Move fast to access emergency government COVID-19 charity funding

Mark Proctor
Charities, COVID-19

Applications have opened for charities to access emergency government COVID-19 funding - but there may not be much time to apply.

Charities delivering services to people and communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis can now apply for funding on a first come, first served basis as part of the £750 million cash boost announced by the government in April.

£200 million is being made available initially for charities in England in two separate funding streams: grants of between £300 and £10,000 for smaller organisations, and grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 for larger charities.

The funding is designed to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the pandemic – as well as helping charities overcome acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the crisis.

For both funding streams, priority is being given in three key areas:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of Covid-19, including those supporting older people, disabled people, BAME communities, those pushed into crisis as a result of the pandemic, and people and families receiving end of life care
  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people for which there will be an increased demand due to the crisis, such as people experiencing financial hardship, domestic abuse or violence, homeless people, vulnerable children and young people, and those with mental health issues
  • Organisations which connect communities and support them to work together to respond to Covid-19

The online application process has now opened, and as it is not yet clear how long it will be open for, the advice is not to hang around before making an application.

For the smaller grants, the application process is straightforward.  Bids can either cover projects, or six months’ expenditure for small charities.  As with many of the government Covid-19 schemes, there is a useful online eligibility checker (see below for web links).

For the larger grants, proposals can be made by video, or by using the online form.  Unsurprisingly, this level of funding requires more information to be submitted, including up-to-date cashflows and budgets for organisations applying for more than £50,000.

The funding is being channelled through the National Lottery Community Fund, and applications can be made at for larger grants, and at for smaller grants.

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