Coronavirus Funding Support

The Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event which we know will have an impact on the groups and individuals we support and the entire voluntary and charity sector across the county.

We regularly search for new funding opportunities and update this list on a weekly basis to bring you a comprehensive and up to date list of grants and grant providers. 

We have launched our own Coronavirus Response Grants programme to distribute funds raised through our own appeal and Devon’s share of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal fund. Details on how to apply are available here

The Charities Excellence Framework have launched The COVID19 Funder Database with free access enabling anyone to run searches for emergency funding. With 800+ records, it’s the largest anywhere and is updated weekly. More information can be found here

 

The Albert Hunt Trust

The Albert Hunt Trust will continue to support charities and has no plans to scale back the overall level of its grant making. However, the Trust wishes to ensure that funding provided is applied as effectively as possible to benefit the health and welfare of people in need. It has therefore decided that until further notice it will not be considering grants for capital projects of any nature. The Trust will review the position in November. During COVID-19, grants can be used for core funding to include staff costs, and ongoing running costs for specific projects. More information can be found here

The Allchurches Trust

The Allchurches Trust Hope Beyond Grants offers up to £50,000 for churches, cathedrals and Christian charities to enable them to adapt to the challenges and opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to help them to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of COVID-19 becomes clearer. Grants can cover capital costs and/or project-related costs. There is no application deadline but the programme will close once all funding has been allocated. More information can be found here

The Alpkit Foundation

The Alpkit Foundation  is offering grants of up to £500 to organisations and individuals across the UK who are helping people  during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As with the majority of COVID-19 response funds, More information can be found here.

Armed Forces Covenant 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched funding to support the Armed Forces community during COVID-19 with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities. More information is available here

The Art Fund

The Art Fund Respond and Reimagine grants are available for museums, galleries and cultural organisations to respond to challenges relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Application deadlines are Monday 6 July, Monday 17 August and Monday 12 October 2020. More information can be found here

Arts Council England

The Culture Recovery Fund provides grants between £50,000 up to a maximum of £3 million for Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission. Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply. There are two Rounds with the bulk of the funding being allocated in the first Round: Round 1 - Open Date: 12pm (midday), 10 August, Deadline: 12pm (midday), 21 August. Round 2 - Open Date: 4pm, 21 August, Deadline: 12pm (midday), 4 September. More information can be found here

Arts Council England have reopened their National Lottery Project Grants, increasing the budget by £18 million to make £75 million available to individuals, community and cultural organisations with other adaptations to take into account the impact of COVID-19. More information can be found here

The ASDA Foundation

The ASDA Foundation Hygiene Grants will provide up to £500 for care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time. Applications are made via the Community Champion in local Asda Stores.

Their Healthy holiday grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

More information can be found here

Association of Independent Music (UK)

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund for contractors and freelance workers in the music industry who have lost their income in April and May due to COVID-19. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis. More information can be found here

The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation Strengthening Civil Society Programme supports legal action related to Covid-19 that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19. It is open to registered charities with demonstrable legal expertise and with an income of less than £5 million. Application deadlines are 28th may, 11th Agust and 17th November. More information can be found here

Barrow Cadbury Trust

The Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector. £5 million will be distributed for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services. More information can be found here

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing. More information can be found here

Inspiring Futures is a new £6 million grant programme provided by a partnership of BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation. Grants are available for projects that work with young people aged 10 to 24 who are experiencing discrimination or disadvantage which create short- or longer-term barriers to employment. This especially applies to those whose journeys towards employment have been further disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Not-for-profit organisations may apply for a grant of between £10,000 and £80,000. Projects should start from October 2020 and last between 12 and 18 months. Grants can be used to cover project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2020. More information can be found here

The BFI

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a £30m Culture Recovery Fund for non-profit and independent cinemas, which are facing prohibitive challenges in being able to reopen and operate while social distancing is in place and whose business has been heavily impacted. The fund opens on 10th August and closes on Friday 30 October. More information can be found here

The Book Trade Charity

The Book Trade Charity is offering hardship grants for booksellers affected by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and economic downturn. The total has been matched by Penguin Random House, meaning over £100,000 is now available for hardship grants to booksellers, which The Book Trade Charity is administering. For more information on the charity, see its website here.

British Muslim COVID-19 Fund

The British Muslim COVID-19 Fund provides grants between £250 and £5000 for charities, organisations and voluntary groups, regardless of faith, who are working to protect and assist vulnerable people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund will close when all funds have been allocated. More information can be found here

Buttle UK

The Chances for Children grants will be targeted at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning. However, they will be tailored to meet current and changing needs as the immediate, and longer-term, impact of the crisis becomes clear. Find out more here

Charities Aid Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation has launched an emergency fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

The CAF Emergency Fund closed to applications on 6th April. They have been overwhelmed with requests and are pausing the fund for now. They hope to expand the fund and reopen and will keep people alerted via their social media channels. More information is available here

Childs Charitable Trust

The Childs Charitable trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities experiencing financial difficulties. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations. More information can be found here

Clinks

Clinks has launched phase two of its COVID-19 Response Grants. This phase of funding is targeted more towards recovery, as opposed to meeting immediate needs presented by the pandemic. Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income of less than £500,000. If your organisation has already applied for a grant with CLiNKS, you are welcome to re-apply provided that a new application is submitted. Resubmission of the same application will not be accepted. For more information of the types of funding available and how to apply, please see the website.

Comic Relief

The Comic Relief Changemakers programme (deadline 28 August) aims to support changes in the way which community and voluntary sector organisations work by funding 3 – 5 year projects. Grants are available to small and medium sized charities for core funding alongside funding for project delivery costs. Comic Relief is specifically keen to support organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector. More information can be found here

Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund  provides grants up to £4,000 for small, grassroots organisations to help them recover from the impact of the pandemic and provide essential services in the community. Deadline for application, Thursday 31 December 2020.

More information can be found here

The Community Justice Fund

The Community justice Fund provides grants up to £75,000 for specialist social welfare legal advice charities to cope with the immediate impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and set in place the foundations for longer-term recovery. More information can be found here

Creative England

Creative England’s fund has been updated since COVID-19 to make it easier and faster for businesses to access their loans. They offer support and expertise for creative SMEs, with quick decisions and payment. More information can be found here

Creative Industries Support

Plymouth Culture have produced a comprehensive guide to funding sources of organisations and individuals affected by the crisis who work in the arts and cultural sectors. You can find it on their website here

Crisis

Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK. Two grants are available for short and long term responses. More information is available here

Defra

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the introduction of a Hardship Fund for dairy farmers whose business has been affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 per farm will be available. More information can be found here

Devon County Council

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak. All applications that are under £500 are invited to apply. Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, DCC will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak. 

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, Town and Parish Councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together. More information can be found here

Do It Now

Do It Now is inviting applications for the Common Call COVID Fund. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to ensure that they are able to survive the COVID period. Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 are available to UK based organisations that are led by people that identify as black, particularly those that are providing services to people that have been negatively affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health or financially. Grants can be used for any activity that will best deliver impact to the beneficiaries. More information can be found here

The Edge Foundation

The Edge Foundation Post Covid-19 Revival Fund offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000 for not-for-profits and educational institutions for projects that address the educational challenges following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Deadline for application is 9 July 2020. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a successful track-record of delivering technical/professional learning for young people. More information can be found here

The Edward Gosling Foundation

The Edward Gosling Foundation awards grant for projects that make a transforming change and have a high level of impact on individuals, their families and communities, has stated that it is continuing its grant-making during COVID-19 and is making special arrangements for charities struggling due to the pandemic.  More information can be found here

The Elsie Pilkington Charitable Trust

The Elsie Pilkington Charitable Trust provides capital grants up to £15,000 for UK registered equine charities or charities and hospices supporting older people. During the coronavirus crisis, the Trust has relaxed its usual restrictions and is currently considering applications supporting charity running costs. Deadline for application: 31 August 2020. More information can be found here

The Energy Savings Trust

The OFGEM Energy Redress Scheme offers grants up to £300,000 for charities to deliver energy related projects through three different funding streams, including the newly founded Crisis Fund introduced to help address the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable households. The closing date for Crisis Fund applications is 5pm on Monday 27 July 2020. More information can be found here

The England and Wales Cricket Board

The England And Wales Cricket Board Covid-19 Emergency Support provides interest-free loans up to £5,000 and grants up to £3,000 for affiliated cricket clubs in England and Wales to cover any shortfall in day-to-day running and maintenance costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More information can be found here

Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund 

Grants of up to £3,000 provided by the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. Available for community organisations in Exeter to support people and communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications may be made at any time for one-off project grants of up to £1,000, and 

one-off organisation grants of up to £3,000 for existing community organisations that are facing a shortfall in income due to cancellations during the Coronavirus crisis. 

Community groups that are not constituted should try to identify their own constituted group to hold payment for them. Where this is not possible the Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) can act as an umbrella organisation and receive payment from the Council on behalf of the group. Groups should contact ECI and discuss their project before applying to the Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund. More information can be found here

Facebook

Facebook small grants programme will provide funding for small businesses in countries where Facebook operates. Facebook will be offering US$100 million (approximately £84 million) in cash grants and advertising credits on Facebook's ad platform for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.  The scheme is yet to open but some additional information is available here

The Family Fund

The Family Fund for families with severely disabled children is trying to maintain services during the pandemic. More information can be found here

Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust

Fashion and Textiles Children’s Trust are offering grants to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Parents and carers can apply for items their children will need for the year ahead.  More information can be found here

The February Foundation

The February Foundation is a provider of capital and core costs, particularly for small or minority charities where a small grant will make a big difference. It is  is continuing to operate as normal. More information can be found here

The Grocers Charity

The Grocers Charity is still accepting applications. More information can be found here

Help Musicians

Help Musicians have launched a Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund to alleviate some immediate financial pressures that professional musicians are facing with regard to mounting household expenses. Eligible musicians can apply for a one-off payment of £500 if they are suffering significant financial hardship. More information can be found here

The Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund provides grants of £3,000 to help professional musicians with no significant backing, who are finding their health, and performance and teaching commitments affected by the Coronavirus. The Do It Differently Fund offers a bespoke package of funding and expert advice, including wellbeing and development services, to help musicians adapt and sustain their music through specific projects or activities during this period of isolation. More information can be found here

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity which provides core and project grants is still accepting applications. More information can be found here

Homelessness Link

Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link. The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively. More information can be found here

Independent Age

The Independent Age Grants Fund provides grants of up to £15,000 for small charities working with older people that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. Deadlines for applying are 4 June, 2 July, 21 August and 18 September 2020. More information can be found here

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust COVID-19 Fund has been set up for a limited period to provide fast grant payments for specific projects that will alleviate hardship, stress and isolation of seafarers and their families; and to fund the maintenance of welfare services for seafarers while COVID-19 is causing instability. The grants are for emergency needs that can’t be met from elsewhere, and the charity states that regional, national and global solutions are more likely to be supported. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.

John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1million Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. More information is available here

The Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has opened the Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund. The MCF will match ALL donations up to £1m.  Funds will be distributed to a registered charity or any other COVID-related activity, as agreed by the COVID-19 Regional Communications Group. The group has also launched a national United Grand Lodge of England Covid-19 relief chest, again which will receive matched donations from the MCF up to £1m. Provinces of the United Grand Lodge of England are being encouraged to identify local charities and projects that need financial assistance to make a real difference to people’s lives at this time, so do flag up COVID-19 relief efforts to Masonic Lodges or Lodge members in your area. Further details can be found here.

The Master Charitable Trust

A £10 million revenue grant to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding of between £1,000 and £250,000 is for core operating costs. Priority will also be given to small, locally-based registered charities that deliver frontline services and activities.  Charities must be working within the Trust’s 3 priority areas of Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education and Arts and Culture.  More information can be found here

Magic Little Grants

The Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving are providing charities and community groups with the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £500 to deliver sports and physical activities. More information can be found here

Mid Devon Council

Mid Devon District Council, in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity, have launched a Local Support Fund to support residents whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household. The Mid Devon COVID-19 Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc., to help people in financial difficulties if:

  • They run their own business, and cannot currently trade / their business has been drastically reduced because of the pandemic
  • Their employment situation has changed and their income now no longer covers needs
  • They have lost their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • They have still not received expected government funding (i.e. self-employed)

If you are a Mid Devon resident and have been affected financially by COVID-19, and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant online here or phone the Community Support Helpline on 01884 234387 for help to fill in an application form.

Mind

In March, the Department of Health and Social Care announced a £5 million pot to help mental health charities support people during the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund is administered by Mind and is open for applications as of April 16th. Grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months with details of grants for smaller organisations being available from Monday 20th April.

Information about the application process can be found on their website, applications need to be submitted via Flexigrant which charities can register with through their website. More information can be fiund here

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund provides grants up to £10,000 for charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are caring for the homeless during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis, so early application is strongly advised. Registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are working directly with people who are homeless can apply for up to £10,000 for outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials, delivery of services in hostels and shelters, and/or information and advice. More information can be found here

MSD

The MSD UK COVID-19 grants programme provides grants up to £20,000 for UK registered charities who have been operating for a minimum of three years who provide healthcare for patients and families of vulnerable population groups during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Deadline Friday 31st July 2020. There is no application form for this Fund.

Potential applicants can request and additional information or clarification by emailing grantscommittee@merck.com.

Musician Union 

The MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund is £1 million hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.  Grants of £200 are available. More information can be found here

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, distributed in partnership with Historic England, will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure. Grants range from £10,000 to £3million and funding must be spent by the end of March 2021. Deadline for applications: 17th August. More information can be found here

National Survivor User Network

NSUN is administering a new fund with grants of up to £1,000 to support peer support, community action and mutual aid for mental health during Covid-19. This fund is part of the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) administered by Mind that was announced on 16th April. This smaller fund is open to user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted groups in England who are supporting those in their community living with mental health issues, trauma and distress during the Coronavirus pandemic. To apply for a grant, your group needs to be a member of NSUN which is free for user-led organisations and community groups. More information can be found here

One Stop

The One Stop Carriers for Causes campaign and funding programme which provides small grants for community initiatives close to one of their shops, remains open to applications. More information can be found here 

The Petplan Trust

The Petplan Trust, the National Equine Welfare Council and World Horse Welfare have joined forces to launch the Equine Rescue COVID-19 Emergency Fund for charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of £500,000 or less  to cover activities which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (up to £5,000). There are two further application deadlines for 2020, on 24 July and 16 October. More information can be found here

The Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation provides grants to charities that are supporting disadvantaged and disengaged young adults as they move towards education, training and employment.

The next application deadline is Tuesday 1 September 2020. More information can be found here

Power to Change

The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. It offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses. The scheme will open on Tuesday 28 July for applications from 10am till 1pm. And then for a further two rounds on Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm. More information can be found here

Princes Trust Enterprise Relief Grants

The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will also support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crises. In conjunction with grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to any applicants who need it. More information can be found here

The Printing Charity

The Printing Charity helps individuals or dependent families who have worked for three years in an organisation that produces a printed output, for example - printing, publishing, manufacturing or operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, graphic arts, making ink, recycling paper. More information can be found here

The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundation has launched an Emergency Fund and a Resilience Fund, initially solely for its existing network of current and past beneficiaries. However, it is currently reviewing its Pebble Grants programme criteria to allow for wider, public access – keep an eye on the charity’s website for news of this. In the meantime, for members of RankNet, the Emergency Fund offers immediate grants of up to £750 for equipment, technology or memberships, while the Resilience Fund offers grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income challenges relating to COVID-19, including significant, unplanned demand on services. For more information, see here.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Social Investment Business (SIB), alongside Big Society Capital and other social investment partners, will be managing the £25 million Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) providing repayable finance to charities and social enterprises directly affected by COVID-19. RRLF will offer emergency loans with flexibility in terms, including: 12-month interest-free and no arrangement fee, with no personal guarantees required. The fund provides access to the existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme. SIB will issue the loan, working initially with delivery partners Big Issue Invest, Charity Bank and Social and Sustainable Capital.

The initial £25 million will be provided by Big Society Capital, who is aiming to repurpose up to a further £50 million to address the needs of charities and social enterprises. · More information on the RRLF can be found here.

Royal Navy Benevolent Fund

The Royal Navy Benevolent Fund has set up a crisis fund to support serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks, their partners, children and some others connected with them. More information can be found here

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The charitable trust is offering grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. For eligibility criteria please visit The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust website here

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social enterprise Support Fund provides grants between £10,000 and £300,000 to social enterprises in England who have been affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic by providing support over the next six months so they can meet new demands, change how they work. Application deadlines are Thursday 20 August 2020 and 17 September 2020. More information can be found here

Society of Authors

The Author’s Emergency Fund provides grants up to £2,000 for UK authors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moe information can be found here

Sovereign Housing

Sovereign Housing has partnered with Crowdfunder to launch the Pay It Forward COVID 19 Response Fund to help projects. Businesses and self-employed people working i9n COVID 19 connected communities within a 3 miles radius of a Sovereign community. More information can be found here

Tesco

Tesco has launched a new temporary grant programme to help support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will provide a single payment of £500 to organisations that are supporting vulnerable groups during the crisis. Examples of organisations that may benefit are food banks, women's refuges, homeless charities or charities supporting the elderly. More information is available here 
Update: Tesco have been inundated and are no longer offering grants in Exeter, Plymouth or Torquay. Contact your local store for details.

The Teaching Staff Trust

The Teaching Staff Trust provides financial support for individuals who have worked within the educational sector for at least five years. The Trust is aiming to continue operations throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and applicants can include teachers, teaching assistants, nursery workers, caretakers and lunch supervisors. Grant payments can be used to help with bills, household costs, travel or other essentials. The application form can be completed via its website.

The Theatre Artist’s Fund

The Theatre Artists Fund is supported by Netflix and aims to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancer theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. More information can be found here

The Theatre Fund

The Theatre Fund supports backstage and front of house workers struggling due to closure of theatres and venues during COVID. More information can be found here

Ticket Refunds

Government guidance has been written on processing ticket refunds for charity events. Find out about changes to help charities process refunds, collect donations and claim Gift Aid for events cancelled due to coronavirus. Find out more here

Unison

There for You is Unison’s response fund for members struggling due to COVID-19. More information can be found here

The Veteran’s Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation provides grants up to £30,000 for charities and not-for-profit organisations that are providing support to those in need among serving and former Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families. Grants can be used for projects covering a range of aspects of social care for the Armed Forces community, including running costs. Registered charities, community organisations and other forms of not-for-profit organisation can apply for a grant of up to £30,000, which can be awarded over a number of years. The final application deadline for 2020 is Wednesday 30 September. Further information can be found here

Wilkinson Stores

Wilkinson (Wilko) Stores, which has a budget to distribute to projects within the community where stores are located, may still accept requests for support from charitable organisations through its Helping Hands scheme. Wilko store locator here