Emergency Funding for Charities during Covid-19

Emergency Funding for Charities during Covid-19


The Government recently announced £750m for Charities to support during the Covid-19 crisis. While this is a welcome relief for many, question's have been raised by Charity Leaders including:

  • Which charities will actually qualify for this scheme?

  • How much funding will charities be able to claim and over what period?

  • How long will it take for funds to hit charities accounts?

The direct revenue streams for charities have been greatly impacted with the closure of non-essential shops and banning events. Luckily there are several funding bodies across the sector who are offering emergency funding across the sector to support during this critical time.

Youth Music

Youth Music has announced a new Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus. Weekly online applications for an initial 6 week period. 

Further application details can be found here


Arts Council England

Art council England have pledged £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis. Additionally they have  changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.

Details around the emergency funding package can be found here


Finnis Scott Foundation (UK)

Charities and charitable organisations including Parent-Teacher associations can apply for grants between £500-£10,000 to support projects relating to horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and history. Preference is given to smaller charities where a grant would have a significant impact. 

Download the application form and apply here


National Lottery Community Fund

All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months will be devoted to responding to the Covid-19 crisis. This involves up to £300m of funding. NLCF said it will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible.

Details can be found here


Steve Morgan Foundation

The Steve Morgan Foundation pledges £1Million a week to Charities hit by the Coronavirus The fund, set up for an initial 12 weeks, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

Apply online here


Childhood Trust

The Childhood Trust is launching the Champions for Children  match-funding campaign to raise unrestricted funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Funds raised during Campaign Week  23-29 June are matched from two different pots: pledge donors and Childhood Trust funds.

Explore and apply here


National Emergencies Trust

They pledge to work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely, effectively, and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do most to help those in need. 

Grant aid and how to apply to your local community foundation can be found here


Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Sport England's Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.

Details can be found here


City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust and Greater London Authority have contributed £1m each to launch a new fund to support London’s voluntary sector. This is an initial contribution and are working with funders from across sectors to bring more money together in response to community need.

Details about this fund can be found here


Third Sector Resilience Fund (Scottish Charities)

The Third Sector resilience fund provides grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

Check your eligibility and apply here

Charity Emergency Funding