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 this 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


Albert Hunt Trust

The Albert Hunt Trust is currently focusing its grant support on revenue projects. It provides small grants to local charities in the areas of health and wellbeing, homelessness and hospices. Requests for capital projects are unlikely to be considered until 2021 at the earliest. 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

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.The final application deadline is 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


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 deadline is Friday 30 October. More information can be found 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 and is currently suspended with a promise of more information soon. 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

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

Comic Relief

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

Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation are offering grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to support Commonwealth civil society organisation in their response to Covid-19. The focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. 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

Department for Education (England)

The COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund provides up to £8 million for emergency support for adoptive families affected by the coronavirus. Through the COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund local authorities and regional adoption agencies will be able to pay for therapy for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma, and be made more anxious due to social distancing and the uncertainty of the effects of the virus. More information can be found here

Disability Action

The National Emergencies Trust’s £1.5 million funding programme for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) is now open for applications. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available for DPOs responding to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people. The funding period is eight months from November 2020 to June 2021. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020. Further information on applications and eligibility 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 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 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 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 Grocers Charity

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

LGBT Consortium

LGBT Consortium and the National Emergencies Trust have announced a new £350,000 grants programme to support UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. 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 pandemic. There are no deadlines for the fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Find out more and apply here.

Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank Foundation Infrastructure Fund provides support to local and regional infrastructure organisations. The fund helps infrastructure organisations adapt to the new environment and also develop their financial sustainability. Lloyds anticipates making 16 grants of £30,000. Organisations in the Torridge area of Devon are eligible to apply. Application deadline 9th October. Find out more and apply 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.

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.

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

Music for All

As a result of COVID-19, Music for All has extended its autumn application period. The deadline is now Sunday 1 November 2020 for projects starting in January 2021.

Music for All Community Grants are normally given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered. More information can be found here

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 Community Fund

Applicants can apply for under or over £10,000 of COVID related lottery funding. Full guidance can be found here

Petplan Charitable Trust

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 deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 16th October 2020. There will be one final round of applications with a deadline of January 15th. 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. Closing date 30th September. More information on the RRLF 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

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 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

Theatres Trust

The Theatres Trust Theatre Reopening Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to help not-for-profit theatres across the UK to make Covid-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening. 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


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

The William Sutton Prize

The William Sutton Prize is open to individuals aged over 18 and organisations in the UK presenting an innovative concept, product or service that will have a positive social impact on a community. This can include projects or ideas developed during the coronavirus outbreak with potential for long-term impact, with the Prize’s criteria updated to reflect this. No idea is too big, or too small.  Individuals with a fresh concept can enter, as can established organisations with a new business plan. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 30 September 2020. More information can be found here