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge will offer individual grants of £2,500 to help theatre workers in “urgent financial need and unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic”.
Ms Waller-Bridge is also streaming her Soho Theatre ‘Fleabag’ performance at £4 per view to raise funds for her new fund, together with the National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others.
CAF Coronavirus Fund
The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund is offering one-time grants up to £10,000 to small charities, organisations and social enterprises that are struggling to survive. This fund is open to registered charities, community groups, social enterprises and other organisations with a charitable purpose that had a turnover of less than £1 million last year.
The funds are designed to enable them to carry on their vital work as the crisis unfolds.
Neighbourly Community Fund
With the support of its partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly is offering a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new coronavirus outbreak.
Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.
Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.
Young Women’s Emergency Fund
The Young Women’s Trust has launched an emergency fund to help young women struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will provide relief payments of £150 to young women aged 18-30 struggling to afford essentials such as food, utilities and rent for themselves and their families.
The Young Women’s Trust has donated £85,000 of its own money to the fund and is seeking to raise a further £50,000 to help women in England and Wales.
Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children fund
The Childhood Trust’s new campaign is raising funds for charities working with children and young people in London affected by coronavirus.
Applications for funding close on 22 April.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for our #ChampionsforChildren campaign in partnership w @BigGive, raising unrestricted funds for charities working with #children and #youngpeople in #London affected by #Coronavirus.. Apps close on 22 April. For more info: https://t.co/ZYHKqOqfrp pic.twitter.com/zXg4W7RmTJ
— @Childhoodtrust (@ChildhoodTrust) April 1, 2020
Crisis’ fund for local homelessness charities
Crisis is offering grants of up to £50k for local homelessness charities who are coping with the coronavirus emergency.
Today we're officially launching an emergency grants fund for local homelessness charities. Awards of up to £50k are available to help cope with the #covid19UK emergency. Our Head of Best Practice @Chanco81 explains it all: https://t.co/1RuggpcQuW
— Crisis (@crisis_uk) March 31, 2020
MAD Trust Hardship Fund – Coronavirus COVID-19
The Make A Difference Trust will offer one-off crisis payments to any of its MAD family who have worked in any capacity on West End Bares, West End Christmas, A MAD Drag Night, West End Eurovision or MAD Cabarets.
A small charity itself, it aims to provide small pockets of financial assistance to those who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to theatre closures as a direct result of Government advice aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.
Support for Theatre Professionals during Coronavirus is a collection of funds and sources of advice or support for those in the theatre industry. Funds are available from institution specific funders and from those that support the wider industry, including the Actors Benevolent Fund, the Royal Theatrical Fund, Actors Childrens’ Trust, Equity Charitable Trust, and the Grand Order of Water Rats.
Greenham Trust’s £250,000 COVID-19 emergency funding
Greenham Trust has put in place £250,000 of emergency funding which is available for local charities and voluntary organisations who are supporting the elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID-19 crisis in West Berkshire and north Hampshire.
LATEST NEWS!!! @sovereignha joins local #Coronavirus Emergency Appeal with £50K in #WestBerks & #northHants + £50K in Oxon, Ilse of Wight, Devon + South East. Local businesses & individuals please help: donate here: https://t.co/RC4vkPaB9X pic.twitter.com/zdRRnJjRcE
— GreenhamTrust (@Greenham_Trust) March 25, 2020
Three campaigns from the National Funding Scheme
The National Funding Scheme has launched three campaigns via its DONATE platform to enable people to donate to particular groups of people affected by COVID-19:
Arts Council England
Arts Council England will announce details this week of how it will “refocus” some of its grant-giving to support individual artists and freelance workers who are losing income because of coronavirus.
It has confirmed that its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) projects would continue to receive funding. It added that funding conditions will “not apply for at least three months with immediate effect”.
Techforce19 is a new £500k fund for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.
£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus https://t.co/ByN4dkuGK1
— The Entrepreneurs Network (@TenThinkTank) March 23, 2020
Funding for virtual arts fundraising networks
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy has launched a new fund to support arts fundraisers who have created virtual networks of support for fellow fundraisers.
In these challenging times, we want to find new ways to support the sector and bring arts fundraisers together. So, we are excited to announce our first ever programme of funding for virtual networks! https://t.co/xxsR4JK1kN#artsfundraising #digitalart pic.twitter.com/hdQONaGnJe
— Artsfundraising (@artsfundraising) March 25, 2020
The Rainy Day Trust
The Rainy Day Trust is offering funding for home improvement industry staff in need as a result of COVID-19 and are fundraising for the fund too.
We have updated our COVID-19 charity appeals page to include a new emergency appeal launched by the home improvement industry's charity @RAINYDAYTRUST so they can offer grants to those impacted and unable to work and to expand their advice services https://t.co/Rm1iWsjyp5
— ACO (@ACOBenevolence) March 23, 2020
Funding for NHS staff
Various NHS hospitals are fundraising to provide grants to their staff as well as for patients in need:
Please help our hospitals fight the COVID-19 outbreak by donating to our urgent fundraising appeal. Donate today to say #ThankYouNHS. https://t.co/QpWjsVtG5G @ImperialNHS @NHSCharities @NHSEnglandLDN #COVID19UK pic.twitter.com/62AXvYvUcd
— Imperial Health Charity (@ImperialCharity) March 22, 2020
Imperial Health Charity says: “With your support, we’ll provide emergency funds to help hospital staff cope with the extraordinary demands of fighting the virus. At the same time, we’ll come to the aid of those vulnerable patients who face sudden and unexpected financial difficulties as a result of their hospital stay.”
2. Campaigns to secure government funding for charities
The UK government has proven very slow to provide direct support to charities themselves. It focused initially of course on supporting for-profit companies but did not follow up quickly to address rapid and large-scale funding to the charity sector.
Consequently charities, umbrella bodies, funders, philanthropists and others have been calling on the government to act quickly and decisively.
"We want to work w/ government to help unlock the generosity of potential philanthropists across the country. We also believe… that the government's rescue package needs to recognise the central place of charities in keeping communities thriving…" @DanRCorry @NPCthinks @FT pic.twitter.com/vj8WNUyErQ
— Sue Wixley (@swixley) March 28, 2020
Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising, has written the speech that the Prime Minister should have made to indicate his practical interest in and support for the survival of so many charities that no doubt the government will be expecting to continue their vital role in helping the UK population through this crisis and in the hard times to come.
With a continued lack of emergency funding to #charities who are continuing to provide advice, assistance & care to those who need it, whilst also suffering a huge reduction in their incomes, I've written the speech @10DowningStreet should have made this week. #EveryDayCounts
— Peter Lewis (@piterk68) March 28, 2020
3. International funds
These funds have been set up by international organisations and might cover some UK workers or organisations.
Netflix Coronavirus Relief Fund is offering $100m to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed and without a way to earn an income during the coronavirus crisis. $15 million of the Netflix fund will go to third parties and non-profits that offer emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in countries where there’s a large production base. The company is also working with industry organisations to support relief efforts in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Amazon Relief Fund
The Amazon Relief Fund was “created to help individuals who are facing financial hardship immediately after a natural disaster or an unforeseen personal hardship. The Fund relies primarily on individual donations from individuals and support from Amazon.com Services LLC to fund this program.”
I can’t even process this…
Amazon — you know, the one run by the richest man, the one whose sales have shot up during a pandemic — is doing an online fundraiser. Asking all of us to donate to support its warehouse temps & flex drivers hit by Covid.
— Stacy Mitchell (@stacyfmitchell) March 20, 2020
Spotify funding for artists
Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project will match donations up to $10 million and use them to fund the work of artists.
Today, we’re launching the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, matching donations up to $10 million. Read on for more about this and all our global efforts since the onset of the pandemic. https://t.co/AguWnZHEHn
— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) March 25, 2020
Facebook business grants
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. “We’ll share more details as they become available” says the company.
This appears likely to be relevant to eligible UK and Irish social enterprises but it is not clear whether Facebook will include charities in this programme.
Other funds are working on an international basis
4. Funds to tackle the coronavirus itself
1. Oxford Vaccine Group
Researchers from the Oxford Vaccine Group and Oxford’s Jenner Institute have identified a vaccine candidate for COVID-19.
Because Oxford’s COVID-19 research requires unprecedented speed, scope and ambition the University’s Medical Sciences Division is inviting donations.
2. LifeArc’s £10m research fund
UK-based medical research charity LifeArc has created a £10 million fund to support research to accelerate the development and testing of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat the symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, FastGrants invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours.
FastGrants is a part of Emergent Ventures, a project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Other coronavirus fund listings
- Coronavirus charity fundraising announcements – by Ian McLintock, Charity Excellence Framework
- CoronavirusTechHandbook’s funding section
- Social Investment Business’s COVID-19 resources for charities and social enterprises
- Social Enterprise UK’s regular updates on Coronavirus support and resources for social enterprises
- Cooperatives UK’s COVID-19 advice for co-ops
- The Association of Charitable Organisations’ Charity COVID-19 appeals
We’re up to 180 #COVID19-related grants totalling £5,718,938 now published as #opendata in the 360Giving Data Standard. Follow daily updates with our tracker: https://t.co/MXabqWtvsj #opengrants #COVID19UK #techforgood
— 360Giving (@360Giving) April 14, 2020
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